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.
At 16 he went into the New Zealand Army’s Regular Force Cadet School, Waiouru, graduating in 1971 as a soldier mechanic.
In 1978 he was accepted for Officer Cadet Training and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant.
In 1982, as a mechanical engineering officer, he successfully completed the NZSAS selection course. That same year he was one of five New Zealand Army officers deployed to help set up the Multinational Force and Observers peacekeeping operation in the Sinai desert.
From 1985 to 1990 he served in the Sultan of Oman’s Defence Forces finishing as a Major.
Ron was elected to Parliament in 1996 as a New Zealand First List MP and has held a range of portfolios including spokesman for New Zealand First on Defence, Law and Order, Corrections, Police, Mental Health, Veteran’s Affairs, Disarmament and Arms Control, Sport and Recreation, Youth Affairs, Local Government and Building and Construction.
In 2010 Ron was elected Mayor of Carterton and was re-elected unopposed in 2013.
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.