Deputy Mayor Martin Gallagher

Deputy Mayor

Phone: 07 838 6980
Mobile: 021 241 8434

A proud and high-profile Hamiltonian and vocal advocate for the city, Martin was born and educated here, attending Whitiora Primary School, Maeroa Intermediate, Hamilton Boys High School and Waikato University.

He developed his keen interest in politics as a child, on a trip to visit family in England in 1960. 

Televised debates of John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon's verbal sparring captured his imagination in the lead-up to the United States presidential election.

Martin has gone on to become one of Hamilton's most experienced public representatives, having served several terms on Council and the Waikato District Health Board, and as Hamilton West MP.

His first stint on Council was from 1985 to 1994, during which he was Deputy Mayor. This was followed by 12 years in Parliament, including roles as Chair of the Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee, Chair of the Law and Order Committee, and Deputy Chair of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee.

After leaving Parliament, Martin was returned to Council in 2010, and in 2016 was appointed is Deputy Mayor for the current term.  He was the top polling candidate in the West Ward in 2010, 2013 and 2016.

He also serves as a Justice of the Peace, and has a number of community roles, including as a Trustee on the board of community access radio station Free FM and as a national board member of Parent to Parent, which runs a strong support network for families raising a child with a disability. He previously served on the Trustbank Community Trust, Hamilton Girls High School Board of Governors and the Waikato Regional Land Transport Committee.

Martin and his wife Gillian, who works in nurse education, have four children.

Outside the council chamber, Martin and Gillian like walking by the Waikato River or Lake Rotoroa, and doing the odd day trip. They particularly enjoy being dropped off at Whale Bay and walking back to Raglan for coffee and fish and chips.

"I love this city and region with a passion, and want to support all of our community's wonderful efforts to make our place even more vital, energetic, creative and a great place to bring up kids." 

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