Grant Gillon

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Grant Gillon
Member of the New Zealand House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Political party Alliance Government
Shore Action Local Body
ChildrenJohn Gillon
Paula Gillon

Grant Gillon is a former New Zealand politician. He was a member of parliament between 1996 and 2002, representing the Alliance Party, has held a number of seats in local government. He previously served on the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board representing Shore Action. [1]


He is a senior lecturer in paramedicine and emergency management at the Auckland University of Technology. [2]

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
1996 1999 45th List11 Alliance
1999 2002 46th List7 Alliance

Gillon's political career began when he joined the Democratic Party. In 1991, the Democratic party joined the Alliance as one of the four founding parties. In the 1993 election, Gillon stood in the Glenfield electorate and came third. [3]

Gillon was elected to Parliament as an Alliance list MP in the 1996 election, having been ranked in eleventh place on the party list. [4] [5] He was re-elected to Parliament in the 1999 election. While an MP, Gillon was a Government Whip, Deputy Chair of the Government Administration Select Committee, members of the MMP Review Committee, a member of the Privileges, Officers of Parliament, Standing Orders, Members' Services, Business, Parliamentary Services, Legislative, Cabinet and other parliamentary committees.[ citation needed ]

In 2001, Gillon became leader of the Democratic Party, replacing John Wright. [6]

When the Alliance collapsed in 2002, Gillon and the Democratic Party joined Jim Anderton's breakaway party, the Progressive Coalition. In the 2002 election, Gillon was ranked third on the Progressive Coalition list, behind Jim Anderton and Matt Robson. [7] Gillon left the Democratic Party and moved to the Progressive Coalition. [8] Gillon became President of the Progressive Coalition until he stood down in 2007.[ citation needed ]

He has served as the North Shore City Councillor (representing the Harbour Ward and Chair of the Strategy and Finance Committee) and Birkenhead/Northcote Community Board member, elected to both the City Council and Community Board.[ citation needed ]

Gillon is a past Chief Executive Officer for the ISEA union for teachers and past member of the Board of Directors of the state-owned enterprise AsureQuality.[ citation needed ]

Gillon has also worked as a dairy farmer, senior fire officer, and an entrepreneur in light manufacturing, printing, educational resource and publishing.[ citation needed ] As of 2017 he managed the Esplanade Hotel on Auckland's North Shore. [9]

During the 2016 Auckland elections, Gillon ran for the North Shore ward of the Auckland Council and missed out on a seat by 128 votes. [10] He was re-elected to the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board as its Chair. [11]

He tried to win election to Auckland Council under the More for the Shore banner in the 2019 local body elections but was unsuccessful, being defeated by the two incumbent councillors.


Gillon's published works include:

He has also contributed chapters to other works, including:


Gillon and his family have been long-term residents of the North Shore.[ where? ] Gillon also performs community work and is a member of the Birkenhead Licensing Trust, [12] Northart, Birkenhead-Northcote Glenfield Community Trust and other community organisations.[ citation needed ]

His daughter, Paula, is also active in Auckland local body politics; having been elected in 2001 to the North Shore City Council two weeks after reaching the required age of eighteen.

Gillon has a master's degree in Public Policy and a PhD in Public Policy.

Related Research Articles


  1. "Kaipātiki Local Board",
  2. "Dr Grant Gillon", AUT staff profile page
  3. Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). Chief Electoral Office. 1993.
  4. "Summary of Party List and Electorate Candidate Seats" (PDF). Chief Electoral Office . Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  5. "Part III – Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  6. "New Democratic leader gives Alliance solidarity assurances". The New Zealand Herald . 25 November 2001. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  7. "Progressives announce candidate list". The New Zealand Herald . 10 August 2005. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  8. "Go-it-alone spirit spurs final split from Alliance". The New Zealand Herald . 14 October 2002. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  9. Simon Maude (11 May 2017). "Inside the plan to run the government from a seaside suburb in Auckland". Auckland Now.
  10. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. "Contact Devonport-Takapuna Local Board". Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  12. " Trustees",