Dave Samuels

Presenter - Agency Session & Agency Panel

Looking back and looking forward: what can we expect?

Thursday 25 Feb, 1315-1445

Dave (David) Tokohau Samuels is a seasoned public service leader with strong ties to iwi, hapū and whānau Māori.

 

After working in the international arena for the past five years growing trade and market access in New Zealand’s primary industries in the Middle East and Asia, Dave has returned home to lead Te Puni Kōkiri.

 

He has a strong background in policy and economic development including leading the Policy unit at Te Puni Kōkiri from 2005-2012. During his time as the Policy Director, he led successful initiatives to bolster Māori economic and business development and the development of the Māori Economic Strategy and Action Plan “He kai kei aku ringa” which was released in 2012.

 

His career began as an infantry officer in the New Zealand Army.  Years later, Dave attained a Master of Philosophy (Humanities and Social Sciences) in Defence and Strategic Studies from Massey University and a Master of Public Administration degree (with Merit) from Victoria University of Wellington.