Dunedin mayoral aspirant Olivier Lequeux is bidding ''au
revoir'' to his political ambitions after three failed bids,
but not without firing a parting shot.
Mr Lequeux, who stood unsuccessfully for mayor in 2007 and
2010, said yesterday he would not stand again after securing
just 503 votes this time.
Mr Lequeux could not resist having one final jab at Dunedin
Mayor Dave Cull and his new council, claiming low voter
turnout in the city meant those elected lacked a mandate.
''They should just make sure they run the business in a very
tight way ... because obviously people feel totally
disenfranchised and have got no trust, no faith, in their
Mr Lequeux's comments came after Mr Cull scored an
overwhelming victory on Saturday, receiving 18,446 votes,
more than 12,000 ahead of nearest rivals Hilary Calvert (6429
votes) and Cr Lee Vandervis (5841).
Mr Lequeux claimed the results showed people who did not
bother to vote had been turned off by Mr Cull, and he denied
non-voters could include supporters of Mr Cull.
Mr Cull rejected that yesterday, saying ''you would have to
assume'' some non-voters would support him if they did vote,
perhaps in the same proportion as those who did have their
Another repeat mayoral campaigner, Kevin Dwyer, said he would
also ''probably not'' stand again, after attracting 217 votes
in his second attempt at high office.
He said campaigning favoured those with the biggest budgets,
but he expected the new green-leaning council would be
''It's sort of not business-friendly ... I don't think it's
going to be a very progressive council,'' he said.
Pete George, who received 779 votes, said he could not say
what he might do in three years' time, but he was ''not
particularly surprised'' by Saturday's results.
They reflected name recognition and the fact there was no
strong desire for change among voters, he believed, but Mr
Cull and his councillors had a clear mandate from voters.
''It's not a strong mandate from the public generally,
because the numbers were pretty appalling really in the
Steve McGregor, the lowest-polling mayoral contender with
just 178 votes, said he was happy with his result, after
running only a limited campaign, and would consider another
bid ''if the council don't take on board my ideas''.