After months of campaigning, debates, the elections are finally over.

Here are the preliminary results some may change when the final results come in. Apparently today’s votes will be added in tomorrow and special votes on Thursday.


Wayne Brown wins the mayoralty with 144k votes to Efeso Collins’ 90k. That gives him a 55k vote majority.

In initial some initial comments he’s said”

“It is now up to me, the new governing body and the local boards to act on our mandate, fix what is broken and deliver the change you demand.” He said the number one issue was transport, followed by crime, “unfinished projects and endless red cones, rising costs and council waste”.

He said: “Under my leadership, Auckland will make clear what our region wants and needs without any so-called ‘help’ setting our priorities from central-government politicians and bureaucrats in Wellington. Let me be very clear: Wellington’s job is to listen to what Aucklanders say are our priorities, and to fund them – not impose ideological schemes like the $30 billion airport tram, untrammelled housing intensification and Three Waters on a city that doesn’t want them.”


There’s been a big rightwards shift in councillors too.

  • Rodney: Greg Sayers has retained his seat.
  • Albany: John Watson and Wayne Walker have both retained their seats.
  • North Shore: Chris Darby and Richard Hills have both retained their seats
  • Waitakere: Shane Henderson has been re-elected and in a surprise, Ken Turner is leading existing councillor Linda Cooper by just over 500 votes
  • Whau: Tracey Mulholland has retained her seat.
  • Waitemata: Mike Lee has once again won the Waitemata seat over Pippa Coom
  • Albert-Eden-Roskill: Christine Fletcher has retained her seat and looks to be joined by Will McKenzie.
  • Orakei: Desley Simpson was always likely to win
  • Maungakiekie-Tamaki: Josphine Bartley has retained her seat.
  • Howick: Sharon Stewart has been re-elected and is joined by Maurice Williamson.
  • Manukau: Alf Filipaina retains his seat, this will also be fifth term. He is joined by Lotu Fuli.
  • Manurewa-Papakura: Angela Dalton and Daniel Newman both retain their seats.
  • Franklin: Andy Baker has won the seat vacated by Bill Cashmore.

With these results Alf Filipaina, Christine Fletcher, Sharon Stewart and Wayne Walker are all now into their fifth term.

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  1. Said this in another topic as missed this being posted. The results for the election are “interesting”. I don’t think it’s looking good for public transport, active modes and micro-mobility and I don’t just mean the mayoral race.

    I mean Linda Cooper might not be perfect but compared to Ken Turner?

    1. Yes strange in that Shane Henderson Ken Turner are opposites regarding transport. Down to public advertising profile perhaps.

  2. Not very good from a transport perspective. The Council will be push AT to be more car orientated and pushing back against bus and cycle lanes.

    Bit of a concern that most of the new councilors are over 60.

    1. That’s a very ageist attitude you have. I am sure that those elected who you appear to not like wont hold the inexperience of the others against them.
      Any other discrimination you want to air,

      1. It has been pointed out many times in the past that participation and voting in local body politics skews heavily older.

        This tends to results in policies and candidates that cater to those voters. ie keeping rates down in the short term even if it results in a long-term infrastructure deficit.

        We seem to be happy to elect people in their 20s, 30s and 40s to central government. Chris Luxon is in his early 50s and the PM is in her early 40s.

        Note: I am probably above the average age for people on this site.

      2. Although all age groups are becoming more climate aware, the older age groups are the least climate aware, and it affects what they think are the important things to focus on. Hence Wayne Brown’s focus on the “ratepayers who are hurting” instead of ensuring our children have a survivable future. He, and all of these new “older” councillors are exhibiting the characteristics of “implicatory denial”:

        “The facts of climate change are not denied, nor are they interpreted to be something else. What is denied or minimized are the psychological, political, and moral implications of the facts for us. We fail to accept responsibility for responding; we fail to act when the information says we should.”

        1. Imagine if I said said that about white, yellow brindle, immature, or any other minority group. One can see why Ardern wants to bring in hate speech laws when one reads discrimatory comments such as this.

        2. Blackfan, Its widely socially accepted that we discriminate based on age.

          My grandmother lives in a community that expressly only permits over 65 year olds to live there. In your own words, “Imagine if they said that about white, yellow brindle, immature, or any other minority group”. Well it would be illegal and shredded in the media, but because its age it’s obviously not.

          And we also extensively restrict political expression based on age (and age alone) with the voting age being 18+

          Or do those things not count as discriminatory?

        3. People like you with all the emotion about climate spike serious mental health issues and suicide in our young people. This is exactly what the PM did to Auckland with the crazy long lockdowns and mandates. Have you made the link to her behaviour and ram raids?

        4. Boomers aren’t a minority group. Boomers are the legally privileged group. Theyve literally tanked the economy to pump up a property bubble for financial gain.

        5. It is the last gasp of the baby boomers. They have always been a selfish generation but now their outlook is even shorter in duration. They want everything cut so they can spend their own money without thinking about anyone else’s future.

      3. Ageist or sensible, look at the mess elderly politicians have made of the world in the last decade.

        1. I absolutely agree that elderly politicians have made a mess of trying to sustain policies that from a climate perspective that are clearly not sustainable. It is however very dangerous to say that any older politician is not up to it. When I look at my own views on climate change I am more arguing of change than most my kids age: through reducing the herd size, eating less meat and dairy, flying less, tolling roads so that the user pays, great public transport, removing car parking and more cycle lanes – not necessarily in that order. Why would you not go to a person who has those commitments, rather than just picking someone because they are young?

    2. People are free to vote for younger candidates and younger people are free to run. People chose older. Maybe they had better policies or appealed to people needs better. Have you thought about that? Really shameful comment

      1. Well said Matt. The role of councillors are not that attractive to many younger professional people. Anyone with good leadership skills are way better off working for themselves or others on much higher wages. It also takes a lot of time and effort that younger people don’t have.

      2. To every one thats why votings important doesnt matter who you vote fot just be part of it or you cant complain. The older people in the community are the ones that grasp this best

    3. If you actually spent time reading any of their policies you would see it is about investing in better designed cycle lanes or those that people want to use.

    4. The problem is not that a majority are over 60, the problem is that people within the same age range tend to reinforce each others world-views, and approaches to problems.

      The over 60s came of age 40-50 years ago – in a different time and different world, and grew up with different ways of being and acting.

      The problem would be the same if a majority of council was under 50 – but it would be less of a problem in that their responses would be more appropriate to today’s challenges.

      Parliament thankfully has a spread of age ranges so different perspectives and world views are present.

  3. Finally some real changes coming to Auckland!!!! No more shitty, slow, frail, old tram and costly $30 Billion coming to Auckland!

    Hello to projects such as Southdown to Avondale Project, Eastern Busway, Northwestern Busway and Airport to Botany! Hopefully they’ll be more projects during his tenure which not announced yet, like Swanson to Huapai Electrification, small improvements to the Northern Busway and many more new busway projects across Auckland to come!

    Bye Bye Felicia (Labour candidate), you’re out! NO more to big government bureaucracy!

    1. Trouble is they can say a lot , it’s the Twisting of the Incumbent Governments Arms [and neck] before anything will be done or achieved .

      They may have to be like Len Brown and put the shovelsin the Soil before anything will start .

    2. What North Western busway? We’re not getting one. We’re getting some shitty bus shoulders and painted lanes instead. If you want a proper busway like the North Shore has, then you have to put the exact level of thought and corridor allocation into it that you would with Light Rail.

      Funny how old mate never mentions any of that though.

      1. Bingo. Right-wingers love to pretend that everything is “big gubbament’s” fault and that all you need is “fiscal responsibility and ingenuity” – but it’s just a smokescreen to do minimum for public transport while funnelling money towards widening roads, indirectly murdering pedestrians and cyclists, and hastening the climate catastrophe.

        I pessimistically expect to see sub-par public transport outcomes from this new mayor and the potential incoming National government next year. Like a total lack of bus lanes needed for BRT, or only 15 minute train frequencies to the airport if they barge ahead with a Puhinui-Airport spur (instead of the <5min frequencies possible with CC2M light rail or metro), or an hour+ long commute from Huapai to the city with a Western Line extension

        1. Love it when left wingers start whinging about untrue societal problems that people are faceing and then become a extreme alarmist. This is all too funny and exactly why labour lost heavily large parts of the country today, next up is national election next year, labour better step with Right-Wing leaning ideas if they want to survive!

        2. You’re in for a lot of disappointment if you think the new mayor and council and going to go gangbusters rolling out railway lines and busways.

          Browns only real policy ‘theme’ is to fire everyone in charge of doing anything, and to cut spending. Those things don’t equate to starting new rapid transit projects.

      2. Northwestern Busway with a ‘real busway’ which is real, fast and and not connected to regular traffic!

        Not a floating bus shoulders that’s lift through the sky, clearly you’ve put a spell on it and can’t reverse wingardium leviosa spell properly yet, reminds of me of Labour, dummies, egregious and think there better than people who know what there doing but yet can’t take action in problem solving. Looks like wizard needs to go back to Hogwarts craft and wizardary where wizards belong, they don’t belong in the muggle world. Also fix is enormously large Butt, its not sexy, stop trying Felicia.

        1. “Northwestern Busway with a ‘real busway’ which is real, fast and and not connected to regular traffic!”

          Is that the one he says we need to finish the work on, along with the CRL? Because I’m pretty sure we aren’t building anything like that at the moment. Just the shitty bus lanes for ‘bus priority’. That and throwing people out at onramps is all we’re confirmed as getting at this point in time.

    3. It’s a shame. Light rail is well proven overseas and can be built for $30-60 million NZD per km for a surface network, $200 million NZD for a tunneled light metro. CC2M should have cost the originally cited $2 billion for surface light rail and no more than $4-5 billion for light metro.

      You’d think that evidence-based candidates, particularly those touting “fiscal responsibility”, would understand this, but unfortunately (and yes, in part due to ALR’s mismanagement), the right in NZ has become ideologically and irrationally opposed to any and all mention of light rail.

      I can only hope that the incoming mayor realizes the capacity limitations of bus rapid transit compared to rail, and can also see the sense of having higher frequencies and parallel redundant rail networks as opposed to just jamming all rapid transit onto a single (and currently unfit-for-purpose) rail-based mode.

      A light rail or light metro to the North Shore, Northwest, and Airport, delivered at internationally typical costings, would perfectly complement the Western, Southern, & Eastern rail lines, with services up to every 4-5 minutes on each route.

      1. Hehe, now your facts are just laughable, this is exactly why people like you are never going to be listen too since its evidential or from an expert, just comes from an agenda based ideology!

        “I can only hope that the incoming mayor realizes the capacity limitations of bus rapid transit compared to rail, and can also see the sense of having higher frequencies and parallel redundant rail networks as opposed to just jamming all rapid transit onto a single (and currently unfit-for-purpose) rail-based mode.”

        Lol I can see why your agenda not going to be amplified mainstream, because its really unrealistic what your trying convey! Light rail would have more problems vs bus, routing configuration, integration with other lines, structural integrity economical factors and long term sustainability which are way worse than what your pointing out.

        Get wrecked labourer

        1. GDE
          First you ignore the past. The isthmus was criss crossed by tram lines that did not have routing configuration problems.
          Most of all you ignore the scale of change that will have to occur to reduce transport emissions. The aspiration can never be 200 million PT trips per year, it has to be at least three times that. That number of trips cannot be accommodated by buses.
          What’s the factual support for that? Vienna with a similar sized population has significant metro and light rail. They have a car mode share of 25%.
          However, if you say the climate doesn’t matter and that economically the world can manage with massive flood events in Pakistan, Florida and NSW (again), then Auckland will build a few bus lanes.
          It’s worth looking at NZ. Insurance claims from natural disasters have increased 200% in about the last 8 years. What if that progression continues? If every year your insurance bill is going up by about 25%. (The figures show we are the second riskiest country in the world).
          I just hope the “fixer” can fix the right things, can fix them quickly enough, and can fix enough of them. A solution that we will finish what we and started and then stop will likely fail, and probably fail massively.

      2. Yes but to be fair, the Auckland Light Rail Group did their very best to make the light rail project as bad as it could possibly be. Someone needs to kill that tunneled light rail scheme off and then we will wait until people have forgotten about it before trying again. The sooner that process starts the better.

    4. Agree on the busways.

      Light rail doesn’t need local govt to support IMO. The motorway projects for example are almost entirely independent of LG these days. Support or oppose the NZTA and central govt doesn’t care.

      With Auckland council’s own money heavily tied up in the 50-50 CRL deal central government are really the ones calling the shots. Hopefully either the incumbents get A into G, or National ditch Simeon and put in someone that will push the odd project. Otherwise it might be a rough decade for PT in Auckland

      1. “With Auckland council’s own money heavily tied up in the 50-50 CRL deal central government are really the ones calling the shots. Hopefully either the incumbents get A into G, or National ditch Simeon and put in someone that will push the odd project. Otherwise it might be a rough decade for PT in Auckland”

        Central government doesn’t have over reach, one for good reason, can’t always trust what comes outside of them which incase, ideological based ideology! So no they wouldn’t have overall authority to place their agenda on Auckland Council owned land. Auckland Council would have the overall authority.

        1. You are 100% factually incorrect.

          Local governments source all their power from central govt. Central government only allows as much rope as they want. At any time a law could be passed (or the local govt act ammended) to change anything they want with LG, even abolish local government entirely. More reasonably, central govt could appoint pre-selected commissioners (as we’ve seen in canterbury and tauranga) which would toe whatever line desired, or issue National Policy Statements. Auckland council as it stands today didn’t even exist until whisked into existence by central govt in 2010. All could be replaced, undone, controlled through whatever means desired.

          Central govt can use the public works act to compel anyone to sell them land for whatever project they like.

          Central government have every authority over local government. And they also hold the vast majority of funding.

    5. No – when Nicola is in power next year none of those projects will be going ahead

      1. Yes they would go ahead with the Busway Projects, National would pursue those projects for sure! There’s definitely have confirmation on Northwestern Busway, Eastern Busway, Simeon Brown Transport Minister when he spoke to NZ Herald this year at the newly run Eastern part of the Busway, talked about National Party Transport plans if they get into government.

        1. National would cancel the lot and put everything into motorways in their rural electorates, its what they always do.

        2. When National were in government they rebuilt the entire NW motorway and refused to include a busway even when local government begged them.

          If you supposedly want the busway and don’t want massive central government over reach then I truly don’t see how you could support National

    6. We will get East West Link, a new study (no action) on Dominion Rd, Penlink and shouts for more motorways once National gets elected. ATs PT and active mode policies were never really auctioned, now they will be actively rewritten to suit people for who getting a dedicated car park is the epitome of transport status.

      1. I would expect a cutback in bus services, especially late night inner city and a fare rise to “balance the books”.

  4. Yes Agreed, Labour can try make up ideas, but producing and completing them is impossible for them in the long-term. Along with their panicism for more realistic projects like the Northwestern Busway because ‘no more road pavement’ non-sense. Therefore the the public have spoken, decided for Brown for this very reason!

    Good point David!

  5. I look forward to transponders on buses triggering traffic lights and port trucks gone from the roads. Shifting cars out of the port would be good too and I’d like an update on the CRL opening date

    1. They had this item on Newshub on 3 the other night but no-one can give a definitive date yet , so it may late 2024 or sometime into 2025 ;-

    2. Auckland buses already have transponders that can control traffic signals., have done for over a decade.
      The problem is for it to work they need to stop traffic more often, so they switched it off.

      So is brown now going to tell everyone that hes switching it on to make twice as many red lights for drivers so buses get priority?

      Doubt it.

  6. “untrammelled housing intensification”

    I don’t really understand how some politicians (local and central) play the “freedom” card when talking about trying to continue imposing restrictions on what people can and can’t do with land. Baffling really.

    But I guess if you’d spent decades with the reality that you were allowed to deny others housing, then a reversion to the mean where the local government was no longer allowed to suppress homebuilding would feel like oppression.

  7. A very sad day for the Progressive class. But this election is neither local nor democratic so just sad that one lives in such a beautifully ignorant city, where the wind and rain wash away carbons sins and we just keep driving in circles, drinking too much, smoking and vaping and every other despicable nervous habit that has been induced by big business. But we will fight on, evolution and progress can only be delayed until the end of the world, so we must continue to hope that reality at some point will dawn upon these ruling gentry that have no idea of what an increasing lower middle class suffers, while they hide behind big walls and security because it is “dangerous”. This city is pathetic. It is so beautiful by bicycle or train or bus or jandals, but society is not interested in slowing down and smelling the lavender. Auckland will never fail to politically disappoint, but it is still home and the educated, eloquent, and sensitive among us will continue to find avenues to improve the mighty Pasifika city of Tamaki Makaurau!

  8. Invercargill sacked City there Mayor who been in charge of old Auckland region city and now Auckland has Elected a person that was a Mayor from elsewhere around the country and is the same as Shadbolt who was sacked and has no clue how this a major city works .

    And the ones that didn’t vote would not Know what a letter is or even how yo open oane or even how to post it if they could find a post box .

  9. Now is the actual time Greater Auckland and other advocacy platforms will be tested when it comes to their effectiveness. Brown has enough councillors to unilaterally shut down progressive transport policy. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the TERP forgotten about rather quickly when the mayor’s allies are Mike Lee and Maurice Williamson.

    Forget pushing for reduced demand and space relocation – we’ll be back to fighting against park and ride expansion in urban contexts.

    Does Wayne Brown believe in the frequent bus network? Dunno. Is he the champion for more frequent trains? He seems to have doubts about the City Rail Link.

    Vision Zero? Doesn’t believe in it.

    Transit-oriented development? Urban regeneration? He wants to sell Panuku.

    Has he ruled out more motorway projects? Absolutely fucking not.

    Cycleways? Forget about it.

    Whatever consensus that’s been built, with a stable sane council, is going out the door. The fight now isn’t for better, it’s for basic mild levels of sanity in the room. Basic assumptions of minor progressive steps forwards can go out the window.

  10. As long as we don’t have a labour backed candidate I’m happy. Don’t want them pushing their silly agenda like the majority on this forum. We need to hold AT accountable for the nonsense this city has seen these last few years and many other social problems the national government has caused.
    Can’t wait for a similar landslide victory for National.

  11. Auckland’s boomers reminding why I left and guaranteeing I won’t be coming back any time soon.

  12. “Nats launch ‘Pothole of the Week’ campaign aimed at showing Govt state of NZ’s roads”
    Excellent! It sounds like National may have a plan to have motorists pay more for roads so that they can be well maintained. Congestion pricing is a good start for the cities. And motorways? Tolled roads? Rural roads? Massively raising the tax on diesel?
    Simeon, I am with you. Let’s have a user pays approach to roads to allow the tax cuts. You don’t intend to fund them by having beneficiaries so destitute that they have to park out on the street (yeah, how could they afford cars?) and starve, do you? That would block the streets for people who genuinely need to park.

  13. It’s hard to see how trains a useless when they transport thousands of people per day around the city, especially into the city centre. Even with the looming shutdowns, parts of the network will still be doing a stellar job of reducing the amounts of cars on the road. If we stopped them altogether you would soon notice the increase in congestion.

  14. Will be interesting to compare the different styles of Goff and Brown. Perhaps someone with Brown’s commercial acumen (“I’ll make the port pay $400m a year”) would have been more forthright than Goff and nuked the Super Fund / Canadian light rail alternative before it got too far advanced, and we wouldn’t have had the delay debacle?

    1. Martin, you may need to explain his commercial acumen to us. He wants an organisation (POA) that makes about $50m a year (apart from this year when they had a loss) to pay $400m a year.

      1. I find it hard to believe the $400m. But Brown positioned himself as the commercially savvy”fixer”, with experience at making sweeping changes at Vector, Auckland District Health Board and Transpower etc. $400m / year was his own number.

  15. “Ageism” will hold water the day we take age out of most decision making that specifically benefits older people. Shift the pension to pure means testing, no age related anything for it. ban “aged communities” that aren’t medical facilities, where people under a certain age are banned from residing for no tangible reason. Shift all “pensioner housing” into the general social housing pool and distribute based on need.

    These are all programs run by the government that discriminate based on age, as you say its as bad as sexism, racism or any other prejudice.

    Until then it’s like being told to care about island nation sovereignty by the CCP.

    1. It’s hard to decipher, but it sounds frightening. Brasil has managed to destroy 25% of their rain forest in the last 20 odd years – chances are we are all screwed, regardless of whether Brown even turns up for work.

  16. His plan seems to be to make life as difficult as possible for ports of auckland and encourage/force a move to Northport, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Would be good for rail overall. He’s also talked about the Avondale southdown line which is part of the whole Northport idea.
    Glad we may be able to get rid of that ridiculous light metro plan.
    Overall happy with the result.

    1. Interesting that you talk about moving the port (Auckland) as being good for rail. Similarly with the Avondale – Southdown line.
      I would have thought that moving the port should all be about what is good for Auckland. The fact that it may be, or may be not, good for rail should be ancillary to the reason for any shift, if and when that occurs.

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