Mayor of Hamilton, New Zealand

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Julie Hardaker, current mayor of Hamilton

The Mayor of Hamilton, New Zealand is the head of the municipal government of Hamilton, New Zealand, and presides over the Hamilton City Council.

The incumbent is Julie Hardaker, who was first elected in the 2010 local government elections. She was re-elected in 2013 and is the first incumbent Mayor of Hamilton to be re-elected since Margaret Evans in 1985.

History[edit]

Mayoral elections were originally held annually but have been triennial since 1935. Elections were initially held in December, in April or May from 1901–1947, and have most recently taken place in October.

In 1989, Evans was the first woman to be elected Mayor of Hamilton. Following her retirement in 1998, all subsequent incumbents were defeated at their next election until Hardaker's 2013 re-election.

List of Mayors of Hamilton[edit]

Name Entered Office Left Office Reason for leaving office
1 Isaac Richardson Vialou February 1878 December 1878 Did not contest the following election
2 John Blair Whyte December 1878 December 1879 Did not contest the following election
3 Thomas Dawson December 1879 March 1880 Resigned
4 Dr Bernard Charles Beale March 1880 December 1880 Did not contest the following election
5 John Knox December 1880 December 1883 Did not contest the following election
6 Robert Peat December 1883 December 1884 Defeated
7 William Australia Graham December 1884 May 1887 Resigned
8 Charles John Wright Barton June 1887 January 1888 Resigned
9 Isaac Coates January 1888 October 1889 Resigned
10 William Jones October 1889 December 1889 Did not contest the following election
Isaac Coates, 2nd period December 1889 December 1892 Did not contest the following election
11 John Parr December 1892 December 1893 Did not contest the following election
12 William Dey December 1893 December 1899 Did not contest the following election
13 George Edgecumbe December 1899 May 1901 Did not contest the following election
14 Robert William Dyer May 1901 May 1903 Did not contest the following election
Charles John Wright Barton, 2nd period May 1903 October 1903 Resigned
William Dey, 2nd period October 1903 May 1905 Did not contest the following election
15 James Shiner Bond May 1905 May 1909 Did not contest the following election
16 Alexander Young May 1909 May 1912 Did not contest the following election (was elected as MP for Waikato, 1911)
17 Arthur Edward Manning May 1912 November 1915 Resigned
18 John Edwin Hammond December 1915 June 1916 Died in office
19 John Robert Fow June 1916 May 1917 Did not contest the following election
20 John William Ellis May 1917 August 1918 Died in office
John Robert Fow, 2nd period August 1918 May 1919 Did not contest the following election
21 Percy Harold Watts May 1919 April 1920 Resigned
John Robert Fow, 3rd period May 1920 May 1931 Defeated
22 Dr Frances Dewsbury Pinford May 1931 May 1933 Defeated
John Robert Fow, 4th period May 1933 May 1938 Did not contest the following election
23 Harold David Caro May 1938 November 1953 Defeated
24 Roderick Alastair MacDonald Braithwaite November 1953 December 1959 Did not contest the following election
25 Denis Rogers December 1959 October 1968 Defeated
26 Mike Minogue October 1968 May 1976 Resigned
27 Bruce Craig Beetham May 1976 October 1977 Did not contest the following election
28 Sir Ross Malcolm Jansen October 1977 November 1989 Defeated
29 Margaret Evans November 1989 November 1998 Retired
30 Russell Matthew Rimmington November 1998 November 2001 Defeated
31 David Braithwaite November 2001 November 2004 Defeated
32 Michael Redman November 2004 May 2007 Resigned to take up position as CEO of Hamilton City Council
33 Bob Simcock 23 May 2007 31 October 2010 Named interim Mayor until local government elections in October, then elected. Defeated in 2010 Elections.
34 Julie Hardaker 1 November 2010

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Gibbons, P.J. (1977), Astride the River. Published for the Hamilton City Council by Whitcoulls Limited, pp317–318 and Hamilton City Council Annual Plans.
  • Hamilton City Council Annual Statement of Accounts and Waikato Times index at Hamilton City Libraries.
  • Darryl Pike, Archivist, Hamilton City Libraries (Personal communication).