Final results confirm new Council line-up

Published on 21 October 2019

Final election results released by Election Services have confirmed the new line-up of the Far North District Council.

The final results saw Mayor John Carter increase his total vote by 141, taking his final result to 5831 votes. This confirms his third term as Mayor. His nearest rival, Deputy Mayor Tania McInnes, received 3903.

Despite some candidates having slim majorities when the preliminary results were announced on Sunday 13 October, the final tally has not altered the line-up of elected members. Final results, which include all verified votes and all special votes cast before polls closed on Saturday 12 October, have confirmed election of the following Councillors and Community Board members:


Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Ward

COURT, Ann                                      4717    1

STRATFORD, Kelly                           3427    2

CLENDON, David                              2832    3

SMITH, Rachel                                   2828    4


Kaikohe-Hokianga Ward

VUJCICH, John                                  1342    1

TEPANIA, Moko                                 1109    2


Te Hiku Ward

FOY, Felicity                                       2644    1

COLLARD, David                               1876    2

RADICH, Mate                                    1870    3


Community Board:

Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board

WARD, Belinda                                   1015    (Paihia Subdivision)   

GMUER-HORNELL, Manuela            868      (Russell-Opua Subdivision)

MILLS, Bruce                                      733      (Whangaroa Subdivision)

WELLS, Manuwai                               635      (Kawakawa-Moerewa Subdivision)


Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board

TEPANIA, Moko                                 1114    (Kaikohe Subdivision)

(Moko Tepania was also elected to the District Council. His Community Board position will be taken by the next highest polling candidate – Mike Edmonds).

VAN GAALEN, Kelly                           920      (Kaikohe Subdivision)

BYERS, Laurie                                    879      (Kaikohe Subdivision)

DAVIS, Emma                                    302      (North Hokianga Subdivision)


Te Hiku Community Board

GARDNER, Adele                              1586    (Kaitaia Subdivision)

BROWN, Jaqi                                     1461    (Kaitaia Subdivision)

STEWART, John                                1383    (Kaitaia Subdivision)

BAINBRIDGE, Sheryl                         488      (Doubtless Bay Subdivision)

ATKINSON, Lawrie                            468      (Whatuwhiwhi Subdivision)


Despite two candidates being elected to the Council as well as a Community Board position, only one by-election will be required. 

Rachel Smith was re-elected unopposed to her role on the Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board representing the Kerikeri Subdivision. She was also one of four candidates elected to the Council in the Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Ward. Because no other candidate stood for her Community Board position, a by-election will be held. Official notice of the by-election will be published on 22 November 2019, and ballot papers will be posted to Kerikeri Subdivision electors ahead of the 18 February 2020 polling day.

Moko Tepania was also elected to both the Council in the Kaikohe-Hokianga Ward, and to the Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board. His position on the Community Board will be taken by the candidate with the next highest number of votes in the Kaikohe Subdivision. That means Mike Edmonds, who won 642 votes, will serve another term as an elected member on the Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board.