Some changes around North Canterbury council tables

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By Robyn Bristow

The Waimakariri and Kaikoura mayoralties remain the same, according to provisional votes following the local government elections, but some long term councillors have been ousted.

Voter turn out was poor, apart from in Kaikoura which bucked the national trend and recorded a 54.34 per cent voter turn out. In the Hurunui District the turnout was 41.15 percent, while only 37.7 percent of electors bothered to vote in the Waimakariri District.

Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers galloped home with almost a 10,000 vote majority over his one opponent, while Winston Gray is clinging to a slender 39 vote majority in the Kaikoura District, according to provisional counting.

Mr Gray has 527 votes while Darlene Morgan has 488. The votes at this stage do not include special votes and votes that were still in transit to the processing centre.

Deputy Mayor John Diver lost his seat on the council, according to the progress count, by 13 votes.

Winton Dalley was unopposed for the Mayoralty in the Hurunui District.

 

In the Amberley ward of the Hurunui District where the issue of water quality has been a hot topic, two sitting councillors Judith McKendry and Julie Coster were ousted. Gary Cooper did not seek re-election.

They have been replaced by Julia McLean, who was the driving force behind the new Hurunui BMX track in Amberley topped the Amberley poll. She will be joined around the council table by Geoff Shier, Amberley Lions Club president and Michael Ward who has chaired the Amberley ward committee for six years.

In the Waimakariri District  Kirstyn Barnett lost her seat in the Rangiora-Ashley ward with Paul Williams and Dan Gordon joining sitting councillors Peter Allen and Robbie Brine for the ward in which Jim Gerard did not seek re-election.

Long term councillor Peter Farrant, who was contesting a seat to represent the Kaiapoi-Woodend ward, lost out. Sandra Stewart  and Al Blackie take up the two vacancies.