Dunedin mayoral candidates Aaron Hawkins and Hilary
Calvert together spent more than $25,000 trying unsuccessfully
to unseat incumbent Dave Cull, it has been confirmed.
Election returns viewed by the Otago Daily Times
yesterday showed Cr Hawkins and Cr Calvert were the second
and third-highest spending mayoral candidates, respectively,
behind Mr Cull.
Cr Hawkins, a Green Party mayoral candidate, spent $13,240.68
on his campaign, while Cr Calvert, a former Act New Zealand
MP, spent $12,054, the returns showed.
Both were soundly defeated by Mr Cull, whose $17,027.73 spend
was confirmed last month, but both candidates were elected as
Mr Cull received 18,604 votes in final results, followed by
Cr Calvert, who took second place with 6474 votes, and Cr
Hawkins, who came fourth with 2972 votes.
Cr Calvert said when contacted she would not change her
campaign and was instead ''humbled'' by the support she had
''I was pleased to feel that my sense of direction is
something that works for a lot of people.
''I think mostly mayors get voted out; they don't get voted
in. In that sense, it's a big ask to go from not having been
on council to be voted in as mayor.''
Most of Cr Calvert's spending was on billboards, contributing
to what was a high-profile campaign on street corners and
intersections around the city.
Cr Calvert also received support from the owners of buildings
in which she and her husband, Alistair Broad, also had an
Those approached had agreed to allow her billboards on their
buildings, adding to the profile of her campaign, she
''You just use what you can, I think,'' she said.
Cr Hawkins was also happy with the results of his spending.
''Well, I got elected,'' he said when contacted yesterday.
''That's OK by me.''
Both candidates also recouped some of their costs from large
donations, which in Cr Calvert's case covered more than half
She received $2000 for newspaper advertising from a
property-owning company, Duvlin, in which she and her husband
had an interest, she said.
A second donation, worth $5000, came from Cr Calvert's aunt,
Nora Calvert, who ''believes in women in politics'', she
Cr Hawkins declared one donation, of $2565, for in-kind
design work on his campaign materials by Dunedin-based
graphic designer Kitty Higbee.
The filed returns also included Cr Lee Vandervis, who secured
third place in the mayoral race with 5872 votes after
spending $5497.63 and was returned as a city councillor.
Cr Andrew Whiley also missed out on the mayoralty, but took a
council seat, after spending $3449.61 on his campaign.
Behind him in the mayoral race, unsuccessful mayoral
candidates Pete George ($3261.68) and Kevin Dwyer ($600) also
missed out on council seats.
So, too, did Olivier Lequeux, who declared just $3 in
photocopying costs, and Steve McGregor, who spent nothing.
The figures meant total spending on Dunedin's mayoral race
totalled $55,135.06 last year, which was down on the 2007
campaign, when Mr Cull spent $13,517 unseating incumbent
Peter Chin, who spent $43,446.40.
Of the councillors elected in October last year, Greater
Dunedin members Chris Staynes, Richard Thomson, Kate Wilson
and Mike Lord all spent $7706.93 each, while Jinty MacTavish
David Benson-Pope also spent $7763.68, followed by Doug Hall
($3497.95), Neville Peat ($2198.51) and John Bezett
($1280.64), and Andrew Noone, who spent nothing and was
Those to miss out on re-election were Paul Hudson, who spent
$8838.27, and Teresa Stevenson, who spent $1953.20.
Mayoral race spending