23 Dec 2022

New Zealand's youngest ever mayor

From Nine To Noon, 10:05 am on 23 December 2022

This year Gore elected the country's youngest ever mayor, when Ben Bell, aged 23, won the mayoralty by just 8 votes.

Ben Bell edged out the six-term incumbent, Tracy Hicks.

Despite his youth, Ben has a varied background, with previous jobs in the Horizons Regional Council, and has started several successful businesses. 

Ben Bell, Gore

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