Final ELECTION RESULTS confirmed
Thank you to all those residents who’ve had their say in the recent local elections by casting their votes. Final results have now been confirmed with Grant Smith re-elected as the city’s Mayor with 18773 votes, 17749 votes ahead of rival Ross Barber. There will also be four new faces around the Council table. The four new Councillors are Brent Barrett with 1808 votes, Lorna Johnson with 1322 votes, Karen Naylor with 1287 votes, and Gabrielle Bundy-Cooke with 1284 votes. The nine reelected councillors are Lew Findlay (2202 votes), Tangi Utikere (1681 votes), Adrian Broad (1360 votes), Aleisha Rutherford (1307 votes), Vaughan Dennison (1282 votes), Duncan McCann (1277 votes), Rachel Bowen (1283 votes), Leonie Hapeta (1283 votes), Jim Jefferies (1270 votes), Susan Baty (1288 votes), and Bruno Petrenas (1236 votes). The successful candidates took up their positions on Sunday 16 October and will be officially sworn in on Wednesday 26 October in the Council Chambers. In the November issue of the Square Circular we will have an updated list of all the Councillors and their contact details. Total voter turnout was approximately 39 per cent, a slight increase on the 2013 election.