Kelvin Davis (politician)

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Kelvin Davis
Kelvin Davis, Labour party MP (cropped).jpg
Kelvin Davis in 2009
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour Party List
In office
23 May 2014 – 20 September 2014
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Te Tai Tokerau
Assumed office
20 September 2014
Preceded by Hone Harawira
Majority 1,119
Personal details
Nationality New Zealander
Political party Labour
Website Labour website

Kelvin Glen Davis is a New Zealand politician and a member of the House of Representatives. He is a member of the Labour Party.

Early life[edit]

Davis was born in and grew up in the Bay of Islands.[1] He received his secondary education at the Bay of Islands College from 1980 to 1984.[2] He obtained a Diploma of Teaching from Auckland College of Education (1985–1987) and taught at Koru School in Mangere (1988–1990), Bay of Islands Intermediate School in Kawakawa (1991–1993), before becoming principal of Karetu School (1994–1998).[2] He then held employment with the Education Advisory Service (1998–1999) and the education improvement and development project Te Putahitanga Matauranga (2000). He was then principal of Kaitaia Intermediate School from 2001 to 2007.[2]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th List 33 Labour
2014 50th List 23 Labour
2014–present 51st Te Tai Tokerau 18 Labour

In the 2008 general election Davis stood for Labour in the Te Tai Tokerau seat. He was defeated by the incumbent Hone Harawira of the Mana Party, but was still elected into the 49th New Zealand Parliament by way of the party list.[3]

He was Labour's candidate in the 2011 Te Tai Tokerau by-election and was again defeated by Harawira. He unsuccessfully contested the seat at the general election later in the year.[4] After placing second to Harawira three times and losing his seat at the 2011 election, Davis announced his retirement from politics.[5]

Davis was selected as Labour's candidate for Te Tai Tokerau in the 2014 election.[6] Due to Shane Jones' resignation from Parliament at the end of May 2014, Davis was eligible to take his place as he was the highest ranking non-MP in Labour's 2011 party list.[7] He was declared elected to parliament on 23 May 2014.[8]

The Mana Party formed a coalition with the Internet Party just prior to the 2014 general election. The coalition was registered with the Electoral Commission as the Internet Party and Mana Movement in July 2014, allowing it to contest the party vote.[9] The Internet Party was founded by controversial online millionaire Kim Dotcom, and this strategic coalition resulted in Davis getting endorsements from Winston Peters of New Zealand First[10] and the Prime Minister, John Key of the National Party.[11] Even the electorate's candidate for the Māori Party, Te Hira Paenga, reminded voters of the importance of strategic voting.[12] In his fourth challenge in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate, Davis ousted the incumbent Harawira, which ended the representation of the Mana Party in Parliament.[13]


  1. ^ "Kelvin Davis". New Zealand Labour Party. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kelvin Davis". Ngati Manu. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  3. ^ 2008 Election Results
  4. ^ Chapman, Kate (10 May 2011). "Labour contesting Tai Tokerau by-election". Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Labour's Kelvin Davis to retire after loss Northern Advocate, 28 November 2011
  6. ^ "Candidates - Labour Party". 31 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Vernon Small and Michael Fox (22 April 2014). "Shane Jones 'to quit Labour'". Stuff. 
  8. ^ New List MP for New Zealand Labour Party, 23 May 2014
  9. ^ "Registration of Internet Party and MANA Movement logo". Electoral Commission. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Bennett, Adam (21 September 2014). "Election 2014: Winston Peters hits out at National after big poll surge". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  11. ^ McQuillan, Laura (17 September 2014). "Key's subtle endorsement for Kelvin Davis". Newstalk ZB. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Davis picking up endorsements". Radio Waatea. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  13. ^ Smith, Simon (20 September 2014). "Davis' win a critical blow for Harawira, Internet Mana". Retrieved 30 September 2014. 

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