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Hon David Benson-Pope

Published date: 8 Nov 2008
Labour Party
Labour Party
Benson-Pope, David
Benson-Pope, David
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Former Parliamentary Roles

  • Member, Local Government and Environment Committee: 21 December 1999 - 18 June 2002
  • Member, Regulations Review Committee: 21 December 1999 - 18 June 2002
  • Member, Education and Science Committee: 19 June 2001 - 19 March 2002
  • Member, Officers of Parliament Committee: 27 August 2002 - 3 March 2004
  • Member, Standing Orders Committee: 27 August 2002 - 3 March 2004
  • Senior Labour Whip: 15 August 2002 - 26 February 2004
  • Member, Parliamentary Service Commission
  • Minister Responsible for the Law Commission: 26 February 2004 - 21 December 2004
  • Associate Minister of Justice: 26 February 2004 - 16 May 2005
  • Associate Minister for the Environment: 26 February 2004 - 19 October 2005
  • Minister of Fisheries: 26 February 2004 - 19 October 2005
  • Associate Minister of Education: 21 December 2004 - 16 May 2005
  • Minister Responsible for the Education Review Office: 21 December 2004 - 16 May 2005
  • Minister for the Environment: 19 October 2005 - 27 July 2007
  • Minister for Social Development and Employment: 19 October 2005 - 27 July 2007
  • Member, Law and Order Committee: 7 November 2007 - 5 March 2008
  • Deputy-Chairperson, Law and Order Committee: 5 March 2008 - 3 October 2008
  • Member, Local Government and Environment Committee: 7 November 2007 - 3 October 2008

Personal details

  • Born 1950, Dunedin
  • Married with two children

Education/qualifications

  • St Clair School
  • Tahuna Intermediate
  • King’s High School
  • BA (Hons), University of Otago
  • Dip Tchg, Christchurch Teachers College

Career

  • President, Students Association, Christchurch Teachers' College
  • National President, Student Teachers' Association of New Zealand
  • HOD of Languages, Bayfield High School
  • HOD of Outdoor Education, Bayfield High School
  • Convenor, Combined State Unions, Dunedin
  • Councillor, Dunedin City Council: October 1986 - March 2000
  • Director, City Forests Ltd, Dunedin: 18 December 1991 - 19 December 2000
  • Chairperson, Planning and Environment Committee, Dunedin City Council: - 1999
  • Councillor, Otago Polytechnic: - December 1999
  • Member for Dunedin South: 27 November 1999 - 8 November 2008

Community activities

  • Former Council Member and President, Otago Youth Adventure Trust
  • Former Otago Regional Chairperson, NZPPTA
  • Councillor, Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society: - December 1999
  • Inaugural Chairperson, Dunedin Heritage Fund: - December 1999

This is the archived biography page for former Member of Parliament, Hon David Benson-Pope.