Vui Mark Gosche (born December 02, 1955, Auckland, New Zealand) is a former New Zealand Member of Parliament (MP) for the Labour Party. Gosche was bestowed with the Samoan matai title Vui at his grandmother’s village of Lano in Samoa in April of 2007.
Gosche resigned from his Ministerial duties in 2008, to spend more time with his family and take better care of his wife, Carol, who suffered from a brain hemorrhage in 2002. They have three children together: Jessica, Jacob and Kristian (who died in 2007), and are grandparents to two – Izaiah and Bronson (parents are Jacob and Elizabeth Gosche).
Gosche was first elected to the New Zealand Parliament as a List MP in the 1996 elections, but prior to that he worked for the Service Workers Union from 1981 until 1997. In 1999, he won the Maungakiekie seat and went on to hold a number of Cabinet posts. The former parliamentary roles Gosche held during his time as MP include:
- Member – Government Administration Committee – 4 March 1997-19 October 1999
- Member – Transport and Environment Committee – 4 March 1997-19 October 1999
- Minister of Transport – 10 December 1999-27 July 2002
- Minister of Housing – 10 December 1999-12 May 2003
- Minister of Pacific Island Affairs – 10 December 1999-12 May 2003
- Minister of Civil Aviation – 13 November 2000-27 July 2002
- Minister of Corrections – 15 August 2002-12 May 2003
- Minister for Racing – 15 August 2002-12 May 2003
- Member – Social Services Committee – 18 June 2003-8 October 2003
- Member – Officers of Parliament Committee – 30 July 2003-11 August 2005
- Member – Finance and Expenditure Committee – 9 November 2005-3 October 2008
- Chairperson – Transport and Industrial Relations Committee – 9 November 2005-3 October 2008
After leaving parliament, he started his own consultancy business in 2009 under Vuimark Ltd. In 2010, he worked as the National Manager at the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, and a year later he became the Chief Advisor Strategic Relationships for the Ministry where he currently works today.
To this day, Gosche is one of the most well-respected Samoan leaders in New Zealand, especially in the Pasifika community of Maungakiekie.
Highlights & Awards:
- Honoured a Life Membership to the Service & Food Workers Union
- Honoured a Life Membership to the NZ Labour Party