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The people have spoken: Three new mayors


Three new mayors have taken the helm at Wairarapa councils, progress results show.

In Carterton, former mayor and Defence Minister Ron Mark has reclaimed the title from incumbent Greg Lang.

Mark got the win with 2137 votes, compared with Lang, who received 1714 votes.

Joining Mark on the council are newcomers Steve Laurence, Steve Gallon, Lou Newman, and Grace Ayling.

They will join current councillors Dale Williams, Steve Cretney, Brian Deller, and Robyn Cherry-Campbell.

Long-serving councillor Jill Greathead was not re-elected.

In Masterton, Gary Caffell won the mayoralty by a landslide with a commanding 4590 votes.

Runner-up Craig Bowyer received 1101 votes.

Joining Caffell on the new Masterton District Council are newcomers Stella Lennox, Tom Hullena, Craig Bowyer, and Marama Tuuta [Maori Ward].

Former councillor Brent Goodwin has also been elected, and current councillors David Holmes, Bex Johnson, and Tim Nelson are re-elected.

Councillors Tina Nixon, Brent Gare, Sandy Ryan, and Chris Peterson were not re-elected.

In South Wairarapa, newcomer Martin Connelly has secured the most votes [1703] and takes the mayoralty from incumbent Alex Beijen [1007].

Joining Connelly on the new South Wairarapa District Council are other newcomers Martin Bosley, Aaron Woodcock, Melissa Sadler-Futter, Rebecca Gray, and Kaye McAulay.

Martinborough Community Board member Aidan Ellims has secured a spot on council for the Martinborough ward, and he joins current councillors Pip Maynard, Colin Olds, and Alistair Plimmer.

Councillor Garrick Emms was not re-elected.

Tararua Mayor Tracey Collis was re-elected and received 3144 votes. -NZLDR

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Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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