Defeated Horowhenua mayoralty candidate and outgoing councillor Anne Hunt says her campaign was doomed from the start.
The three-term councillor stood only for the top job in this year's election and received 2491 votes, well short of incumbent Brendan Duffy's 6053.
Piri-Hira Tukapua finished third on 2130.
Ms Hunt said she would miss helping constituents, and the former newspaper journalist now planned to pen books, including one about local government and one on Maori land rights, focusing on Lake Horowhenua.
"I will miss helping people who came to me for assistance with problems they are having with council, but no, I won't miss the council meetings."
Ms Hunt said she had "nine years of abuse" around the council table, which she was no longer prepared to tolerate.
So she was instead turning her attention to writing.
She's already finished the manuscript for the local government book, and she is waiting on a Supreme Court judgment in a case over Lake Horowhenua for that to form the basis of the other work.
The judgment is expected to clarify the rights of the lake's Maori owners, one of which is Philip Taueki, whom Ms Hunt advocates for.
Her association with Mr Taueki prompted one resident to email Ms Hunt saying she lost the mayoralty because of the "Maori problem child".
But Ms Hunt said she would not abandon "worthy causes".
"My campaign was doomed from the start because there were people who threatened to use whatever tactics they could to make sure I could never be mayor."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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