Martin Gallagher

Martin Owen Gallagher
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Hamilton West
In office
6 November 1993  12 October 1996
Preceded by Grant Thomas
Succeeded by Bob Simcock
In office
27 November 1999  8 November 2008
Preceded by Bob Simcock
Succeeded by Tim Macindoe
Personal details
Born 11 February 1952
Nationality New Zealand
Political party Labour
Children Four
Occupation Teacher

Martin Owen Gallagher JP (born 11 February 1952 in Hamilton)[1] is a New Zealand politician and was Labour member of Parliament representing the Hamilton West electorate until November 2008. Currently, he is councillor on the Hamilton City Council.

Early life

Gallagher was educated at Hamilton Boys' High School, and the University of Waikato where he completed a Bachelor of Social Science degree. He is a qualified teacher.[2]

Political career

Member of Parliament

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
19931996 44th Hamilton West Labour
19992002 46th Hamilton West none Labour
20022005 47th Hamilton West 31 Labour
20052008 48th Hamilton West 32 Labour

He was first elected to Parliament in the 1993 elections, when he won the Hamilton West electorate. In the 1996 elections, however, he was defeated by National's Bob Simcock. In the 1999 elections, he won back the electorate. At the 2005 elections, he had a slender majority of 825 votes,[3] 2.0% more than his opponent. In the 2008 general election he was defeated by National's Tim Macindoe.[4] His list placing of 41 meant that he was not returned to Parliament. The swing in Hamilton West at the 2008 election against Gallagher was less than half the nationwide swing against his Government.

Gallagher was Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee and formerly the Law and Order Select Committee.

Local body politics

Before standing for Parliament, Gallagher was a councillor for the Hamilton City Council from 1985–1994, and served as Deputy Mayor of Hamilton from 1988–1993.[2][5]

After losing his Parliamentary seat in 2008, Gallagher returned to local body politics. In the 2010 and 2013 local elections, he ran for the Hamilton City Council and the Waikato District Health Board as an independent candidate.[6][7] He was returned for both positions in each election.[8][9]

Personal life

Gallagher has four children[2] and is related to the well known Waikato family who run Gallagher Group, an international farming and security company.

Gallagher is a Justice of the Peace. He returned to teaching after being ousted in the 2008 election.[10]


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  2. "Official Count Results - Hamilton West". Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  3. "Official Count Results - Hamilton West". Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  4. "Martin Gallagher". Hamilton City Council. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  5. Neems, Jeff. "Gallagher announces council, board bid". Waikato Times. Fairfax New Zealand. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  6. "Martin Gallagher". Elections 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  7. "Martin Gallagher". Elections 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  8. "Martin Gallagher". Elections 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  9. Preston, Nikki (13 March 2010). "Wilson, Gallagher may stand". Waikato Times. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Grant Thomas
Member of Parliament for Hamilton West
Succeeded by
Bob Simcock
Preceded by
Bob Simcock
Succeeded by
Tim Macindoe
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