3.15pm, Saturday October 9, 2004
First Results Show Hubbard Ahead in Auckland Mayoral Contest
Auckland has voted for change with the results of the Auckland mayoral contest showing Dick Hubbard ahead by 17,000 votes (51 per cent) at 3.15pm today (Saturday 9 October).
Speaking from his home Dick Hubbard said he was delighted and ready to take up his position as the new Mayor of Auckland City. “Aucklanders have put their trust in me and now I will ensure that this trust is justified.”
He extended his congratulations to the other successful Mayors in the wider Auckland region along with those from all cities around New Zealand.
“I would like to thank John Banks and Christine Fletcher for the good things they have achieved for Auckland City. There are a number of their initiatives that will be picked up and advanced under my leadership.”
“This campaign has robust and in the cut and thrust of election debate it is easy to say things that under normal circumstances would be inappropriate. Now, we have to move into a period of reconciliation and put any recriminations well behind us.”
He said he will hit the ground running on Monday and will focus on the new team of Councillors.
“I am delighted with the make up of the new Council. I look forward to working closely with all the members of the new team. I know Auckland will be well served by them.”