Kelvin Davis

2017, August 1st Kelvin unanimously elected Deputy Leader Labour Party NZ

2017 October 25th : NEW GOVERNMENT Minister for Crown and Maori Relations, Corrections, Tourism, Assoc.Minister of Education of Maori Education  

2017 August 1st : elected unopposed Deputy Leader & MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Labour Party NZ 

Kelvin Glen Davis of Ngati Manu Hapu and Marae, Karetu.  Kelvin with his wife and three children resides in Kaitaia, Far North.

Ngati Manu Hapu and Marae, Karetu.

On 5 February 2008 at Ngati Manu Marae, Karetu, Kelvin Davis was confirmed as the Labour Party Candidate to contest the electorate of Te Tai Tokerau in the 2008 general election.  It was a proud day for Ngati Manu with the Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark and national media in attendance. This occasion is believed to be the first time Prime Minister had visited Ngati Manu. Kelvin believes he has the vision, skills and attitude to help Maori to achieve beyond their potential.

After being unsuccessful in securing the Tai Tokerau seat for a 2nd time and with close to three years as a politician, Kelvin volunatarily resigned from politics, in Kelvin's own words "that's politics!" Kelvin was under no illusion of the downside of politics and now declares, its time to move forward with my life". 



Kelvin Davis ~ Minister for Crown and Maori Relations, Corrections, Tourism  


2017 August 1st : Kelvin Davis Deputy Leader & MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Labour Party NZ

His strong performance led to a promotion in Labour's caucus, but his elevation to the number two spot today still came as a surprise to the MP.

He hadn't even planned to be in Wellington for the caucus meeting which decided Labour's new leader. But in a text at 4.30am, he was told to catch the next flight from Kerikeri

"It was the fastest shower I have ever had."

Asked about any ambitions to be the first Maori Prime Minister, Davis said possibly - after Ardern had been held the role for "15 to 18 years".

source. NZ Herald August 1st, 2017


Kelvin Davis has the following priorities:

  1. To improve educational outcomes
  2. To grow the Te Tai Tokerau economy
  3. To increase the number of people who can speak Māori
  4. To eliminate sexual violence

Kelvin believes that improving outcomes in these four priorities will elevate the people of Te Tai Tokerau educationally, financially, culturally and socially, and allow Māori whanau and hapu to achieve beyond our potential.

Ko Taumarere te awa. 

Ko Puketohunoa te maunga. 

Ko Ngati Manu te hapu.

Kelvin is a successful former teacher and school Principal who turned a struggling Northland school around, and enabled the students to achieve beyond their potential.

Born and bred in the Bay of Islands but now living in Kaitaia, Kelvin is a man of the north who brings skills in education and Māori issues. 

He is a person with common sense and pragmatism who is able to relate across all sectors of society, but is most at home either fishing or up in the bush of his beloved Karetu Valley.

Previous roles:

  • Teacher
  • Deputy Principal
  • Principal
  • Advisor to Principals
  • Senior Advisor IMER Team, MoE


2014 Kelvin returns to Politics, as he has been given the golden handshake from outgoing Labour MP Shane Jones. 

2014 NZ Elections held Saturday 20 September Kelvin won the Te Tai Tokerau Maori Seat and returns to Parliament. 

2008 - 2011 parliamentary roles

  Member, Maori Affairs Committee

  Spokesperson, Tourism

  Associate Spokesperson, Education

  Associate Spokesperson, Maori Affairs


  Bay of Islands College 1980-1984

  Diploma of Teaching, Auckland College of Education 1985-1987


  Scale A Teacher, Koru School, Mangere 1988-1990

  2nd Deputy Principal - Bay of Islands Intermediate School 1991-1993

  Principal, Karetu School 1994-1998

  Advisor to Rural Principals, Education Advisory Service 1998-1999

  Team Leader, Te Putahitanga Matauranga 2000

  Principal, Kaitaia Intermediate School 2001-2007

  Woolf Fisher Fellow 2004

  Rotary Group Study Exchange to Arizona 2005

Community activities

  Member, ASB Community Trust Maori Reference Group

Party activities

  Labour Party candidate, Te Tai Tokerau 2008

Leisure activities

  Sports, rugby, fishing, shooting and boating

Page last updated 26 Oct 2017