Two southern mayors lost their seats in the local body elections.
Central Otago District elected Tony Lepper, with sitting mayor Malcolm MacPherson coming in third place behind another challenger Jeff Hill.
Clutha District’s new mayor is Bryan Cadogan who beat the incumbent Juno Hayes who was seeking a fifth term.
Queenstown Lakes District has its first female mayor – Vanessa van Uden . Sitting mayor Clive Geddes didn’t seek re-election.
Waitaki District re-elected Alex Familton with a majority of 1183 over the only serious challenger and former Deputy mayor, Gary Kircher.
Invercargill people gave Tim Shadbolt a majority of more than 11,000 over challenger Suzanne Prentice.
Southland mayor Frano Cardno was returned for her seventh term.
Gore mayor Tracy Hicks was not challenged.
Timaru returned sitting mayor Janie Annear for a third term.
Mackenzie District elected Claire Barlow as its new mayor by only 30 votes.
Further north I’m delighted Christchurch voters returned Bob Parker as mayor – and not just because he defeated Jim Anderton.
Len Brown beat John Banks to be first mayor of the new Auckland council. Voters also delivered a left-leaning council which disproves accusations from the left that uniting Auckland was a right-wing plot.
I think this means Robert Guyton, a regular commenter here, won a seat on the Southland Regional Council. If so, congratulations.