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Kelvin Davis is a New Zealand politician and a member of the House of Representatives who has served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party since 1 August 2017. A former teacher, Davis served as a list MP from 2008 to 2011 and again in 2014. He won the electorate of Te Tai Tokerau in the 2014 election. Davis was elected as Labour Deputy Leader two months before the 2017 election, becoming the first deputy of Māori descent in the Labour Party. Currently, the third-ranked member of the Sixth Labour Government, Davis serves as the Minister of Corrections, Minister for Children, Minister for Māori Crown Relations, and Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education).
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Kelvin Glen Davis was born on March 2, 1967 (age 55 years) in Kawakawa, New Zealand. He was raised in the Bay of Islands, Davis affiliates to the Ngāpuhi iwi. He received his secondary education at the Bay of Islands College in Kawakawa from 1980 to 1984. He obtained a Diploma of Teaching from Auckland College of Education (1985–1987) and taught at Koru School in Mangere (1988–1990) and Bay of Islands Intermediate School in Kawakawa (1991–1993), before becoming principal of Karetu School near Kawakawa (1994–1998). He then worked for the Education Advisory Service (1998–1999) and the education improvement and development project Te Putahitanga Matauranga (2000). He was the principal of Kaitaia Intermediate School from 2001 to 2007.
Career – Member of Parliament
Kelvin Davis stood for Labour in the Te Tai Tokerau seat in the 2008 general election after being recruited by Labour MP Shane Jones. Davis was defeated by the incumbent Hone Harawira of the Māori Party, but was still elected into the 49th New Zealand Parliament by way of the party list. The Fifth Labour Government had been defeated in the election and, in his first term, Davis was assigned opposition portfolios as the Labour spokesperson for biosecurity and associate spokesperson for education, Māori affairs and tourism. He was a member of the Māori affairs committee.
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Davis was the Labour Party’s candidate in the 2011 Te Tai Tokerau by-election and was again defeated by Harawira. He unsuccessfully contested the seat at the general election later in the year. After placing second to Harawira three times and losing his seat in the 2011 election, Davis announced his retirement from politics, which ended up being temporary. He worked for the Ministry of Education until his return to Parliament in May 2014.
He was re-elected as Labour’s candidate for Te Tai Tokerau in the 2014 election. As a result of Labour’s Shane Jones’ resignation from Parliament at the end of May 2014, Davis was eligible to assume Jones’ place because he was the highest-ranking non-MP in Labour’s 2011 party list. He returned the House of Representatives on 23 May 2014 and became Labour’s associate spokesperson for corrections.
At the 2014 election, on his fourth attempt, Kelvin Davis won Te Tai Tokerau. Harawira’s Mana Movement had formed a coalition with the Internet Party. This strategic coalition resulted in Davis getting endorsements from Winston Peters of New Zealand First and the Prime Minister, John Key of the National Party. Even the electorate’s candidate for the Māori Party, Te Hira Paenga, reminded voters of the importance of strategic voting. In this election, Davis ousted Harawira, which ended the representation of the Mana Party in Parliament. Following the 2014 election, Davis became Labour’s corrections spokesperson.
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In 2015, Davis criticised private prison provider Serco’s management of inmates, alleging ‘corruption’ at the Mount Eden remand facility. Following an inquiry, Serco lost its contract to run the facility and Minister of Corrections Sam Lotu-Iiga was relieved of his post. Davis also criticized the Australian government for its incarceration of New Zealand expatriates facing deportation. Davis has also drawn attention to the disproportionately high number of Māori in the New Zealand prison system; with Māori comprising 50.9% of the prison population despite making up just 15% of New Zealand’s population.
On 1 August 2017, Davis was appointed as the new Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, serving under Jacinda Ardern. On 1 September 2017, Ardern corrected Davis after he publicly stated that Labour would campaign on a capital gains tax policy during the 2020 general election rather than implementing it mid-term. On 19 September, Davis indicated that he was willing to sacrifice his position as Deputy Prime Minister in order for Labour to form a coalition government with either New Zealand First or the Green Party. During the 2017 election on 23 September, Davis was re-elected in Te Tai Tokerau and defeated Mana Movement leader Hone Harawira by 4,807 votes.
Kelvin Davis was appointed after the 2017 election as the Minister for Māori Crown Relations (Te Arawhiti), Minister of Corrections, Minister of Tourism, and Associate Minister of Education in the Sixth Labour Government. As Minister of Corrections, Davis has stressed the need to address the high rates of incarceration of Māori people. In August 2018, he called for a change to “a level of imprisonment that is simply devastating our Māori whānau and communities”. During the 2020 New Zealand general election held on 17 October, Davis was re-elected in Te Tai Tokerau by a final margin of 8,164 votes, defeating the Māori Party’s candidate Mariameno Kapa-Kingi.
On the night of Labour’s election victory, Davis attracted online criticism after he delivered a victory speech mocking his National Party opponent Judith Collins, with critics describing it as “despicable,” “ungracious,” and “disgusting.” On 2 November 2020, Davis was allocated a third place in Prime Minister Ardern’s Cabinet, retaining his portfolios as Minister for Māori Crown Relations and Minister of Corrections while picking up the portfolios of Minister for Children and Association Minister of Education with responsibility for Māori Education. That same day, Kelvin Davis indicated that he would not be seeking the role of Deputy Prime Minister, a position usually held by the deputy leader of the senior coalition party or the leader of a coalition partner. Winston Peters, the leader of New Zealand First, had served as Deputy Prime Minister during the first term of the Sixth Labour Government but had lost his seat during the 2020 general election.
During the Waikeria Prison riots that occurred between 29 December 2020 and 3 January 2021, Davis declined to issue public statements on the grounds that doing so would encourage other prisoners to take similar action and that he wanted to leave the response to experts. The Corrections Minister’s silence during the five-day standoff drew criticism from the National Party’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown and Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi, with the former criticizing Davis’ alleged lack of leadership and the latter saying that the prisoners were protesting their rights to basic needs such as clean water, insufficient clothing, and washing facilities. Following the prisoners’ negotiated surrender on 3 January, Davis disputed the prisoners’ claims that the unrest had been sparked by inhumane and unhygienic conditions at the prison. He also stated that “[the men] damaged property worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and they put their own lives and the health and safety of staff and other prisoners at risk.”
In late September 2022, Davis in his capacity as Minister of Oranga Tamariki (the Ministry of Children) made remarks during a Parliamentary debate telling the ACT Party’s children spokesperson Karen Chhour to “enter the Māori world” and stop looking at the world through a “vanilla lens.” Chhour had questioned Davis about the relationship between Oranga Tamariki and the Māori group Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust, which was being investigated for financing Māori Party candidate John Tamihere’s campaign during the 2020 general election.
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Kelvin Davis’ remarks had offended Chhour, who is Māori from the Ngāpuhi iwi, who stated that Davis’ remarks had taken away her mana (prestige). Though Davis initially defended his remarks, he subsequently reached out to Chhour and apologized to her. Davis’ remarks were condemned as racist by ACT Party leader David Seymour. In addition, the ACT Party urged Prime Minister Ardern to order Kelvin Davis to apologize and suspend him.
Kelvin Davis is married to his wife Moira Davis, they had their wedding in New Zealand. His wife was born and raised in Kaitaia. Moira Davis is Pākehā. The couple first met at teachers’ college. Kelvin Davis and his wife Moira Davis have three children: Kelly Davis, Billie Davis and Reweti Davis. Their eldest daughter is Kelly Davis studying law at Auckland University. Their second daughter Billie Davis is a student of health. As of January 2023, Kelvin Davis and his wife Moira Davis are still married.
Kelvin Davis NZ net worth
How much is Kelvin Davis worth? Kelvin Davis net worth is estimated at around $2 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a politician. Kelvin Davis’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $350,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential politicians in New Zealand. Kelvin Davis stands at an appealing height of 1.75m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.