Today Auckland gets a new Mayor and at least three new Councillors. As of the time this post goes up there’s only half an hour left to cast a vote. If you haven’t yet voted and still want to you better get moving fast. Results start coming through from 2pm and if it’s anything like last time, most outcomes should be mostly known within a couple of hours.
Voting returns as of yesterday are tracking at the abysmal level of just 35.2%, only slightly above the 2013 results for the same time. Voting is also tracking behind other major cities in NZ with results for Wellington City Council tracking at 40% and Christchurch City Council slightly ahead at 36%.
And here are this year’s results by council ward. Orakei currently has the highest percentage of votes returned at 44.2%. Voting in South Auckland is particularly low and currently below 30%
Once the results start coming through we’ll update this post to keep track of how things are going.
There will of course be some things we’re keeping a close eye on. A few include:
- Most expect Phil Goff to win and if that happens, just how big will the margin be?
- How will Chloe Swarbrick do, could she end up third?
- Will Mark Thomas, who has put in a huge effort in getting around the region, get fewer votes than Penny Bright as polls have indicated?
- Who will be the minimum of three new Councillors and will any sitting Councillors be voted out?
And a few predictions to be judged in a few hour’s time. There is nothing to base this on other than gut feel but some are much harder than others
Mayor: Phil Goff
- Rodney: Penny Webster
- Albany: This might be the hardest to pick of all races. I’m going to pick John Watson and Graeme Lowe
- North Shore: I think Chris Darby should win but the second seat is a tough one. Perhaps Grant Gillon will edge out the other contenders.
- Waitakere: I suspect Penny Hulse and Linda Cooper will be re-elected once again.
- Whau: Ross Clow to retain the seat
- Waitemata: I think Mike Lee will hold his seat but not by anywhere near the margin he’s had before.
- Albert-Eden-Roskill: The two incumbents of Cathy Casey and Christine Fletcher to retain their seats
- Orakei: Desley Simpson will likely easily win this
- Maungakiekie-Tamaki: Denise Krum to remain
- Howick: There have been some good new faces in the campaign but I suspect the existing Councillors of Dick Quax and Sharon Stewart will hold on.
- Manukau: Alf Filipaina and Efeso Collins to win the seat
- Manurewa-Papakura: The two sitting Councillors of Calum Penrose and Sir John Walker to retain their seats
- Franklin: Bill Cashmore has already been re-elected unopposed
Put your picks in the comments (before the results)
I’ll probably also keep an eye on some results from other locations – such as Wellington which is also getting a new Mayor and has had a lot of potential candidates standing, many of whom have stood on platforms of backing big roading investments.
Results are here.
Phil Goff wins by a large margin
Looks like we’ll have quite a few changes for the council with a few sitting Councillors being beaten. Peliminary results for wards are
- Rodney: Greg Sayers has tipped out Penny Webster by a large margin
- Albany: John Watson and Wayne Walker have both retained their seats
- North Shore: Chris Darby wins easily and Richard Hills is just ahead of Grant Gillon. It’s going to come down to special votes.
- Waitakere: Penny Hulse and Linda Cooper are both re-elected.
- Whau: Ross Clow wins again
- Waitemata: Mike Lee wins but sees his margin reduced.
- Albert-Eden-Roskill: Cathy Casey and Christine Fletcher both easily win seats
- Orakei: Desley Simpson was always likely to win
- Maungakiekie-Tamaki: Denise Krum wins easily, this was a close election in 2013
- Howick: Dick Quax and Sharon Stewart are way ahead in votes to their rivals
- Manukau: Alf Filipaina and Efeso Collins win the two seat
- Manurewa-Papakura: Daniel Newman and Sir John Walker win, tipping out Calum Penrose
- Franklin: Bill Cashmore who was elected unopposed