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Final results of city by-election for new Councillor

Friday February 19 2021

After the counting of all votes, including special votes, Orphée Mickalad has been confirmed as the successful candidate.

Photo shows Palmerston North's newest city councillor. He is standing outdoors dressed in a suit and smiling.

Orphée Mickalad will become our new Councillor.

Voting for the Palmerston North City Council by-election closed at midday on Wednesday.

16,674 votes were received and counted. The voter return was 27.23%.

Final vote count

Elected: Orphée Mickalad, 7,123 


  • William Wood, 5,930 
  • Darroch Ball, 3,378
  • James Candish, 2,261
  • Stefan Speller, 1,920
  • Vanessa Rozenberg, 1,493
  • Sarah Spillane, 1,310
  • Andy Asquith, 1,096
  • Nikita Skipper, 407
  • Nathan Wilson, 139
  • Ross Barber, 90

“I’m delighted for Orphée and congratulate him on his success,” says Mayor Grant Smith. “He has shown commitment and passion for Palmy during his campaign and we warmly welcome those attributes to the Council Chambers. He is joining us before we consult on our 10-Year Plan and that’s a great time for him to be part of our significant decision-making.”

Mr Mickalad says: “I’m absolutely thrilled to represent the Palmy community on the Council. I want to thank everyone who voted, encouraged and supported me during my campaign. It has been an amazing time meeting so many people in my community and I remain committed to representing them in the best way possible and deliver on the ideals I expressed.

“I would like to congratulate and express my best wishes to the other candidates. There is some great talent amongst them, which adds to my confidence for the future of Palmy.”

Mr Mickalad will take his oath and be welcomed to the Council table at the next Council meeting, on 3 March.

The by-election was required to fill a vacancy due to the resignation of Tangi Utikere after he was elected as MP for Palmerston North in the October General Election.