Andrew joined Council via the West Ward in 2013 and then became Mayor in 2016, when he was elected on a platform of managing the city's growth and reducing red tape.
His Frankton-based business Kings Finance is a well-known lender of personal, vehicle, construction and development finance. He also owns Kings Cars and has various other commercial property and business interests in Hamilton.
Andrew has lived in Hamilton since he was 13, growing up in a happy family with one sister and four brothers. His father David worked for the ANZ bank and his mother Irma May was a full-time mother and classical piano teacher.
He attended Hamilton Boys' High School and studied mechanical and electrical trades at Wintec. He then headed to the UK for an OE, where for three years he lived and worked in London and travelled extensively through Europe.
In 1991 he started Andrew King Electrical, which specialised in installing and maintaining plastic extrusion machinery, microwave repeater equipment and push-to-talk radio systems. He started building up a portfolio of commercial property around that time and then started trading in vehicles and finance, founding Kings Cars in 1996 and Kings Finance in 2006.
Andrew and has wife Anne, who both attend Gateway Church, lived in Dinsdale for many years, prior to moving into the central city in 2017. Anne supports a children's home in Odisha in India and the couple have provided respite care for children under Child, Youth and Family care.
Their three grown-up children are all accomplished in their fields. Sarah has a communications degree with honours from The University of Waikato and now lives and works in Auckland. Malcolm is a full-time tri-athlete (see malcolmking.nz), and Joshua has a business degree from Wintec, has studied Mandarin and Chinese culture and now lives in China, where he works in trade between the two countries.
In his first term as a councillor from 2013, Andrew served as the deputy chair of Council's Strategy and Policy Committee, sat on the Organisations Committee, the Finance Committee, the Business and Investment Sub-Committee, and as Chair of the Libraries Review and the Beale Historical Cottage Review.
As Mayor from late 2016, he put in place Council's current committee structure and sits as an ordinary member on all of them.
Andrew prefers "functionality over flashiness", a quality he says is reflected in Hamilton and its people.
"I believe the people here are straight forward and honest and I love living in Hamilton."
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