Some cheerios, a garden salad, and "simple kiwi barbecue" is how Claire Hague will be celebrating the news that she is one of Napier City's newest councillors.

Ms Hague is one of four new councillors elected to Napier City Council - based on progress results today.

The former Napier Girls' High School principal and EIT deputy CEO received the second highest amount of votes in the at-large category, although there was a narrow margin between her and long-serving incumbent Tony Jeffery.

"I'm incredibly grateful, I've had a huge team of people helping...with everything on the campaign trail, they've been very supportive," she said.

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This afternoon she would be celebrating her appointment with a "simple Kiwi barbecue", she said.

Looking forward, Ms Hague said she was keen to get down to business on council.

She wants to balance careful stewardship of ratepayers' money with ensuring the Council continues to invest in a vision for Napier's future.

As a newcomer, she said there would be a lot for her to learn, but she was looking forward to learning the ropes from incumbent councillors, and working alongside other new ones.

"Napier's on a roll, and I'm really looking forward to being part of that for the next three years," she said.