Odey tops mayoral poll
South Canterbury has two new mayors alongside the only incumbent standing keeping her seat.
After nine years as mayor of Timaru District, Janie Annear stood down, her role contested by one-term councillors Steve Earnshaw and Damon Odey.
Mayor-elect Odey recorded nearly twice the number of votes of Mr Earnshaw, attracting 10,335, compared with Mr Earnshaw's 5799.
The election has lacked any key issues with a lower voter turnout reflecting that. In the Timaru District the turnout was 49.53 per cent, down from the previous two elections which had turnouts of 56 per cent.
In the Mackenzie District, incumbent mayor Claire Barlow will keep the mayoral chains for another three years, beating opponent Graeme Page by twice the votes.
Preliminary results show Ms Barlow received 1202 votes to Mr Page's 582. Mr Page did not seek a council seat, so he is now gone from the chambers. The voter turnout for the Mackenzie was 60.7 per cent.
In the Waimate District former policeman Craig Rowley has taken the top spot.
Mayor-elect Mr Rowley won 1560 votes, while his rival, Sharyn Cain, attracted 1195. 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.
The incumbent mayor, John Coles, stood down.
Oamaru's Gary Kircher has been voted in as mayor of Waitaki.
Incumbent Alex Familton chose not to stand this year.
Mr Kircher gained 3087 votes, 396 ahead of current deputy mayor, Jim Hopkins, who registered 2691. A total of 8531 counting votes were cast for the seven mayoral candidates. Voter return was 55.43 per cent in the Waitaki.
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