It's hard to find 10,000 people to agree with you on anything, let alone politics.

But Rotorua district councillor Tania Tapsell has managed just that - and for two elections in a row, she has been the highest polling candidate, surpassing even the mayor in vote numbers.

Councillor Tania Tapsell at a Rotorua Lakes Council meeting. Photo / File
Councillor Tania Tapsell at a Rotorua Lakes Council meeting. Photo / File

Tapsell's popularity increased by 326 votes this election, going from 9567 to 9893. Of Rotorua's 21,215 voters, 46 per cent put their faith in Tapsell.

So what is it about the 27-year-old that appeals to the masses? And how far do her political aspirations reach?

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