Ron Mark

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Ron Mark
Deputy Leader of New Zealand First
Assumed office
3 July 2015
Leader Winston Peters
Preceded by Tracey Martin
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for New Zealand First list
In office
1996 – 2008
Leader Winston Peters
Assumed office
Mayor of Carterton District
In office
October 2010 – September 2014
Preceded by Gary McPhee
Succeeded by John Booth
Personal details
Born (1954-01-29) 29 January 1954 (age 63)
Carterton, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Political party Labour (1990–1993)
New Zealand First (1996–present)
Spouse(s) Gail Mark (separated)
Occupation Business owner/operator
Awards Royal Order of Oman
Oman Peace Medal
New Zealand Operational Service Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal (Sinai)
Multinational Service Medal and Bar
Military service
Allegiance New Zealand
Service/branch New Zealand Army
Rank Major

Ron Stanley Mark (born 1954) is a New Zealand politician, and is the former mayor of Carterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand.

Early years[edit]

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.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1996–1999 45th List 11 NZ First
1999–2002 46th List 4 NZ First
2002–2005 47th List 4 NZ First
2005–2008 48th List 4 NZ First
2014–present 51st List 9 NZ First

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.


The New Zealand television channel TV3 was banned for three days from filming in Parliament in August 2006 for showing Mark repeatedly giving the finger to another MP.[2]

In 2009, Mark told media that while he still had a subscription with New Zealand First, he was "not active", and that wouldn't rule out standing for Parliament with another party.[3]

Mayor of Carterton[edit]

In 2010 he was elected Mayor of Carterton in the Wairarapa. He succeeded outspoken mayor Gary McPhee who retired after two-terms.[4] In the 2013 local elections, Mark was returned as mayor unopposed.[5]

Return to parliament[edit]

In August 2014 it was announced that Mark would return as a New Zealand First MP; he resigned as Mayor and was replaced by John Booth.

On 3 July 2015, he replaced Tracey Martin as deputy leader of NZ First.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Formerly married to Gail Mark, née Berry, he has five children and eleven grandchildren.


  1. ^ Fostered NZ Mayor, ex-MP. Fostering Kids Whangai Whakatairangi. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  2. ^ "TV3 punished for showing finger gesture". The New Zealand Herald. 28 August 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ron Mark turns back on NZ First". The New Zealand Herald. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Katterns, Tanya (11 October 2010). "Carterton mayor off with a bang". Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "2013 Local Government Elections Nominations". Carterton District Council. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Jones, Nicholas (3 July 2015). "Ron Mark new NZ First deputy leader". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 July 2015.