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Kelvin Davis

Labour Party

Kelvin Davis is the first Māori to be elected as a Deputy Leader for the Labour Party.  Descending from Ngāti Manu, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tai and Ngāti Raukawa, he is also the incumbent MP for the Te Tai Tokerau Electorate.  This year he’ll be challenged by Mana Party leader Hone Harawira and Greens candidate Godfrey Rudolph.

Davis first entered politics in 2008 on the Labour Party list.  Although he did contest the Te Tai Tokerau seat he lost to Harawira but took the seat at the last Election in 2014.

Born and raised in the Bay of Islands, Davis was educated at Dilworth High School and the Auckland College of Education.

With his teaching degree he went on to become a teacher at Koru College and Bay of Islands Intermediate.

He also held the principal position at Karetu School and Kaitaia Intermediate.

Davis approach to issue is motivated and driven by common sense and pragmatism, but is most at home either fishing or up in the bush of his beloved Karetu Valley.

Davis is married to Moira and together they have three children.

Top priorities:

  • To improve educational outcomes
  • To grow the Te Tai Tokerau economy
  • To increase the number of people who can speak Māori
  • To eliminate sexual violence

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Hōkai Rangi - designed to lower Māori incarceration and reoffending

The move towards lowering the proportion of Māori in Corrections care to match the Māori share of the general population took another positive step today. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis launched Hōkai Rangi designed to address the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending and imprisonment. The minister says the biggest change Hōkai Rangi brings is the idea that we are now going to treat the person - and not just their crime. 


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