Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon has been convincingly confirmed for
his fifth term as mayor of the city and welcomes three new
councillors on his team.
Mr Foon was a clear winner of the local body mayoral election
yesterday with 9512 votes - about double the 4781 votes his
nearest challenger Gary Hope got.
The third mayoral candidate Te Nguha Huirama-Patuwai finished
There will be three new councillors. Former councillor Larry
Foster finished with 5145 votes, the fourth highest amount of
votes, while the youngest councillor, 37-year-old Amber Dunn
had 4373 to place seventh and Meredith Akuhata-Brown 4368
votes and eighth in the top nine polling councillors.
Now entering her second term Rehette Stoltz was the
top-polling councillor with 6160 votes with long-standing
councillor Brian Wilson, last year's top poller, only just
behind with 5790 votes.
Manu Caddie was the third highest polling candidate with 5552
votes, Andy Cranston finished fifth with 5042 votes, Craig
Bauld sixth with 4802 votes and this election Alan Davidson
was the ninth with 4153 votes.
These results are preliminary and could change with special
votes but results are not close enough for any changes to
City ward councillor Allan Hall has lost his seat and placed
10th with 4075 votes and the next two candidates were Clive
Bibby with 3939 votes and Tina Karaitiana with 3867 votes.
The other sitting councillor to lose her seat was former
Waikohu ward representative Pamela Murphy. She was running
for the Waipaoa ward, which has been amalgamated since the
last election. This seat has been won by sitting councillor
Graeme Thomson, formerly Cook ward council representative,
with 523 votes. Mrs Murphy got 357 votes.
Bill Burdett wins the newly formed Matakaoa-Waiapu ward with
340 votes. Second was Kerry Kururangi with 255 votes. Third
runner Pierre Henare finished with 154 votes.
In the Taruheru-Patutahi ward incumbent councillor Roger
Haisman beat Steve Scragg 812 votes to 610.
Pat Seymour was elected unopposed in the Tawhiti-Uawa ward.
Preliminary results for the Tairawhiti District Health Board
elections are yet to be released.
Craig Little has been elected mayor of Wairoa.
Mr Little, a farmer, won a four-man race, including runner-up
and former mayor Derek Fox and incumbent Les Probert.
On preliminary votes, Mr Little's 1632 in the smallest
Hawke's Bay constituency gave him an election-day majority of
743 over Mr Fox's 889.
Mr Probert, who at the age of 79 made a late-decision to seek
another term, polled 328 votes.
Wairoa Council of six includes three new members in Chris
Joblin, who got 1768 votes, Mike Bird 1733 and Hine Flood
with 1143 votes makes it because highest polling candidate
Craig Little was elected mayor.
Incumbents Denys Caves with 983 votes and Dave Evans 865,
were both defeated, a result unlikely to change when special
votes are counted.
Denise Eaglesome-Karekare 1720, Min Johansen 1455, Benita
Cairns 1313 are the other three Wairoa councillors elected.
- By the Gisborne Herald