Mayor of Auckland City

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The Mayor of Auckland City was the directly elected head of the Auckland City Council, the municipal government of Auckland City, New Zealand. The office existed from 1871 to 2010, when the Auckland City Council and mayoralty was abolished and replaced with the Auckland Council and the Mayor of Auckland.

History[edit]

Auckland obtained its first local government in 1851, when the Borough of Auckland was created, covering an area of 58,000 acres (230 km2). This short-lived entity, which existed for about one year, had only one mayor, Archibald Clark.[1]

When the City of Auckland was formally incorporated in 1871, it covered a much smaller area of 623 acres (2.52 km2). Its municipal council was led by a chairman, Walter Lee. Soon afterwards the office of Mayor of Auckland was created. At first, the mayor was elected by the councillors. In 1875, Benjamin Tonks was the first mayor elected at large, i.e. by the ratepayers.[1] There were 39 holders of the position. The longest-serving was Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, who held the post for 18 years, and was the first person to serve non-consecutive terms. There were two female Mayors; Catherine Tizard in 1983 and Christine Fletcher in 1998.

The city council was abolished on 31 October 2010. The area has since been governed by the Auckland Council, which also governs the rest of the Auckland Region.

List of officeholders[edit]

Party key Independent
Citizens & Ratepayers
Labour Party

Auckland City (1871–2010)[edit]

# Portrait Name Term of Office
1 No image.png Philip Philips 1871 1874
2 No image.png Henry Isaacs 1874
3 No image.png Frederick Prime 1874 1875
4 No image.png Benjamin Tonks 1875 1876
5 No image.png William Hurst 1876 1877
6 No image.png Henry Brett 1877 1878
7 No image.png Thomas Peacock 1878 1880
8 James McCosh Clark, ca 1885-1889.jpg James Clark 1880 1883
9 No image.png William Waddel 1883 1886
10 No image.png Albert Devore 1886 1889
11 No image.png John Upton 1889 1891
12 Hard to Drive, William Crowther.jpg William Crowther 1891 1893
13 James Job Holland.jpg James Job Holland 1893 1896
14 No image.png Abraham Boardman 1896 1897
15 Peter Dignan, 1898.jpg Peter Dignan 1897 1898
16 David Goldie.jpg David Goldie 1898 1901
17 John Logan Campbell, elderly man.jpg John Logan Campbell 1901
18 Alfred Kidd.jpg Alfred Kidd 1901 1903
19 Edwin Mitchelson.jpg Edwin Mitchelson 1903 1905
20 Arthur Mielziener Myers Portrait.jpg Arthur Myers 1905 1909
21 No image.png Charles Grey 1909 1910
22 No image.png Lemuel Bagnall 1910 1911
23 James Parr.jpg James Parr 1911 1915
24 James Gunson.jpg James Gunson 1915 1925
25 George Baildon.jpg George Baildon 1925 1931
26 No image.png George Hutchison 1931 1935
27 Ernest Davis.jpg Ernest Davis 1935 1941
28 John Allum.jpg John Allum 1941 1953[2]
29 John Luxford.jpg John Luxford 1953 1956
30 Thomas Ashby.jpg Thomas Ashby 1956 1957
31 Keith Buttle.jpg Keith Buttle 1957 1959
32 Dove-Myer Robinson.jpg Dove-Myer Robinson 1959 1965
33 Roy McElroy (crop).jpg Roy McElroy 1965 1968
(32) Dove-Myer Robinson.jpg Dove-Myer Robinson 1968 1980
34 Colin Kay 1980 1983
35 Governor-General Catherine Tizard.jpg Catherine Tizard 1983 1990
36 No image.png Les Mills 1990 1998
37 No image.png Christine Fletcher 1998 2001
38 John Banks.jpg John Banks 2001 2004
39 Dick Hubbard.jpg Dick Hubbard 2004 2007
(38) John Banks.jpg John Banks 2007 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Reed, A.W. (1955). Auckland : City of the Seas. Wellington: A.H. & A.W. Reed. p. 109. 
  2. ^ Bush, Graham W. A. "Allum, John Andrew Charles". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 

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