A Nelson Tasman council merger bid has been quashed by Tasman rate-payers.
Eighteen months after the Auckland super city creation the Local Government Commission approved a proposal to merge the Nelson and Tasman District in January this year.
Preliminary results showed Tasman district voters did not want the merger to go-ahead, while Nelsonians voted in favour.
Nelson voters were in support by 56.69 per cent with 10,276 votes and 7813 against.
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In Tasman, 74.31 per cent were opposed, with 16,532 votes against and 5671 in support.