Pat O'Dea is the son of veteran New Zealand communist Jimmy O'Dea.
51 years old in 2010. Partner and one son. Irish father. Born in Auckland where he still lives. Registered electrician with wide experience in construction, manufacturing, maritime and residential environments. Past union delegate for the Engineering, Printing & Manufacturing Union. Won landmark court case justifying a one-man occupation of a workplace to save his job on the grounds that he was protecting his personal property. Aged just 16, one of the few Pakeha on the 1975 Maori Land March to carry the pou whenua at the head of the hikoi. Arrested several times during the 1981 protests against a racially selected Springbok Team from apartheid South Africa. Active in nuclear-free, anti-war, workers’ rights and environmental campaigns. Affectionately nicknamed “Protest Pat” by his workmates. 
In 1986 O'Dea started work at Glenbrook steel mill.
Communist Party member
In 1989 Pat O'Dea was member of the Communist Party of New Zealand and was involved with Save St Helens Committee, (St Helens is an Auckland hospital threatened with closure - chairwoman of committee was Maire Leadbeater).
On 2nd July 2005 a Steering Committee of 20 emerged from the Workers Charter meeting, held in Auckland. They were (in alphabetical order): Rachel Asher, Paul Carrucan, Cathy Casey, Luke Coxon, Stuart Fancy, Cecil Fowler, Roger Fowler, Jennifer Francis, Chrissy Holland, Robyn Hughes, Maria Humphries, Daphne Lawless, Matt McCarten, John Minto, Grant Morgan, Pat O'Dea, Sam Quayle, Melody Shinnock, Mike Treen, Elaine West.
Kia Ora Gaza
In October 2010, a six-person Kia Ora Gaza team was part of the huge Gaza aid convoy that successfully broke Israel’s blockade a few days ago to deliver desperately-needed medical supplies along with a message of international solidarity.
“We are celebrating their historic victory with a welcome home ceremony upon their arrival at the airport. We invite all supporters of Kia Ora Gaza to join in this special occasion.”
- Biographies of six-person Kiwi Team to Gaza
- PV 10 July 1989, p 5
- [CPNZ's Peoples Voice 24 July 1989]
- SST 14.4.96
- [http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/welcome-home-ceremony-for-kia-ora-gaza-team/ Welcome home ceremony for Kia Ora Gaza team on Sunday, Kia Ora Gaza media release, 27 October 2010}
- WPNZ, Reclaiming the right to strike and how it’s essential for rebuilding workers’ power.The following article is a shortened and edited version of a Workers Party internal document by Jared Phillips printed in The Spark February 2010