I was elected as a Hamilton City Councillor in 2013 and became Mayor of Hamilton in 2016.
I believe my experience running a business at the coal face, where I’ve had to go against the grain at times and make hard and fast decisions, is a valuable asset to our city.
Over the course of my career, I have learned how to work hard, navigate changing economic landscapes and overcome some fairly substantial setbacks.
My business Kings Finance is a well-established lender of construction & development finance. I also own commercial property in Hamilton and have various other business interests in the city.
Other than a three-year OE in England, I have lived in Hamilton since I was 13. I grew up in a happy family with one sister and four brothers. My father, David, worked for the ANZ bank and my mother, Irma May, was a full-time mother and a classical piano teacher.
I attended Hamilton Boys’ High School and then studied mechanical and electrical trades at Wintec. I then headed to the UK for an OE, where I lived and worked in London and travelled extensively through Europe and the Middle East.
In 1991 I started Andrew King Electrical, which specialised in installing and maintaining plastic extrusion machinery, microwave repeater equipment and push-to-talk radio systems. I started building up a portfolio of commercial property around the same time and then started trading in vehicles and finance. I started Kings Cars in 1996 and Kings Finance in 2006.
My path to business success hasn’t always been plain sailing. My first major investment venture resulted in the loss of my life savings in the 1987 stock market crash. Then in 2006, Kings Cars had to be quickly down-sized to avoid becoming an early casualty of the global financial crisis. This was achieved with all creditors paid and all 36 staff being placed in alternative employment, with most of those employment placements being personally organised by me.
I managed to recover from the stock market crash by going to the UK to work as an electrician and then investing the pounds I saved in commercial property. I then overcame the dramatic downsizing of Kings Cars by expanding my finance business.
I’ve learnt some hard lessons with my own money during my years in business and I believe I can use that experience to help our city grow.
I live in Hamilton's central business district with my wife Anne and we both attend Gateway Church. Anne and I have three children: Sarah completed a communications degree with honours at Waikato University and now lives and works in Auckland. Malcolm is a full-time tri-athlete (www.malcolmking.nz), and Joshua completed a business degree at Wintec and has studyied Mandarin and Chinese culture in China for two years. He now owns and runs Sunny Nelson Real Fruit Ice-cream in Greenwood Street.
Hamilton has been good to me and my family. My children have grown up here and finished all their schooling and tertiary training here. I believe the people here are straight forward and honest and I enjoy living in Hamilton.
Thank you for supporting me to help govern our city, Hamilton.