Eastern Courier : June 1st 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Wednesday, June 1, 2011 More & more people are turning to our online editions everyday! Packed with extra features like video, audio, weblinks, galleries, your news and competitions, they're the ultimate multimedia experience. REE Just click on "Latest Edition" at News that you can Read, Hear & Watch! www.easterncourier.co.nz Get more online Quax wins the seat By MATT BOWEN Back in the game: Newly elected Howick councillor Dick Quax discusses the role at his Sunnyhills home. Photo: FIONA GOODALL Go to www.easterncourier to hear Dick Quax thank voters. FRIDAY S byelection told us some- thing we already knew. Dick Quax is the most popular Auckland Council candidate behind Sharon Stewart and Jami-Lee Ross in the Howick ward. Last year s supercity election told us that. Mr Quax ran alongside Mr Ross in that race but was beaten by just 253 votes. This time the Citizens & Rate- payers candidate romped home by 4577 votes. Maggie Burrill was his nearest rival on 7023. Mr Ross resigned from his council seat after being elected to Parlia- ment in March and Mr Quax says it would have saved a hell of a lot of money if the third highest polling candidate last year could have stepped in to replace him. But the win is still a relief for the family man. I always knew I had good sup- port out there when I was out in the hustings and talking to people. A lot of people said: Thank you but I ve voted for you already . But you never know -- in the last elec- tion I felt it was pretty solid as well. Mr Quax had a quiet weekend to prepare for his now busy schedule. He had a number of meetings with council officials today to bring him up to speed and tomorrow morning he ll be officially sworn in -- not as a politician but a public servant . One of the reasons I was keen to get back was that I did enjoy my time in public service, the Manu- kau city councillor of nine years says. He rates his record of achieve- ment during those years as pretty strong . I was known as someone who could get things done, not just important things to the community but to individuals. Mr Quax vows to represent the interests of all Howick s people to the best of my ability and work with local board members and fel- low councillor Sharon Stewart. He s listed in the phone book and people are welcome to contact him. The final byelection results are: Dick Quax 11,600, Maggie Burrill 7023, David Collings 5393, Penny Bright 1491, Wayne Young 1349, Ram Parkash 1116. Mayor counting on co-operation from old rival By KAREN MANGNALL Co-operation not confrontation is mayor Len Brown's riding instruction to incoming Howick councillor Dick Quax. Mr Quax, who won the byelection for Citizens & Ratepayers, will be sworn in tomorrow by Auckland Council's governing body. The mayor doesn't expect the return of his old Manukau City Council sparring partner will dent the co-operation he's got so far from C & R councillors. Councillors ''overwhelmingly accept'' the supercity is a unique chance to get Auckland off to a good start, he says. ''I would expect Dick as a new councillor to be totally supportive of that -- and I'm sure he will be.'' The pair clashed bitterly in the last days of the old Manukau council over Mr Brown's use of his mayoral charge card. But that aside Mr Brown says ''by and large'' they've worked well and effectively together. ''And I'm looking forward to that same experience again here,'' he says.
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