Dover Spencer Peneha Samuels
(born 9 July 1939) was a Labour
Member of Parliament in New Zealand
from 1996 to 2008 inclusive.
He first entered Parliament as a list MP
in the 1996 elections
, and was the MP for Te Tai Tokerau
since the 1999 elections
. When the Labour Party formed a government following its victory in 1999, Samuels became the Minister of Māori Affairs
, but resigned this role in June 2000 pending an investigation into alleged sex crimes
committed before he entered politics. The police later cleared Samuels of all charges, and Samuels alleged that the accusations had political motivations. He returned to the portfolio in 2002, but in 2005 was involved in further controversy following a late-night incident in which he publicly urinated
in a hallway within Auckland
's Heritage hotel.
Samuels lost his Māori electorate
of Te Tai Tokerau
in 2005 to the Māori Party
candidate Hone Harawira
. However, he was returned to parliament due to his high position on the Labour Party list. He was made the Associate Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Tourism and Industry and Regional Development.
On 31 October 2007, during the Cabinet reshuffle, Samuels lost his position as a Minister outside Cabinet and was replaced by Darren Hughes. He returned to the backbench.
Samuels did not contest the 2008 election
He is an active member of the Ratana Established Church
of New Zealand.
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