Pete Hodgson in 2008
|36th Minister of Health|
19 October 2005 – 5 November 2007
|Preceded by||Annette King|
|Succeeded by||David Cunliffe|
|Minister of Research, Science and Technology|
31 October 2007 – 3 October 2008
|Preceded by||Steve Maharey|
|Succeeded by||Wayne Mapp|
|Minister of Commerce|
21 December 2004 – 19 October 2005
|Prime Minister||Helen Clark|
|Preceded by||Margaret Wilson|
|Succeeded by||Lianne Dalziel|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Dunedin North
27 October 1990 – 2011
|Preceded by||Stan Rodger|
|Succeeded by||David Clark|
13 June 1950 |
Whangarei, New Zealand
Hodgson was born in Whangarei, and received a Bachelor's degree in veterinary science from Massey University. He has worked as a veterinarian, a high school teacher, and a fruit and vegetable retailer.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
Hodgson joined the Labour Party in 1976, and shortly afterwards became the manager for Stan Rodger's successful campaign in the Dunedin North seat. After holding a number of other Labour Party roles, including that of marginal seats organiser, he was himself nominated to replace Rodger in the 1990 elections. He was successful, and became the MP for Dunedin North.
When the Labour Party formed a government after the 1999 elections, Hodgson was appointed to Cabinet. During Labour's nine years in power, Hodgson's portfolios included Economic Development; Tertiary Education; Research, Science and Technology; Health; Transport; Commerce; Land Information; Statistics; Energy (1999–2004); and Fisheries and Forestry. He was also Associate Minister of Health; Industry and Regional Development; and Foreign Affairs.
In 2001, during the filming of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy in New Zealand, Hodgson was given the title Minister of the Rings, responsible for investigating methods of capitalising on the boom in tourism to New Zealand that followed the release of the films.
In May 2007, Hodgson briefed the Welsh Labour Party's executive on the practicalities of co-operation between Welsh parties outside a formal coalition, after the 2007 Welsh Assembly elections led to a Labour minority government looking likely.
In opposition, Hodgson was Labour's "chief dirt-digger and mudslinger". The scandals he exposed caused two government ministers to resign.
Life after Parliament
In 2013, Hodgson was appointed a member of the Representation Commission to determine New Zealand electoral boundaries.
- "New Zealand Hansard – Members Sworn [Volume:651;Page:2]". Parliament of New Zealand.
- "Hon Pete Hodgson". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
- "Minister of the Rings". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
- "Coalition 'non-starter' says AM". BBC News. 13 May 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2007.
- Dunedin North results 2008.
- Bennett, Adam (23 December 2010). "Labour dirt-digger may not hit Key". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- Makenzie, Dene (5 June 2010). "Hodgson exits politics on 'own terms'". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
- Collins, Judith (3 September 2013). "Representatives chosen to determine electoral boundaries". beehive.govt.nz. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
- Media related to Pete Hodgson at Wikimedia Commons
- Pete Hodgson at the New Zealand Parliament website
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Dunedin North
|Minister of Commerce
|Minister of Health
|Minister of Research, Science and Technology