Rex Kirton

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Rex Stratton Kirton QSO JP is a local body politician in the Wellington Region. He was Mayor of Upper Hutt for 24 years until 2001, and then served three terms on the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Biography[edit]

Kirton attended St. Patrick's College, Silverstream 1955–1959. He lives in Whitemans Valley RD1.[1]

Local Government[edit]

Kirton was first elected Mayor of Upper Hutt in 1977. When he retired from this role in 2001, he was the longest serving mayor in New Zealand at that time.[2][3][4] In 2001, Kirton stood as the Upper Hutt representative on the Wellington Regional Council. He served three terms until 2010, when he was beaten by Paul Swain.[5] Swain and Kirton received 5,117 and 3,794 votes, respectively, with two other candidates contesting the election.[1] In 2007, he had been returned unopposed.[6] He was chairman of the regional council's parks, forests and utilities committee.[7]

In the 1997 New Year Honours, Kirton was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order, for public services.[8] Kirton Drive, the main street in the suburb of Riverstone Terraces, is named after him.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rex Kirton". Elections 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "History of Our City : Mayors". Upper Hutt City Council. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Deputy mayor takes Wellington". TV One. 13 October 2001. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rex Kirton Not Seeking Re-Election". scoop.co.nz. 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2011. Mayor Rex Kirton announced today that he will not be seeking re-election for a ninth term as Mayor of Upper Hutt. He is currently the longest serving Mayor in New Zealand. Mr Kirton was first elected to the Upper Hutt City Council as a Councillor in 1974, and then successfully stood for Mayor in 1977. 
  5. ^ Williams, Colin (12 October 2010). "Swain wins Kirton's seat". Upper Hutt Leader. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Greater Wellington Regional Council - Upper Hutt Constituency". Elections 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Wind turbine ban for Battle Hill". The Dominion Post. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  8. ^ New Year Honours List 1997. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  9. ^ http://www.upperhuttcity.com/store/doc/StreetNameIndex.pdf
Political offices
Preceded by
Doris Nicholson
Mayor of Upper Hutt
1977–2001
Succeeded by
Wayne Guppy