1965 Dunedin mayoral election

The 1965 Dunedin mayoral election was part of the New Zealand local elections held that same year. In 1965, elections were held for the Mayor of Dunedin plus other local government positions including twelve city councillors. The polling was conducted using the standard first-past-the-post electoral method.

1965 Dunedin mayoral election

← 1962 9 October 1965 1968 →
Turnout20,432 (44.96%)
Candidate Russell Calvert Stuart Sidey
Party Labour Citizens'
Popular vote 10,444 8,964
Percentage 51.11 43.87

Mayor before election

Stuart Sidey

Elected Mayor

Russell Calvert

Incumbent Stuart Sidey was defeated in his bid for a third term by Labour Party city councillor Russell Calvert. Calvert became only Dunedin's second Labour mayor after Edwin Thoms Cox. The Citizens' Association won seven seats on the city council to Labour's five.



The following table shows the results for the election:

1965 Dunedin mayoral election[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Russell Calvert 10,444 51.11 +2.49
Citizens' Stuart Sidey 8,964 43.87 -7.08
Independent Alex Steven Alpin 925 4.52
Informal votes 99 0.48 +0.05
Majority 1,480 7.24
Turnout 20,432 44.96


  1. ^ "Clear Majority to Mr Calvert in Dunedin Mayoralty Contest". Otago Daily Times. 11 October 1965. p. 5.
  2. ^ "Three Labour Winners in Main Centres". The New Zealand Herald. 11 October 1965. p. 1.