Palmerston North's elected members take office at the end of October

Published on 14 October 2022

Aerial view of Palmerston North City Centre with the mountains as background.

The final results for the Palmerston North City Council election have been released, with more than 36% of enrolled residents and ratepayers having their say on who leads the city over the next three-year term. The new Council sees a number of members being re-elected, with five new faces to local government.

Acting Chief Executive, Chris Dyhrberg, thanks those who took the time to vote and exercise their democratic rights.

“More than 22,000 people handed in their voting papers and had their say on how they wished to be represented over the next three years. I’d like to thank each and every one of you as you've shown that you really care about Palmy's future."

Mr Dyhrberg also congratulates the successful candidates for stepping up to the plate and enduring what was likely a very demanding several weeks.

"Being chosen and voted in by your fellow citizens to represent them and voice their interests is a privilege that few get to experience. For those of you who are returning as elected members, welcome back! And to those of you who are new to Council, thank you for stepping up; this will be a very honourable and rewarding role."

The new Council will be sworn in at an inaugural meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 26 October, following a pōwhiri in Te Marae o Hine - The Square. This inaugural meeting will see all successful candidates be sworn in together, including the two Te Pūao Māori ward councillors who were elected unopposed.

Mr Dyhrberg says the elected members are set to receive a well-planned induction beginning this week. The focus will be on team-building led out by the Mayor, as the elected members set a strong foundation for the term.

“Our newest members will have a wealth of information they'll need to absorb and so I hope they enjoy reading!"

The final results from the mayoral and Te Hirawanui General ward elections have been declared by public notice on Friday 14 October and can be found on our website. The final results include all votes received, including special votes which have been validated by the Electoral Commission.

For more information, visit the public notice page.


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