|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for New Zealand First list
1996 – 2008
29 January 1954 |
Carterton, New Zealand
|Political party||Labour (1990–1993)
New Zealand First (1996–2009)
|Spouse(s)||Gail Mark (separated)|
|Awards||Royal Order of Oman
Oman Peace Medal
New Zealand Operational Service Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal (Sinai)
Multinational Service Medal and Bar
Born in Carterton in 1954, Mark was educated at Tararua College. Before entering politics, he served in the New Zealand Army and in both the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces and the Sultan of Oman's Special Forces.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
In the 1993 election he was the Labour candidate for the Selwyn electorate. He was later involved in the discussions about the formation of the New Zealand Democratic Coalition. When these failed, he joined New Zealand First.
He is a member of the New Zealand First party. He has been a list MP from the 1996 elections until his party's failure to retain any seats in the 2008 elections. During the (1996–98) coalition between New Zealand First and the National Party, he was the government's Senior Whip.
Mayor of Carterton
In 2010 he was elected Mayor of Carterton in the Wairarapa. He succeeded outspoken mayor Gary McPhee who retired after two-terms. In the 2013 local elections, Mark was returned as mayor unopposed.
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2013 local body elections
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In July 2013 a controversial spoof video titled "Hitler loses the plot with the three Wairarapa mayors" was posted to YouTube mocking the three Wairarapa Mayors Gary Daniel, Ron Mark, and Adrienne Staples for their preference of a Wairarapa Unitary Authority, and their perceived lack of evidence to support it being viable. It was created by re-dubbing the subtitles from the 2004 German war film "Downfall". The 3 minute long video went viral primarily around the Wairarapa and was reported on in the local newspaper and nationally on news website Stuff. In the newspaper article, Adrienne Staples (Mayor of South Wairarapa ) threatened to sue the suspected creator for defamation, and engaged lawyers to see YouTube remove the video. As of 29.09.13 the video was still available on YouTube.
The Wairarapa Working Party (proponents of Unitary Authority) of whom Carterton Mayor Ron Mark is a part of, has attracted controversy, with GWRC Chair Fran Wilde saying the three Wairarapa Mayors have been "less than honest" on their portrayal of other governance options  and previous Wairarapa mayors voicing concern too. In May 2013 it was alleged a member of the Wairarapa Working Party had threatened and intimidated the Chairman of Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, and other members of the same group, over its lack of support for the proposed Wairarapa Unitary Authority. Anti-Unitary Authority lobby group Better Wairarapa claimed in the same article that the Wairarapa Working Party had taken an "autocratic approach" to decision making within the Wairarapa Working Party.
Formerly married to Gail Mark, née Berry, he has five children and seven grandchildren.
- Fostered NZ Mayor, ex-MP. Fostering Kids Whangai Whakatairangi. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
- "TV3 punished for showing finger gesture". The New Zealand Herald. 28 August 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
- "Ron Mark turns back on NZ First". The New Zealand Herald. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
- Katterns, Tanya (11 October 2010). "Carterton mayor off with a bang". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
- "2013 Local Government Elections Nominations". Carterton District Council. Retrieved 20 September 2013.