Dove-Myer Robinson

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Sir Dove-Myer Robinson (15 June 1901 – 14 August 1989) was Mayor of Auckland City from 1959 to 1965 and from 1968 to 1980, the longest tenure of any holder of the office.wikipedia
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Mayor of Auckland City

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Sir Dove-Myer Robinson (15 June 1901 – 14 August 1989) was Mayor of Auckland City from 1959 to 1965 and from 1968 to 1980, the longest tenure of any holder of the office.
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.

John Allum

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Robinson entered politics in the late 1940s when he led the opposition to a sewage dumping scheme championed by Auckland Mayor Sir John Allum (the Browns Island plan) that would have discharged untreated effluent into Waitematā Harbour.
As chair of the Drainage Board, he was vehemently opposed by Dove-Myer Robinson over a sewerage scheme on Browns Island.

List of by-elections to the Auckland City Council

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When a vacancy occurred on the Auckland City Council in 1952 Robinson stood as an independent candidate in the subsequent by-election.
A notorious example occurred in August 1961 when a vacancy triggered the second by-election in under a year which had a turnout of only 3.65% of voters, prompting Mayor Dove-Myer Robinson to label the light turnout "...absolutely disgraceful. By failing to exercise their democratic right the public is just asking Parliament to take away from them the right to vote".

United Independents

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To try and break the deadlock Robinson formed a new political party, the United Independents, and at the 1953 elections the new group won five seats (including Robinson) giving them the balance of power between the Citizens & Ratepayers and Labour Party tickets.
The most noted public opponent to Brown's Island, Dove-Myer Robinson, used his local renown from the issue and won an Auckland City Council by-election in 1952 and thereby gained membership to the Auckland Metropolitan Drainage Board and continued to criticize Brown's Island from within.

Auckland Regional Council

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After being re-elected in 1962, the Auckland Regional Authority (ARA) was established in 1963 and Robinson was chosen as its founding chairman.
Dove-Myer Robinson in standing for Mayor of Auckland City in 1959 campaigned on wanting to unify all of Auckland.

1959 Auckland City mayoral election

1959
In 1959, campaigning on a populist platform as "Robbie" he defeated the incumbent Citizens & Ratepayers mayor Keith Buttle which caused much resentment.
High profile councillor Dove-Myer Robinson defeated incumbent Mayor Keith Buttle of the Citizens & Ratepayers ticket, who had not been opposed by Robinson and his United Independent colleagues in the 1957 contest.

Barbara Goodman

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His niece, Barbara Goodman, became his mayoress for the rest of his time as mayor. Dame Barbara Goodman, former Auckland Mayoress and councillor, was his niece, and spearheaded a campaign for the Auckland City Council to build a statue of him in Aotea Square; the statue was completed in 2002.
Goodman was mayoress of Auckland City during the mayoralty of her uncle Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, as well as an Auckland city councillor for 12 years.

1965 Auckland City mayoral election

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He had a very public break-up with his fourth wife Thelma (who only wanted two terms as mayoress), he lost the 1965 mayoral election by 1,134 votes to Citizens & Ratepayers candidate Roy McElroy and despite being re-elected to the ARA, he was denied any chairman responsibilities.
Incumbent two-term Mayor Dove-Myer Robinson was defeated by Roy McElroy of the Citizens & Ratepayers ticket.

Aotea Square

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Dame Barbara Goodman, former Auckland Mayoress and councillor, was his niece, and spearheaded a campaign for the Auckland City Council to build a statue of him in Aotea Square; the statue was completed in 2002.
Officially opened in 1979 by Sir Dove-Myer Robinson next to Queen Street, it is used for open-air concerts and gatherings, and markets and political rallies.

Roy McElroy

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He had a very public break-up with his fourth wife Thelma (who only wanted two terms as mayoress), he lost the 1965 mayoral election by 1,134 votes to Citizens & Ratepayers candidate Roy McElroy and despite being re-elected to the ARA, he was denied any chairman responsibilities.
Later, in 1965, he was chosen as the C&R candidate to run against the popular incumbent Mayor Dove-Myer Robinson.

Keith Buttle

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In 1959, campaigning on a populist platform as "Robbie" he defeated the incumbent Citizens & Ratepayers mayor Keith Buttle which caused much resentment.

1968 Auckland City mayoral election

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In 1968 he in turn defeated McElroy by 5,972 votes becoming the first Mayor of Auckland to serve non-consecutive terms.
Incumbent Mayor Roy McElroy of the Citizens & Ratepayers ticket was defeated by his predecessor Dove-Myer Robinson.

Saul Goldsmith

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He was also the cousin of Auckland Mayor Dove-Myer Robinson.

Parnell Rose Gardens

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Dove Myer Robinson Park, formerly the Parnell Rose Gardens, was named after him.
The park is named after Dove-Myer Robinson, the longest-serving mayor of Auckland, who served for 18 years.

Colin Kay

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However, he recanted and stood again in 1980, but his age was against him and he lost to Colin Kay.
He was first elected to the Auckland City Council in 1971, and was later elected mayor of Auckland in 1980, succeeding Dove-Myer Robinson.

1970 Birthday Honours

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He was knighted in the 1970 Birthday Honours for "outstanding services as Mayor of Auckland".

1983 Auckland City mayoral election

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He stood for mayor again in 1983 but finished a distant fourth.

Auckland

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He was one of several Jewish mayors of Auckland, although he rejected Judaism as a teenager and became a lifelong atheist.

Atheism

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He was one of several Jewish mayors of Auckland, although he rejected Judaism as a teenager and became a lifelong atheist.

Sheffield

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Born Mayer Dove Robinson in Sheffield, England, he was the sixth of seven children of Ida Brown and Moss Robinson.

Bench jeweler

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While his father described himself as a master jeweller, he actually sold trinkets and second-hand furniture, and the family was poor and often on the move.

Rabbi

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Robinson's mother influenced his upbringing by transmitting the strict values her rabbi father had taught her.

Antisemitism

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His Jewish heritage ensured that he was often targeted by anti-semitic violence in the schools he attended.

Pawnbroker

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The family moved to New Zealand in 1914, where his father worked as a pawnbroker.

Great Depression

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He established Robinson's Motor Cycle and Bicycle Depot in 1930, but the business struggled as a result of the Great Depression, expanding to include cars.