Christchurch mayoral election, 2007

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Christchurch mayoral election, 2007
New Zealand
2004 ←
13 October 2007[1] → 2010

  Bob Parker 20 Sept 09.jpg Megan Woods.jpg
Candidate Bob Parker Megan Woods Jo Giles
Party Independent Christchurch 2021 City Vision
Popular vote 47,033 32,821 14,454
Percentage 45.44 31.71 13.96

Mayor before election

Garry Moore

Elected Mayor

Bob Parker

The Christchurch mayoral election, 2007 was part of the New Zealand local elections, 2007. On 13 October of that year, elections were held for the Mayor of Christchurch plus other local government roles. Incumbent Garry Moore retired in 2007 after nine years in the office.[1] Bob Parker, previously mayor of Banks Peninsula, beat the Christchurch 2021 representative, Megan Woods, with a majority of 14,212 votes (13.73%).[2] Media personality Jo Giles, who had previously contested the Ilam electorate for the ACT Party for Parliament, came a distant third.[3] A further seven candidate contested the election.[1] Parker's campaign was supported by businessman and Ngāi Tahu board member Nuk Korako, who himself was elected to the House of Representatives in 2014 for the National Party.[4]

Results[edit]

Christchurch mayoral election, 2007[1][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Bob Parker 47,033 45.44
Christchurch 2021 Megan Woods 32,821 31.71
Christchurch City Vision Jo Giles 14,454 13.96
Independent Mark Ross 4,505 4.35
Independent Peter Wakeman 1,868 1.80
Independent Blair Anderson 898 0.87 -0.07
Independent Byron Clark 720 0.70
National Front Kyle Chapman 680 0.66 -1.24
Independent Paul Telfer 295 0.29 -1.49
Independent Michael Hansen 228 0.22 -0.20
Informal votes 229 0.22 -0.06
Rejected ballots 1,544 1.47 -2.20
Majority 14,212 13.73 -42.90

Voting statistics[edit]

Participation in local elections has been falling for years. In the 2007 local election, 40.81% of registered voters cast their vote, some two percentage points higher than in 2004. The following table shows the voting statistics since the 1989 local elections:[5]

1989 1992 1995 1998 2001 2004 2007
Electors on rolls 200,915 208,533 215,621 223,832 227,793 235,930 251,173
Voters 121,680 105,982 107,450 116,511 110,068 91,027 102,495
Percentage voted 60.56% 50.82% 49.83% 52.05% 48.32% 38.58% 40.81%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Robertson, Max (17 October 2007). "2007 Local Government Elections" (PDF). Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Edward Gay and James Ihaka (13 October 2007). "New faces aplenty in local government shake-ups". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Official Count Results -- Ilam". Chief Electoral Office, Wellington. 1 October 2005. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Matthews, Philip (18 October 2014). "Late starter on track". The Press. p. C6. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Robertson, Max (18 October 2007). "Report of the Electoral Officer" (PDF). Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 19 August 2013.