Anti-amalgamation candidate Richard McGrath has won a by-election for a seat on Napier City Council.
McGrath won 3385 votes and was declared provisionally elected this afternoon to replace four-term councillor Rob Lutter, who resigned in May.
McGrath, one of nine contesting the seat, was well clear of the next highest candidates - Rob Duckworth on 2527 votes and Larry Dallimore on 2431.
McGrath spent 25 years service with St John Ambulance and 13 years as a nurse with the New Zealand Blood Service.
In his profile he said he did not support a proposed amalgamation with Hawke's Bay's four other councils - Hastings, Wairoa, Central Hawke's Bay and the Hawke's Bay Regional Council - and "will continue the fight against it".
There are 12 councillors and Mayor Bill Dalton on the council.
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