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Local Government Elections: Palmerston North City Council Mayor and Councillors announced

Saturday October 12 2019

The Mayor and 15 councillors have been announced for Palmerston North City Council for the next three years.

The progress results of the Palmerston North City Council elections were announced by the Electoral Officer at 4.30pm on Saturday 12 October.

Grant Smith has been re-elected as Mayor of the city, and he is joined by 11 re-elected councillors, one returning councillor and three new councillors.

Heather Shotter, Chief Executive, said she was looking forward to working alongside the new Council to deliver their vision.

The tables show the names of candidates in the order they have been elected, or reverse order they have been excluded:

Mayoral progress results

One mayor elected from six candidates.




Smith, Grant Independent Elected
Tuiono, Teanau Green Excluded
Asquith, Andy Independent Labour Group Excluded
Kikhounga-N’Got, P. Hussein   Excluded
Engu, Maruna (Donut Man)   Excluded
Barber, Ross Easton Team God, Theosophical Society Excluded

The final absolute majority of votes (final quota) as determined at the last iteration was 8,987. There were 39 informal votes and 764 blank votes.

Councillor progress results

Fifteen councillors elected from 27 candidates.




Utikere, Tangi   Elected
Findlay, Lew Independent Elected
Barrett, Brent Green  Elected
Bowen, Rachel Independent Elected
Naylor, Karen   Elected
Dennison, Vaughan   Elected
Baty, Susan   Elected
Handcock, Patrick (Pat)   Elected
Rutherford, Aleisha   Elected
Hapeta, Leonie Independent Elected
Johnson, Lorna Labour Elected
Meehan, Billy   Elected
Petrenas, Bruno   Elected
Dingwall, Renee Green Elected
Butt, Zulfiqar Labour Elected
Asquith, Andy Independent Labour Group Excluded
O’Fee, Marty   Excluded
Lockwood, Latham Independent Excluded
McCann, Duncan Independent Excluded
Kikhounga-N’Got, P. Hussein   Excluded
Byrnes, Nick   Excluded
Rahim, Atif Free Hearing Aids Campaign Excluded
Butler, Mel Vote For Mel, She’ll Serve You Well Excluded
Lane, David Independent Excluded
Te Papa, Nola   Excluded
Wilson, Nathan   Excluded
Dianu, Iulian Have A Voice Excluded

The progress results were determined from 19,472 votes, which equates to a 34.88% voter turnout. An estimated 4.4% decrease on the 2016 local government election.

John Annabell, Deputy Electoral Officer, said people should be mindful that the outcome of this election may change once special voting papers have been counted.

“The successful candidates will officially take up their positions on Sunday 20 October, subject to the final results being published next week.”

The software used to calculate election results excludes candidates once they have enough support to be elected. The excess votes they receive are redistributed, in order of voter preference, to help elect other candidates.

Where a candidate has insufficient support to achieve the required quota, and there are still vacancies to fill, the least popular candidate is removed from the count and, their votes are used to assist other candidates in being elected. This is done on the basis that it’s impossible for that candidate to be elected, even if all remaining votes were transferred to them.

For the election of Palmerston North City Councillors, 65 iterations of the voting cycle took place.