1986 Christchurch mayoral election

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1986 Christchurch mayoral election
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Candidate Hamish Hay Alex Clark
Party Citizens Labour
Popular vote 39,239 22,918
Percentage 60.95 35.60

Mayor before election

Hamish Hay

Elected Mayor

Hamish Hay

The 1986 Christchurch mayoral election was part of the New Zealand local elections held that same year. In 1986, 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 Hamish Hay was re-elected for a fifth term with a decreased majority, defeating councillor Alex Clark of the Labour Party, who had likewise lost to Hay in 1977. Concurrent to Hay retaining the mayoralty the Citizens' Association kept control of the Christchurch City Council with the composition of the council being ten seats to nine.[1]

Postal voting was used for the first time in local elections in Christchurch the advent of which was credited with a larger turnout of voters, an increase of 22 percent.[1]


The following table gives the election results:

1986 Christchurch mayoral election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Citizens Hamish Hay 39,239 60.95 -4.23
Labour Alex Clark 22,918 35.60
Economic Euthenics Tubby Hansen 1,322 2.05 +1.40
Informal votes 897 1.39 +0.86
Majority 16,321 25.35
Turnout 64,376

Ward results[edit]

Candidates were also elected from wards to the Christchurch City Council.[1][3]

Party/ticket Councillors
Citizens 10
Labour 9


  1. ^ a b c "Sir Hamish 'survives'". The Press. 13 October 1986. p. 1.
  2. ^ "Mayoralty figures". The Press. 13 October 1986. p. 3.
  3. ^ "City Council results". The Press. 13 October 1986. p. 3.