A low number of invalid votes from Marlborough people selecting District Health Board candidates points to the benefits of a single voting system being used in the district.
Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman was only 200 votes off being elected as mayor in the first round of vote-counting.
The election results have given us a council with a great mix of ages and a diverse representation of rural and urban
Marlborough was the winner in the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board election
Congratulations are due.
Second-term councillor Terry Sloan hopes to become Marlborough's next deputy mayor.
Three times as many special votes as usual have been cast in this year's council elections, electoral officer Dean Heiford says.
In Kaikoura, mayor Winston Gray was re-elected, with a 99 vote margin over rival Darlene Morgan.
Twelve NMCHB jobs would be affected by a proposal to centralise operational finances
Four Marlborough candidates have been elected to the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board.
New to council Laressa, Cynthia and Brian
Marlborough's mayor for the next three years is Alistair Sowman, provisional results show.
One man well ahead on Express poll
Provisional results are expected to be announced after 3pm tomorrow and will be posted here on our website
You can't see the results of our online poll but we can and they are interesting. Results in the Express tomorrow
Most reasons people give for not voting in council elections simply don't wash, Local Government New Zealand chief executive Malcolm Alexander says.
A system in which users pay for council services has to be discussed, despite being "political suicide" - Jamie
I will cast my vote for the local body and the general election candidates based upon the reply to this question.
People leaving it to the last minute to post their voting forms could miss the chance to have their say
With five days left till voting closes in council and district health board elections, Local Government Minister Chris Tremain is urging people to have a say in the future of their communities.
The Marlborough Express is running an online poll to get an idea of why voter participation is lower this year.
Tom Harrison says he has done everything possible to persuade the council remove distracting signs but failed
Slightly more than a quarter of all voting forms have been returned in Marlborough
They live in the same house, sleep in the same bed, but have to vote in different wards.
OPINION: The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Fewer voters have returned their forms than at the same time last election.
Age: In the sixth decade.
Home: "Fermoy" farm, Nelson.
Age: 60 years
Not only do they share the same names, they have similar aspirations of being elected.
Sitting NMDHB member Fleur Hansby said the board spent more time in closed meetings than open.
'It is three months of inconvenience every three years' - Council electoral officer Dean Heiford
Small communities needed bigger voices, Wairau-Awatere ward candidate Bev Doole said yesterday.
The Marlborough District Council is one of seven councils in NZ that uses the single transferable voting system
Instead of ticking the candidates you want to vote for, with STV you number the candidates in order of preference.
"Kaikoura can't just flog a dead horse for ever and a day." - Council candidate Tony Taylor
Family: Great grandparents were pioneer settlers in the 1860s and 70s, so I am 4th and 5th generation local.