Mark Gosche

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The Honourable
Vui Mark Gosche
Mark Gosche.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour party list
In office
1996 – 1999
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Maungakiekie
In office
1999 – 2008
Preceded by Belinda Vernon
Succeeded by Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga
Majority 2,512 (8.96%)[1]
6,603 (25.51%)[2]
6,450 (21.75%)[3]
Personal details
Born (1955-12-02) 2 December 1955 (age 61)
Political party Labour

Mark James Gosche (2 December 1955) is a New Zealand politician. He is a member of the Labour Party. He was born in Auckland to Samoan parents, and has been active in New Zealand's Pacific Islander community.


Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1996–1999 45th List 5 Labour
1999–2002 46th Maungakiekie 20 Labour
2002–2005 47th Maungakiekie 10 Labour
2005–2008 48th Maungakiekie 29 Labour

He was first elected to Parliament as a list MP in the 1996 elections, and has been MP for the Auckland seat of Maungakiekie since the 1999 elections. He has held a number of Cabinet posts, including Minister of Corrections, Minister of Housing, Minister of Transport, and Minister of Pacific Island Affairs. In May 2002, however, he resigned all his ministerial roles due to the serious illness of his wife, who had suffered a brain haemorrhage. In April 2007 he was bestowed with the Samoan matai title Vui at his grandmother's village of Lano in Samoa.[4] In the 2008 elections, Gosche retired from politics to spend more time with his family.[5]

Later years[edit]

In 2009 he was nominated as a director on the New Zealand Rugby League board, being confirmed on 27 June.[6][7]

Gosche is currently employed by the Manukau Institute of Technology as External Relations Manager for MIT’s Pasifika Development office.[8]

On 31 May 2011 Gosche was elected the Chairman of the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation.[9]

Gosche's term on the NZRL board ended in 2012 after he decided not reapply for the position.[10] At the 2016 Auckland elections, Gosche was elected to the Mt Wellington Licensing Trust.[11]


  1. ^ At 1999 election
  2. ^ At 2002 election
  3. ^ At 2005 election
  4. ^ "Samoa Observer Latest breaking news articles, photos, video, blogs, reviews, analysis, opinion and reader comment from Samoa and around the World Latest samoan news articles, photos, video, world, sport, technology, opinion, editorial, manu samoa". 31 May 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Gosche bows out as MP". Central Leader. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Carter chairman of new NZRL board, 31 May 2009
  7. ^ "League: Trio get nod for NZRL". The New Zealand Herald. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Former NZ Politician to Strengthen MIT Pasifika Relations Manukau Institute of Technology, 5 February 2009
  9. ^ In Touch New Zealand Rugby League, June 2011. p.13.
  10. ^ Appointments to NZRL Board, 2 June 2012
  11. ^ [1]
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Belinda Vernon
Member of Parliament for Maungakiekie
Succeeded by
Sam Lotu-Iiga