1959 Christchurch mayoral election

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1959 Christchurch mayoral election
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← 1958 21 November 1959 1962 →
Turnout28,664 (32.47%)
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Candidate George Manning Harold Smith
Party Labour Citizens'
Popular vote 15,076 13,312
Percentage 52.60 46.44

Mayor before election

George Manning

Elected Mayor

George Manning

The 1959 Christchurch mayoral election was part of the New Zealand local elections held that same year. In 1959, election were held for the Mayor of Christchurch plus other local government positions. The polling was conducted using the standard first-past-the-post electoral method.


Sitting mayor George Manning was re-elected for a full term, with a decreased majority, opposed only by Harold Smith of the Citizens' Association. Smith was successful in winning a seat on the council and was appointed deputy mayor.[1] The Citizens' Association won every council seat leaving Manning as the only Labour Party elected representative in Christchurch.


The following table gives the election results:

1959 Christchurch mayoral election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Manning 15,076 52.60 -4.73
Citizens' Harold Smith 13,312 46.44
Informal votes 276 0.96 +0.38
Majority 1,764 6.15 -9.10
Turnout 28,664 32.47 +7.36


  1. ^ "Mayors Opponent To Become Deputy-Mayor". The Press. 23 November 1959. p. 14.
  2. ^ "Mayoral Poll – Mr Manning Succeeds". The Press. 23 November 1959. p. 14.