1959 Dunedin mayoral election

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1959 Dunedin mayoral election
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← 1956 21 November 1959 1962 →
Turnout23,105 (48.70%)
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Candidate Stuart Sidey Peter John Scott
Party Citizens' Labour
Popular vote 12,348 10,561
Percentage 53.44 45.70

Mayor before election

Len Wright

Elected Mayor

Stuart Sidey

The 1959 Dunedin mayoral election was part of the New Zealand local elections held that same year. In 1959, 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.

Len Wright, the incumbent Mayor, declined to run for a fourth term. He was succeeded by councillor Stuart Sidey who defeated the Labour Party candidate Peter John Scott. The Citizens' Association won eight seats on the city council to the Labour Party's four.


The following table shows the results for the election:

1959 Dunedin mayoral election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Citizens' Stuart Sidey 12,348 53.44
Labour Peter John Scott 10,561 45.70
Informal votes 196 0.84
Majority 1,787 7.73
Turnout 23,105 48.70 -7.10


  1. ^ "Citizens Again Control Council". Otago Daily Times (30336). 23 November 1959. p. 5.