Rex Kirton

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Rex Kirton
10th Mayor of Upper Hutt
In office
1977–2001
Preceded byDoris Nicholson
Succeeded byWayne Guppy
Wellington Regional Councillor
In office
2001–2010
Personal details
Born
Rex Stratton Kirton

(1942-06-03)3 June 1942
Died4 June 2024(2024-06-04) (aged 82)
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
RelationsEarle Kirton (brother)

Rex Stratton Kirton QSO JP (3 June 1942 – 4 June 2024) was a New Zealand 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

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Kirton was born on 3 June 1942.[1] He was educated at St Joseph's School, Upper Hutt,[2] and St Patrick's College, Silverstream from 1955 to 1959, where he was captain of the 1st XV rugby team and tennis champion.[3] He later studied at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago, and worked in England as an accountant.[2]

His father, Bill, had worked in banking, then moved to Upper Hutt where he ran a general store in the 1940s, later buying farmland in Whitemans Valley[2][4] where Rex, while mayor, lived and farmed.

Kirton served as vice-president of Wellington Cricket and president of the Wellington Rugby Union.[5]

Kirton died in Upper Hutt on 4 June 2024.[6]

Local government

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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.[7][8][9] 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.[10] In 2007, he had been returned unopposed.[11] He was chairman of the regional council's parks, forests and utilities committee.[12]

In 1990, Kirton received the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.[13] In the 1997 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order, for public services.[14] Kirton Drive, the main street in the suburb of Riverstone Terraces, is named after him.[15]

References

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  1. ^ "With love we remember Rex Stratton Kirton QSO" (PDF). Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors. Retrieved 18 June 2024.
  2. ^ a b c "Rex Kirton". Upper Hutt City Library. Retrieved 6 June 2024.
  3. ^ "St Patrick's Silverstream". www.stream.school.nz. Retrieved 6 June 2024.
  4. ^ "Rex Kirton". Elections 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Rugby; Wellington Rugby Union president Rex Kirton and Wellington development XV coach Wayne Guppy". Upper Hutt City Library. Retrieved 6 June 2024.
  6. ^ "Rex Kirton obituary". The Post. 8 June 2024. Retrieved 8 June 2024.
  7. ^ "History of Our City : Mayors". Upper Hutt City Council. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Deputy mayor takes Wellington". TV One. 13 October 2001. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Rex Kirton Not Seeking Re-Election". scoop.co.nz. 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  10. ^ Williams, Colin (12 October 2010). "Swain wins Kirton's seat". Upper Hutt Leader. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  11. ^ "Greater Wellington Regional Council – Upper Hutt Constituency". Elections 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  12. ^ "Wind turbine ban for Battle Hill". The Dominion Post. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  13. ^ Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 218. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
  14. ^ "New Year honours list 1997". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 1996. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  15. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Political offices
Preceded by Mayor of Upper Hutt
1977–2001
Succeeded by