Dave Cull and wife Joan Wilson after the result was announced. Photo by Craig Baxter
Dunedin mayor Dave Cull thrashed his nearest challenger by
12,000 votes, voting figures reveal.
Because of the STV system, Dunedin's voting figures are
released later than other other authorities so the margin of
Mr Cull's victory was not immediately apparent.
The figures now released show he polled 18,446 votes while
his nearest challenger Hilary Calvert could manage only 6429.
High-profile councillor Lee Vandervis was third with 5841
Among the other challengers Andrew Whiley polled 2946 votes,
Aaron Hawkins 2900, Pete George 779, Olivier Lequex 503 and
Kevin Dwyer 217.
In the council vote Ms Calvert received the highest number of
first preference votes, but incumbent Richard Thomson came
out on top once votes were redistributed under the STV
Four candidates - Ms Calvert and Crs Thomson, Jinty MacTavish
and Cr Vandervis - were elected based on first preference
votes alone, with no need for redistributed votes to get
across the line.