Formerly New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands and MP for the Northland Electorate of New Zealand.
JOHN CARTER - MAYOR OF THE FAR NORTH DISTRICT OF NEW ZEALAND
Moving forward together
From the Northland Age - Tuesday 11 November 2016
John Carter won a second term as Far North Mayor on Saturday, easily beating sole challenger Peter Gill.
Provisional results gave Mr Carter 10,889 votes to Mr Gill's 4485. That was more votes than he received in 2013, in a field of seven candidates, and a greater share of the total vote, although his 2013 majority was trimmed from 6736 to 6404.
Mr Carter said the result was very pleasing, but clearly there was some anxiety in the community.
"I've heard that message loud and clear," he said on Saturday afternoon.
"We now have to look at these results, analyse them and understand what they mean. The council's service levels still need a hell of a lot of improvement, and that's what we will be looking at. My message to the council next week will be that small things matter.
"I don't think the council communicates well enough with the community, and we will be looking at that too," he added.
Mr Gill was philosophical.
"The people have spoken. Well, around 40 per cent of them anyway," he said.
"The majority say they are happy with the council leadership as it stands. I accept that.