Wairoa mayor pleased with increased mandate

Preliminary results show he finished with 1979 votes, more than 700 ahead of former Wairoa councillor and first time mayoral candidate Benita Cairns.

Preliminary results show he finished with 1979 votes, more than 700 ahead of former Wairoa councillor and first time mayoral candidate Benita Cairns.

Wairoa Mayor Craig Little

WAIROA mayor Craig Little heads into his second term in the role happy with an increased number of votes.

“Three years ago I got 1600 votes and this time 1900. It makes me very happy to have increased support out there,” he said.

Polling numbers in Wairoa were high, with 60 percent taking the opportunity to have their say. This was slightly down on the 62 percent in 2013.

In the preliminary results, he finished with 1979 votes, with former Wairoa councillor and first time mayoral candidate Benita Cairns runner-up with 1210 votes.

Mr Little will be joined by five re-elected councillors and one new councillor.

Highest polling councillor was Denise Eaglesome-Karekare, who received 2005 votes. Mike Bird had 1945 votes, Min Johansen 1940 votes, Jeremy Harker 1771 votes, Hine Flood 1770 votes and new councillor Charles Lambert received 1231 votes.

Mr Little said Denise Eaglesome-Karekare would be deputy mayor again.

Revitalising Wairoa

His biggest mission ahead was helping to revitalise Wairoa.

“Once everyone is sworn in, we will make sure we are all on the same wavelength and work together with the chief executive and work on a plan together.

“We will go community-wide with hui after that. We need to revitalise Wairoa — it is about attracting businesses here so there are jobs and more jobs.”

News of the rail reopening was good.

“Next we have to open the line to Gisborne.”

The arrival of Rocket Lab to the district was a “dream come true”.

“We are a lot better off with than without Rocket Lab. They have promised nothing but already there has been work for locals from both Wairoa and Gisborne. It is great for the whole East Coast. We all have to work together and make the most out of it.”

This year’s Wairoa local body elections included a referendum to decide whether the Wairoa community wanted Maori ward representation in council.

The vote was successful, with 1644 people voting for and 1444 against. The decision will potentially divide the Wairoa district into one or more Maori wards.

The outcome will be binding on the following two local body elections of Wairoa District Council, in 2019 and 2022.

Fenton Wilson won the Wairoa seat on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, winning 1643 votes, while fellow candidate and Mahia resident Dean Whaanga received 1455 votes.

WAIROA mayor Craig Little heads into his second term in the role happy with an increased number of votes.

“Three years ago I got 1600 votes and this time 1900. It makes me very happy to have increased support out there,” he said.

Polling numbers in Wairoa were high, with 60 percent taking the opportunity to have their say. This was slightly down on the 62 percent in 2013.

In the preliminary results, he finished with 1979 votes, with former Wairoa councillor and first time mayoral candidate Benita Cairns runner-up with 1210 votes.

Mr Little will be joined by five re-elected councillors and one new councillor.

Highest polling councillor was Denise Eaglesome-Karekare, who received 2005 votes. Mike Bird had 1945 votes, Min Johansen 1940 votes, Jeremy Harker 1771 votes, Hine Flood 1770 votes and new councillor Charles Lambert received 1231 votes.

Mr Little said Denise Eaglesome-Karekare would be deputy mayor again.

Revitalising Wairoa

His biggest mission ahead was helping to revitalise Wairoa.

“Once everyone is sworn in, we will make sure we are all on the same wavelength and work together with the chief executive and work on a plan together.

“We will go community-wide with hui after that. We need to revitalise Wairoa — it is about attracting businesses here so there are jobs and more jobs.”

News of the rail reopening was good.

“Next we have to open the line to Gisborne.”

The arrival of Rocket Lab to the district was a “dream come true”.

“We are a lot better off with than without Rocket Lab. They have promised nothing but already there has been work for locals from both Wairoa and Gisborne. It is great for the whole East Coast. We all have to work together and make the most out of it.”

This year’s Wairoa local body elections included a referendum to decide whether the Wairoa community wanted Maori ward representation in council.

The vote was successful, with 1644 people voting for and 1444 against. The decision will potentially divide the Wairoa district into one or more Maori wards.

The outcome will be binding on the following two local body elections of Wairoa District Council, in 2019 and 2022.

Fenton Wilson won the Wairoa seat on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, winning 1643 votes, while fellow candidate and Mahia resident Dean Whaanga received 1455 votes.

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