OPINION: The people have spoken - or just under half of those eligible anyway - and delivered a radically reshaped Nelson city council team.
The main talking point from Saturday of course is Nelson's shakeup. A woman mayor - Nelson's first. Five newbies at the council table, including poll-topping Brian McGurk and former journalist Matt Lawrey, who came in second.
In Tasman, the vibe is more business as usual, though contender Kit Maling got close enough to suggest that Mayor Richard Kempthorne has some work to do over the next term.
All sitting councillors who stood in Tasman were re-elected, and of the three newcomers, one - Michael Higgins - is back at the table after a one-term break.
The Nelson results included the surprise rejection of perhaps New Zealand's longest standing local politician, Derek Shaw, after 10 successive terms on the council.
Mr Shaw, 60, standing on a platform of "unfinished business," was the only last-term councillor on the ballot sheet who did not win sufficient support on election day, with a 180-vote buffer likely to be enough to keep Eric Davy safe.
One-term mayor Aldo Miccio was gracious in defeat, congratulating his successor Rachel Reese and wishing her all the best for the next three years in charge.
He went into the election exuding confidence, waging a high-profile campaign primarily via a community newspaper and social media. After a ritzy presidential-style campaign launch, Ms Reese's campaign verged on eerily quiet by comparison.
However, Saturday's win suggests her campaigning was spot on, and her margin of nearly 1500 votes is telling - though some will suggest Mr Miccio lost the election as much as Ms Reese won. Whatever, the result represents both an endorsement of her less flamboyant and measured approach to politics and a rejection of Mr Miccio's leadership style.
Perhaps a turning point came mid-term when he demoted experienced hands, including Ms Reese, and elevated some councillors to positions beyond their capabilities in what was easy to interpret as a reward for their unreserved support. Questions raised about his personal business interests - even though an investigation found no conflict of interest with his mayoral role - must also have been damaging.
Another campaign strategy some voters might have been uneasy about was lining up councillors specifically to support him in a series of election advertisements. This suggested a voting bloc and significant power for Mr Miccio, and might have counted against him.
A key decision for Ms Reese will be who to appoint as her deputy. Traditionally that role has gone to the highest polling councillor - though Mr Miccio bucked that idea three years ago in rejecting Ms Reese.
The two most supported candidates this time round are both inexperienced first-timers, and third-ranked Pete Rainey who has been a strong backer of Mr Miccio.
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