Mayor of Auckland

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Mayor of Auckland
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Mayor Phil Goff.jpg
Phil Goff

since 1 November 2016
StyleHis Worship
Term lengthThree years
Inaugural holderLen Brown
Formation1 November 2010
DeputyBill Cashmore
Salary$269,500 p.a.[1]
WebsiteOfficial website

The Mayor of Auckland is the directly elected head of the Auckland Council, the local government authority for the Auckland Region in New Zealand, which it controls as a unitary authority. The position exists since October 2010 after the amalgamation of various territorial authorities. The mayor is supported by a deputy mayor.

Role of mayor[edit]

The mayor has significant executive powers, their own staff and the ability to appoint the chairpersons of the council's committees. The position was first filled by election on 9 October 2010 for the establishment of the Auckland Council on 1 November 2010. The Council replaced seven territorial authority councils, including the Auckland City Council, and also the Auckland Regional Council. Before 2010, "Mayor of Auckland" was an informal term applied to the Mayor of Auckland City, head of the Auckland City Council.

In the first mayoral election for Auckland Council in 2010, outgoing Mayor of Manukau City Len Brown was elected, defeating outgoing Mayor of Auckland City John Banks, outgoing Mayor of North Shore City Andrew Williams and prominent Christian businessman Colin Craig, amongst others. The mayoral office had a budget of $4.1 million and a staff of 18 in 2011.[2] Brown preferred not to use the honorific "His Worship".[3]

Contenders in the 2013 Auckland mayoral election included Brown, John Minto[4] and John Palino. Brown was re-elected.

Brown announced in November 2015 that he would not contest the 2016 mayoralty election.[5] There were 19 contenders for the position, and Phil Goff won against Victoria Crone, John Palino, and Chlöe Swarbrick.[6][7]

List of mayors[edit]

# Name Portrait Elections Entered office Left office Deputy
1 Len Brown
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1 November 2010 14 October 2016 Penny Hulse
2 Phil Goff
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1 November 2016 Incumbent Bill Cashmore

Role of deputy mayor[edit]

The deputy mayor is the second highest elected official in the Auckland Council. The deputy mayor acts in support of the Mayor of Auckland. It is the second highest elected position in the council. However, like the position of Deputy Prime Minister, this seniority does not necessarily translate into power. They are appointed by the mayor from the elected ward councillors.[8] The current deputy mayor is Bill Cashmore, who currently represents the Franklin ward on the Auckland Council. Cashmore was announced as deputy mayor in October 2016, and assumed office upon the swearing in of the new council.[9]

Beyond committees of the whole council, the deputy mayor is an ex-officio member of the following Auckland Council committees:[10]

  • Appointments and Performance Review Committee
  • Civil Defence & Emergency Management Committee
  • Community Development and Safety Committee
  • Regulatory Committee
  • Auckland Domain Committee

Like any other councillor, the deputy mayor may be appointed to additional committees which the mayor wishes to appoint them to.

List of deputy mayors[edit]

Mayor Deputy mayor Ward represented Affiliation Assumed office Left office
1 Len Brown 1 Penny Hulse Waitakere Ward Independent 1 November 2010 31 October 2016
West at Heart
2 Phil Goff 2 Bill Cashmore Franklin Ward Team Franklin 1 November 2016 Incumbent


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Orsman, Bernard (9 February 2011). "Council's Maori board to cost $3.4m". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Meet your mayor". Auckland Council. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  4. ^ Whiteacre, Charlotte (16 April 2013). "John Minto for Auckland mayor?". 3 News. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Auckland mayor Len Brown will not stand again". Auckland Now. Fairfax New Zealand. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Compare the policies of Auckland's mayoral candidates". Radio New Zealand. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Goff 27% ahead of nearest Mayoral rival". Horizon Research. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Role of the mayor". Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Mayor elect announces Deputy and new Council committees". OurAuckland. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Committee members and contacts". Retrieved 3 January 2017.