Martin completed his schooling in King William’s Town South Africa, and went into military service.  He studied and worked in the IT industry and in the early 90’s ran his own IT consultancy business both in South Africa and later in New Zealand. He and his family came to New Zealand in January 1996 and lived in Wellington.

In August 2011 Martin moved to Christchurch with his wife Natalie and has always resided in the Ilam electorate. He worked as a Solutions Architect at the Canterbury District Health Board for 4 1/2 years. He has now reestablished his consulting firm and currently he consults as an Enterprise Solutions Architect.

He is an avid follower of all things sport – played rugby for the 1st XV at school, has run approximately 40 marathons and ultra-marathons, played social squash and has more than 150 logged scuba dives. He enjoys a round of golf as a member of the Coringa Country Club.

Martin has a strong sense of justice, and holds the opinion that offenders should be held accountable for their actions.  More importantly however, he is interested in the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders as productive members of society. In support of this he has been an active volunteer with Corrections New Zealand since 2012.

Close to his heart is the preservation of life and strong families. He has been a fervent pro-life advocate and supporter of the 40 Days for Life movement for the past 3 years.  He also supports the work of the John Paul II Centre for Life.

Martin believes that voting is a cornerstone of democracy as it is voice of the people. It is for this reason that the binding citizens initiated referenda policy of the Conservative Party has resonated so strongly with him.

Martin believes it is these Conservative Party principles of Democracy, Family and Justice that offer voters the chance to “Hit the Reset button” on the future of New Zealand.