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The Dunedin City Council has released the list of donation and expenses from this year's local government election.
It shows Christine Garey spent $54,641.56 on her campaign, which was covered by a donation from the Garey Family Trust.
Her mayoral bid was unsuccessful, but she was re-elected to the council and later appointed Deputy Mayor.
The second biggest spender was Andrew Whiley, who spent $40,341.71.
He received $13,154.85 in donations and was re-elected to the council.
He was followed by newcomer Jules Radich, who was elected to the council for the first time.
Mr Radich spent $29,101 and received $12,006 in donations from the Golden Centre for print ads.
Chris Staynes was re-elected to the council and spent $23,975.29, while Lee Vandervis was also elected and spent $15,799.84, although he was disputing some advertising cost.
Meanwhile, two candidates did not spend a cent.
Jim O'Malley was re-elected to the council, while Neville Jemmett did not make the cut.
The three Green Party candidates, who campaigned together, collectively spent $13,743.13.
Aaron Hawkins was elected Mayor, and Marie Laufiso was re-elected to the council, while fellow candidate Scott Willis missed out.
They received combined donations of $2000 worth of in-kind design services.
Candidates for the Otago Regional Council spent much lower than their city council counterparts.
The biggest spender was Michael Laws at $7926.34. The Cromwell-based former mayor topped the Dunstan electorate with 10,244 votes.