Waimate picks Craig Rowley for mayor
Waimate District has elected Craig Rowley as the area's new mayor.
Mayor-elect Rowley won 1560 votes, while his rival Sharyn Cain attracted 1195.
Elections results from around New Zealand.
However, she has won a seat on the council for the Waimate ward. Both were first term councillors although Mr Rowley did not seek a council seat this election.
Peter McIlraith beat John Wall by just 53 votes for the one-seat Hakataramea-Waihaorunga ward. Cr McIlraith won 198 votes to Mr Ward's 145.
Grace Paul was elected un-opposed for the Lower Waihao ward.
Former mayor David Owen is back in the Pareora ward, along with Tom O'Connor.
Stuart Thomson and Morgan Wallace were unsuccessful, although only five votes separate Cr Owen and Mr Thomson, so special votes could alter the final result.
In the Waimate ward Cr Cain will be joined by Peter Collins, Arthur Gavegan and Miriam Morton.
Unsuccessful were John Fletcher, John Larcombe and Maurice Beuth.
Councillors Mike Balchin, Peter Foley, Matt Henderson and Jim Anderson did not seek re-election. Councillor Sandy Mulqueen left a seat empty when she lost a bid for cannabis decriminalisation in the district last year and quit.
This preliminary vote is based on 98 per cent of the votes being counted. Waimate District had a voter turnout of 51.93 per cent.
The Timaru Herald