David Clark (New Zealand politician)

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Dr David Clark

David Clark sawyers bay.jpg
40th Minister of Health
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Jonathan Coleman
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Dunedin North
Assumed office
26 November 2011 (2011-11-26)
Preceded by Pete Hodgson
Majority 11,754
Personal details
Born (1973-01-05) 5 January 1973 (age 46)
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Katrina
Children 3
Alma mater Eberhard Karls University
Website www.davidclark.org.nz

David Scott Clark (born 5 January 1973) is a New Zealand Labour Party politician who is the Member of Parliament for Dunedin North. He is the Minister for Health.[1] Previously he has been Opposition Spokesperson for Small Business and Economic Development.[2]

Early life

Clark grew up in Beachlands, just south of Auckland, and was schooled in Auckland.[3]

Clark undertook university study at the University of Otago and Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen. He completed degrees in German and theology before a PhD on the work of German/New Zealand refugee and existentialist thinker Helmut Herbert Hermann Rex.

Ordained in 1997, Clark is a Presbyterian minister. He was the celebrant at the civil union of MP Grant Robertson. He has also worked as a Treasury analyst and the warden of Selwyn College at the University of Otago.[1]

Before his election to Parliament, Clark served as deputy chair of the Otago Community Trust.[1]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2011–2014 50th Dunedin North 49 Labour
2014–2017 51st Dunedin North 26 Labour
2017–present 52nd Dunedin North 9 Labour

After serving as chairman on the Labour Party Dunedin North electorate committee, Clark was selected by the Labour Party to replace the retiring Pete Hodgson in the electorate.[3] He won the seat at the 2011 election securing 12,976 votes (44.25 percent), 3489 more than his closest rival.

Clark's maiden parliamentary speech focused on his concern about rising inequality and his passion for social justice. In it, he argued that a more equal society will produce better outcomes, both socially and economically.[4][5]

During his time as revenue spokesperson, he drew attention to difficulties the dated Inland Revenue computer system was creating for the organisation, and the small amounts that multinational companies were contributing to the tax base.[6][7][8][9]

Clark shot to early prominence as the sponsor of the popular ‘Mondayising’ Bill that saw additional public holidays set aside in years when Waitangi Day and Anzac Day fall on a weekend.[10] This was the first Bill to pass against the Government in four years.[11]

Clark completed an Eisenhower Fellowship in 2013,[12] focusing much of his trip on the priority accorded to the values of fairness and freedom in New Zealand and the United States.[13]

Clark stood again for the 2014 election securing 16,315 votes (46.44 percent), 5917 more than his closest rival, and thus increasing his majority.[14]

Clark was elected as a Cabinet Minister by the Labour Party caucus following Labour's formation of a government with New Zealand First and the Greens.[15]

Personal life

Clark is married to Katrina, and they have three children. His brother, Ben, stood for Labour in the North Shore at the 2011 election, placing second behind Maggie Barry. During his university years Clark was a competitive cyclist and has twice completed the New Zealand Ironman.[16][17]


  1. ^ a b c "About me". David Clark – New Zealand Labour Party. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  2. ^ Mackenzie, Dene (26 February 2013). "Rising star David Clark promoted". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b Loughrey, David (27 September 2010). "From minister to standing for MP". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  4. ^ Clark, David (15 February 2012). "In search of a more equal society". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  5. ^ Mackenzie, Dene (15 February 2012). "MP articulates his vision of social justice". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  6. ^ "6300 caught in IRD privacy breaches". New Zealand Herald. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  7. ^ Pullar-Strecker, Tom (7 May 2012). "Glitch hits IRD website". www.stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  8. ^ Shuttleworth, Kate (29 November 2012). "Dunne must front up over IRD privacy breaches – Labour". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Labour slams Government over Facebook tax loophole". 3 News. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Editorial: Strong case to 'Mondayise' holidays". Dominion Post. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  11. ^ Shuttleworth, Kate (17 April 2013). "Mondayising bill passes its final hurdle". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Labour MP awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship". Dunedin Television. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  13. ^ Clark, David (3 June 2013). "Fairness the hallmark of our country". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  14. ^ Commission, New Zealand Electoral. "Official Count Results – Dunedin North". www.electionresults.govt.nz. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Who's in? Who's out?". Radio NZ. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Athlete Tracker – IRONMAN.com | Official Site of IRONMAN, IRONMAN 70.3, 5i50, Iron Girl and IRONKIDS | Triathlon Races | Official IRONMAN Merchandise | IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii". IRONMAN.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  17. ^ "Athlete Tracker – IRONMAN.com | Official Site of IRONMAN, IRONMAN 70.3, 5i50, Iron Girl and IRONKIDS | Triathlon Races | Official IRONMAN Merchandise | IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii". IRONMAN.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013.

External links

  • Official website
  • Profile on New Zealand Labour Party website
  • Profile on New Zealand Parliament website
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Pete Hodgson
Member of Parliament for Dunedin North
Political offices
Preceded by
Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Health
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