1971 Christchurch mayoral election

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1971 Christchurch mayoral election
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← 1968 12 October 1971 1974 →
Turnout49,310 (56.57%)
  Neville Pickering.jpg Ron Guthrey, 1950.jpg
Candidate Neville Pickering Ron Guthrey
Party Labour Citizens'
Popular vote 25,121 23,212
Percentage 50.94 47.07

Mayor before election

Ron Guthrey

Elected Mayor

Neville Pickering

The 1971 Christchurch mayoral election was part of the New Zealand local elections held that same year. In 1971, elections 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.

Background[edit]

Incumbent mayor Ron Guthrey was defeated by Labour councillor Neville Pickering. It was the first occasion in 46 years that a sitting mayor had been defeated. Labour won a majority on the city council as well, winning control of the council for the first time since 1956, resulting in the composition of the council at eleven seats to eight in favour of the Labour Party.[1]

Mayoralty results[edit]

The following table gives the election results:

1971 Christchurch mayoral election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Neville Pickering 25,121 50.94
Citizens' Ron Guthrey 23,212 47.07 -16.78
Independent Tubby Hansen 618 1.25
Informal votes 359 0.72 ±0.00
Majority 1,909 3.87
Turnout 49,310 56.57 +15.00

Councillor results[edit]

1971 Christchurch local election[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Citizens' Peter Skellerup 27,748 56.27 -1.50
Citizens' Hamish Hay 25,219 51.14 -11.50
Labour Robert Macfarlane 24,217 49.11 +4.14
Labour Albert Orme 23,735 48.13
Labour Brian Alderdice 22,952 46.54 +6.67
Labour Mollie Clark 22,841 46.32
Labour David Caygill 22,662 45.95
Citizens' Peter Douglas Dunbar 22,471 45.57 -6.23
Labour Durham Robert Dowell 22,270 45.16
Citizens' Norman Frank Greenslade 21,944 44.50
Citizens' Helen Garrett 21,879 44.37 -3.53
Citizens' Leslie George Amos 21,780 44.16 -7.26
Labour Mary Batchelor 21,380 43.35
Labour Nancy Sutherland 21,281 43.15
Citizens' Maurice Carter 21,278 43.15 +8.74
Labour Peter William Anderson 21,111 42.81
Labour William Massey 20,634 41.84
Citizens' William Vincent Cowles 20,024 40.60 -10.66
Labour Reginald John Cunningham 19,920 40.39 +5.62
Labour John F. Davidson 19,919 40.39 +5.63
Citizens' Peter Blaxall 19,914 40.38 -4.80
Labour Harold Turner 19,675 39.90
Citizens' Henry Charles Blazey 19,537 39.62 -7.13
Labour Bruce John Corkran 19,530 39.60
Labour Raymond Hugh Murray 19,405 39.35
Citizens' Bruce John Britten 19,243 39.02 -9.06
Citizens' Harold Smith 19,179 38.89 +8.62
Labour John Gordon Power 19,170 38.87
Labour Alexander Fraser Ross 18,963 38.45 +4.79
Labour David Brine 18,883 38.29
Labour David Bernard O'Connell 18,616 37.75
Citizens' Robert Stewart 18,533 37.58 -8.60
Citizens' Alec S. Farrar 18,415 37.34
Citizens' Gordon Denis Hattaway 17,699 35.89 -12.26
Citizens' Ted Taylor 17,356 35.19 -11.76
Citizens' Robert Keith Baker 17,118 34.71
Independent Reg Stilwell 16,129 32.70 -16.73
Citizens' Walter Raymond Campbell 15,832 32.10
Citizens' David L. Steven 15,708 31.85
Independent Roger Anthony Bamford 5,514 11.18
Independent Rolfe C. Neville 4,993 10.12
Independent Edward Foote 4,935 9.99
Independent Tubby Hansen 3,669 7.44

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Labour Has Control of Christchurch City". The Press. CXI (32734). 14 October 1971. p. 1.
  2. ^ "Declaration of Results of Election". The Press. 20 October 1971. p. 29.
  3. ^ "Christchurch City Council". The Press. 21 October 1971. p. 25.