Wellington Scoop

Celia Wade-Brown defeats John Morrison, wins second term as mayor of Wellington

Celia Wade-Brown has been re-elected as mayor of Wellington. She won the mayoralty on the fifth round of voting with 26,854 votes. John Morrison got 24,570.

Third in the mayoral stakes was Jack Yan, standing for a second time, with 9915 votes.

When the results were announced, the mayor sent this message via Twitter:
Thanks to all the supporters and electors. Delighted to be back!
And John Morrison’s message:
Thanks to everyone who supported and voted for me, and congratulations Celia.

In the Lambton ward, there are two new city councillors. Unsuccessful mayoral candidate Nicola Young (who received 5069 mayoral votes) has won one of the seats, and she will be joined by Labour candidate Mark Peck. Greens councillor Iona Pannett topped the poll in this ward, re-elected with 3353 votes, compared with Young’s 2489 and Peck’s 2332. In fourth position, former councillor Rex Nicholls received 1935 votes, not enough for him to re-join the city council.

Long-serving Eastern ward Leonie Gill has lost her place on the council, being beaten by first-time Greens candidate Sarah Free. Simon Marsh topped the Eastern ward poll, re-elected with 2733 votes. Ray Ahipene-Mercer was re-elected in second place with 2697. Sarah Free was elected with 2612 votes, ahead of Leonie Gill’s 2300.

Long-serving councillor Bryan Pepperell has lost his seat in the southern ward, where Labour councillor Paul Eagle topped the poll with 3609 votes. First-time Greens candidate David Lee was elected in second place with 2311. Ginette McDonald failed narrowly in her bid to become a councillor, with 2221 votes, which however put her well ahead of Bryan Pepperell who received only 953 votes.

Justin Lester tops the poll in the northern ward, re-elected with 3826 votes. Malcolm Sparrow, who is chair of the Tawa Community Board, becomes a city councillor for the first time, winning 3033 votes. Helene Ritchie has been re-elected with 2752 votes, followed closely by Peter Gilberd whose 2721 votes in fourth position are not enough to elect him. However these figures qualify as “preliminary” results, so the final count when special votes have been added will be watched with interest by both Helene and Peter.

Andy Foster has again topped the poll in Onslow-Western, re-elected with 4366 votes, making him the city’s most popular councillor. Jo Coughlan was also re-elected in Onslow-Western, with 3484 votes. Photographer Simon Woolf becomes the third councillor for this ward, as an independent, with 3565 votes. Among the unsuccessful candidates were Malcolm Aitken and Hayley Robinson.

All five Greens candidates for the city council and the regional council have been elected.

Former Green MP Sue Kedgley becomes a regional councillor, joining Green councillor Paul Bruce. The other Wellington representatives on the regional council will again be Fran Wilde, Chris Laidlaw and Judith Aitken. Labour regional councillor Daran Ponter has not been re-elected.

Victory speech: Celia Wade-Brown says she has a mandate to work together – everybody counts

Newswire: Young voters in last-minute rush to vote

Newswire: John Morrison says it’s time to go fishing

Wellington City Council: official results


  1. dreadful, 12. October 2013, 18:38

    oh no. we will have to move. this is terrible. watch wellington stagnate even more. How on earth will cycling help the economy?

  2. Backward, 12. October 2013, 18:40

    Well, well. Interesting. Where will Wellington go in the next three years? Backwards with all those greenies on board.

  3. Ian S, 12. October 2013, 19:29

    Fantastic result. Now for a really progressive public transport system for Wellington. Set the timetable for immediate improvements to the buses – new lanes etc. Set the development of a tram system for Wellington on the path for completion as soon as possible. The people have spoken.

  4. Ron Beernink, 12. October 2013, 19:45

    Brilliant news to see John Morrison out of the council all together. And have a strong Green presentation for the next term. It is what we need to protect Wellington’s character and hopefully it will become a model for sustainability, including a significant improvement in cycling infrastructure and public transport!

  5. A Citizen, 12. October 2013, 21:08

    Congrats, Celia. Now please get on and build some blimmin’ bike lanes already. This is what we’ve elected you for!

  6. Simon Anderson, 12. October 2013, 22:53

    Great result for the greens; 5 councilors elected and dreadfuls moving. Could not wish for more.

  7. JockM, 13. October 2013, 7:20

    Well done Celia, and the Greens. I went to their post-election party, but couldn’t wait to hear the results. I imagine the atmosphere would have been very jolly. The Greens are going to have to work hard though to convince doubters, such as some posting here, how Green policies are the future, and how they are progressive, ethical and sustainable. Threats from global warming and resource depletion are real and urgent, and social issues such as wealth disparity are socially corrosive and need dealing to. It’s those who think we’ll all become more wealthy by constructing a continuing 1960’s ideology in this new century who are the backward-looking and blinkered. There is a great future for Wellington, as there is for New Zealand, but it won’t be a convenient and intellectually lazy extension of our past.

  8. Wjc, 13. October 2013, 9:37

    Time to become world leaders in sustainability technologies. Lets walk the talk and start by putting solar panels on our public buildings

  9. Nora, 13. October 2013, 12:30

    Poor Dreadful and Backward: they haven’t read the various surveys on Wellington, like the latest from ANZ which says “Wellington has extended its lead as the nation’s most upbeat region,” calling it the ‘confidence capital.’ Hardly stagnating.
    Even the sun is shining. Suggest you go for a walk or pull out some weeds – both good for the soul and body……and I dont ride a bike!

  10. Driver, 13. October 2013, 13:54

    We’re agreed on the objectives for the first year of Celia’s new council:
    Build cycleways in the city.
    Revise the costings for light rail, to prove it is possible after all.
    Abolish the costly CCOs.
    And why not create some more traffic-free zones in the CBD.

  11. Harry, 13. October 2013, 14:47

    Distinguish between “traffic-free” and “car-free” (for goodness’ sake!). What is badly needed in the CBD is a reversal of the last Council’s policy of slowing up the buses.
    They can go much faster and still be safe if only somebody gave some thought to the real problem.

  12. Brent Efford, 13. October 2013, 19:33

    Ian S, Ron B and Driver … yes! Let’s hope that Celia has learnt her lesson and doesn’t get monstered by NZTA, Fran Wilde and the other anti-rail forces again. With at least two Greens on both the GWRC and the WCC, able to move and second the necessary resolutions, and with other sympathetic councillors, hopefully the voice of sustainable transport will again be heard.