Mayor’s massive majority
Waipa Mayor Alan Livingston was returned to office on Saturday with a resounding majority.
Mr Livingston received 8900 of the 11,271 legitimate Mayoralty votes - 79%.
He had a 7369 majority over next highest polling candidate Stephen Lee on 1531.
With 840 votes, controversial councillor James Parlane was 50 votes short of having his $200 deposit refunded (a candidate must attain 10% of the vote achieved by a successful candidate to have their deposit refunded).
Mr Livingston and Mayoress, Janet celebrated success with a function at their Te Pahu home on Saturday night. Yesterday he told the Courier he was delighted to receive such a strong endorsement from Waipa voters.
When Mr Livingston won the mayoralty for the first time in 2001, he received 6661 votes compared to Ron Cooper’s 3953 and James Parlane’s 2619.
This time he increased his majority by 4661 - a massive increase by anyone’s standards. Mr Livingston said he had run a far less extensive campaign for this year’s election - preferring Council’s record of achievements over the past three years to do his talking for him. He believed the results proved ratepayers wanted a positive, cohesive and constructive Council to move Waipa to the next level.
“We have a good team again on Council and with plenty of work still to be done to move the district ahead, there will be no resting on our laurels. “Important issues include development of Te Awamutu’s central business area, continued residential and business development, working towards a western arterial route to move heavy traffic out of the town centre and environmental projects, including continuing to work to protect valuable resources like Lake Ngaroto.”
The new Council will be sworn in at a meeting on October 21.
Note: Full election results are available in this PDF file.