Huge majority for Ray Wallace
A staggering majority has returned Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace to the role once again.
Mr Wallace picked up 20,540 votes, while his nearest rival Phil Stratford garnered 3166 votes.
The significant majority was pleasing to see, Mr Wallace said.
"It reflects the work that the council and I have done over the last three years. I'm very pleased."
Mayoral work had never stopped for Mr Wallace, as he was attending events in Wainuiomata as mayor throughout the day and this evening.
The planned Walter Nash Stadium, a convention centre and continuing to attract more business to Lower Hutt were all priorities, he said.
"We have got a lot to get on with. We will be getting under way pretty quickly."
Current deputy mayor David Bassett would continue to serve in the deputy role and had accepted the offer today, Mr Wallace said.
''I'm looking forward to working with him over the next few years."
The Dominion Post