1980 Christchurch mayoral election

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1980 Christchurch mayoral election
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← 1977 11 October 1980 1983 →
Turnout51,319 (46.13%)
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Candidate Hamish Hay Mollie Clark
Party Citizens Labour
Popular vote 27,357 23,082
Percentage 53.30 44.98

Mayor before election

Hamish Hay

Elected Mayor

Hamish Hay

The 1980 Christchurch mayoral election was part of the New Zealand local elections held that same year. In 1980, 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.


Incumbent Mayor Hamish Hay was re-elected with a decreased majority, defeating Labour city councillor Mollie Clark. Despite Hay retaining the mayoralty there was a huge swing against the Citizens' Association leaving the composition of the council at fifteen seats to four in favour of the Labour Party.[1]


The following table gives the election results:

1980 Christchurch mayoral election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Citizens Hamish Hay 27,357 53.30 +0.17
Labour Mollie Clark 23,082 44.98
Economic Euthenics Tubby Hansen 683 1.33 +0.78
Informal votes 197 0.39 -0.19
Majority 4,275 8.33 -6.71
Turnout 51,319 46.13 +1.18

Ward results[edit]

Candidates were also elected from wards to the Christchurch City Council.[1]

Party/ticket Councillors
Labour 15
Citizens' 4


  1. ^ a b "City Council falls to Labour but Mr Hay retains Mayoralty". The Press. 13 October 1980. p. 1.
  2. ^ Atkinson, M.W. (16 February 1981). Returning Officer's Report (Report). Christchurch City Council.