Press Release

October 22, 2019

C&R celebrates election wins

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Communities and Residents (C&R) is celebrating a strong campaign as it secures key seats across Auckland in the recent local elections.

Former Whau Local Board Chair, Tracy Mulholland, unseated incumbent Ross Clow and will now join re-elected C&R councillors Hon Christine Fletcher QSO and Desley Simpson who returned with a clear majority for their respective wards.

"Tracy and her team ran a fantastic campaign and her success proves C&R can win key council seats going forward. We're pleased to see the positive swings for C&R, not only in the Whau, but also across Auckland", says C&R President Kit Parkinson.

In the Local Board contests, C&R's Albert-Eden team defeated former Chair, Peter Haynes, with Kendyl Smith convincingly winning the final seat in Maungawhau. Puketāpapa Local Board saw the addition of a new C&R member Fiona Lai joining incumbent Ella Kumar.

Sarah Trotman, ONZM, also persuasively took up a position on the Waitematā Local Board and stopped a centre-left City Vision clean sweep.

"Our candidates are dedicated advocates for their communities. Their hard work means C&R now has a foothold in all areas we stood, which puts us in good-stead in three years time", says Mr Parkinson.


C&R is celebrating the following final results:

  • Councillors Christine Fletcher and Desley Simpson returning with a clear majority for Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa and Ōrākei Wards respectively
  • Tracy Mulholland successfully unseating incumbent Ross Clow in the Whau Ward
  • Retaining 7 out of 7 seats on the Ōrākei Local Board
  • Winning 4 out of 4 seats on the Albert-Eden Local Board, Maungawhau subdivision, with the election of Lee Corrick, Rachel Langton, Benjamin Lee and Kendyl Smith
  • Increasing representation on the Puketāpapa Local Board with the election of Ella Kumar and Fiona Lai
  • Winning 3 out of 3 seats on the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board, Maungakiekie subdivision, with the election of Don Allan, Debbie Burrows and Tony Woodcock
  • Winning 4 out of 9 seats on the Howick Local Board with the re-election of Katrina Bungard and David Collings (Pakuranga subdivision), and Bob Wichman and Peter Young (Botany subdivision)
  • Election of Sarah Trotman to the Waitematā Local Board
  • Election of Ian Ward and Fiona Lai to the Auckland District Health Board, and Katrina Bungard and Garry Boles to the Counties Manukau District Health Board
  • Election of Auckland's first Filipino, Tania Batucan to the Mt Wellington Licensing Trust

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