Mike Sabin

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Mike Sabin
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Northland
In office
26 November 2011 (2011-11-26) – 30 January 2015
Preceded by John Carter
Succeeded by Winston Peters
Personal details
Born (1968-09-24) 24 September 1968 (age 49)
Political party National Party

Michael Lewis "Mike" Sabin (born 24 September 1968) is a former police officer, drug educator and New Zealand politician. He is a member of the National Party and was a member of the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015. He is the father of 3 News political reporter Brook Sabin.


Sabin was raised and schooled in Whangarei. He and his partner, Sandra, live in Cooper's Beach.[1][2] He has three children, two of whom are grown up, and one of whom is the journalist Brook Sabin. His partner also has three children.[3]

Sabin wrote a book called The Long Way Home after his son Darryl received a brain injury playing rugby in 2009. The book is about Darryl's injury and the challenges the family overcame working towards his recovery. His son is now a motivational speaker.[3]


Sabin was first employed as a Seaman Officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy in the 1980s.[4] After leaving the Navy, Sabin worked in the dairy industry before joining the Police in the 1990s.[4] In 2006, he founded MethCon Group, a company that supplies drug education. He sold the company in October 2010.[1] He also played a role in the establishment of drug courts in New Zealand by inviting American judge Peggy Hora to talk about how drug courts operate in the United States.[5]

In 2008, Sabin received a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award.[6]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2011–2014 50th Northland 60 National
2014–2015 51st Northland 44 National

In May 2011 Sabin was selected as the National Party candidate for Northland to replace the retiring John Carter.[7] He had a majority of 11,362 and 9,300 votes in 2011 and 2014, respectively.[8][9]


In December 2014 New Zealand media reported that Sabin was under investigation by police over an assault complaint. The reports were not confirmed by the New Zealand Police, Prime Minister John Key or Sabin himself.[10][11][12][13] Sabin resigned from parliament on 30 January 2015 with immediate effect "due to personal issues that were best dealt with outside Parliament."[14] Key subsequently revealed that he had considered appointing Sabin as a minister when the National Party was re-elected in 2014.[15]

Sabin's resignation forced a by-election in the Northland electorate.[2]

Post Parliament[edit]

In April 2015 Sabin started working at Peppers Carrington Resort in Karikari,[16] recently bought by Chinese firm Shanghai CRED with plans to greatly expand it.[17]


  1. ^ a b "Mike Sabin - Candidate Profile". New Zealand National Party. Retrieved 3 December 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "John Key says National did not ask Mike Sabin to quit after MP resigns 'due to personal issues'". The New Zealand Herald. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Young, Audrey (13 January 2014). "The backbenchers: Mike Sabin, National Party MP for Northland". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Sabin, Michael. "Profile of Mike Sabin". Mike Sabin: National Party Candidate for Northland. Archived from the original on 13 January 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Judge Peggy Hora's talk on Drug Treatment Courts in the 21st Century, American Embassy
  6. ^ "Mike Sabin". The Sir Peter Blake Trust. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  7. ^ McMillan, Malcolm (2 May 2011). "Anti-P man Mike Sabin takes safe National seat". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Official Count Results -- Northland". Electoral Commission. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Official Count Results -- Northland". Electoral Commission. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Bennett, Adam (22 December 2014). "Cloud over National MP's future". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Lomas, David (21 December 2014). "National MP Mike Sabin in police assault inquiry". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  12. ^ Bennett, Adam (22 December 2014). "Sabin in the spotlight as assault allegation surfaces". The Northern Advocate. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Police tight-lipped about assault allegation". Radio New Zealand. 21 December 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Mike Sabin announces resignation as Northland MP". Scoop. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  15. ^ Mike Sabin almost became a minister - PM, New Zealand Herald, 2 February 2015
  16. ^ "Former MP Mike Sabin lands new job at luxury resort". Stuff. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  17. ^ "Embattled former MP Mike Sabin heads luxurious golf resort". Tvnz.co.nz. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
John Carter
Member of Parliament for Northland
Succeeded by
Winston Peters