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Kerry just hanging on in oh-so-close mayoral race

Oct 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Lead Story, News

By Nicole Bennik and Aaron van Delden. Wellington City Council video and photographic coverage by MJ Hicks and Danielle Norman.

Election Results HERE>


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TENSE WAIT: Kerry Prendergast and supporters at the count. PHOTO: MJ Hicks.

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dhb votesSUNDAY: NEWSWIRE – Former Capital and Coast District Health Board chair Judith Aitken, a sitting member, has easily topped the poll in the election for seven board members.

In the inital count, she has 12,981 votes, about 4000 more than the next most popular candidate, sitting board member Helene Ritchie.

The board will have two new members – Barbara Donaldson (who polled third) and David Choat.

The other successful candidates were sitting members Margaret Faulkner, Donald Urquhart-Hay and Virginia Hope, who all scored 8000 votes or more.

Just missing out was sitting member Peter Roberts, who was 169 behind Virginia Hope.

The next lowest in the field of 20, Camila Chin, was more than 2500 short of Roberts.


Earlier: STUFF – In a nail-biting Capital mayoral contest, Wellington electoral officer Ross Bly said Ms Prendergast had 24,468 votes to Ms Wade-Brown’s 24,428 after preliminary counting.

The 40-vote lead stands until 900 special votes have been counted by Wednesday.

7.49pm: DOMPOST: Fran Wilde (right – has romped home in the Greater Wellington Regional Council elections with nearly 30,000 votes. Radio New Zealand broadcaster Chris Laidlaw made it back, too, but former Wellington Chamber of Commerce chief executive Charles Finny has missed out.

peterchin7.45pm: TVNZ: Dunedin mayor Peter Chin (left) has been defeated.

He’s been beaten by councillor Dave Cull, a former TV show handyman who has promised to rein in council spending and borrowing.

6.11pm: NZHERALD: Kerry Prendergast has held on to the mayoralty in Wellington by a mere 40 votes over nearest rival Celia Wade-Brown.

And Lawrence Yule has retained the Hastings mayoralty by a landslide. He polled just over 11,000 votes with Simon Nixon in second on 6,500.

In Central Otago, newcomer Tony Lepper has won a three way race with incumbent Dr Malcolm McPherson beaten into third place.

Departing Whanganui mayor Michael Laws has retained a place on the council. Mr Laws did not seek the mayoralty after three terms, but stood for a seat. He will be replaced as mayor by Horizons Regional Councillor Annette Main, who edged out deputy mayor Dot McKinnon by 217 votes.

van udenAnd the new mayor of Queenstown is Vanessa van Uden (left – Stuff). In preliminary results, Ms van Uden was well ahead of nearest contender Simon Hayes in a three way contest. Ms van Uden steps up from being a Queenstown Lakes councillor to become mayor, replacing Clive Geddes who has retired.

6.05pm: NZHERALD – VIDEO: Labour leader Phil Goff congratulates Len Brown on his Auckland mayoralty win. VIEW HERE>

6.00pm: RADIONZ – on-air bulletin: Kerry Prendergast is holding a tiny 40-vote margin over rival Celia Wade-Brown in a close battle for the Wellington mayoralty.

LEGGETT5.47pm: STUFF – Three-term councillor Nick Leggett (right) has been elected Porirua mayor, fending off a bid by former deputy mayor Litea Ah Hoi.Provisional results had Mr Leggett at 5930 votes – nearly double Ms Ah Hoi’s tally. READ MORE>

5.45pm: TVNZ – Incumbent mayor Jono Naylor has been re-elected by almost 14,000 more votes than the runner up in the Palmerston North local body election.

5.30pm: TVNZ: VIDEO – Len Brown’s victory speech. VIEW HERE>

George-Hawkins5.07pm: TVNZ – Tony Lepper was the deputy mayor of Central Otago District for the last nine years – but today he was elected mayor of the district.

5.00pm: RADIONZ – on-air bulletin: Labour MP George Hawkins (left) wins his local council seat in Papakura, but won’t say when he’ll leave Parliament. Close races and upsets in Hamilton and Wanganui. Other new mayors in New Plymouth, Kaiapoi, Nelson, Whangarei, Buller, Ashburton, Hutt City and Carterton. Wellington mayoral news due in an hour.

4.50pm: NZHERALD: Alex Familton has been named mayor of Waitaki with 4,545 votes to Gary Kircher’s 3362. In Waitomo, Brian Hanna was elected mayor.

Mark4.45pm: NZHERALD: Former NZ First MP Ron Mark (right – Stuff) has taken out Carterton with 1826 votes.

John Booth, Grant Smith and Jill Greathead were elected to Carterton rural ward. In the urban ward, W J (Bill) Knowles, Ruth Carter, Barbara Durbin, Elaine Brazendale and Alan Eastergaard were elected.

4.41pm: TVNZ – The new mayor for Queenstown is Vanessa van Uden, who steps up from being a Queenstown Lakes councillor to become mayor, replacing Clive Geddes who has retired.

4.36pm: TVNZ – After losing the race for the Invercargill mayoralty Suzanne Prentice said she has thoroughly enjoyed the campaign and will be more disappointed if the Southland Stags lose the Ranfurly Shield against Canterbury tonight.

17891614.36pm: NEWSWIRE – New Zealand’s only blind councillor, Lance Girling-Butcher (left), was returned for a second term on the New Plymouth District Council, coming in eighth in the 10-seat race (with 7093 votes).

4.35pm: NZHERALD: New Plymouth – Harry Duynhoven has been elected mayor of New Plymouth, receiving 10,011 votes – 1657 clear of his nearest rival Pauline Lockett. Ms Lockett was the highest-polling councillor.

4.31pm: TVNZ – Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has congratulated Len Brown on becoming the first elected Mayor of the new Auckland Super City Council.

4.28pm: TVNZ – Chalky Leary was elected as Rangitikei District mayor.

4.26pm: TVNZ – Peter Butler will be Central Hawke’s Bay District mayor.

ross_dunlop4.25pm: TVNZ – Alistair Sowman has won the Marlborough District mayoral race.

4.22pm: TVNZ – Ross Dunlop (left) has been elected as South Taranaki District mayor.

4.13pm: STUFF – Wayne Guppy has retained the Upper Hutt mayoralty, comfortably seeing off his two rivals. With 98 per cent of the votes counted, Mr Guppy had 8422 votes, Adrian Sparrow had 1890 votes and Hellen Swales had 1527.

4.15pm: FACEBOOK- Lyndsey FishyBishy Bishop:  And I thought Anderton would just pip Parker at the post for ChCh mayor. Count thus far puts Parker at approx 68,000 and Anderton at approx 51,000.

Shadbolt in by a country mile, Len Brown knocked Banks over in Auckland, wow, a day for interesting results.I reckon drop the postal vote and do the walk in and vote again. Gets a bigger, better picture as everyone votes on the same day.

Foon4:06pm: 3NEWS –  Gisborne: Meng Foon (right) has also been chosen again as mayor of Gisborne.

4.02pm: NZHERALD: Aldo Miccio is Nelson City’s new mayor, leading closest rival Rachel Reese by 6077 to 4722 with 98 percent of the votes counted.

The 12 at large vacancies look to be filled by Reese (9259), Jeff Rackley (6829), Ian Barker (6520), Gail Collingwood (5999), Pete Rainey (5990), Ali Boswijk (5791), Mike Ward (5552), Ruth Copeland (5263), Derek Shaw (4928), Paul Matheson (4834), and Kate Fulton (4815).

The voter return was 46.78 percent, being 15,806 voting papers, excluding voting papers in transit to the processing centre and special votes.

4.00pm: RADIONZ – on-air bulletin: John Banks gives gracious acknowledgement to new Auckland super city mayor Len Brown and pledges his full support.

andertonJim Anderton (right – Scoop) attributes his big loss in Christchurch to sitting mayor Bob Parker to the earthquake and the media coverage Parker enjoyed.

3.55pm: NZHERALD: With 98 percent of the votes counted, the councillors elected to Environment Southland are:

  • Ali Timms (3011 votes) and Peter Jones (2835) for the Eastern Dome; Grant Hubber (1332) for Hokonui; and Maurice Rodway (9750), Neville Cook 9(8791), Marion Miller (8396), Jan Riddell (7366), Robert Guyton (7251), and Rowly Currie (6886) for Invercargill/Rakiura.

3:50pm: 3NEWS:  – Hastings: Lawrence Yule has been re-elected as mayor of Hastings.

3:46pm: 3NEWS:  – Auckland: Sources say that if Labour Party MP George Hawkins stands down from his Manurewa electorate, forcing a by-election, the party will likely choose Jerome Mika as his replacement.

3:38pm: 3NEWS: – Carterton: Former NZ First MP Ron Mark has taken out Carterton. TVNZ – Former New Zealand First MP Ron Mark is the new mayor of Carterton.

3NEWS: – Rotorua: 9770 Rotorua residents have decided to elect Kevin Winters as mayor ahead of Charles William Sturt who took 5376 votes.

Laws3:33pm: 3NEWS: Wanganui: Retiring mayor Michael Laws (left – Stuff) has complimented newly-elected 20-year-old councillor Jack Bullock on his result, and congratulated new mayor Annette Main.

3.30pm: FACEBOOK – CATHRYN FORGESON: Well thank Christ Hamilton’s new mayor is Julie Hardaker and not Lisa Lewis.

3.28pm: NZHERALD: Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne looks likely to keep his position for another three years and is around 4000 votes clear of his contenders.

Rick Cooper is set to stay as Taupo’s mayor, has been elected for a second term.

Wairoa will keep veteran mayor Les Probert for another term. This will be the fourth term at the helm for the 75 year old. Mr Probert won 1541 votes in the preliminary results – more than twice as many as his nearest rival Denys Caves who won 731.

And, the Western Bay of Plenty, the sitting mayor has won by default. Incumbent Ross Paterson was unchallenged in the mayoralty race.

Wallace3.23pm: STUFF: Wainuiomata ward councillor Ray Wallace (right – Stuff) has trounced incumbent two-term mayor David Ogden to take Lower Hutt’s mayoral chains.

3:21pm – 3NEWS – Auckland: George Hawkins has been elected to the Manurewa local board. In August, he said if this were the case he would not stand for the Labour Party in next year’s general election.

3:15pm – 3NEWS – Nelson: Nelson have elected a new mayor, Aldo Miccio. Micco received 6077 votes to Rachel Reese’s 4722.

3:07pm – 3NEWS – Southland: Fran Cardno will serve Southland as mayor for the seventh time after taking home 6783 votes, with rival Rod Young only receiving 1643.

3.00pm: RADIONZ – on-air bulletin: Wayne Brown narrowly re-elected as mayor of Far North District Council.

2.58pm: STUFF – Updated mayoral winners: READ MORE>

  • Auckland – Len Brown
  • Christchurch – Bob Parker
  • Invercargill – Tim Shadbolt
  • Nelson – Aldo Miccio
  • Ashburton – Angus McKay
  • Westland – Maureen Pugh
  • Hamilton – Julie Hardaker
  • Napier – Barbara Arnott
  • Central Hawke’s Bay – Peter Butler
  • Waimakariri – David Ayers
  • Tararua – Roly Ellis
  • Kaikoura – Winston Gray
  • Grey District – Tony Kokshoorn
  • Horowhenua – Brendan Duffy

2:58pm: 3NEWS – Opotiki: John Forbes will remain mayor in Opotiki, and in Kawerau it’s also the status quo, with Malcolm Campbell being re-elected.

2.51pm: STUFF – Taupo race too close to call. Taupo District Council mayor Rick Cooper is 139 votes ahead of main challenger Mark Burton in provisional results, with 300 votes to count. READ MORE>

Brown margin

BROWN MARGIN: How Auckland votes went.

2.50pm: STUFF -VIDEO – John Banks admits defeat. A gracious and reflective John Banks addressed media following the announcement of Len Brown as the new mayor of the Auckland super city. VIEW HERE>

VIDEO: Glenn Conway chats to Bob Parker minutes after being re-elected as Mayor of Christchurch. VIEW HERE>

2:45pm: 3NEWS – Tauranga: Stuart Crosby has taken 16,586 votes to remain as mayor in Tauranga, ahead of Murray Guy who had 4285.

2.42: NZHERALD: David Ayers has won the Waimakariri District Council mayoralty from incumbent Ron Keating.

2:41pm: 3NEWS – Kaikoura: Winston Gray has taken 832 votes, beating Stephan Rattray. Winston Dalley has won a landslide in Hurunui, 2682 votes. His closest opponent had 723.

2.40pm: TWITTER: BELINDANASH – Haha… Like! RT @poundito: It’s a LENSLIDE

AMIEHINES – I am shocked to say this @nzherald coverage of the Local Body elections is way better than @NZStuff,especially when it comes to Auck region.

john-banks2:39pm: 3NEWS – Auckland: John Banks (right – NZPA) has made a small statement and said: “I have met so many amazing and graciously, hardworking Aucklanders and I thank them for their hospitality.”

2.35pm: RADIONZ: Hamilton has elected a new Mayor, Julie Hardaker. She received 12,520 votes, beating the incumbent, Bob Simcock, by 797 votes. The results represent approximately 95% of the votes cast.

2:33pm: 3NEWS – Hawke’s Bay: Peter Butler will take the mayoral chains after scooping up 1756 votes, just enough to pip Trish Giddens, who received 1680 votes in a close election.

2.32pm: TVNZ: Barbara Arnott will serve her fourth term as mayor of Napier. Arnott received over 8000 more votes than her only other competitor, Michelle Pyke.

2.31: NZHERALD: Julie Hardaker appears to have wrestled the Hamilton City Council mayoralty off incumbent Bob Simcock, but it will be close. Hardaker has 12,520 votes to Simcock’s 11,723 with 95 percent of the vote cast. Roger Hennebry is in third with 4967, and Lisa Lewis fourth with 915.

In the East Ward, Gordon Chesterman (8,368), Pippa Mahood (6,994), Peter Bos (6,682), Roger Hennebry (6,612), Daphne Bell (6019) and Margaret Forsyth (5835), look to have filled the six council positions, and in the West Ward Martin Gallagher (9,364), John Gower (7,049), Ewan Wilson (6,950), Angela O’Leary (5660), Dave Macpherson (4,817) and Ronny Phillips (4592) make up the current top six candidates.

69HarryDuynhoven2.33pm: TVNZ: Former Labour cabinet minister Harry Dynhoven (left) has won the mayoralty in New Plymouth.

2:25pm: 3NEWS: David Ayers has taken 7415 Waimakariki votes, ahead of Ron Keating’s 4272, with 98 percent of the votes having been counted.

2.21pm: NZHERALD: The 20 people elected to the Auckland Council have been confirmed.

They are: Michael Goudie, Wayne Walker, George Wood, Ann Hartley, Penny Hulse, Sandra Coney, Mike Lee, Noelene Raffills, Cathy Casey, Christine Fletcher, Cameron Brewer, Richard Northey, Jami-Lee Ross, Sharon Stewart, Penny Webster, Calum Penrose, John Walker, Des Morrison, Arthur Anae, Alf Filipaina.

2:19pm: 3NEWS: Brendan Duffy will remain as mayor of the Horowhenua District Council after he beat Anne Hunt in a close race, 4550 votes to 3950.

2.16pm: TVNZ:  The Tararua District has a new mayor. Roly Ellis has received a large majority of the 98 percent of votes so far counted.

2:12pm: 3NEWS: Former Environment Canterbury councillor Angus McKay has been named mayor of Ashburton, beating Bede O’Malley.

2.08pm: TVNZ – Labour has congratulated Len Brown on winning the Auckland super city mayoral race. Labour leader Phil Goff has joined Brown for his victory celebrations.

shadbolt2:07pm: 3NEWS: Invercargill Incumbent mayor Tim Shadbolt (left – Stuff) has beaten Suzanne Prentice, taking 16,000 votes to Ms Prentice’s 5000.

2.07: NZHERALD: Progress results just in from the Auckland Council elections:

  • Penny Webster is winning the Rodney Ward with 8063 votes, ahead of Christine Rose with 5553.
  • In the Albany Ward, Michael Goudie and Wayne Walker are leading, with 8538 and 8007 votes respectively.
  • George Wood is leading the North Shore Ward race with 14,116, and Ann Hartley also looking to claim a seat in council with 12,767.
  • In Waitakere, Penny Hulse and Sandra Coney look likely to be elected, with 16,875 and 12,567 respectably.
  • Mike Lee is leading the Waitemata and Gulf Ward convincingly with 10,523 votes, more than 5000 ahead of his closest rival.
  • Noeleen Raffills is leading in the Whau ward with 7158 votes and Cameron Brewer looks to have taken the Orakei Ward with 17,021 votes.
  • Chris Fletcher and Cathy Casey are leading in the Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward race, with 19,492 and 14,081 respectably.
  • Richard North is ahead in the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Ward race with 8,614 votes, while in Howick Sharon Stewart with 22,537 and Jami-Lee Ross with 18,382 are leading, but only narrowly with Dick Quax on 18,045.


2.05pm: TVNZ – Bob Parker (right – Press) said he is humbled by the result – particularly since the voter turnout in Christchurch was a very high 50.45 percent. Parker said he will be celebrating with a barbecue tonight.

2.02pm: 3NEWS: Voter turnout in Christchurch surpasses 50%.

2.00pm: RADIONZ – on-air bulletin: Passionate first speech from Len Brown (right – TV3).

1.53pm: TVNZ  – Len Brown has given his victory speech, saying he is proud to have been elected as Auckland’s first Super City Mayor.

1.45: SCOOP NZ: Jenny Rowan of Paekakariki has been re-elected mayor of the Kapiti Coast District. READ MORE>

1:36pm: 3NEWS: Christchurch Bob Parker will retain his mayoral chains, taking 68,245 votes with 98 percent of the papers tallied. Rival Jim Anderton has 51,566 votes.

1.35: NZHERALD: Provisional results have Maureen Pugh winning the Westland District Council mayoralty over sole rival Peter Davidson. Pugh has 2076 votes cast in her favour to Davidson’s 1283.

1.33: NZHERALD: Incumbent Bob Parker has been re-elected as Christchurch mayor. READ MORE>

1.20pm: 98% of votes counted, Bob Parker has been re-elected mayor of Christchurch with 68,245 votes. Jim Anderton has 51,566.


1.15pm: RADIONZ: Auckland’s first super city Mayor will be Len Brown (right). A statement is expected shortly from the winner. READ MORE>

1.06pm: STUFF: Len Brown beats John Banks in super city race. READ MORE>

1.00pm: NZHERALD: Len Brown has won Super City election. Mr Brown polled 221,167 votes, compared to 161,167 votes for Mr Banks, a victory by 60,198 votes, according to the first progress result declared after the polls closed at midday. READ MORE>

1.00pm: RADIONZ – on-air bulletin: Len Brown is declared winner in the Auckland supercity mayoralty race.

12.58pm: Brown wins in Auckland with 95% of votes counted. Brown has 221 365 votes, Banks 161 167. READ MORE>

12.55pm: RADIONZ: Tallying of votes is now underway around the country in the local government elections, reports RadioNZ. READ MORE> The deadline for voting passed at midday on Saturday for 85 city, district and regional councils and 20 district health boards. Local Government New Zealand says turnout is generally up on the last election, in 2007.

12.50pm: NZHERALD: Voters slip voting documents under the doors of Christchurch City’s Civic centre, but late votes will not be counted. READ MORE>

12.20pm: NZHERALD: Christchurch residents flooded the Christchurch Civic centre this morning to cast last minute votes. READ MORE>

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