The main features from my point of view:
- Auckland now has 3 unelected Councillors: Dick Quax and Sharon Stewart in Howick Ward and Cameron Brewer on Orakei Ward.
Had I realised these two wards wouldn't get to vote for Council at all, I would have run for a seat on one or other - or both, if possible - myself (on a "Democracy Auckland" ticket) just to give voters the chance to have their say. I'll be watching in 2016.
A Majority of Votes Elected No One (Again)
- 52.52% of all votes returned across Auckland did not elect anyone at all.
Proportion of Votes for Councillors Elected
- 1 of the 17 Councillors elected via votes received more than 50% of the vote in their ward
- 13 of the 17 Councillors elected via votes received less than 40% of the vote in their ward.
- 10 of the 17 Councillors elected via votes received less than 30% of the vote in their ward.
- 7 of the 17 Councillors elected via votes received less than 25% of the vote in their ward.
- 2 of the 17 Councillors elected via votes received less than 20% of the vote in their ward.
- Albany - 61.19%
- Albert-Eden-Roskill - 50.37%
- Franklin - 51.99%
- Howick - No vote at all
- Manukau - 44.59%
- Manurewa-Papakura - 41.19%
- Manugakiekie-Tamaki - 50.33%
- North Shore - 58.58%
- Orakei - No vote at all
- Rodney - 39.56%
- Waitakere - 53.23%
- Waitemata & Gulf - 56.89%
- Whau - 64.56%
In all but one case (Rodney Ward - one to elect) the percentage of votes wasted is greater than the percentage received by any of the candidates elected. This is First Past the Post at work again. The voting system is a serious failure, in my view, when the result is the number of votes electing no one is the largest pool of all votes cast. What's more, it isn't necessary. There are much better voting systems that would give voters choice and at the same time allow them to elect people they want to represent them.
Auckland local elections must be moved to STV as soon as possible. The number of wards can remain the same if we increase the number of people on Council. The five old councils had something like 116 people on them. An amalgamated Council should have had something more like 35 people on it, from perhaps 5 or 7 wards (instead of the present 13). The result would be vastly more fair to all voters and would greatly improve the ability of voters to elect the people they vote for. There would be no unelected Councillors via acclamations under STV. There would be genuine contests with more choice.