Lianne Dalziel has been confirmed as mayor of Christchurch with 70% of the vote.
Long-serving Labour MP Lianne Dalziel has a new job as mayor of Christchurch after securing around 50,000 votes more than her nearest rival.
In what many regarded as a foregone conclusion Dalziel convincingly won Christchurch’s mayoraty race with around 70,000 votes, preliminary results show.
Her closest rival, Christchurch businessman Paul Lonsdale, got around 22,000 votes. . .
Early results show that Auckland mayor Len Brown will be returned.
. . . A spokesman from Auckland Council confirmed the “progress result” had counted 148,944 votes in favour of Mr Brown.
His closest competitor, John Palino, had earned 98,930 votes. . . .
I will update this post as results come in and welcome your updates in the comments.
Former Northland MP John Carter has won the Far North mayoralty from Wayne Brown.
Mr Carter resigned as New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands in July to return to his home in the Far North and contest the mayoralty.
Defeated mayor Wayne Brown, who has served two terms, said he had phoned Mr Carter to offer his congratulations. He said he was sure the former MP would do his best for the Far North – and he is only a phone call away if the new mayor wants any support. . .
Former councillor Sheryl Mai is the new Whanagrai mayor.
. . . Ms Mai won 4897 votes in the preliminary count, more than 1100 ahead of her nearest rival, councillor Greg Martin. . .
Hamilton mayor Julie Hardaker has won a second term, beating her nearest rival, Ewan Wilson, by 2770 votes.
Napier has a new mayor – Bill Dalton who gained more than double the votes of this nearest rival, Roy Sye.
Rachel Reese has made history by becoming Nelson’s first woman mayor, taking the mayoralty by almost 1500 votes from Aldo Miccio.
Gary Kircher has won the Waitaki District mayoralty. His biggest rival Jim Hopkins also stood for the council and topped the poll in the Oamaru ward.
Tim Shadbolt has been returned as mayor of Invercargill.
With six terms as mayor, and two previous terms in control at Waitemata City, Shadbolt is the longest-serving mayor in office in the country.. . .
Farmer Mike Havill is the new mayor of the Westland district.
Richard Kempthorne has been returned for a third term as Tasman District Mayor.
Brendan Duffy has won the mayoral race in Horowhenua.
Ross Paterson is Mayor of the Western Bay of Plenty again.
Radio NZ reports:
Matamata-Piako District new mayor is Jan Barnes.
Mayor of South Waikato District Neil Sinclair has been returned to office.
Max Baxter is the new Mayor of Otorohanga District.
Brian Hanna is back as mayor of Waitomo District Council.
Jim Mylchreest replaces Alan Livingston who retired after many years as mayor of Waipa District Council.
Mayor of Hauraki District John Tregidga has been returned for a fourth term.
In Rotorua, former MP Steve Chadwick will take over from three-term mayor Kevin Winters with more than 98 percent of votes counted.
Queenstown Lakes District incumbent Vanessa van Uden has been re-elected as mayor, beating hopeful Al Angus, of Glenorchy, by more than 4500 votes.
Central Otago mayor Tony Lepper has been re-elected.
It was a two-horse race for Central Otago’s mayoralty, and preliminary results show Mr Lepper garnered 4416 votes, while Lynley Claridge drew 2521.
Sitting mayor Tracy Hicks was elected unopposed in Gore and Bryan Cadogan was re-elected mayor of Clutha.
has won a second term as mayor of Mackenzie District.
is the new mayor of New Plymouth after beating incumbent Harry Duynhoven.
South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop and Stratford Mayor Neil Volzke both retained their chains with comfortable majorities.
Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman has been re-elected for a fourth term.
In the Bay of Plenty:
Tauranga’s Stuart Crosby looks set to return as mayor.
Ross Paterson is mayor of the Western Bay of Plenty again.
Mark Boyle has received 3672 votes while Don Thwaites got 2275.
Tony Bonne has been elected mayor of the Whakatane district.
Opotiki voted in John Forbes as mayor of the district council.
Don Cameron is Ruapehu District’s new mayor.
Dave Cull has been returned as mayor of Dunedin.
TV3 has a list of mayors elected from north to south.
Those not already accounted for above are:
GISBORNE: Meng Foon
HASTINGS: Lawrence Yule
WHANGANUI:: Annette Main
MASTERTON: Lyn Patterson (new)
UPPER HUTT: Wayne Guppy
GREY: Tony Kokshoorn (unopposed)