Further to Brendon’s post, the result in the Wellington mayoralty is very interesting indeed. First off, huge congratulations to Celia Wade-Brown and her team. I have known Celia for a few years now and she is a person of integrity and strong values. She adopts a principled approach to her work, and that will stand her in good stead for what will be a very challenging role.
I also do want to acknowledge Kerry Prendergast for her time as Mayor. I have very different politics to Kerry and I have disagreed with a number of things she has done (or not done) as Mayor. But I can not fault her work ethic, commitment to Wellington or her willingness to engage with me as an MP.
Obviously the result continues the succcess of the left/progressive candidates in local body elections. While Celia is a Green party member she ran as an independent at the election and had the support of a broad spectrum of left/progressive voters. Wellington is traditionally a centre-left town and it is that majority that has prevailed here.
Despite what Kerry has said this result is actually a vindication of the STV system, rather than some kind of undemocratic outcome. STV ensures that the person who wins the Mayoralty of Wellington is genuinely the most preferred candidate of all voters. For too long FPP ensured that people with minority support won against a large majority.
In any case I, and the other Wellington Labour MPs, really look forward to working with Celia on some exciting new ideas for Wellington, especially in the area of transport and community development.