Leggett wins second term as Porirua mayor

ANDREA O'NEIL
Last updated 16:26 12/10/2013
Nick Leggett
RE-ELECTED: Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett.
Liz Kelly
IN THE BALANCE: Former deputy mayor Liz Kelly.

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Porirua mayor Nick Leggett has been re-elected by 76 per cent of voters, the largest mandate given to any mayor in the city's history, he said.

Mr Leggett gained 9,252 votes, well ahead of the next candidate on 1820.

The 34-year-old said he was delighted to begin his second term as mayor.

"It's always a real privilege to be re-elected and you're never sure until the votes come in."

Mr Leggett's win could be attributed to keeping promises he made in 2010, he said.

"I did what I said I would, focusing on infrastructure, restoration of the harbour, promoting the city and ensuring that we were sticking our head above the parapet a little bit."

His leadership on Wellington's debate over potential amalgamation was another winner with the voters, Mr Leggett said.

It is understood Mr Leggett will select Western ward councillor 'Ana Coffey as deputy mayor.

Porirua's Eastern ward gave the greatest upsets of the election. After switching from her residential Western ward to the Eastern ward where she worked, former deputy mayor Liz Kelly did not win one of the four seats up for grabs. With 98 per cent of votes counted, Ms Kelly had lost her seat by 9 votes this afternoon.

Fellow ward-jumper, former Porirua mayor John Burke was more successful in the East, winning a place around the council table with 762 votes. Mr Burke lives in Porirua's Northern ward.

However, political novice, former Black Fern Izzy Ford was the top Eastern ward candidate, with 863 votes.

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