Mr Walker is a born-and-bred Dunedinite. He attended John McGlashan College and holds a Diploma in Television and Film from Otago School of Media. His family ties to the city stretch over 160 years.
After completing his studies in Dunedin, he moved to Auckland, completed a degree in accountancy, and in 2012 started his own property management business, which is now being franchised.
Alongside his successful business career, Mr Walker has been a youth mentor for young people suffering Type One Diabetes, and lives with the condition himself. He is also a keen sportsman, and is a first class rugby referee who has refereed games around the world.
“Dunedin is my home and I am passionate about the city where I was born and grew up,” said Mr Walker.
“I’ve returned to Dunedin to run because I want Dunedin to be a place more people want to move to and have a family, a place where more students want to stay on when they finish their studies.
“I will be a strong and passionate voice in John Key’s National Party for the people of Dunedin South if elected in September.”
He also plays the bagpipes.
As the party’s Southern regional chair, I was involved in the selection and am delighted that Hamish is our candidate.
Dunedin South has been regarded as a safe Labour seat but National won the party vote in the electorate three years ago.
Jo Hayes, who stood for National there then, is contesting another electorate this time and Hamish will be working very hard to build on her achievement.
The seat has turned from red to purple and he has the ability to turn it blue.