Dave Samuels
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Dave Samuels

Ministry of Māori Development / Te Puni Kōkiri

Te tumu whakarae mō te puni kōkiri (secretary for Māori)

  • Appointed September 2019.
  • Previously helped promote NZ’s primary industries in the Middle East and Asia
  • Led the policy unit at TPK from 2005-2012.
  • Formulated the Māori economic strategy and action plan “He kai kei aku ringa”, released in 2012.
  • Started career as an infantry officer in the NZ Army.
  • Holds a Master of Philosophy in Defence and Strategic Studies from Massey University and a Master of Public Administration (with merit) from Victoria University.
  • No Waikato-Tainui me Te Whakatōhea.


Ministry of Māori Development / Te Puni Kōkiri
Director Policy
Aug 2005 - Mar 2012
Ministry for Primary Industries / Manatū Ahu Matua
Mar 2012 - Mar 2015
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere
Consul and Regional Agriculture Counsellor
Mar 2015 - Jul 2017
Ministry for Primary Industries / Manatū Ahu Matua
Deputy Director General China Relations
Aug 2017 - Sep 2019
Ministry of Māori Development / Te Puni Kōkiri
Secretary for Māori Development and Chief Executive Officer
Sep 2019 - Present

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