Local body elections – results as they become known

Voting for the 2019 local body elections closed at midday today. I handed in my voting papers with half an hour to spare. I admit that my voting was a last minute rush job, but I did it.

Reported voting numbers vary but generally seem to be down again. Initial totals for Dunedin:

  • 2010: 52.96%
  • 2013: 43.49%
  • 2016: 45.17%
  • 2019: 42.29%

So possibly the lowest turnout recorded. There will be combined factors, including postal voting, too many candidates that most voters know nothing or very ,little about, and a voting system (STV) that requires ranking of candidates, which is quite complex especially when you know little to nothing about most candidates.

Results will become known later today.


 

Many results are linked here at electionz.com

Stuff – Local body elections 2019: Who’s in and who’s out in your local government?

Wellington’s mayoral race has turned into a nail biter, with Andy Foster just ahead of incumbent Justin Lester.

With 90 per cent of votes counted, the Sir Peter Jackson-backed Foster is leading Lester by 715 votes.

But, with 5563 last minute and special votes yet to be counted, the mayoral chains could still stay around Lester’s neck for a second term.

A bit of a surprise perhaps, but Lester had some problems with conflicts with Labour party influence.

Phil Goff has retained the Auckland mayoralty, comfortably defeating his main challenger and one-time Labour caucus colleague John Tamihere.

Goff won with a margin of 155,957 to 70,000 votes, beating Tamihere and 19 other candidates.

Not a surprise. I don’t think Goff has been a great mayor, but as with many contests the opposition was weak.

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel has fought the mood for change and won back her job for another three years.

Dalziel has romped home with a clear majority of 44,811 votes in the 2019 local body elections. Her next closest rival, businessman Darryll Park, received 28,260 votes. Veteran activist John Minto was third with 8739 votes.

Also not a surprise.

Sir Tim Shadbolt has now won the Invercargill mayoralty for the ninth time.

Is there no one younger and better in Invercargill? Obviously not standing for mayor.

Paula Southgate is Hamilton’s new mayor, defeating incumbent Andrew King.

Progress results show Southgate got 11,079 votes, a clear majority over second-placed King on 8606 votes.

King mustn’t have been doing enough to retain support of enough voters.

Aaron Hawkins is 35 years old, a vegetarian, cannot drive and often hitch-hikes to work.

He’s also now Dunedin’s mayor.

He’s the first ever to be elected on a Green ticket, party co-leader James Shaw says.

Also not a surprise. It was a generally disappointing field of 14 candidates, with no other standout apart from Lee Vandervis, who led after a number of iterations in the count until transfers from other candidates shifted the lead to Hawkins. Vandervis is back on council, but I think is too abrasive and volatile to be mayor.

Hawkins has earned some credit as a councillor, but also criticism as arrogant and condescending towards newer councillors, and disdainful of policy positions he doesn’t agree with.

In a way it’s a big deal getting a Green party mayor (but outgoing mayor Dave Cull wasn’t far away from Hawkins politically anyway).

A mayor has influence, but only has one vote. The line-up of councillors seems to be quite varied, so Hawkins will have to work hard to get support for what he wants.

As well as a Green mayor there is councillor who stood as a Labour Party councillor (Steve Walker), and an ex Labour MP (David Benson-Pope.

It’s notable that more and more mayors have close political party affiliations. I don’t think that is a good thing. Councils have to lobby Government and often fight against national policies.

 

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25 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  12th October 2019

    I did mine quite early, but the candidates were a bit ho-hum. Standing for mayor before standing for the council seems a bit arrogant to me.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  12th October 2019

      Hello, PDT, dear, how nice to know that I am so important to you that you seek me out for the sole purpose of downticking whatever I say.

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  2. Looks like more cycle ways for Dunedin. lol

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  3. Gezza

     /  12th October 2019

    Looks like Justin Lester has been shown the door as Welly’s Mayor, & Andy Foster – backed by Peter Jackson – will the new Mayor. Tight finish with counting still continuing though.

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    • Gezza

       /  12th October 2019

      *be the new Mayor.

      Voting is down in Wellington by around 10% on the last local body elections, though, according to Katie Bradford on 1News.

      At least me just-down-the-motorway neighbour Lurchy & I did our bit and voted tho. Big ups for us ! 👍🏼

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  13th October 2019

        Andy Foster ! I know him !

        He won a car on Sale of the Century…he took it rather than going on, because he wanted a nice new car and didn’t want to risk losing it by going on with the chance of a trip to Argentina as a prize if he did. I think that he was right.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  13th October 2019

          Good afternoon, PDT. How flattering to be of such importance to a stranger that they follow one to this extent, even stopping everything on a lovely day to downtick one. 😀

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      • Gezza

         /  13th October 2019

        “A stunning upset in the capital’s mayoral race has been confirmed: Andy Foster is Wellington’s new Mayor by 503 votes.

        Wellington’s voters haven’t denied a first-time incumbent a return to office since 1986.

        Foster’s final tally was 26,707 votes to Lester’s 26,204.” – Stuff.co

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        • PartisanZ

           /  14th October 2019

          Yes Gezza, and some people are saying, “Is this the kind of ‘democracy’ Aotearoa New Zealand wants, where the Uber-Rich can install politicians to do their bidding?” 😆

          I say that’s what we’ve had for a long long time! One only needs recall John Bryce and the invasion of Parihaka. However, Rogerednomics & Ruthanasia has exponentially exaggerated the influence of corporate-political elites, who have taken the place briefly occupied by rank-and-file party membership as policy makers. This is undemocratic in itself.

          As Uber-Rich people go, Peter Jackson is the least of our worries!!! 🤣

          Nonetheless, even a “managed democracy” or Inverted Totalitarian State, or a “benevolent dictatorship”, as for instance Singapore is, is still a dictatorship, and therefore not democratic. Singapore ranks 151st out of 180 for press freedom. It’s a great way to fly! 😁 A meeting of 5 or more people in public requires a police permit.

          I’m fully accustomed to STV from multiple local body elections deciding on unknown candidates for DHB … What the f**ks the problem? A simple public education ‘program’ like they have about drug-driving would take care of that. It would surely reach the 40% of people who bother to vote and are influenced by the media!?

          Multiple novice, one ‘celebrity’ and a few experienced candidates have split the vote horribly and resulted in John Carter gaining a third term as the National Party’s Far North Mayor. During the campaign, he that was parachuted-in to oversee amalgamation with Whangarei & Kaipara actually spoke about splitting Far North into three jurisdictions … Best comedy show I’ve seen in a loing time!!! 😂

          ‘Business as usual’ … with the emphasis on business! 😎

          How’s me old mate Zedd?

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  14th October 2019

            My guess is the anti-vote was largely split between the female progressive Left and the reformist centrists. Seems unlikely they could have united under one candidate.

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  4. a Green Mayor in Otepoti 🙂

    ‘kia kaha Aaron’

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    • Gezza

       /  13th October 2019

      Righto. But did you vote Zedd mate? 😳

      Or did you pull a Corky, cos no Muslim ban? 😐

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    • PartisanZ

       /  14th October 2019

      Way-out mix of conservative and radical down Otepoti/Dunedin eh Zedd?

      A Green Mayor is a damn-sight better than a Destiny Church one, which was a ‘prospect’ up here! 🤣🤣🤣

      They want into politics, the Church … Hmmm … What’s that you say about “separation”?

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      • Zedd

         /  14th October 2019

        I think if ‘Destiny church’ (the bishop), ever get into ‘political power’ it would be time to think about moving ?? :/ 😦

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        • Gezza

           /  14th October 2019

          There’s a snowflake’s chance in hell of that happening, Zedd. 🔥❄️🔥

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  5. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  13th October 2019

    Robert Guyton got back in Environment Southland

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  6. lurcher1948

     /  13th October 2019

    Lustin Jester is gone bulghur,the end of endless leeching cycleways PLEASE

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  7. NOEL

     /  14th October 2019

    On my paper there was a position for one Mayor, then three councillors followed by seven positions for the DHB. Always in the past ticked those with no association with medical services. .Stymed this time by a change to STVP.

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  8. Alan Wilkinson

     /  14th October 2019

    Be interesting to see how the new Wgtn mayor gets on with our helplessly woke CoL. I can’t see how his need to get something done will be compatible with the CoL’s need to spend the next twelve months doing nothing but explaining why they have done nothing but throw money at Winston for the last two years.

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