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Sir Kerry Burke has been ousted as Environment Canterbury's chairman.
His five-year reign came to an end today when councillors voted 8-6 to oust him in a no-confidence motion.
Former National MP Alec Neill was elected new chairman, with Jo Kane retained as deputy.
The motion of no-confidence was led by South Canterbury councillor Mark Oldfield.
The council chamber coup followed a month-long power struggle.
Mr Oldfield told last month's meeting Sir Kerry lacked leadership and was a poor communicator.
Councillors who voted him out today said they believed there was little confidence in Sir Kerry's leadership, both locally and nationally.
Sir Kerry was a minister in the 1984-87 Labour government and Parliament's speaker from 1987-90.