Final tally increases mayor's vote margin

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull extended his victory margin slightly when the Dunedin City Council's final election results were released yesterday.

The figures, which added about 340 special votes not previously included, saw Mr Cull's tally in the mayoral race rise by 158 votes, from 18,446 to 18,604.

That meant his winning margin was extended by 113 votes, from 12,017 to 12,130, over nearest rivals Hilary Calvert (now with 6474 votes) and Cr Lee Vandervis (5872).

The final results saw small increases in the votes cast for all nine mayoral candidates, as well as the city's 14 elected councillors.

Green Party candidate Aaron Hawkins and Chisholm Park golf professional Andrew Whiley also swapped places in the final mayoral results.

Mr Hawkins picked up an extra 72 special votes, lifting him to fourth overall, overtaking Mr Whiley, who received 16 special votes and dropped to fifth place.

Both men were also among the 11 candidates elected as councillors in the city's Central Ward.


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