The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

There were cer­tainly some sur­prises around the re­gion in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion re­sults, but in Palmer­ston North no­body will be shocked that Grant Smith has been voted back in as our mayor.

It was a shame there were no strong con­tenders for Smith in the city’s may­oral race but af­ter tak­ing over the may­oralty in the 2015 by-elec­tion, Smith can now fo­cus on a full term of lead­er­ship in Palmer­ston North.

With a lot of new faces in the re­gion around him, in­clud­ing He­len Wor­boys as mayor in Manawatu, Michael Feyen in Horowhenua and Tracey Col­lis in Tararua, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how those re­la­tion­ships play out.

There are also a few new faces in our city coun­cil and with a few more women sit­ting at the ta­ble we are on our way to hav­ing a more di­verse coun­cil, al­though the eth­nic and cul­tural di­ver­sity is still lack­ing.

- Lisa

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