The outgoing Dean of quake-crippled Christ Church Cathedral, Peter Beck has won a place on Christchurch's troubled city council.
Final results for the Burwood-Pegasus by-election in the eastern suburbs show Reverend Beck has been elected to represent the ward. Voting closed last Friday.
With a voter return of 35.06%, 13,952 votes were received in total (including special votes) _ with 4,811 votes for Mr Beck; 2,824 for David East; 1,677 for Stan Tawa; 1,492 for Rod Cameron; 1,475 for Linda Stewart; 660 for Steve Burke; 465 for Rik Tindall; 444 for Bob Tomkins and 58 for Raymond Ellwood.
The total votes received also included 35 blank voting papers and 11 informal voting papers.
The position was left empty last year after the shock resignation of councillor Chrissie Williams.
The council has been the subject of national headlines after chief executive Tony Marryatt was given a massive pay rise. He turned it down after a public backlash but thousands attended a protest last week against the council's performance in the aftermath of the quakes.