Dover Samuels

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The Honourable
Dover Samuels
Dover Samuels.jpg
39th Minister of Māori Affairs
In office
Prime Minister Helen Clark
Preceded by Tau Henare
Succeeded by Parekura Horomia
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour Party list
In office
1996 – 1999
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Te Tai Tokerau
In office
1999 – 2005
Preceded by Tau Henare
Succeeded by Hone Harawira
Personal details
Born (1939-07-09) 9 July 1939 (age 77)
Political party Labour
Religion Ratana[citation needed]

Dover Spencer Peneha Samuels (born 9 July 1939) was a Labour Member of Parliament in New Zealand from 1996 to 2008 inclusive.


Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1996–1999 45th List 3 Labour
1999–2002 46th Te Tai Tokerau 5 Labour
2002–2005 47th Te Tai Tokerau 11 Labour
2005–2008 48th List 10 Labour

He first entered Parliament as a list MP in the 1996 elections, and was the MP for Te Tai Tokerau since the 1999 elections. When the Labour Party formed a government following its victory in 1999, Samuels became the Minister of Māori Affairs, but resigned this role in June 2000 pending an investigation into alleged sex crimes committed before he entered politics.[1] The police later cleared Samuels of all charges, and Samuels alleged that the accusations had political motivations. He was reinstated as a Minister of State in 2002, but in 2005 was involved in further controversy following a late-night incident in which he publicly urinated in a hallway within Auckland's Heritage hotel. [2]

Samuels lost his Māori electorate of Te Tai Tokerau in 2005 to the Māori Party candidate Hone Harawira. However, he was returned to parliament due to his high position on the Labour Party list. He was made the Associate Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Tourism and Industry and Regional Development.

On 31 October 2007, during the Cabinet reshuffle, Samuels lost his position as a Minister outside Cabinet and was replaced by Darren Hughes. He returned to the backbench.

Samuels did not contest the 2008 election.

Personal life[edit]

He is an active member of the Ratana Established Church[citation needed] of New Zealand.

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Tau Henare
Member of Parliament for Te Tai Tokerau
Succeeded by
Hone Harawira
Political offices
Preceded by
Tau Henare
Minister of Māori Affairs
Succeeded by
Parekura Horomia

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Dover Samuels". New Zealand Government. 28 June 2000. Retrieved 3 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "MP caught short in hotel". Newstalk ZB. 28 April 2004. Retrieved 28 May 2009.