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Kaikohe’s “community commentator” John Schollum has been elected as member of the Western Community Board (Kaikohe Subdivision) following a by-election which concluded at midday today (Wednesday April 23).
The by-election was necessary because of the recent death of sitting member Les Day.
Mr Schollum manages Kaikohe’s Rau Marama Trust. He supports and promotes the concept of local communities finding solutions to their own issues and envisages Kaikohe becoming an exciting and vibrant centre for everyone.
Preliminary by-election results are:
Candidates Votes Received
FLOYED, Moira Moengaroa (Independent) 203
REILLY, Shaun 352
SCHOLLUM, John 494
ZIELINSKI, Craig 331
There were 2 informal votes and 2 blank votes returned.
The final voter turnout was 32.8% which compares to the 2007 triennial election turnout for this area of 41%.