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A background in the fostering system - 29 October 2019



Tue 29 Oct 2019, 06:00 pm


Tue 29 Oct 2019, 08:30 pm


Mana Cruising Club
Ngatitoa Domain (off Pascoe Avenue)


Community, Children Issues Causes, For Kids, Leadership


Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets, Mobility parking



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Ron Mark was born in Masterton and was raised as a ward of the state. He grew up in a number of foster homes in Napier and the Wairarapa before attending Tararua College.

Ron is of Maori and Irish descent. His iwi affiliations are Ngati Raukawa, Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa, Ati Awa, Ngati Porou, Whakatohea, Rangitane and Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa. Ron is a father of five and a grandfather of 12.

Quite incidentally, Ron replaced Tracey Martin as deputy leader of New Zealand First on 3 July 2015 following the 2017 election. He was appointed Minister of Defence and Veterans in the coalition government.

However, Ron Mark is not coming to talk to us about politics but rather about his background in the fostering system.

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