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With voter turnout looking unlikely to get above 40 percent, an election official says online voting must be brought in to halt the decline.
A court challenge against the result of the mayoral election in Rotorua has been withdrawn.
A recount has confirmed Andrew King will be the new Mayor of Hamilton but his razor-edge margin has narrowed to just six votes.
For the first time in six years, elected representatives are sitting around the Canterbury regional council table, while a government appointee has been chosen as chairman.
More than 70,000 Aucklanders left their district health board voting pages blank or voted incorrectly in recent local body elections.
The battle lines are drawn around the table at the newly elected Canterbury Regional Council (ECan).
Former Whanganui mayor Michael Laws says winning a seat on the Otago Regional Council - by a margin of five votes - is a bittersweet victory.
Hamilton mayoral candidate Paula Southgate will ask for a recount after being defeated by Andrew King by only nine votes.
It is not surprising that no Māori candidates won a seat on the New Plymouth District Council, a Taranaki iwi leader says.
The former MP and broadcaster is just 21 votes from winning a seat on the Otago Regional Council, with dozens of special votes still to be counted.
Voter turnout fell at this year's local elections and the government says it will have another look at online voting.
There's been a shift in the balance of power on the Hawke's Bay Regional Council, with the majority now against or having major questions about the Ruataniwha water storage project.
Debates over poverty and homelessness favoured left-leaning candidates in the local body elections, says politics lecturer Bryce Edwards.
The incoming mayor of Auckland plans to invite two former Air New Zealand executives to help restore confidence in the Auckland Council. Video, Audio
Sitting mayors in the main South Island centres have been returned to office - some with larger majorities than before.
Local controversies have failed to unseat two North Island mayors, but both have been re-elected with slimmer margins.
New Zealand's 2016 local body election results have been revealed. See how it all went down with RNZ's live blog of all the day's action.
Justin Lester has been elected Wellington's new mayor, pledging to hold a summit within six weeks to decide on a "united plan" for the capital. Video
New Auckland mayor Phil Goff is vowing to tackle homelessness, the housing crisis and what he calls 'Yes Minister' syndrome within council. Video
Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel has been returned for a second term in a landslide victory.