1968 Dunedin mayoral election

The 1968 Dunedin mayoral election was part of the New Zealand local elections held that same year. In 1968, 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.

1968 Dunedin mayoral election

← 1965 12 October 1968 1971 →
Candidate Jim Barnes Russell Calvert
Party Citizens' Labour
Popular vote 12,195 8,995
Percentage 53.46 39.43

Mayor before election

Russell Calvert

Elected Mayor

Jim Barnes

Russell Calvert, the incumbent Mayor, was defeated running for a second term by Citizens' city councillor Jim Barnes.[1] The Citizens' Association increased their representation, winning eight seats on the city council to the Labour Party's four.



The following table shows the results for the election:

1968 Dunedin mayoral election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Citizens' Jim Barnes 12,195 53.46
Labour Russell Calvert 8,995 39.43 −11.68
Independent Paul Wedderspoon 1,504 6.59
Informal votes 117 0.51 +0.03
Majority 3,200 14.02
Turnout 22,811


  1. ^ Eunson, Keith. "Barnes, James George". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Mayoral Voting". Otago Daily Times. No. 33085. 14 October 1968. p. 5.