David Clark (New Zealand politician)

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Dr
David Clark
MP
Crop of David Clark.jpg
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 November 2011 (2011-11-26)
Preceded by Pete Hodgson
Constituency Dunedin North
Personal details
Born (1973-01-05) 5 January 1973 (age 41)
Political party Labour Party
Website www.davidclark.org.nz

David Clark (born 5 January 1973) is a New Zealand Labour Party politician who is the Member of Parliament for Dunedin North. He is the Opposition spokesperson for economic development and small business following a promotion in the February 2013 caucus reshuffle.[1] Previously he held the Revenue Spokesperson role.[2]

Early life[edit]

Clark grew up in Beachlands, just south of Auckland, and was schooled in Auckland.[3]

Clark undertook university study at the University of Otago and Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen. He completed degrees in German and theology before a PhD on the work of German refugee and existentialist thinker Helmut Herbert Hermann Rex.

Ordained in 1997, Clark is a Presbyterian minister. He was the celebrant at the civil union of MP Grant Robertson. He has also worked as a Treasury analyst and the warden of Selwyn College at the University of Otago.[citation needed]

Before his election to Parliament, Clark served as deputy chair of the Otago Community Trust.[citation needed]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2011–present 50th Dunedin North 49 Labour

After serving as chairman on the Labour Party Dunedin North electorate committee, Clark was selected by the Labour Party to replace the retiring Pete Hodgson in the electorate.[3] He won the seat at the 2011 election securing 12,976 votes (44.25 percent), 3489 more than his closest rival.

Clark’s maiden parliamentary speech focused on his concern about rising inequality and his passion for social justice. In it, he argued that a more equal society will produce better outcomes, both socially and economically.[4][5]

During his time as revenue spokesperson, he drew attention to difficulties the dated Inland Revenue computer system was creating for the organisation, and the small amounts that multinational companies were contributing to the tax base.[6][7][8][9]

Clark shot to early prominence as the sponsor of the popular ‘Mondayising’ Bill that saw additional public holidays set aside in years when Waitangi Day and Anzac Day fall on a weekend.[10] This was the first Bill to pass against the Government in four years.[11]

Clark completed an Eisenhower Fellowship in 2013,[12] focusing much of his trip on the priority accorded to the values of fairness and freedom in New Zealand and the United States.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Clark is married to Katrina, and they have two children. His brother, Ben, stood for Labour in the North Shore at the 2011 election, placing second behind Maggie Barry. During his university years Clark was a competitive cyclist and has twice completed the New Zealand Ironman.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mackenzie, Dene (26 February 2013). "Rising star David Clark promoted". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "David Clark". https://www.labour.org.nz/. New Zealand Labour. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Loughrey, David (27 September 2010). "From minister to standing for MP". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Clark, David (15 February 2012). "In search of a more equal society". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Mackenzie, Dene (15 February 2012). "MP articulates his vision of social justice". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "6300 caught in IRD privacy breaches". New Zealand Herald. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Pullar-Strecker, Tom (7 May 2012). "Glitch hits IRD website". www.stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Shuttleworth, Kate (29 November 2012). "Dunne must front up over IRD privacy breaches - Labour". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Labour slams Government over Facebook tax loophole". http://www.3news.co.nz/. 3 News. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Editorial: Strong case to 'Mondayise' holidays". Dominion Post. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Shuttleworth, Kate (17 April 2013). "Mondayising bill passes its final hurdle". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Labour MP awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship". http://www.dunedintv.co.nz/. Dunedin Television. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  13. ^ Clark, David (3 June 2013). "Fairness the hallmark of our country". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Athlete Tracker - IRONMAN.com | Official Site of IRONMAN, IRONMAN 70.3, 5i50, Iron Girl and IRONKIDS | Triathlon Races | Official IRONMAN Merchandise | IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii". IRONMAN.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Athlete Tracker - IRONMAN.com | Official Site of IRONMAN, IRONMAN 70.3, 5i50, Iron Girl and IRONKIDS | Triathlon Races | Official IRONMAN Merchandise | IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii". IRONMAN.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Pete Hodgson
Member of Parliament for Dunedin North
2011–
Incumbent