Harold Martin (politician)

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Harold Martin
Harold Martin.jpg
Harold Martin in 2012.
President of the Government of New Caledonia
In office
11 March 2011 – 5 June 2014
Preceded by Philippe Gomès
Succeeded by Cynthia Ligeard
In office
7 August 2007 – 5 June 2009
Preceded by Marie-Noëlle Thémereau
Succeeded by Philippe Gomès
Personal details
Born (1954-04-06) 6 April 1954 (age 60)
Nouméa, New Caledonia
Nationality French
Political party L'Avenir Ensemble
Spouse(s) Hélène Messud

Harold Martin (born 6 April 1954, Nouméa, New Caledonia) is a New Caledonian politician, President of the Government of New Caledonia (from 7 August 2007 to 10 May 2009 and again from 3 March 2011 to 5 June 2014) and, since May 22, 2009, President of the Congress of New Caledonia. Former student as a site manager in the ESTP, Martin replaced Marie-Noëlle Thémereau as the leader of the ruling Future Together party after the party suffered an electoral setback to choose the territory’s two members of the French assembly.[1]

Coming from one of the oldest families of European origin, Martin is descended from a nephew of James Paddon, the British adventurer widely credited as having been the first European settler on the island, before the French annexation in 1853.

Further, he directs an agricultural society. Thus, he has been president of the Council on the Regulation and Establishment of Agricultural Prices (ERPA) in 1991, 1993, and from 1994 to 1995.


  1. ^ "Harold Martin elected new president of New Caledonia". Radio New Zealand International. Retrieved 2007-08-10.