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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

This page provides profile and contact information for Mayor Dave Cull.


Dave’s focus in his second term as Mayor of Dunedin is on strengthening the community and the economic capacity of the city. He anticipates the DCC’s suite of strategies, including those still in development, will enable the Council to optimise the wonderful assets the city has – from its parks and  gardens to facilities such as the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Edgar Centre and the city’s theatres, galleries and museums for the long-term benefit of the city.

Dave was born in Invercargill in 1950 and attended Southland Boys’ High School before moving to Dunedin. He completed a BA in Political Science at the University of Otago and worked part-time as a teacher and in the building industry. He is married with two daughters and two grand-daughters.

After extensive travel around the world, he returned to Dunedin and commenced employment with TV One as a presenter of home improvement and DIY shows. He began writing in these areas as well and has published several books, on subjects as diverse as icebergs, weather and wine, and training manuals as  well as writing for newspapers, magazines and radio.

When his work no longer involved extensive travel, he took the opportunity to stand for the Dunedin City Council in 2007 and then for the mayoralty in 2010 and 2013.

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Committee Membership

Mayor Dave Cull is an ex-officio member of all committees of Council.

These appointments can be found in the Committee Structure and Delegations Manual.

In addition, Mayor Cull is a member of the following Committees:

  • CEO Appraisal Subcommittee
  • Maori Participation Working Party
  • Tertiary Sector Steering Group
  • Otago Theatre Trust
Dave Cull.

Mayor Dave Cull

Contact details
  • Postal: C/- Dunedin City Council, PO BOX 5045, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058
  • Phone: Business: 03 474 3855
  • Mobile: 0274 346 917
  • Email address:

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