Appointing a chairman or chairwoman for the Otago Regional Council may not be as simple as in past terms. Reporter Jono Edwards speculates wildly on who its next leader might be.
Local Body Elections
Dunedin city councillor Jim O'Malley says he is likely to walk away at the end of the next term, after missing out on the mayoralty and facing a difficult three years ahead.
The only Dunedin city councillor to lose his seat this election has thanked his supporters and offered to help where he can.
Dunedin Mayor-elect Aaron Hawkins' biggest competitors had very different reactions to his win, with one saying the city was in "safe hands" and another saying it left him "quite despondent".
Local body election voter turnout was down for almost all southern councils, bucking a national trend which saw 44.4% of eligible people vote - up 2.4%, despite dire predictions of low turnout in...
Clutha District Council will welcome four new faces later this month, following Saturday's election.
"I've been asking everyone `how do you half open a bottle of Champagne?'," says Queenstown Lakes District council candidate Glyn Lewers.
Dunedin Mayor-elect Aaron Hawkins extended his winning margin, while an ousted incumbent city councillor closed the gap, in updated voting results released yesterday.
Dunedin's next mayor is already busy, just one day into his new role, but he still has some explaining to do to his 3-year-old son.
Fresh faces will be seen at future Environment Southland council meetings, after four new councillors were elected.
While the majority of Invercargill city councillors are to return, three fresh faces may inspire fresh debate.
It had never crossed his mind when he was a "humble contractor", that he would be re-elected for a ninth mayoral term in Invercargill, Sir Tim Shadbolt says.
Voters have opted for a blend of patient rights advocates and candidates with governmental and medical experience when electing their first Southern District Health Board in six years.
The Otago Regional Council has joined a national "women-quake" as the organisation doubles its number of female councillors.