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Quax wins Howick by-election

Last updated 15:34 27/05/2011

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New Zealand running legend Dick Quax has secured a place on the Auckland Council after easily winning the Howick by-election.

The former Manukau City Councillor was confirmed as the winner today after receiving 11,600 votes - about 4500 votes clear of the next candidate.

Runner-up Maggie Burrill received 7023 votes, followed by David Collings with 5393 votes.

Quax said he felt relieved by the win after learning a "stern lesson" from the inaugural Auckland Council elections.

Jami-Lee Ross edged Quax out by 253 votes last year.

Quax said he was grateful the voters had given him a second chance.

"It was a tough battle and I was hopeful that I would do well," he said.

"But when it's in the hands of the voters you never know which way it's going to go."

During his tenure at the former city council, Quax was portfolio leader for community safety.

Quax said he hoped to continue to focus on community safety as well as protecting Howick's iconic village feel.

Housing affordability and keeping rates down was also important, he said.

The Howick ward seat was vacated when Ross was voted into Parliament in March.

About 30 per cent of the 90,901 electorate voted in the by-election.

Mayor Len Brown congratulated Quax on his win and also the voters for the large turn out.

"It's clear that people are keen to have their vote heard in the new Auckland.

"Dick was a strong advocate for his community in Manukau City and I am sure he will provide a positive voice as a member of the governing body of the new council."

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