Mayor of Tasman

The Mayor of Tasman is the head of the municipal government of Tasman District, New Zealand. The mayor is directly elected using the first-past-the-post electoral system. The current mayor has, since the 2019 local elections, been Tim King.

Mayor of Tasman District
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Incumbent
Tim King

since 2019
StyleHis/Her Worship
Term lengthThree years
Inaugural holderKerry Marshall
Formation1989

HistoryEdit

Tasman District was established as part of the 1989 local government reforms. Kerry Marshall, who had been Mayor of Richmond borough since 1986, became the first Mayor of Tasman in 1989.[1]

After three terms by Marshall, John Hurley was voted in as the second mayor in 1998. In the 2001 election, Colleen Marshall, the wife of Kerry Marshall, contested the mayoralty, but Hurley was re-elected.[1] Hurley remained mayor until he was defeated by Kempthorne in the 2007 elections, when four candidates contested the position and Kempthorne received 49% of the votes.[2][3] The 2010 local elections were contested by three candidates, and Kempthorne was returned with an absolute majority.[4] The 2013 local elections were contested by five candidates, and Kempthorne had a slim majority over sitting councillor Kit Maling.[5]

After three terms by Kempthorne, Tim King was voted in as the fourth mayor in 2019. The election was contested by four candidates with King securing a comfortable lead over the other candidates. Tim King brings twenty one years of experience with eighteen years as deputy mayor. [6][7]

List of Mayors of TasmanEdit

Tasman has had four mayors:

Name Term
1 Kerry Marshall 1989–1998
2 John Hurley 1998–2007
3 Richard Kempthorne 2007–2019
4 Tim King 2019–present

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "New wind in his sails". The Nelson Mail. Nelson. 20 October 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  2. ^ "New mayor for Tasman". The Nelson Mail. Nelson. 13 October 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Golden Bay voters led way for Kempthorne". The Nelson Mail. Nelson. 17 October 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  4. ^ Cowdrey, Alice (11 October 2010). "Resounding victory for Kempthorne". The Nelson Mail. Nelson. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  5. ^ Moore, Bill (12 October 2013). "Kempthorne wins tight race in Tasman". The Nelson Mail. Nelson. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Mayoral candidate Tim King offers 21 years of Tasman council experience | Stuff.co.nz". I.stuff.co.nz. 20 September 2019. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Tim King wins Tasman District Council mayoralty | Stuff.co.nz". I.stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 12 October 2019.