Anne Hunt's all-or-nothing attempt at the Horowhenua mayoralty has fallen well short, with the re-election of Brendan Duffy.
Mr Duffy received 56.7 per cent of the votes for mayor in the district, a result he called "emphatic".
"I think that sends an extraordinarily clear message people are happy with what the council has been delivering," he said.
Mr Duffy picked up 6053 votes, extending his majority from the last election by about 3000 votes over Ms Hunt, who received 2491 votes. Piri-Hira Tukapua finished third on 2130.
The result means Ms Hunt, a councillor for the past nine years, is no longer on the council as she ran solely for mayor this year. Ms Hunt, a former journalist, said she planned to write a book on local government.
Mr Duffy is to welcome six new members to the 10-strong council and oversee the next stage of a 20-year plan of infrastructure upgrades across the Horowhenua.
That plan would mean increased rates and debt for the district, he said, but the work needed to be done.
He was sorry to see incumbents David Allan and Robbie Shaw lose their council seats. Both had given the council great service, he said.
Mr Duffy would not comment on Ms Hunt's departure from the council.
Mr Shaw has been replaced in the Miranui ward by Owlcatraz co-owner and Shannon Progressive spokesman Ross Campbell.
Mr Allan missed out in the Kere Kere ward, Ms Hunt's old ward, where former Palmerston North city councillor Michael Feyen and ex-policeman Ross Brannigan were elected.
In the rural Waiopehu ward, farmer Christine Mitchell has taken the seat vacated by Nathan Murray while Wayne Bishop has been re-elected.
Ms Tukapua has picked up one of the five Levin ward seats on council alongside fellow newcomer Jo Mason and incumbents Garry Good, Tony Rush and Victoria Kaye-Simmons.
The Foxton Community Board members for the next term will be Janine Smart, David Roache, Basil Vertongen, Tricia Metcalf and Amanda Street.
Voter turnout was 49.3 per cent.
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