Mayor of Manawatu

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The Mayor of Manawatu officiates over the Manawatu District of New Zealand, which is administered by the Manawatu District Council (MDC). The role was created in 1989 with the formation of the Manawatu District. The current mayor, Margaret Kouvelis from Feilding, was first elected in a by-election in March 2012 and is the fifth holder of the position.


Manawatu District was formed through the amalgamation of the former Feilding Borough, Kiwitea County, Manawatu District, Oroua County and Pohangina County Councils in the 1989 local government reforms. The first mayor was Caryll Lydia Mary Clausen, who had previously been on the Feilding Borough Council. Clausen was re-elected in the 1992 local elections and retired for the 1995 elections.[1] In the 1995 Birthday Honours, Clausen was awarded an MBE for services to local body and community affairs.[2]

Rob Moodie, a former policeman, lawyer, and goat farmer, succeeded Clausen in the 1995 local elections; he narrowly beat Audrey Severinsen, who became deputy mayor.[3] Moodie served for one term and was defeated by Severinsen in the 1998 local elections. Severinsen resigned in 2002 due to ill health and died in December 2003.[1][3]

Ian McKelvie succeeded Severinsen in a by-election in November 2002. After being elected to Parliament in the 2011 election, he resigned from the mayoralty on 15 December 2011.[4][5] Deputy Mayor Matt Bell was then acting mayor until a by-election held on 7 March 2012.[5] The by-election was narrowly won by Margaret Kouvelis from Feilding, who beat councillor Steven Gibson by just 14 votes (3293 votes to 3279).[6] Helen Worboys won the 2016 election and is the current mayor of Manawatu District.

List of Mayors of Manawatu[edit]

The following list shows the six Mayors of Manawatu:[1]

Name Term
1 Caryll Lydia Mary Clausen 1 November 1989 – 18 October 1995
2 Rob Moodie 19 October 1995 – 14 October 1998
3 Audrey Severinsen 15 October 1998 – 29 August 2002
Mervyn J. Craw (acting) 30 August 2002 – 25 November 2002
4 Ian McKelvie 26 November 2002 – 15 December 2011
Matt J. Bell (acting) 16 December 2011 – 6 March 2012
5 Margaret Kouvelis 7 March 2012 - 2016
6 Helen Worboys 2016–present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Manawatu District Council - Roll of Members" (PDF). Manawatu District Council. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Queen's Birthday Honours List 1995". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Archived from the original on 14 January 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Obituary: Audrey Severinsen". The New Zealand Herald. 22 February 2003. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  4. ^ "National Selects Ian Mckelvie As Rangitikei Candidate" (Press release). 30 May 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Mayor's busy final week" (Press release). Manawatu District Council. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  6. ^ Crosbie, Sandra (15 March 2012). "Mayor Kouvelis takes the reins". Manawatu Standard. Retrieved 21 February 2013.