Ray Wallace has had a 30-year career in public and community service, most recently as Mayor of Hutt City Council. He helped establish the Hutt Youth Council and Wainuiomata Community Patrol Group.
He joined the Hutt Rape Crisis Centre Board and drove fundraising for the Centre. He oversaw a major Hutt City rejuvenation programme. He was a key driver of the Wainuiomata Hill shared cycle/pathway.
He organised fundraising for the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade, founded the Wainuiomata Youth Awards and co-founded the Wainuiomata Budget Service. He chaired his local community trust and the Local Democracy Coalition.
He was Secretary of the local foodbank and organised many community-wide food collections. Mr Wallace is Vice President of Sister Cities New Zealand and initiated exchanges with Japan, China and the United States.