Mayor of Nelson, New Zealand
The Mayor of Nelson is the head of the municipal government of Nelson, New Zealand, and presides over the Nelson City Council. The mayor is directly elected using a First Past the Post electoral system. The current mayor is Rachel Reese, who was elected in October 2013.
Joseph Dodson was elected as the first Mayor of Nelson on 1 May 1874 by the City Councillors under the Municipal Corporations Act 1867. He was unanimously elected to the position. Dodson was a former member of the Nelson Board of Works. Councillor Fell noted that Dodson had taken great interest in the welfare of Nelson and was an upright gentleman with integrity.
The new council came into immediate conflict with the provincial government over finances. Nelson went bankrupt, the mayor resigned on 8 January 1875, and so did most of the councillors. A special meeting of the remaining Councillors was held on 12 January 1875 to appoint a new Mayor but no one was forthcoming. A public meeting was held on the Friday to determine the wishes of the ratepayers.
Despite the meeting it was not until 26 February 1875 that a new Mayor, Joseph Levien was appointed. Levien is credited with having set systems in place and employed capable staff that the financial crisis was able to be overcome. Levien died after only a short time in office on 7 June 1876.
Edward Everett was the third mayor. He was elected unopposed on 16 June 1876 and resigned on 1 September 1877 in order to travel to England. William Reid Waters was appointed by the councillors to fill the vacancy left by Everett. Waters was mayor until 19 December 1877 when Joseph Dodson was elected for a second time in his place.
When Dodson retired on 22 November 1881 Everett was elected mayor for a second term. Everett was Mayor until 1882.
Jesse Piper was mayor in 1904–1905. He lost the mayoralty in 1905 to Baigent, but succeeded again in 1906 over the candidate put forward by Baigent. In the 1910 election Piper stood against Thomas Pettit and lost by 768 votes to 969.
William Lock replaced Thomas Field as Mayor after a fairly terse campaign against William Snodgrass in 1913. The following year he won again with only a 5 vote majority, but lost in 1915 to Charles Harley. Harley did not stand in 1917 and Snodgrass was elected.
Lock had continued to campaign for the Mayoralty and was re-elected in 1921, ousting Snodgrass. Lock remained Mayor until 1927 when Walter Moffatt came to power. Moffat retired in 1935 due to ill health and George Page was elected in his place. In the early 1940s Page suffered from a prolonged period of ill health and was replaced by Edgar Neale, the Deputy Mayor, in 1941.
1999 to present
List of Mayors
The list below shows all Mayors of Nelson since the first Nelson City Council meeting in April 1874.
|4||William Reid Waters||1877|
|Joseph Dodson||1877–1881||2nd period|
|Edward Everett||1881–1882||2nd period|
|5||Charles Yates Fell||1882–1887|||
|8||Joseph Auty Harley||1899–1901|||
|Henry Baigent||1905–1906||2nd period|
|Jesse Piper||1906–1910||2nd period|
|William Lock||1921–1927||2nd period|
|19||Joseph Auty Harley||1947–1956|
|22||Trevor F Horne||1968–1971|
|23||Roy A McLennan||1971–1980|
|25||Hon Philip Woollaston||1992–1998|
|29||Rachel Reese||2013 – present|
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