Mayor of Invercargill
|Mayor of Invercargill|
|Inaugural holder||William Wood|
|Deputy||Councillor Jackie Kruger|
The Mayor of Invercargill is the head of the municipal government of Invercargill, New Zealand, and presides over the Invercargill City Council. The mayor is directly elected using a First Past the Post electoral system. The current mayor is Tim Shadbolt, who is also the longest-serving mayor for Invercargill (18 consecutive years as of 2017). There have been 43 mayors so far.
Invercargill was first proclaimed a municipality in June 1871. On 26 August of that year, the first mayoral elections were held, and William Wood was elected as first mayor, defeating J.W. Mitchell by 191 to 140 votes. Unlike other municipalities, the mayor has always been elected "at large" (i.e., by the public), rather than (as for example in Christchurch) the councillors choosing one of their group.
Originally, mayoral elections were held on an annual basis. From 1915, mayors were elected for a two-year term; and, as of 1935, the mayoral term was extended to three years.
When David Roche resigned the mayoralty in 1887, council appointed Aaron Blacke as mayor until an extraordinary election could be held. This was not done in strict accordance with the law, and Blacke is not included in official lists of Mayors of Invercargill.
Greater Invercargill was created on 10 January 1910 during Charles Steven Longuet's reign. Longuet was succeeded by William Ott, who was twice elected unopposed and did not seek re-election in 1912.
There has been one woman mayor so far – Eve Poole. She has also been the only Jewish mayor. A library building is named after her. She died in office in 1992. Tim Shadbolt was invited to run in the resulting by-election and claimed a surprising victory. Shadbolt is the current mayor. The 2010 election win made Shadbolt the longest serving mayor in New Zealand, with this being his 8th mayoral term (his 6th term in Invercargill).
Members of Parliament
- William Wood (1866–1870)
- John Cuthbertson (1873–1875)
- George Lumsden (1875–1878)
- James Walker Bain (1879–1881)
- Joseph Hatch (1884–1887)
- Josiah Hanan (1899–1925)
- Ralph Hanan (1946–1969)
List of Mayors of Invercargill
|4||John Walker Mitchell||1875–1876|
|George Lumsden, 2nd period||1878–1879|
|11||William Shirreffs Moir||1883–1884|
|13||John Lyon McDonald||1885–1886|
|Aaron Blacke[note 1]||1887|
|15||Edwin Alfred Tapper||1887–1888|
|John Walker Mitchell, 2nd period||1889–1890|
|17||William Horatio Hall||1890–1891|
|18||James Walker Bain||1891–1892|
|21||William Benjamin Scandrett||1894–1895|
|26||James Smith Goldie||1899–1901|
|27||Charles Stephen Longuet||1901–1903|
|George Froggatt, 2nd period||1903–1904|
|William Benjamin Scandrett, 2nd period||1904–1909|
|Charles Steven Longuet, 2nd period||1909–1910|
|William Benjamin Scandrett, 3rd period||1912–1913|
|Duncan McFarlane, 2nd period||1913–1917|
|John Stead, 2nd period||1917–1921|
|29||John F. Lillicrap||1921–1923|
|32||John D. Campbell||1929–1931|
|John Miller, 2nd period||1931–1938|
|33||J. Ralph Hanan||1938–1941|
|34||John Robert Martin||1941–1942|
|40||F. Russell Miller||1971–1983|
|Tim Shadbolt, 2nd period||1998–present|
- Note that Blacke is not included in official lists of Mayors of Invercargill.
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