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Phil Goff wins Auckland mayoralty

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/10/2016
Labour MP Phil Goff. © RNZ / Alexander Robertson Labour MP Phil Goff.

Phil Goff has won the Auckland mayoralty.

He had 179,206 votes after 47.6 per cent of votes were counted.

His nearest rival Vic Crone received 105,413 votes, Election Officer Dale Ofsoske said in releasing progress figures on Saturday afternoon.

Auckland Council's governance director Phil Wilson phoned Mr Goff just after 1.30pm, an hour and a half after the election closed, to advise that he had won the mayoralty, ahead of 18 other candidates.

With 95 per cent of votes counted, five new ward councillors had been elected to join 15 returning councillors.

Sitting councillors who lost their seats include Calum Penrose who was beaten by Daniel Newman in the Manurewa-Papakura ward and Penny Webster who lost to Greg Sayers in the Rodney ward.

In the North Shore ward, the result is too close to call, with Richard Hills just 71 votes ahead of Grant Gillon.

There were 19 nominations to be mayor, while 74 people were seeking 20 posts as ward councillors.

There were also 149 roles on local boards, 21 on district health boards in the Auckland region and 35 for licensing trusts decided by the election. It was a postal vote and the poll closed at midday on Saturday.

Auckland Council is the largest council in Australasia. The council began operating in 2010, combining the functions of the previous regional council and the region's seven city and district councils into one super city.

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