Mark Peck

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Mark Peck
Personal details
Born (1953-07-16) 16 July 1953 (age 63)
Hamilton, Ohio, United States
Political party Labour
Residence Wellington, New Zealand
Occupation Politician

Mark Everett Peck (born 16 July 1953) is a New Zealand politician and a member of the Labour Party. Since 2013, he has been a Wellington City Councillor, and was MP for Invercargill from 1993 to 2005.

Early life[edit]

Peck was born in 1953 in the town of Hamilton, Ohio, United States, and arrived in New Zealand in 1963.[1] His father, Reverend Robert Logan Peck, was an Anglican priest, journalist and politician, and stimulated Mark's interest in politics at an early age, leading him to seek positions in the Labour-influenced trade unions.[citation needed]

Professional life[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1993–1996 44th Invercargill Labour
1996–1999 45th Invercargill 21 Labour
1999–2002 46th Invercargill 27 Labour
2002–2005 47th Invercargill 28 Labour

Peck won the National Party dominated electorate of Invercargill in the 1993 election. In 2002, he missed out getting promoted to cabinet and after that, he became more distant to his party colleagues and started feeling lonely.[2] He represented the electorate until retiring from the House of Representatives twelve years later in September 2005; he claims that he made the decision to retire at his birthday in 2004.[2]

During his hiatus from politics, he has been a director of the anti-smoking organisation Smokefree Coalition.[3] Since 2009 he has run a café "Little Peckish" in central Wellington with his wife Margaret.[4]

In the October 2013 local elections, Peck successfully ran for Wellington City Council in the Lambton ward.[5] Peck voted for Wellington City Council to introduce a 'living wage' for council employees. However he did not intend to apply a living wage to those he employs in his cafe.[6] Peck retired at the local elections in October 2016.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In early 2005, after crashing his car while drink driving, Peck spoke publicly about his addiction to alcohol since he was a young man, and how he had checked himself into an addiction rehabilitation centre.[2]


  1. ^ Temple, Philip (1994). Temple's Guide to the 44th New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: McIndoe Publishers. p. 78. ISBN 0 86868 159 8. 
  2. ^ a b c Gregory, Angela (5 February 2005). "MP owns up to his alcoholism". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Smokefree Coalition Director Walks Out of Seminar". Scoop. 24 March 2006. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Romanos, Joseph (24 March 2006). "Feeling peckish, head to Dukes Arcade". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wellington City Council 2013 Triennial Elections: Preliminary Result" (PDF). Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Chapman, Katie; Wannan, Olivia (12 December 2013). "Living wage voted in despite criticism". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  7. ^ Forbes, Michael (18 July 2016). "Fresh faces guaranteed around Wellington City Council table post-election". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Rob Munro
Member of Parliament for Invercargill
Succeeded by
Eric Roy