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Peter Haynes has come out on top de­spite nearly miss­ing out on a seat on the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board.

Haynes only just man­aged to scrape past 22-year-old Brodie Hoare by 96 votes to se­cure a seat on the board.

But his chances of again tak­ing the reins as chair­per­son came down to the vote of his fel­low board mem­bers rather than the public.

That vote went in his favour at the board’s in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony on Mon­day night.

Haynes will now en­ter his third term as chair­per­son of the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board with Glenda Fryer again serv­ing as his deputy.

‘‘We have worked hard over the last six years so there is a lot in the pipe­line,’’ he says.

At his in­au­gu­ra­tion, Haynes said he was look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing projects such as the re­de­vel­op­ment to Cham­ber­lain Park and ad­vo­cat­ing for the up­grade of Do­min­ion Rd. Pippa Coom has risen up the ranks.

She was ap­pointed chair­per­son at the board’s in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony on Oc­to­ber 27.

For­mer two-term chair Shale Cham­bers takes a step back to deputy chair.

He re­mained in­ter­ested in the role how­ever recog­nised Coom’s strong team lead­er­ship and elected to sup­port her.

He will in­stead serve as deputy chair­per­son.

‘‘I’m re­ally de­lighted Shale and I are go­ing to con­tinue the lead­er­ship team,’’ Coom says.

De­spite the change, Coom is de­ter­mined to build on the strong foun­da­tions Cham­bers es­tab­lished in the past two terms.

‘‘We’ve been ef­fec­tive as a team and the board is very ef­fec­tive at get­ting things done,’’ she says.

Re­turn­ing mem­ber Ver­non Tava was in­au­gu­rated at the cer­e­mony, how­ever his fate is yet to be de­cided as he nar­rowly edged out Jonathan Good af­ter the of­fi­cial vote count.

On Novem­ber 6 there will be an in­for­mal vote which could over­turn his po­si­tion on the board for Auck­land Fu­ture’s Jonathan Good af­ter 10 votes sep­a­rat­ing them.

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