Voting has now closed for the Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty District Health Board and Bay of Plenty Regional Council elections.
Elections of members is held once every three years, on the second Saturday in October, and closed at 12 noon today.
It’s now a waiting game as candidates sit tight for results.
Western Bay of Plenty District Council results update:
Western Bay District Council expect to have some progress results – from about 95 per cent of votes cast – by mid-afternoon today, Saturday October 12.
“The results will be posted on Council’s website and a media release will be sent out as soon as possible after Council receives them from the electoral officer in Auckland,” says Western Bay District Council’s Communications Team member Luke Balvert.
Ross Goudie, Bob Hulme, Marilyn Roberts and Don Ryan have been automatically elected to the Waihi Beach Community Board, as the number of candidates matched the number of vacancies.
“Preliminary results - all votes cast except special votes - are expected to be available during the afternoon of Sunday, October 13. These results will replace the progress results on Council’s website once we receive them,” says Luke.
Final results for Western Bay District Council will be available by the end of the day on October 17.
Council and Community Board members for Western Bay of Plenty District Council will be sworn in at the inaugural meeting of Council at 1pm on Thursday, November 7 2019.
Tauranga City Council results update:
Tauranga City Council will also be providing progress and provisional results on their website over the weekend.
“We expect progress results - more than 90 per cent of votes cast- by 6pm on Saturday,” says Tauranga City Council Communications Team member Scott MacLeod.
“We will publish a media release soon after the results are posted. We expect preliminary results to be available on Sunday afternoon. These will replace the progress results on our website, and we will publish a media release soon after.”
Final results for Tauranga City Council are expected by next Friday, October 18.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council results update:
Election results for Bay of Plenty Regional Council – BOPRC - will be available from no earlier than 4pm today, Saturday October 12.
“It is expected that progress results will be available on Saturday afternoon and evening,” says a spokesperson on the Electionz website.
Bill Clark and Douglas Leeder, both from Eastern Bay of Plenty, were uncontested, so will be filling the two vacancies.
Te Taru White was the only person nominated for the Okurei Maori Constituency, so has also been successful in securing that seat.
Also uncontested, and therefore successful were Stuart Crosby, David Love, Stacey Rose, Paula Thompson and Andrew von Dadelszen who have taken up the five vacancies in the Tauranga General Constituency.
Preliminary results for the remaining constituencies of the BOPRC are expected to be available from 4pm on Sunday October 13. Final results are expected to be declared no earlier than Thursday October 17.
Bay of Plenty District Health Board results update:
Election results for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board – BOPDHB, and Lakes District Health Board will be available from no earlier than 8pm this evening Saturday October 12. It is expected that progress results will be available on Saturday evening and preliminary results are expected to be available from 6pm Sunday October 13.
Final results are expected to be declared no earlier than Thursday October 17.
Elections for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board is required for seven positions, elected 'at large' from the Board area which comprises the areas of the respective city/district councils (Kawerau District Council, Opotiki District Council, Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Whakatane District Council).
In addition, following the election, the Minister of Health appoints a further four members, making a total of 11 members per board.
District Health Board results are dependent upon having results from all Councils within the DHB area. Official results for a DHB cannot be released until official results from all the Councils within the DHB area have been declared.