Mayor of Rangitikei

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The Mayor of Rangitikei is the head of the Rangitikei District Council in New Zealand. The role was created in 1989 with the formation of the Rangitikei District as part of the 1989 local government reforms.[1] The current mayor since 2013 is Andy Watson from Marton.[2]

History[edit]

The Rangitikei District was established in 1989 as part of the 1989 local government reforms.[1]

In 2001 Bob Buchanan was elected mayor despite not having any experience as a councillor or deputy mayor beforehand. He was re-elected in 2004. Buchanan retired from his position in 2007.[3]

Robert "Chalky" Leary was elected mayor in 2007; he had been a councillor for the Hunterville ward since 2001.[4] Leary was elected by receiving 1,639 votes or 31.0% of the votes with a majority of 233 votes or 4.4% over Marton ward councillor Andy Watson.[5] He was re-elected unopposed in 2010.[6]

The 2013 election saw incumbent mayor Leary facing challenges from former deputy mayor Andy Watson, Fresh Future Focus candidate Maree Brannigan and Taihape ward councillor Richard Aslett. Watson was elected by obtaining 1,983 votes (41.5%) of the total votes and a majority of 486 (10.2%) defeating incumbent mayor Chalky Leary, who received 1,497 votes.[7]

The 2016 election took place in October 2016 and was again won by Watson.[8]

List of Mayors of Rangitikei[edit]

The following list shows the Mayors of Rangitikei:

Name Term Ref.
John Vickers
11 October 1998 – 14 October 2001
[9]
Bob Buchanan
14 October 2001 – 13 October 2007
[3]
Robert "Chalky" Leary
13 October 2007 – 12 October 2013
[2]
Andy Watson
12 October 2013 – present
[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Derby, Mark (13 July 2012). "Local and regional government - Reforming local government". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Wallis, Anna (14 October 2013). "Watson wins Rangitikei chain". Wanganui ChronicleThe New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b Wood, Simon (24 April 2008). "Ex-mayor elected as Grey Power VP". Wanganui ChronicleThe New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  4. ^ Rowatt, Colin (24 May 2007). "Hunterville councillor seeks Rangitikei mayoralty". Wanganui ChronicleThe New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Rangitikei DC Final Result" (PDF). Electionz.com. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  6. ^ Rowatt, Colin (6 October 2010). "Mayor unchallenged, little impetus for change". Wanganui ChronicleThe New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Rangitikei District Council – 2013 Triennial Elections" (PDF). Electionz.com. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Final Election Results". Rangitikei District Council. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  9. ^ "About the Trust". Whanganui Regional Heritage Trust. Retrieved 19 May 2016.

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