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.