Three more years for Wade-Brown
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has clinched a second term ahead of rival John Morrison.
Ms Wade-Brown received the news in a phonecall from council chief executive Kevin Lavery about 6.20pm Saturday, and gave a celebratory "yahoo" after hanging up, having confirmed that the margin was enough to ensure special votes couldn't swing the result.
Speaking after the announcement she said she was looking forward to another three years.
"I'm feeling really pleased, really grateful for all the supporters and looking forward to the next three years."
She had had some preliminary discussions about council portfolios and one of her first tasks would be to speak to the successful candidates.
Her focus for the next three years would be on building the technology and design sectors, better transport options, including cycling and public transport, jobs, affordable housing and implementing a living wage, she said.
"I hope people will remember [the next three years] for a lot of progress in terms of public transport, lower unemployment, smart tech companies and of course the environment."
A small group of about 30 people were at her central Wellington headquarters awaiting the result this evening.
On getting the news of his defeat, Mr Morrison shrugged his shoulders and simply said "sorry guys, no go."
Surrounded by friends and family at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Mr Morrison looked downcast after the call, quietly chatting to supporters.
Losing to Ms Wade-Brown by 2284 votes, Mr Morrison said he was disappointed but wished her well.
He conceded it looked like the end of his career in local politics as he did not stand as a councillor candidate, but any decisions on what was next could wait until Monday.
"That's just the way things go. Now I'm going to have a drink."
Voter turnout for Wellington was 40.85 percent, excluding special votes, a slight increase on the 2010 election turnout as of election day of 39.54 percent.
WHERE THE VOTES WENT
Ms Wade-Brown was elected after five rounds of vote counting, finally winning with 26,854 votes to John Morrison's 24,570.
Jack Yan came third after picking up 9915 votes, followed by Nicola Young on 5069.
Rob Goulden got 2590 votes, and Karunanidhi Muthu was knocked out in the first round on 919.
Wellington City Council was still confirming details of whose preferences gave Ms Wade-Brown the win.
CITY COUNCILLORS ELECTED
Councillors elected in Wellington city are: Justin Lester, Malcolm Sparrow and Helene Ritchie for Northern ward, Andy Foster, Jo Coughlan and Simon Woolf for Onslow-Western ward, Iona Pannett, Nicola Young and Mark Peck for Lambton ward, Simon 'Swampy' Marsh, Ray Ahipene-Mercer and Sarah Free for Eastern ward, and Paul Eagle and
David Lee for Southern Ward.
Incumbent councillors Leonie Gill in Eastern ward and Bryan Pepperell in southern Ward were not successful, nor was high-profile candidate Ginette McDonald.
GREATER WELLINGTON REGIONAL COUNCIL
On the Greater Wellington Regional Council former Green MP Sue Kedgley has claimed a seating in the Wellington constituency, ousting Darran Ponter.
Other incumbents Fran Wilde, Judith Aitken, Chris Laidlaw and Paul Bruce were all re-elected.
In the Lower Hutt constituency Ken Laban is another newcomer.
Prue Lamason and Susan Greig were re-relected. Results for the Kapiti and Wairarapa are still being counted.
In Upper Hutt and Porirua-Tawa Paul Swain, Jenny Brash and Barbara Donaldson were re-elected unopposed.
AROUND THE COUNTRY
In Auckland Len Brown has been re-elected as mayor, as has Hamilton's Julie Hardaker.
Lianne Dalziel has moved from MP to mayor in Christchurch, while in the deep south Tim Shadbolt has won yet again in Invercargill.
Porirua mayor Nick Leggett has been re-elected, but his deputy Liz Kelly has not based on preliminary results.
Kapiti mayor Jenny Rowan has lost her job and will be replaced by Ross Church.
Masterton mayor Garry Daniell has been ousted by councillor Lyn Patterson in a closely-contested race, while at the other end of the spectrum Lower Hutt's Ray Wallace has romped home with a massive 17,000-vote majority.
Wayne Guppy stays on as mayor of Upper Hutt for another three years after a comfortable win and over the Rimutaka Hill Ron Mark will be mayor of Carterton again after being re-elected unopposed. The same happened in South Wairarapa district with mayor Adrienne Staples.
In Hawke's Bay, Napier has its first new mayor in 12 years, Bill Dalton, while Hastings has re-elected Lawrence Yule.
Michael Laws' bid to regain the Wanganui mayoral chains has failed, with Annette Main re-elected. Mr Laws was voted on to council.
Palmerston North has voted in Jono Naylor for a third term.
In Horowhenua, Brendan Duffy has been re-elected and the same has happened in Central Hawke's Bay with Peter Butler.
The Dominion Post