Tim Shadbolt has won a seventh term as Invercargill mayor
and enters the record books as the city's - and New Zealand's -
longest serving municipal mayor.
On provisional results he polled 12,034 votes, 7110 ahead of
his nearest rival, former councillor Lindsay Dow.
In what has become an election day tradition, Mr Shadbolt
(66) based himself at the Invercargill City Council offices
today and hosted lunch and drinks for successful candidates.
Between fielding a constant stream of congratulatory
telephone calls, he said he was delighted to know people had
so much confidence in him, especially considering he did not
run an election campaign at all.
" I didn't have a single billboard up. I felt that after 18
years they [voters] must know who I am.''
Former policeman and Southland District Council staff member
Gary Tong has won the three-way contest for the Southland
District Council mayoralty.
Mr Tong, who owns and runs a holiday park of the outskirts of
Invercargill, has not been an elected member of the council
before but on the provisional talley headed off sitting
councillors Paul Duffy and John Douglas with a majority of
Central Otago mayor Tony Lepper has been re-elected, and Gary
Kircher will lead the Waitaki district.
It was a two-horse race for Central Otago's mayoralty, and
preliminary results show Mr Lepper garnered 4416 votes, while
Lynley Claridge drew 2521.
The results show Neil Gillespie (1511 votes), Nigel McKinlay
(1205) and Shirley Calvert (1131) will be elected in the
Cromwell ward, while Clair Higginson (860) and Malcolm
Topliss (677) will be elected for the Earnsleugh-Manuherikia
Martin McPherson (1673), Barrie Wills (1358) and Stephen
Battrick (1152) are to be elected for the Alexandra ward, and
Duncan Stuart (448) will represent the Maniototo ward on
Stephen Jeffery was elected unopposed for the Teviot Valley
The final voting return for the district was 51.3%.
The final result is expected to be declared on Wednesday.
Gary Kircher has been elected mayor of the Waitaki District,
beating nearest rival Jim Hopkins by about 400 votes.
Preliminary results show Mr Kircher drew 3087 votes, and Jim
Hopkins got 2691. Eric Spittal (1024 votes) was the only
other candidate in the six-way race to break 1000 votes.
Jim Hopkins (3309 votes), Hugh Perkins (3159), Melanie
Tavendale (2996), Sally Hope (2932), Peter Garvan (2721) and
Colin Wollstein (2648) will represent the Oamaru ward, while
Kathy Dennison (583) won the right to represent the Waihemo
William Kingan (906) and Sharyn Price (572) will represent
the Corriedale ward.
The voter return rate was 55.43%.