Mayor Richard Kempthorne has slightly increased his winning margin over second-placed Kit Maling in the final Tasman District Council election results, from 776 to 831 votes.
Mr Kempthorne's total is 6626 votes, with Mr Maling finishing on 5795, Maxwell Clark 1906, Steve Richards 1845 and Gary Watson 1293.
When the totals of the four unsuccessful mayoral candidates are added, 4213 more people voted against Mr Kempthorne than for him.
The final count also brought no changes to the list of who was elected in the preliminary results for council and community board members.
In the Richmond ward, the lowest-polling successful candidate, Michael Higgins, was 424 ahead of the highest-polling loser, Alan Turley.
In the Motueka ward, Barry Dowler on 2074 votes was 259 ahead of the closest unsuccessful candidate, Tara Forde on 1815.
The voter return edged up from 48.02 per cent to 49.95 per cent, with 17,633 voting papers returned, excluding special votes. This is marginally behind 2010's final total of 50.16 per cent.
Elected: Mayor: Richard Kempthorne. Councillors: Martine Bouillir and Paul Sangster (Golden Bay); Stuart Bryant (Lakes-Murchison); Jack Inglis, Peter Canton and Barry Dowler (Motueka); Judene Edgar, Zane Mirfin, Mark Greening and Michael Higgins (Richmond). Tim King, Trevor Norriss and Brian Ensor were returned unopposed in the Moutere-Waimea ward.
Motueka Community Board: David Ogilvie, Paul Hawkes, Richard Horrell, Cliff Satherley.
Golden Bay Community Board: Carolyn McLellan, Dave Gowland, Leigh Gamby, Alan Blackie.
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