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
VUJCICH, John 1342 1
TEPANIA, Moko 1109 2
Te Hiku Ward
FOY, Felicity 2644 1
COLLARD, David 1876 2
RADICH, Mate 1870 3
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.