COMMENT:

The results of the local government elections appear to show that New Zealanders are generally supportive of a more diverse range of representatives, having voted in greater numbers for candidates from traditionally under-represented groups.

The elections have therefore modernised our councils in a small but very significant way, helping address some long-standing imbalances in representation. Certainly, when it comes to gender and age, New Zealand's local authorities have become more diverse over the weekend. In terms of ethnicity, it's more complicated, and it will take longer to work out whether progress has occurred.

Talking to the Herald's Simon Collins,

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