Ross Jansen

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Sir Ross Jansen
Jansen opens the Bryce Street PlaceMakers, Hamilton, in 1982
28th Mayor of Hamilton
In office
October 1977 – November 1989
Preceded by Bruce Beetham
Succeeded by Margaret Evans
Personal details
Born Ross Malcolm Jansen
(1932-09-06)6 September 1932
Carterton, New Zealand
Died 15 December 2010(2010-12-15) (aged 78)
Orewa, New Zealand

Sir Ross Malcolm Jansen KBE (6 September 1932 – 15 December 2010) was mayor of Hamilton, New Zealand, from 1977 to 1989. He was an expert in local government, held a variety of positions, was academically acknowledged, and received a number of honours.


Jansen was born on 6 September 1932 in Carterton, and was educated in the Wairarapa and at Victoria University College, from where he graduated with a LLB in 1957.[1] He became a barrister and solicitor. In the 1972 election, he stood in the new Hamilton East electorate for the National Party, but was defeated by Labour's Rufus Rogers.

Jansen served as deputy chairman of the Waikato United Council from 1980 to 1986 and chairman from 1986 to 1989. He was a member of Hamilton City Council, and was elected mayor of Hamilton in 1977, holding office until 1989.[2] In 1984 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Waikato.[3] He subsequently completed a DPhil in 1993 at the same institution about New Zealand local government reform in the 1980s.[4]

Jansen was president of the Municipal Association of New Zealand from 1984 to 1987, and was the first President of the New Zealand Local Government Association.[2] He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1986 New Year Honours,[5] and Knight Commander of the same order in the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honours.[6] In 1990 he was awarded Life Membership of the New Zealand Local Government Association.[7] From 1990 to 1993 he was Chairperson of the Waikato Regional Council.[2] He was appointed chairman of the Local Government Commission from 1998 to 2001.[7]

Jansen died at his home in Orewa, north of Auckland, on 15 December 2010.[8]


  1. ^ "NZ university graduates 1870–1961: I–K". Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biographies of Chairpersons". Local Government Commission. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Honorary Doctors of the University of Waikato". University of Waikato. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Catalogue search". University of Waikato. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  5. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50362, 30 December 1985. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  6. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 51774, 16 June 1989. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Life Members". Local Government New Zealand. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Obituary: Sir Ross Malcolm Jansen". The New Zealand Herald. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010.