Mayor of Auckland City

The Mayor of Auckland City was the directly elected head of the Auckland City Council, the municipal government of Auckland City, New Zealand. The office existed from 1871 to 2010, when the Auckland City Council and mayoralty was abolished and replaced with the Auckland Council and the Mayor of Auckland.

HistoryEdit

Auckland obtained its first local government in 1851, when the Borough of Auckland was created, covering an area of 58,000 acres (230 km2). This short-lived entity, which existed for about one year, had only one mayor, Archibald Clark.[1]

When the City of Auckland was formally incorporated in 1871, it covered a much smaller area of 623 acres (2.52 km2). Its municipal council was led by a chairman, Walter Lee. Soon afterwards the office of Mayor of Auckland was created. At first, the mayor was elected by the councillors. In 1875, Benjamin Tonks was the first mayor elected at large, i.e. by the ratepayers.[1] There were 39 holders of the position. The longest-serving was Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, who held the post for 18 years, and was the first person to serve non-consecutive terms.[2] There were two female Mayors; Catherine Tizard in 1983 and Christine Fletcher in 1998.

The city council was abolished on 31 October 2010. The area has since been governed by the Auckland Council, which also governs the rest of the Auckland Region.

List of Mayors of Auckland CityEdit

Key

 Independent    Citizens & Ratepayers    Labour  

†: Died in office

# Portrait Name Term of Office
1   Philip Philips 1871 1874
2   Henry Isaacs 1874
3   Frederick Prime 1874 1875
4   Benjamin Tonks 1875 1876
5   William Hurst 1876 1877
6   Henry Brett 1877 1878
7   Thomas Peacock 1878 1880
8   James Clark 1880 1883
9   William Waddel 1883 1886
10   Albert Devore 1886 1889
11   John Upton 1889 1891
12   William Crowther 1891 1893
13   James Job Holland 1893 1896
14   Abraham Boardman 1896 1897
15   Peter Dignan 1897 1898
16   David Goldie 1898 1901
17   John Logan Campbell 1901
18   Alfred Kidd 1901 1903
19   Edwin Mitchelson 1903 1905
20   Arthur Myers 1905 1909
21   Charles Grey 1909 1910
22   Lemuel Bagnall 1910 1911
23   James Parr 1911 1915
24   James Gunson 1915 1925
25   George Baildon 1925 1931
26   George Hutchison 1931 1935
27   Ernest Davis 1935 1941
28   John Allum 1941 1953[3]
29   John Luxford 1953 1956
30   Thomas Ashby 1956 1957†
31   Keith Buttle 1957 1959
32   Dove-Myer Robinson 1959 1965
33   Roy McElroy 1965 1968
(32)   Dove-Myer Robinson 1968 1980
34   Colin Kay 1980 1983
35   Catherine Tizard 1983 1990
36   Les Mills 1990 1998
37   Christine Fletcher 1998 2001
38   John Banks 2001 2004
39   Dick Hubbard 2004 2007
(38)   John Banks 2007 2010

List of Deputy-MayorsEdit

Key

 Independent    Citizens & Ratepayers    Labour    City Vision  

†: Died in office

Name Term of Office Mayor
John Court 1913 1915 Parr
Andrew Entrican 1915 1920 Gunson
Harold D. Heather 1920 1922†
George Baildon 1922 1925
James A. Warnock 1925 1927 Baildon
Andrew Entrican 1927 1935
Hutchison
Bernard Martin 1935 1938 Davis
George Richardson
1938†
John Allum 1938 1941
Leonard Coakley 1941 1950 Allum
Arthur Bailey 1950 1952†
Roy McElroy 1952 1953
Keith Buttle 1953 1957 Luxford
Ashby
Fred Ambler 1957 1962 Buttle
Robinson
Fred Glasse 1962 1970
McElroy
Robinson
Max Tounge 1970 1971
Lindo Ferguson 1971 1977
Jolyon Firth 1977 1980
John Strevens 1980 1986 Kay
Tizard
Harold Goodman 1986 1988†
Phil Warren 1988 1991
Mills
David Hay 1991 1998
Bruce Hucker 1998 2001 Fletcher
David Hay 2001 2004 Banks
Bruce Hucker 2004 2007 Hubbard
David Hay 2007 2010 Banks

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Reed, A.W. (1955). Auckland : City of the Seas. Wellington: A.H. & A.W. Reed. p. 109.
  2. ^ Edgar, John. "Robinson, Dove-Myer". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  3. ^ Bush, Graham W. A. "Allum, John Andrew Charles". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 8 July 2017.

Further readingEdit

  • "Auckland mayors". Auckland Libraries. Auckland Council. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  • Bassett, Michael (2013). City of sails: the history of Auckland City Council, 1989-2010. ISBN 1927262003.
  • Bush, Graham (1991). Advance in order: the Auckland City Council from centenary to reorganisation, 1971-1989. Auckland City Council. ISBN 0908834039.
  • Bush, Graham (1971). Decently and in order: the Government of the City of Auckland, 1840-1971. Auckland City Council. ISBN 9780002111676.