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.
In Tasman, 74.31 per cent were opposed, with 16,532 votes against and 5671 in support.