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Waitaki voters resoundingly affirmed his mayoralty at the weekend as he took two-thirds of all votes cast for mayor.
Mr Kircher won his third term at the weekend, receiving 5220 votes, ahead of challengers Katrina Hazelhurst (2019) and Paul Mutch (687).
"I think the voters have delivered us a really good team ... and I just promise to do all I can to bring everyone together, get us all moving in the same direction, to work with everyone around the council table - but also for us to work with people around the community to make Waitaki a better place," he said.
In Ahuriri, Ross McRobie was elected unopposed.
And in Oamaru, after two long-serving councillors stood down at the end of the last term, the remaining four incumbents held on to their seats despite what Mr Kircher called the best field of candidates he had seen in at least the last half-dozen elections.
Melanie Tavendale (3984) again topped the polls, followed by Colin Wollstein (2773), Jeremy Holding (2673), newcomer Kelli Milmine (2543), Jim Hopkins (2520) and the other newcomer, Hana Halalele (2379).
She said diversity on the council was "crucial", but was grateful for the support from the Pacific Island community, Waitaki Multicultural Council and the wider community.
"We have over 50 ethnicities in the Waitaki region; I think they add something very special to our district that really needs to be brought out at governance level," she said. "And I think in recent years Gary [Kircher] and the council members have made some attempts to really try to get some voice and representation in there and it was more a matter of the community being ready for someone to step up and stand in this year's elections."
Gary Kircher - 5220
Katrina Hazelhurst - 2019
Paul Mutch - 687
Voter turnout: 52.23% being 8254 votes