Justin Lester has been elected Mayor of Wellington, with a majority of over 6000 votes.
The result was announced after 95 per cent of the votes had been counted. Some 4500 votes still have to be counted – but they are not expected to change the result.
Nick Leggett was in second place, and Jo Coughlan third, with Nicola Young fourth.
Both Coughlan and Leggett are now out of local politics – Coughlan because she ran only for the mayoralty, and not for her council seat. Leggett because he resigned from the Porirua mayoralty before having a go at Wellington. Helene Ritchie (sixth in the mayoral race after Andy Foster) is also no longer a councillor.
Nicola Young however has been re-elected as a Lambton Ward councillor, with Iona Pannett (who topped the poll in the ward) and newcomer Brian Dawson, a former vicar of St Peter’s Church.
Andy Foster (who again topped the poll in his ward) and Simon Woolf are re-elected in Onslow-Western, with Diane Calvert as a first-time councillor.
In the Eastern Ward, Sarah Free and Simon Marsh are re-elected, with Chris Calvi-Freeman as a first-time councillor.
Paul Eagle and David Lee are re-elected in the Southern Ward.
In the Northern Ward, Malcolm Sparrow is re-elected, with two new councillors – Peter Gilberd and Jill Day.
The new Wellington City Council will have three Labour councillors (Eagle, Gilberd, and Dawson) as well as a Labour mayor, and three Greens.
Today’s result does not include some special votes and voting papers returned today that are still in transit to the processing centre.