New Zealanders have elected their Mayors and City Councillors to run their cities and towns for the next three years.
Results from the local body elections have been interesting around right around the country.
In Auckland Phil Goff has won the mayoral race to run New Zealander’s largest city and has announced that he wants to cut spending of 3 to 6 percent across the council organisation.
Sitting mayors in the main South Island centres have been returned to office – some with larger majorities than before.
Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and Nelson voted to keep their mayors, and the only new faces are in Queenstown and Blenheim where the previous mayor retired.
Lianne Dalziel was given a second term in Christchurch, while New Zealand’s most successful ever mayor, Tim Shadbolt, was returned for a record eighth term in Invercargill.
One of the most unusual facts came in the South Island, where the first time ever in New Zealand, two siblings have been elected mayors in the same election. Bryan Cadogan has been re-elected as Clutha’s mayor, and brother Tim will take the reigns in Central Otago.