Len Brown is to lead the new super city, Bob Parker is to
continue rebuilding Christchurch and results are too close to
call in the capital, after polls closed in this year's local
body elections and preliminary mayoral results roll in.
Last night Mr Brown partied on top of One Tree Hill after
beating rival John Banks by a whopping 60,000 votes.
Prime Minister John Key and Local Government Minister Rodney
Hide have congratulated Mr Brown on winning the mayoralty.
Mr Key said he was confident Auckland had elected a mayor who
could do the job, the Stuff website reported.
"He's set out a vision for Auckland and we look forward to
working with him on that vision and building what we believe
is the potential for a world-class city. He has the
overwhelming support of the people ... and I'm confident he
can do a good job. It's a big task in front of him."
Mr Brown will lead the new super city when it comes into
force next month. It replaces eight councils in Auckland.
It had been a tough and torrid campaign, he said.
"John and I have given it our very best shot and have covered
off all the concerns people could have about how we might and
should and could go forward."
High profile candidate Andrew Williams, former mayor of the
North Shore, picked up only 3800 votes, or 0.8 percent of the
A seismic shift in Christchurch's mayoral poll resulted in
Bob Parker beating Progressives leader and Wigram MP Jim
Anderton, who was tipped to win before the region was rocked
by a 7.1 earthquake over a month ago.
Mr Parker said it was "humbling" to be re-elected.
Wellington's mayoral race has resulted in a nail-biting race
to the finish with Kerry Prendergast holding onto her mayoral
role by a slim margin of just 40 votes ahead of rival Celia
As of last night, 24,468 votes were in favour of Ms
Prendergast, compared with 24,428 votes for Ms Wade-Brown.
Special votes will determine the winner, but final results
may not be known until as late as Wednesday.
Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt has won his eighth term with
a landslide 16,275 votes, ahead of his nearest rival country
singer Suzanne Prentice with 5311 votes.
He said he was relieved with the result and thanked the
people of the city for their support.
Hamilton has welcomed in a new mayor, with Julie Hardaker
pipping incumbent mayor Bob Simcock by 12,520 votes to
In a surprise result, Dunedin mayor Peter Chin, who had held
the office for two terms, lost his job to Dave Cull.
Retired Wanganui mayor Michael Laws will continue to take a
seat at the council table, but as a councillor rather than as
outspoken and controversial mayor. Annette Main was elected
in as mayor.
Meanwhile former New Zealand First MP Ron Mark definitively
won the Carterton mayoralty with 1826 votes -- gaining three
times more votes than his closest rival Ruth Carter.
In Tauranga Stuart Crosby was celebrating being elected for
his third term.
Mr Crosby won the election with a majority of 16586 votes,
while Murray Guy was runner-up with 4285 votes.
Rotorua mayor Kevin Winters won a landslide victory over his
nearest rival, Charles Sturt. At 3pm Mr Winters led Mr Sturt
by 9770 votes to 5376.
Lawrence Yule retained his seat in Hastings and Napier
incumbent mayor Barbara Arnott kept hold of her seat for her
forth term in the job.
In Taupo there was a race down to the wire between Rick
Cooper and former Labour Cabinet Minister Mark Burton, with
Mr Cooper edging out Mr Burton by 139 votes.
Incumbent Jono Naylor romped to an easy win in Palmerston
North by a hefty 15,000 votes.