Dave Cull

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Dave Cull

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Dave Cull
57th Mayor of Dunedin
In office
27 October 2010 – 18 October 2019
Preceded byPeter Chin
Succeeded byAaron Hawkins
Personal details
Born (1950-04-01) 1 April 1950 (age 70)
Invercargill, New Zealand
Political partyGreater Dunedin (2007–2016)
Spouse(s)Joan Wilson
ResidencePortobello Road, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin
Professionwriter, broadcaster

David Charles Cull, JP (born 1 April 1950) was the mayor of the city of Dunedin in New Zealand. He became the 57th Mayor of Dunedin in October 2010 and was re-elected in both the 2013 mayoralty race and 2016 mayoral election. Before politics, he was a presenter for Television New Zealand and an author.

Early life and career before politics[edit]

Cull was born and grew up in Invercargill, where he attended Southland Boys' High School.[1] He obtained a BA and PG Dip in political science at the University of Otago.[2] He has worked as a television presenter for Television New Zealand, hosting lifestyle and home improvement shows including Home Front, and is a writer who has published several books.[3] He is married to Joan Wilson and they have two daughters.[4][5]

Political career[edit]

David Cull was elected to the Dunedin City Council in 2007.[2] During his time as a councillor, he opposed the new stadium, which has since become a financial drain on the council.[6] In the 2010 Dunedin mayoral election, he was one of seven candidates, one of whom was incumbent mayor Peter Chin. Cull stood as part of the Greater Dunedin group[7] and was successful.[8] He took office as mayor on 27 October 2010.[9]

Cull expressed support for a controversial planned waterfront hotel that at 28 storeys, would tower over much of the city.[10] In March 2014, Cull entered a memorandum of understanding with the developer on behalf of Dunedin City Council, but the agreement fell over and was terminated a month later, which meant the end of the project.[11]

In January 2013, Cull announced that he would seek re-election in that year's mayoral election.[12] On election day, he beat ex ACT MP Hilary Calvert, Councillor Lee Vandervis, and six other challengers.[13]

In July 2017, Cull was elected as the president of Local Government New Zealand.[14] He had previously served as the organisation's vice-president and chair of its metro committee.

In late May 2019, Cull announced he would not seek re-election at that year's mayoral election.[15][16] In mid August 2019, Cull announced that he would be contesting local body elections for the Southern District Health Board;[17] he was elected, and then appointed as the Board's Chair in December 2019.[18]


  • Cull, Dave (1998). New Zealand Backyard DIY Projects. Hyndman Publishing.
  • Cull, Dave (2000). You Can Paint It!: Techniques and Tips. Hyndman Publishing.
  • Cull, Dave (2000). Kitchen Essentials. Hyndman Publishing.
  • Cull, Dave; Jaquiery, Stephen (2007). Icebergs: The Antarctic Comes to Town. Dunedin: Longacre Press.
  • Cull, Dave (2009). Big Weather South. Dunedin: Longacre Press.


  1. ^ "Mayor Dave Cull". Dunedin City Council. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Dave Cull". Elections2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Dave Cull". Television New Zealand. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  4. ^ Loughrey, David (7 September 2010). "Mayoral Profile: Dave Cull". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Figures reveal Cull's crushing victory". Otago Daily Times. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  6. ^ Porteous, Debbie (24 January 2014). "Dunedin stadium a drain on council funds". The New Zealand Herald. Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Brown to rule Auckland, Wellington holds breath for winner". Otago Daily Times. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Cull wins Dunedin mayoralty". Otago Daily Times. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  9. ^ "Gallery full as Cull sworn in". Otago Daily Times. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  10. ^ "Mayor backs controversial hotel". 3 News NZ. 18 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Dunedin $100m waterfront hotel plans scrapped". The New Zealand Herald. Otago Daily Times. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  12. ^ Morris, Chris (5 January 2013). "Councillors reveal election year priorities". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Dunedin City Council Results". Dunedin City Council. 12 October 2013. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  14. ^ David Loughrey. "Cull new head of LGNZ". Otago Daily Times.
  15. ^ McNeilly, Hamish (29 May 2019). "Long-serving Dunedin mayor Dave Cull to stand down". Stuff. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  16. ^ Morris, Chris (28 May 2019). "Cull standing down". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  17. ^ Houlahan, Mike (12 August 2019). "Cull shock entrant in SDHB race". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  18. ^ Houlahan, Mike (13 October 2019). "Cull and Chambers top SDHB poll". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 1 November 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Chin
Mayor of Dunedin
Succeeded by
Aaron Hawkins