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Palmerston North City Council elections

8 October 2016
Preliminary Election Results

The preliminary results of the Palmerston North City Council elections were announced by the Electoral Officer at 7.30 pm, Saturday 8 October.

Preliminary Mayoral Result
Candidate Affiliation Status

Smith, Grant Independent Elected
Barber, Ross Easton Team God Excluded


Preliminary Councillor Result
Candidate Affiliation Status


Findlay, Lew Independent Elected
Barrett, Brent Green Party Elected
Utikere, Tangi Elected
Broad, Adrian Elected
Rutherford, Aleisha Elected
Naylor, Karen Independent Elected
Bundy-Cooke, Gabrielle Elected
Dennison, Vaughan Elected
McCann, Duncan Independent Elected
Bowen, Rachel Independent Elected
Johnson, Lorna Labour Elected
Hapeta, Leonie Elected
Jefferies, Jim Elected
Baty, Susan Elected
Petrenas, Bruno Independent Elected
Meehan, Billy Excluded
Symes, Abi Excluded
Butt, Zulfiqar Labour Excluded
Pugmire, Sue Independent Excluded
Etuale, James Independent Excluded
Egan, Martin Independent Excluded
Chisholm, David Labour Excluded
Hoera, Sheryll Labour Excluded
Cleland, Darryl Independent Excluded
Paine, Elizabeth Independent Excluded
Poff, Joseph Independent Excluded
McLaughlin, Tony Excluded
Edwards, Gavin Independent Excluded


The tables above show the names of the candidates in the order they have been elected, or reverse order they have been excluded.
Electoral officer, Dr John Annabell says the outcome of this election may change once special voting papers have been counted.
The computer software used to calculate election results for the Councillor election means that candidates with enough support to be elected do not keep more votes than they need to be elected. Rather, the excess votes they receive are redistributed, in order of voter preference, so as to help elect other candidates. At the other end of the scale, where no candidate has sufficient support to achieve the quota and there are still vacancies to fill, the least popular candidate is removed from the count and, again, their votes are used to assist other candidates in being elected. This is done on the basis that it is impossible for that candidate to be elected, even if all remaining votes were transferred to them.

For the election of Palmerston North City Councillors 61 iterations of the voting cycle took place.

The total voter turnout was 38.7 per cent. At the 2013 election voter turnout was also 38.7 per cent.

Dr Annabell says the successful candidates will take up their positions on Sunday 16 October subject to the final results being advertised on Saturday 15 October.

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