My name is David Choat and this is the archive of a website and blog called Policy Progress that I produced during 2010.

I was privileged to have the opportunity to also publish a number of ¬†thoughtful and insightful guest contributors, many of whom have gone on to bigger and better things: Darel Hall, Peter Harris, David Craig, Josh Williams, James Caygill, Rob Salmond, Jordan Carter, Ayesha Verrall, Bill Verrall and Donna Wynd. You are all wonderful, but I’d like to particularly note that Rob Salmond is doing some great blogging at his new (as I write this) website Polity, while Darel Hall is writing regularly and perceptively about politics at the Eldernet Gazette.

Since 2010, I’ve been working as a policy advisor to successive Labour Party leaders (Phil Goff, David Shearer and now David Cunliffe), so it hasn’t really been appropriate (or feasible time-wise!) to continue to blog independently at this site. But I remember this experience fondly, and may come back to it one day . . .

In the meantime, however, I have been continuing to blog about my experiences as an elected member of the Capital & Coast District Health Board (covering Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti) at, so check that out if it sounds like it might be of interest.



January 2014