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Alan Hessell wins community board by-election

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Alan Hessell will be the new South Hokianga Subdivision representative on the Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board.

Mr Hessell was selected by voters in a by-election called following the resignation of Community Board member, Robert Cassidy, in June.

The final count at the close of voting at midday on Friday 14 September gave Mr Hessell 312 votes. His nearest rival, Fred Hohua, polled 160 votes.

The three other by-election candidates were Mervyn Gray (152 votes), Amanda Phillips (146), and Colin Rameka (71).

A total of 844 votes (one informal and two blank) were cast in the postal ballot. That represents 29.82 per cent of the South Hokianga Subdivision’s 2830 eligible electors.

The results will be published in local newspapers on Wednesday 19 September. Details of the by-election can be found on the Far North District Council’s website at

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