Phil Goff is Auckland’s New Mayor

Radio New Zealand – 

Auckland, Saturday, October 8, 2016

Phil Goff has won the Auckland mayoralty with 47.6% of the votes counted so far, with Vic Crone second and Chloe Swarbrick third.

Tim Shadbolt has won a record eighth term as Invercargill’s mayor
Lianne Dalziel has been re-elected as Christchurch’s mayor
Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace has been re-elected
Sheryl Mai has been re-elected as Mayor of Whangarei
Central Otago has a new mayor, after Tim Cadogan unseated Tony Lepper.

Despite the race being too close for an official call, Neil Holdom was won the mayoralty in New Plymouth after his closest rival Richard Handley conceded.

In a statement, Mr Holdom said the people of the district had selected a “very strong team with a solid mix of skills” and he was looking forward to working with them.phil-goff

But he said he was disappointed by the low voter turnout.

A key challenge for the new team will be to focus on improving our connection with the community and to ensure the views of the people of the district drive council decision making.

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