Mayor elect Dave Cull takes a call from a well-wisher.
Photo by Gerard O'Brien
Dave Cull, who stood on a platform of prudent financial
management, has comfortably deposed two-term incumbent Peter
Chin as Dunedin mayor.
Final vote totals after preferences were transferred and
candidates had been excluded were: Dave Cull 22,832; Peter
Chin 14,453; Lee Vandervis 6,692; Aaron Hawkins 1745; Olivier
Lequeux 1204, Kevin Dwyer 208, Jimmy Knowles 124.
At a barbecue at his Portobello Rd home, surrounded by family
and Greater Dunedin colleagues, Mayor-elect Cull (60) said
his initial reaction was "relief".
"It confirmed my hopes," he said of the result.
Now, though, was the "challenge" of the new council.
Mr Cull, a writer who has served one term as a councillor,
said he had already received a telephone call from outgoing
Mayor Peter Chin, in which Mr Chin congratulated "very
graciously" him on his win.
Mr Cull said his first job as mayor would be to regain the
trust of the community, by engaging with it more
First preference votes were: Dave Cull 21,757; Peter Chin
14,084; Lee Vandervis 5917; Aaron Hawkins 1527; Olivier
Lequeux 1164, Kevin Dwyer 197, Jimmy Knowles 124.
The full list of Dunedin City Council results is here
For full reaction and analysis buy Monday's print Otago