Councillor - East Ward
Phone: 021 741 021
Garry is in his third term on the Council, having first served from 1998 to 2001 and then again since 2013. Whilst he has travelled extensively overseas, Garry is a life-long Hamiltonian.
You don't get much more Hamilton than attending Vardon Primary, Maeroa Intermediate and Hamilton Boys' High School. He then went on to study economics, accountancy, finance and marketing in attaining a Degree in Business Management at The University of Waikato.
Garry's work experience includes accountancy, having done audit and consultancy work with Deloittes and a very enjoyable stint as Company Accountant at Hamilton firm Convex Plastics Ltd. But his most notable and successful business activity has been his very active involvement in Hamilton's thriving fitness industry, having owned and operated several gyms, most notably Lims Sports Spectrum and Hamilton's Les Mills gym for about 20 years.
Garry's interest in politics was kindled when he was at The University of Waikato, particularly his understanding of the importance of reason and freedom in the exercise of human affairs. He has been actively involved with the ACT Party, serving terms as the party's President, Secretary and Treasurer and standing as an electorate candidate in several General Elections.
He also served two terms as Chairperson of the WEL Energy Trust, from 2002 to 2008, during which he championed the introduction of the Trust's very popular power discount scheme and worked vigorously to cut the Trust's operating expenses by nearly half over the six years of his tenure.
In the current term Garry is Chairperson of Council's Finance Committee. His main areas of interest as a councillor are in protecting the rights and assets of ratepayers, property owners and citizens, and minimising rate increases.
He continues to focus on financial matters and the delivery of the core services critical to Hamilton's prosperity and growth. He sees reducing rates, city debt and over-regulation as critical for the growth of housing, industry, business, community groups and general prosperity.
Garry has a very keen interest in sport, particularly rugby and cricket. He played club rugby for over a decade at Hamilton Old Boys and served on the board at Hamilton Old Boys Rugby Sports Club, where he remains a member. He is also a busy father of four school-aged children.