Nigel Bowen is "excited" to become the new mayor of Timaru.
Preliminary results for the 2019 local body election show that Bowen received 8322 provisional votes, in front of four other mayor candidates Timaru Gordon Handy with 4771, Janie Annear with 3887, Shane Wilson with 310 and Kari 'AJ' Mohoao with 178.
He is also a board member with the highest poll for the Timaru District Council with 8893 votes, followed by Steve Wills in 7279.
After the announcement of the election on Saturday, Bowen informed Goods he was "excited" and he hoped to get to know the newly elected board members.
* Mayor of Timaru District Damon Odey pulls the pin
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Bowen, became a member of the Timaru District council in 2017, after winning by mid-term elections, and having various interests, including ownership of Ale House Speight and Street Foot Kitchen in the Landing Services Building. He is also the chairman of South Canterbury Aoraki Football. His campaign is based on "my door is open".
"Good feeling. It's been six months since I pushed so now it's time to accept that," he said.
"There are quite a number of new board members, so this will be a problem to speed everyone up. They all have opinions and things they are campaigning for, so that will be interesting when it comes to the Long-Term Plan."
Bowen said that he hoped to build a new team.
"I have learned several lessons over the past 18 months – the key is about communication, so the goal is to make the council and mayor stand out in the community.
"We are all born with two ears for a reason, and I can't wait to hear what the community says."
Bowen said there were a number of issues that would be at the forefront for the council over the next three years, but he was very interested in getting jobs around the developing CBD, especially with the City Hub strategy.
Bowen's announcement in the top seat came after the campaign was left wide open after Damon Odey, who initially signaled he would stand for a third term, decided to pull the pin on the final day of nomination.
Candidate mayor with the second highest poll Gordon Handy said he was pleased with the number of votes he received and congratulated Bowen and the newly elected council.
"I really didn't know what to expect, but it was an absolute pleasure connecting with some very passionate people in South Canterbury.
"I really enjoyed the whole process, and learned a lot from it. There are some very good candidates for the council and mayor and I congratulate Nigel for his victory."
Despite being the lowest polling mayor candidate, Mohoao said he would return for "another chance in three years".
"The only comment I have is that I really enjoyed the whole process and enjoyed meeting so many good people. However, it's sad to lose Patiti Point."
Fellow mayor candidate Shane Wilson hopes Bowen gets the best in his new role and hopes he will focus on "youth retention" as part of his strategy for the district.
"I just hope he listens to young people and makes sure there is a voice for them at the council table," Wilson said.
He also "certainly" will give the position another trial within three years.
Annear could not be contacted Goods on Saturday afternoon.
In the race for seats around the council table, there were 22 unprecedented candidates for nine places, including 16 competing for six places in the Timaru ward, three for one place in the Geraldine ward and three for two places in Pleasant Point Bangsal-Leading . Of the nine incumbents, all except Andrea Leslie in the Timaru ward, decided to run again.
However, only Sally Parker, Steve Wills and Peter Burt were returned to the Timaru ward, with three new board members on the ward – Barbara Gilchrist, Allan Booth and Stu Piddington. In the Geraldine ward, incumbent Kerry Stevens lost to Gavin Oliver, while Paddy O 'Reilly and Richard Lyon were returned to the Pleasant Point-Temuka ward.
It was a campaign with a number of major issues, including concerns about the future of Timaru District Holdings Ltd, the CBD state, erosion at Patiti Point, slippery tiles in the city and the state of the Timaru Library.
There were also concerns about the previous council's proposal to sell TDHL shares in the Alpine Energy company. The proposal was rejected after massive public reaction.
Mohoao is sometimes an elusive candidate, but gives color to the campaign from his initial promise of a "big hangover" if he wins, to his views on fluoride.
Rangitata Member of Parliament Andrew Falloon quickly offered his congratulations to the new mayor of Timaru.
"Nigel and I have a very good working relationship and I hope to establish it when he is appointed as mayor.
"For a district like us, it is very important that as much as possible the local council and members of parliament work together in the significant opportunities and challenges that Timaru faces in front of us."
New members around the Timaru District Council table said that they were happy with their new position.
The first-time candidate and newly elected member of the Timaru District Council Barbara Gilchrist said she was "very happy" about the next few months.
"I am really focused on the environment, and climate change will be a big problem for the council to deal with, whether it is coastal erosion or any other impact it will have on people's welfare," he said.
He said that he was happy to have run a "no waste" campaign without signs or leaflets, and really enjoyed the support he got from friends, family and other members of the community. He also represented the South Canterbury District Health Council but was not elected.
Businessman Allan Booth said he hoped to provide "common sense input" for the council's decision.
"This is a fun campaign. I have a fairly traditional campaign, with billboards, radio and press and meeting with others, so it's interesting to see how it works," Booth said.
He said the enhancement of the Heritage Hub and Theater Royal proposed by the council would be of concern because he was unsure about "the need for these projects".
Stu Piddington, a former Timaru Herald reporters said he would not be afraid to ask "difficult questions".
The main problems for Piddington include the state of TDHL, and the condition of the Timaru Library, and he said the council "needs to be careful about how they spend taxpayers' money".
"I'm sure it will be a great learning experience," Piddington said.
Gavin Oliver said, "awesome" was chosen in the Geraldine ward.
"I'm rather overwhelmed to be honest. I still accept it," Oliver said.
As his uncle, the late Michael Oliver, served as deputy mayor of the Timaru District, his nephew said he "hopes to continue the family tradition".
"There are a number of big projects around Geraldine, and there are some good people on the community council. I am really looking forward to the challenge."
Kerry Stevens said he was disappointed to lose Geraldine's ward.
"I will continue the work that I started but I cannot," he said.
Stevens said he had contacted Oliver and congratulated him.
"I'm disappointed in me, but happy for Gavin, and Geraldine believes he can do the job, I wish him the best."
Stevens said he was elected in a snap election in 2012.
The old board member, Dave Jack, philosophically will not be re-elected.
"One door open, another door closed," Jack said.
"It's great to serve the community, I feel I might have outside opportunities to get at the moment, but that's not happening."
Pleasant Point-Temuka neighborhood representative Paddy O 'Reilly said he was happy to be elected to a second term as a board member.
"I enjoyed my first term as a board member, and I've learned a lot. I hope to contribute even more in my second term. Damon Odey is a good mayor, and I am sure Nigel Bowen will be a good mayor too, "said 'Reilly.
When asked about how he felt about returning to the board table, Peter Burt said; "You're always a little worried. As I always maintain, it's hard to get traction on the board and be recognized for the large amount of work that you actually do there.
"For me, I was involved in so many groups outside the council and recognition came from there."
Sally Parker said she was happy to be returned for a second term.
"I think it will be a good three years ahead of us," Parker said.
Old councilor Richard Lyon was happy to be reelected but also expressed regret over the fact that two of his colleagues, Stevens and Jack, were not reelected.
"You feel joy for those who enter and regret those who do not, but only then is democracy working," Lyon said.
"I look forward to the challenge for the next three years."
Geraldine Ward (one vacancy)
Gavin Oliver – 1192
Kerry Stevens – 751
McGregor Simpson – 256
Pleasant Point-Temuka Ward (two vacancies)
Paddy O 'Reilly – 2138
Richard Lyon – 1962
Charles Scarsbrook – 1357
Timaru Ward (six jobs)
Nigel Bowen (withdrawn) – 8893
Steve Wills – 7279
Sally Parker – 5399
Peter Burt – 4795
Barbara Gilchrist – 4505
Allan Booth – 4029
Stu Piddington – 3630
Dave Jack – 3469
Hugh Perry – 3306
Michael Boorer – 2996
Ash Ronald – 2951
Anthony Brien – 2734
Stu Jackson – 2668
Joshua Newlove – 2256
Karl Te Raki – 2038
Jock Anderson – 1385
Geraldine Community Council (six vacancies)
Gavin Oliver – 1656
Janene Adams – 1504
Wayne O 'Donnell – 1349
Jan Finlayson – 1048
Jennine Maguire – 1039
Natasha Rankin – 1006
McGregor Simpson – 876
Rhys Taylor – 847
John Jensen – 786
Pleasant Point Community Council (five vacancies)
John McDonald – 917
Raewyn Jean Hessell – 758
Anne Lemmens – 678
Ross Munro – 653
Neville Gould – 611
John Cross – 536
Temuka Community Council (five vacancies)
Alison (Ali) Talbot – 1425
Charles Scarsbrook – 1399
Lloyd McMillan – 1216
Stephanie McCullough – 1112
Gaye Broker – 1071
Annie Ross – 852
Lorraine Guthrie – 736
Voter turnover was 52.92 percent, to 17,729 votes, not including votes on the way to the special processing center and votes.