A few good results in Auckland

Although Auckland re-elected Len Brown he can hardly claim a mandate, indeed no one really can given the appallingly low turnout.

Len Brown gained 148944 votes. That is less than ten percent of Auckland’s population. The turn out was just 34.33% or 341611 votes. 995080 were eligible to vote.

Len Brown has won on 14.9% of the possible vote. He can hardly claim a mandate. His best statistic he can claim is that he won 43% of those who voted…no mandate there either.

There are some more interesting council results though.

Governing Body Results

Local Board results

Veteran trougher, Richard Northey, despite skiting to those attending a recent concert that he had the race in the bag has been unseated by Denise Krum. Well done to Denise. Northey has been supping from the public trough since Adam was in nappies. Good riddance.

Ann Hartley, another of Len Brown’s flunkies has be unseated in North Shore. The North Shore returned George Wood and Chris Darby. I’m glad Joseph Bergin didn’t get elected despite him being a young Nat…he is wetter and more left than Nikki Kaye, so Auckland dodged that bullet. Chris Darby will be interesting to watch though, because he is slightly loopy, a planner, and a fair weather right-winger…I expect Len Brown will attempt to buy him off with a chair position of some sort.

In the local board races I was very pleased to see Michael Williams unseated. His little team of nasties has been destroyed with only Jim Donald and Steve Udys being returned. Bullying people and getting drink driving convictions doesn’t really help your election chances. There is now a clear majority on the local board of like minded people who can work together instead of against each other. I was very pleased to see a good friend in Katrina Bungard get elected to the local board in the Pakuranga subdivison. Michael Williams supporters Wayne Huang and the bewildered Shirley Warren were destroyed. The shame in that ward is Simon Williamson missed out despite a fair bit of hard work. Never-mind, Steve Udys is on borrowed time. 

The Howick Subdivision saw Adele White returned in number one place, with John Spiller coming second. Unfortunately Jim Donald, another of Williams henchmen was returned, but he will cut a very lonely figure in coming meetings.

Lucy Schwaner, Jami-lee Ross’ wife was returned as number one in the Botany subdivision of Howick ward along with running mate and local cop Garry Boles and Bob Wichman made up the numbers. Michael Williams finished well down the rankings.

In other news the Manurewa Action Team scored 8 out of 8 seats for the local board, finally getting rid of the thoroughly nasty Colleen Brown. The same team also grabbed the majority on the Wiri Licensing Trust and their cousins in Papakura First took 5 of the 6 seats on the Papakura local board which will be great news for Judith Collins next year. Angela Dalton will be pushing back strongly against booze barns in Manurewa and I can’t see Len Brown getting much of a hearing from MAT. The Manurewa Action Team have shown how to campaign against Labour and win in their own backyard. Much praise should go to the brains behind their campaign and I hope the Nats and C&R are taking of whose fingerprints are the winning fingerprint in the deep south of Auckland. This result and their methods should be replicated across Auckland and the buggers muddle should embrace it or get out and let someone else have a crack.

The group who must be the most disappointed will be the cult members of Colin Craig’s Conservatives. They put up candidates everywhere, spent a fortune on signage and leaflets and only managed to get two local board members elected across the city, one of whom was Christine Rankin. Sometime soon Colin Craig is going to realise that despite the millions he has spent in past years he still loses. Hopefully he will learn that money still doesn’t buy elections.

Michael Wood was elected to the Puketapapa Local Board. This will be interesting since he has designs on becoming an MP. His comments about Jami-Lee Ross and Sam Lotu Iiga regarding standing for parliament when elected local council members may well come back to haunt him. His missus Julie Fairey also was elected to the same board…though it is fair to say she wears the pants in that family.

Nigel Turnbull was also returned to the Puketapapa Local Board though he missed out on a council seat because veteran trougher and shrill harpy Cathy Casey retained her seat.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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