Notable: Ngaire Button and Aaron Keown out of Council.
They happened to be the ones who supported Tony Marryatt, and who weren't stepping down from office.
hey happened to be the ones who supported Tony Marryatt, and who weren’t stepping down from office
Citizens of ChCh do remember - and act.
Meanwhile in Wellington, the incumbent has been re-elected despite the best efforts of a certain yesterday's man.
Latest: Tight in Banks Peninsula: six-vote lead for Andrew Turner over Nuk Korako, with Paula Smith 50 or so behind that. Be a few days before that council spot is settled.
Most of the rest are much as stated at first. Paul Lonsdale better off then I first thought with about 1200 lead over the third candidate in Hagley-Ferrymead.
Interesting mix: quite a few People’s Choice/Labour, one Cit, rest Independent. Looks likely to be an effective council who will be responsive to the community. Deputy mayor choice will be interesting and important.
Jamie Gough did vote for Marryatts pay rise etc is the sole survivor of the A Team. He did write a letter to the editor saying he was wrong. A keen sportsman, evidently able to hunt with the hounds & run with the hares.
the SBW of local politics?
...& run with the hares
surely ...run with the heirs?
...and Keown, despite his petulance at being tossed from the high table, is still on the Community Board.
I can only generously imagine that he gets hubris and humility mixed up...
I can't find Health Board results yet, but as they are STV, they may take longer...
Very good Ian.
I'm in two minds about the standing some families have here in Christchurch. I have been the unwitting recipient of the royal treatment myself due to having the same name as dead people (as most anyone does).
I like the sense of belonging to place the Gough family have to Christchurch, but this easily becomes a sense of entitlement and snobbery as Jamie has expressed in the past.
I can’t find Health Board results yet, but as they are STV, they may take longer…
They're here, though I am being told that it's very close for that last spot between Keown and Heather Symes.
Yep, Heather might yet squeak in. It would be nice to see Keown out of public office altogether.
On the whole I think People’s Choice can be well pleased. Doubling the number of councillors on the ticket is a significant achievement. Two community boards have solid majorities, and if the People’s Choice councillors can maintain unity our bloc will be able to exercise considerable power on council as they are only one vote away from a majority on any given vote. I’m sad now that we didn’t contest Fendalton-Waimairi. I am also sad to see our hard-working and competent candidates (Tracey McLellan, Robyn Nuthall, Mike Mora) all run solid thirds but not get over the top.
The phrase "People's Republic of Christchurch" was on many people's lips last night. I hope we haven't jinxed it.
(caveat: an assumption is that special votes will favour Andrew Turner, which is not a forgone conclusion).
It’s also great to have such a clean out of the incumbents who ran again. It turns out that running on their record and lack of affiliation to any principled platform wasn’t such a great idea for Keown and Button.
Disclosure: I was campaign manager for the Riccarton Wigram People’s Choice campaign. And what an educational experience that was.
Overall it was a good result for Chch, eh. Hoping Andrew Turner gets in. Too close to say, but he's got the best chance. Voter turnout on BP was higher than in the city- and some very good candidates.
I was campaign manager for the Riccarton Wigram People’s Choice
A short straw Stephen! Probably the hardest campaign in the city, given it was obvious Vicki Buck would wipe the floor for one seat.
I would caution against seeing the result as a Labour/People's Choice (PC: intentional?) vote: it looks very much that voters throughout the city have carefully selected who they see as the best individuals for the job, not the best party or political grouping.
If, as you suggest, the bloc votes as one, it would be very unfortunate. Rebuilding a sense of unity in the council and this city will require everyone to go beyond that way of thinking. If anyone is seen to bugger up a functional council this term, voters will deal to them severely next time.
I am relieved at the overall calibre of the councillors, given the high number of candidates in some wards had the potential to split the vote and return some unusual choices.
Unfortunately Keown will certainly sit on the Shirley-Papanui Community Board. I just hope he's not the Chair.
...has also been re-elected to the District Health Board, as well.
despite his patchy appearance at meetings in the past.
Paul Lonsdale says he's keen to be Deputy Mayor, but he's had no experience to speak of in Civic duties - let's just see how his first term goes, eh, there are committees he can help on if he is selected.
I hope it (Dep Mayor) goes to someone like Yani or Vicki with some experience and empathy.
Keown …has also been re-elected to the District Health Board, as well.
Grrrr. Like a few others, I determinedly ranked all candidates, just to put Aaron 26th (after a couple of, ahem, unusual types).
If, as you suggest, the bloc votes as one, it would be very unfortunate.
I’m not so sure, as long as it’s sensible, constructive, engaged and well-communicated. There are some things that need to be blocked. And it could give the council a sense of direction it badly needs (rather than looking like it’s wandering aimless in a wilderness.)
Yes, I am happy with the idea that People's Choice could act as a collective. What is the point of having a platform, policies and values, and campaigning on them, if you don't then try to implement the policies and act on the values?
I'm reluctant to attribute any intention to "the people", since the people are a diverse bunch who all had their own conflicting reasons to vote, but the electorate put in a council that's 50% candidates who ran on an explicit ticket, and put out the candidates who ran on "no party politics". Sure, if People's Choice use power badly, then we will deserve to be caned next time. But merely voting together to achieve platform aims is not bad, or dysfunctional. It's politics.
Having said that, looking at the rest of the council, I see potential for a progressive and effective council that goes beyond People's Choice and with some mayoral smarts a broad coalition is perfectly possible.
Like a few others, I determinedly ranked all candidates, just to put Aaron 26th (after a couple of, ahem, unusual types).
I really do want to thank Aaron Keown for his contribution to democracy. There's clearly been a lot of DHB voting that wouldn't have happened if not for him.
There’s clearly been a lot of DHB voting that wouldn’t have happened if not for him.
...and if 10% of the DHB votes hadn't been invalid or incorrectly filled in - he might have not made the cut - dammit.
I see a posting tonight saying Andrew Turner has won the Banks Peninsula council seat, though I cannot find the results link for the numbers.