Christchurch mayoral election, 2016

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Christchurch mayoral election, 2016
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Candidate Lianne Dalziel John Minto
Party Independent Keep Our Assets
Popular vote 75,524 13,117
Percentage 83.5 14.6

Mayor before election

Lianne Dalziel

Elected Mayor

Lianne Dalziel

The 2016 Christchurch mayoral election was part of the New Zealand local elections held on 8 October. The incumbent mayor, former Labour MP and government Minister Lianne Dalziel, who was first elected in the 2013 mayoral election was reelected, winning a commanding 83.9% of formal votes cast in the poll.[1] However New Zealand's local government elections in 2016 were characterized by a nationwide low participation rate which saw only 41.8% of enrolled voters cast a ballot in the election. Christchurch's turnout rate was particularly low with only 38.3% of enrolled voters actually voting, down from 52.2% in 2010.[2]

Candidates

There were three candidates:[3][4]

  • Lianne Dalziel (Best for Christchurch), incumbent, who formally declared her intention to run for a second term on 25 April.[5]
  • Tubby Hansen (Economic Euthenics), perennial candidate
  • John Minto (Keep Our Assets), veteran political activist, who announced his candidacy on 12 July[6]

The left-leaning ticket, The People's Choice, represented on the outgoing city council by six councillors, declared that they would not stand a candidate in opposition to Dalziel – and councillor Paul Lonsdale, who came second in the 2013 mayoral campaign, acknowledged that Dalziel had done well in her first term and that he would not challenge her.[7]

Debates

The Press hosted a debate between Dalziel and Minto at the Cardboard Cathedral on 20 September,[8] moderated by its editor, Joanna Norris.[9] The following day, Guyon Espiner interviewed Dalziel and Minto on RNZ National's Morning Report.[10]

Generation Zero hosted a debate at the University of Canterbury's Ilam campus on 22 September 2016.[11][12]

Results

Christchurch mayoral election, 2016[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Best for Christchurch Lianne Dalziel 75,524 83.86 +12.29
Keep Our Assets John Minto 13,117 14.57 +14.57
Economic Euthenics Tubby Hansen 1,414 1.57 +1.21
Majority 62,407 69.30 +20.48
Total valid votes 90,055 99.91
Informal votes 82 0.09 -0.10
Turnout 90,137 37.4 -5.2
Registered electors 241,210

By ward

Source:[15]

Dalziel Minto Hansen Total valid votes
Ward # % # % # % #
Banks Peninsula 2,395 78.96 612 20.18 26 0.86 3,033
Burwood 5,171 86.69 718 12.04 76 1.27 5,965
Cashmere 5,633 81.95 1158 16.85 83 1.21 6,874
Central 2,986 76.68 838 21.52 70 1.80 3,894
Coastal 4,694 80.69 1037 17.83 86 1.48 5,817
Fendalton 6,066 88.65 671 9.81 106 1.55 68,43
Halswell 6,039 87.85 715 10.40 120 1.75 6,874
Harewood 5,670 87.91 693 10.74 87 1.35 6,450
Heathcote 6,037 82.34 1208 16.48 87 1.19 7,332
Hornby 4,285 82.40 803 15.44 112 2.15 5,200
Innes 4,104 83.01 767 15.51 73 1.48 4,944
Linwood 4,015 78.79 987 19.37 94 1.84 5,096
Papanui 5,161 86.09 728 12.14 106 1.77 5,995
Riccarton 3,514 82.82 628 14.80 101 2.38 4,243
Spreydon 4,363 82.35 852 16.08 83 1.57 5,298
Waimairi 5,391 86.99 702 11.33 104 1.68 6,197
Total 75,524 83.39 13,117 15.03 1,414 1.58 90,055

References

  1. ^ "Christchurch City Council 2016 Triennial Elections Preliminary Result" (PDF). Christchurch City Council. 9 Oct 2016.
  2. ^ "Preliminary voter turnout 2016". Local Government New Zealand. LGNZ. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  3. ^ Stylianou, Georgina; Truebridge, Nick (12 August 2016). "Hats in the ring". The Press. p. A7. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  4. ^ Stylianou, Georgina (2 September 2016). "Mayoral candidates give their vision for Christchurch". The Press. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel running for second term". The New Zealand Herald. 25 April 2016.
  6. ^ Stylianou, Georgina (12 July 2016). "Keep Our Assets run John Minto as Christchurch mayoral candidate". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  7. ^ Ensor, Blair; Spink, Emily (26 April 2016). "I won't walk away from city – Dalziel". The Press. pp. A1, A3. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  8. ^ Law, Tina (20 September 2016). "Christchurch's cost share agreement to be debated publicly, Mayor says". The Press. Fairfax New Zealand. Archived from the original on 20 September 2016.
  9. ^ Matthews, Philip (10 September 2016). "Lianne's last campaign".
  10. ^ "Christchurch mayoralty rivals Dalziel and Minto debate issues". RNZ National. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Christchurch Mayoral Debate: A climate-smart Christchurch". University of Canterbury. Archived from the original on 20 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Christchurch mayoral debate sold out". The Press. Fairfax New Zealand. 20 September 2016. Archived from the original on 20 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Christchurch City Council – 2016 Triennial Elections – Declaration of Result" (PDF). Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Christchurch City Council – 2016 Triennial Elections – Election Returns". Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Christchurch City Council 2016 Triennial Elections Mayoralty – votes by ward" (PDF). Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
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