David Benson-Pope

The Honourable
David Benson-Pope
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4th Minister for the Environment
In office
19 October 2005 - 27 July 2007
Prime MinisterHelen Clark
Preceded byMarian Hobbs
Succeeded byDavid Parker (acting)
Trevor Mallard
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Dunedin South
In office
1999 - 2008
Preceded byDr Michael Cullen
Succeeded byClare Curran
Majority10,640 (30.27%)
Personal details
Born1950 (age 66-67)
Political partyLabour


David Henry Benson-Pope (given birth to 1950) is a fresh Zealand Labour Party politician who sat in the brand new Zealand Parliament from 1999 to 2008. He previously served like a cupboard minister and in 2013 was elected towards the Dunedin Town Council.

Early career

Created in Dunedin and informed at King's SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Benson-Pope received his tertiary education in the College or university of Otago with the Christchurch University of Education. While learning education he was chief executive of the College students' Association at the faculty, and National Chief executive of the College student Educators' Association of New Zealand. He became mixed up in educators' unions operating as a instructor and was initially elected towards the Dunedin Town Council in Oct 1986. He continued to be a town councillor for five conditions until 1999, when he effectively contested the Dunedin South electorate for the Labour Party.

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament Years Term Electorate List Party 1999–2002 46th Dunedin South 54 Labour 2002–2005 47th Dunedin South 36 Labour 2005–2008 48th Dunedin South 23 LabourIn 2002, Benson-Pope became his party's Senior Whip. He joined Cupboard in 2004, getting Minister of Fisheries, Minister In charge of the Law Commission rate, Affiliate Minister of Justice, Affiliate Minister for Education (colleges) and Affiliate Minister for the surroundings. He oversaw the drafting from the legislation for civil unions in New Zealand.Despite briefly losing his ministerial positions before the 2005 general election, Benson-Pope was appointed Minister of Interpersonal Advancement and Employment and Minister for the surroundings in the 3rd term from the Fifth Labour Authorities of Fresh Zealand.

Allegations of misconduct as a teacher

Benson-Pope was temporarily stood straight down as a cupboard minister in 2005 after allegations from past students about the usage of assault in the classroom. The allegations included stuffing a rugby ball in 14-year-old's mouth area, throwing golf balls at college students to maintain them quiet, stunning a pupil with the trunk of his hands producing the pupil's nasal area bleed at a college camp, and caning students hard plenty of to draw bloodstream. Benson-Pope refused the allegations.Investigate magazine posted, in Feb 2006, allegations that he entered the women' dormitory to awaken college students twice, which he told them once that these were taking too much time to shower following a "mud work." Benson-Pope refused any impropriety.

2007 Environment Ministry allegations

Benson-Pope faced further controversy in 2007, which resulted in the resignation of his ministerial articles and the finish of his Parliamentary profession.In 2007 he resigned the Ministerial posts and resumed the part of the backbencher representing the Dunedin Southern electorate. In 2008 he wanted to recontest the Dunedin South chair with respect to the Labour Party but had not been selected as the Labour Party consultant for the chair.In July 2007 it emerged a politics advisor in Benson-Pope's office (the Labour Party's Trade Union Affiliate Vice-President Steve Hurring) produced calls which resulted in the sacking from the Ministry for the Environment's newly appointed Marketing communications Manager. The problem revolved around her romantic relationship with the principle press secretary to National's parliamentary head John Key, even though she acquired "produced a disclosure of her personal cable connections" through the session procedure. (Under New Zealand's Condition Sector Action, ministers and their employees may not get involved in work matters of their ministries, with regulations putting on CEOs of ministries a "responsibility to act separately of Ministers in issues associated with decisions on specific employees").After weekly of intense pressure focusing not merely over the allegation that his staff had acted improperly, but also that he himself had misled Parliament, the media and his Perfect Minister about his knowledge and involvement, Benson-Pope offered his resignation from Cupboard at noon on Friday 27 July 2007. Following investigations with the Condition Providers Commissioners Hunn and Prebble inform you that neither the Minister nor his personnel acted at all inappropriately.Primary Minister Helen Clark accepted the resignation, saying: "How certain issues have already been handled this week has resulted in a lack of trustworthiness and on that basis I've accepted Mr Benson-Pope's present to stand apart". An editorial commented "Not really for the very first time, he and the federal government have been uncomfortable much less for what he did than for his lack of ability to simply state what he did." Although Benson-Pope was later on cleared of any wrongdoing in cases like this, he continued to be a backbencher for the rest from the parliamentary term.

Later career

In 2008, Benson-Pope was invited to become listed on the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party by leader Julian Crawford, but he declined, saying, "Their judgement has obviously been impaired by their recreational habits". Benson-Pope after that wanted the nomination from the Labour Party to competition the Dunedin South electorate in the 2008 general election but eventually was not selected from the party. His successor, Clare Curran, was duly elected.Time for Dunedin, Benson-Pope worked well like a resource consent manager and sought election towards the Dunedin City Council in the 2013 local body elections. He stood as an unbiased applicant and was elected on 12 Oct 2013. On 26 Feb 2015, Benson-Pope announced that he'd competition the 2016 regional body elections beneath the "Regional Labour" ticket.

Personal life

Benson-Pope is married with twin kids.

Further reading

"A determination associated with an charm by Mr D Benson-Pope and 3 other people against the decisions from the Dunedin Town Council carrying out a overview of its account and the foundation of...". Wellington, [N.Z.]: MUNICIPALITY Fee. 1995.   Benson-Pope, David (2004). "Overview of sustainability methods and other administration handles for the 2004–05 angling calendar year: adaptive administration program". Wellington, [N.Z.]: Ministry of Fisheries.   Benson-Pope, David (2004). "Placing of sustainability methods for green-lipped mussel shares to be presented in to the quota administration program on 1 Oct 2004". Wellington, [N.Z.]: Ministry of Fisheries.   Benson-Pope, David (2004). "Placing of sustainability methods for stocks to become introduced in to the quota administration program on 1 Oct 2004". Wellington, [N.Z.]: Ministry of Fisheries.