Matthew Martin is a senior reporter at the Rotorua Daily Post

Former Rotorua mayor wins regional council seat

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Former mayor Kevin Winters is back in local politics. PHOTO/FILE
Former mayor Kevin Winters is back in local politics. PHOTO/FILE

Rotorua's representatives on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will be Lyall Thurston and Kevin Winters - with Arapeta Tahana currently leading the race for the Okurei Maori Constituency.

Progress results show Mr Thurston with 7556 votes, with former Rotorua mayor Mr Winters close behind on 7001.

Neil Oppatt received 5755 votes while Katie Paul had 4098.

Mr Tahana looks to have just edged out Gina Mohi - 1521 to 1468.

Mr Winters said he was delighted to have been elected to the regional council.

"I campaigned on lake water quality and when I was mayor I was hell bent on getting the lakes cleaned up and we have seen big gains since then.

"I'm very keen to get on with this work again and am looking forward to making even more progress."

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Progress votes

Rotorua General Constituency - 2 Vacancies
THURSTON Lyall 7556
WINTERS Kevin 7001
OPPATT Neil 5755
PAUL Katie 4098
INFORMAL 21
BLANK VOTING PAPERS 1298

Bay of Plenty General Constituency - 2 Vacancies
LEEDER Douglas 6491
CLARK Bill 6233
HOLMES Colin 4280
INFORMAL 5
BLANK VOTING PAPERS 658

Tauranga General Constituency - 5 Vacancies
THOMPSON Paula 17,922
CROSBY Stuart 17,520
CRONIN John 15,245
LOVE David 12,960
VON DADELSZEN Andrew 12,057
O'NEILL Michael 11,589
JOHNSTON Keith 7919
KANE Rusty 7498
INFORMAL 19
BLANK VOTING PAPERS 2397

Western Bay of Plenty General Constituency -2 Vacancies
BRUNING Norm Elected unopposed
NEES Jane Elected unopposed
Kōhi Māori Constituency - 1 Vacancy
MARR Tiipene Stephen Perenara 1345
ARAROA Miro 755
PAUL Wetini 460
INFORMAL 15
BLANK VOTING PAPERS 125

Okurei Maori Constituency - 1 Vacancy
TAHANA Arapeta 1521
MOHI Gina 1468
INFORMAL 61
BLANK VOTING PAPERS 262

Mauao Maori Constituency
BLACK Awanui 873
BIDOIS Carlton 729
INFORMAL 6
BLANK VOTING PAPERS 155

- Rotorua Daily Post

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