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From page 1 ‘‘It is either that peo­ple don’t know the can­di­dates, don’t have time to vote or are not in­ter­ested.

‘‘There was no may­oral con­test this year so maybe that took the edge off the elec­tion for peo­ple.’’

Brian Hunter said in many coun­tries peo­ple do not have the abil­ity to vote.

‘‘It is a demo­cratic right and it would be lovely if peo­ple used it, got out there and voted.

‘‘Peo­ple are say­ing we should go to elec­tronic vot­ing right through­out the coun­try.

‘‘But that’s com­ing from young peo­ple, how­ever my un­der­stand­ing is that a lot of vot­ers are older peo­ple, and they’re ac­cus­tomed to the old sys­tem of vot­ing.’’

The elec­tion was Kevin Tap­pin’s sec­ond at­tempt at a seat on coun­cil.

‘‘I’m quite shocked but very happy,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s one of those things, you put your­self out there for elec­tion and it’s quite nerve-rack­ing,’’ said Tap­pin.

‘‘I’m just very grate­ful and hum­bled that peo­ple voted for me and put me in a po­si­tion of trust.’’

James Sains­bury also had a shot at elec­tion in 2013 but felt cam­paign­ing was eas­ier this time around.

‘‘I had a bet­ter net­work of con­nec­tions in the com­mu­nity and with the smaller field of can­di­dates we each re­ceived more cov­er­age and in­ter­est.’’

Sains­bury said there was no ‘‘sil­ver bul­let’’ he could think of to in­crease the num­ber of peo­ple vot­ing.

‘‘I know the con­cept of elec­tronic vot­ing has lost trac­tion in New Zealand over se­cu­rity con­cerns, but I could see that some­thing like e-vot­ing may be a way of re-en­gag­ing the vot­ing pub­lic as well as stream­lin­ing the vot­ing process.’’

Joanne Aoake felt she had put as much time and ef­fort into her cam­paign as she could.

‘‘I spent a lot of time telling peo­ple to en­roll or en­cour­ag­ing them to vote.

‘‘I was pleased with those who sup­ported me and did not know me so a thank you goes to them.’’

Aoake said she had ‘‘a great team’’ that worked hard and was ‘‘qui­etly op­ti­mistic’’.

She would have to con­sider her work com­mit­ments be­fore tak­ing up Jan Barnes’ sug­ges­tion to re­main in­volved with coun­cil over the next three years.

Mata­mata Ward coun­cil­lors will join Mor­rinsville coun­cil­lors Donna Arnold, Paul Cronin, Neil Goodger, James Thomas and Te Aroha coun­cil­lors Teena Cornes, Peter Jager and Ash­ley Tan­ner to form the new coun­cil.

MARK TAY­LOR FAIR­FAX NZ

Mata­mata-Pi­ako mayor Jan Barnes, re-elected un­op­posed.

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