|Deputy Leader of New Zealand First|
3 July 2015 – Present
|Preceded by||Tracey Martin|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for New Zealand First list
1996 – 2008
|Mayor of Carterton District|
October 2010 – September 2014
|Preceded by||Gary McPhee|
|Succeeded by||John Booth|
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
|Service/branch||New Zealand Army|
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. On 3 July 2015, he replaced Tracey Martin as deputy leader of NZ First.
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. 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.
Formerly married to Gail Mark, née Berry, he has five children and eleven grandchildren.
- Fostered NZ Mayor, ex-MP. Fostering Kids Whangai Whakatairangi. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
- Jones, Nicholas (3 July 2015). "Ron Mark new NZ First deputy leader". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
- "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.