Immediate Past District Governor

Martin Garcia

Martin was raised in New Plymouth, where his father Denis is an Honorary Rotarian and Past-President (Fitzroy).  He studied in Sydney for almost 4 years before taking up residence in Wellington.  There he met Denise and they have six adult children (Vincent, Annaliese, James, Andrea, Kieran and Danielle).
 
He joined the Rotary Club of Tawa in 2002 and has been Director of Club Service, Membership, President (2008-09 and 2015).
 
Martin was Assistant Governor, Wellington 1, 2011-12 (DG Bob Smith), 2012-13 (DG Graeme Blick).  He was a Director on the Board of RNZWCS Ltd from July 2010 (DG Howard Tong) to June 2013, served on the World Community Service/International Service Committee from July 2009 (DG David Watt) to June 2012 and is a Rotary Leadership Institute facilitator.
 
Martin retired in 2016 after over 40 years of government service.  He was a Principal Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and held management roles in the former Ministry of Economic Development.  He is currently a World Trade Organisation dispute settlement panelist requiring occasional travel to Geneva.  Martin has trained overseas governments’ international trade officials in New Delhi, Cairo, Chiang Mai and Wellington.
 
Denise is a member of the Rotary Club of Tawa and is an independent midwife and childbirth educator practising in Wellington.  Martin and Denise have both served on church and community groups, including Martin as chair of the parish council and member of the Archdiocesan Commission for the Family.
 
Martin and Denise value education highly.  He has Masters degrees in management and public administration, to complement his degree in political science and postgraduate diploma in business and administration.  She has a Masters degree in educational leadership to complement her degree in midwifery.  They completed all of their degrees while raising their family.  Three of their children have degrees, two are certified tradesmen and one is still studying.    
 
Martin believes that the role of Rotarians is to help others succeed in their lives and in their communities.  We use our skills and influence to make a difference in the lives of others locally and overseas, building social cohesion and creating peace.