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Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board by-election (Tāmaki subdivision)

Due to a vacancy on the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board, a by-election was held in the Tāmaki Subdivision of that local board area.

Voting period

Voting in the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board (Tāmaki subdivision) by-election was held between Wednesday 2 May and Thursday 24 May 2018. Voting is now closed.

Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board (Tāmaki subdivision) - final results


​Leanne Cross (Independent)​748
​Hainoame Tutama Fulivai (Independent)​597
Maria Meredith (Labour)​2566
​Todd Morrah​1220
​Patrick O'Meara​313
​Thomas Rawiri​254
​Annalucia Vermunt (Communist League)​106

Leanne Cross (Independent)

My principal place of residence is in the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board (Tāmaki Subdivision) area.

I have lived most of my life in the Panmure/Mt Wellington area, and this is where my heart lies. My interest in our community has prompted me to stand for the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board, to ensure residents and business owners voices are not only heard, but listened to.

Having previously serviced as the chairperson for the Tāmaki Community Board for nine years, I am confident I have the experience that is required. For the last 30+ years I have participated in the Panmure Christmas parade as a blue smurf, giving out lollies and having pictures taken with the children. Last year this parade was replaced by a street party - which I felt was not as good as the parade.

In 2016 I was elected back on to the Mt Wellington Licensing Trust and love seeing the community benefit from the Trust. Please give me your tick, I won’t disappoint.

Hainoame Tutama Fulivai (Independent)

My principal place of residence is in the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board (Tāmaki Subdivision) area.

MA Hons/ BA,  family focussed and grounded, I’ve had a great Maungakiekie-Tāmaki upbringing by hardworking migrant Tongan parents since the early 1980s with a wonderful and safe childhood on Madeline and Elstree Avenue (GI), Ladies Mile (Ellerslie). My parents purchased a family home in Mt Wellington over 30 years ago to which my husband and I with our two daughters continue to reside.

I’m passionate about collaborative communities and quality life-long learning experiences as a qualified and experienced Adult Educator/ Programme Designer I’m fortunate to refine and enhance my skills in NZ and abroad as a consultant and entrepreneur. I value school communities, volunteerism and diverse experiences as a local school BOT member, branch manager and training facilitator for Citizens Advice Bureau.

It would be an honour to represent our community and local board. I stand for multiculturalism, quality education opportunities, entrepreneurship skills for an improved, diverse and growing Maungakiekie-Tāmaki .

Maria Meredith (Labour)

My principal place of residence is in the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board (Tāmaki Subdivision) area.

A vote for me is a vote for a local, experienced and passionate voice for Maungakiekie-Tāmaki . As a local of 30 years, I love this community. I have worked hard in Maungakiekie-Tāmaki for 20 years - working with children at playcentre, as chair of the St. Pius X Catholic School Board and as a dedicated member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. I bring my community spirit to my work as manager of the New Start Tertiary Foundation at the University of Auckland, where I am in the final year of my PhD in Education.

My vision for Maungakiekie-Tāmaki is one that is safe, happy and healthy. If elected to the local board I will focus on community safety, public infrastructure and championing environmental initiatives. I promise to be a voice for you, and I look forward to earning your vote and building a safe, inclusive and connected community.

Todd Morrah

My principal place of residence is in the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board (Tāmaki Subdivision) area.

Does politics have you seeing red or got your feeling blue, try something different! I’m Todd. I live in Mount Wellington and previously lived in Onehunga. I am a serving police officer of 12 years. I’ve served in the Defence Force and as a member of committees and various workgroups.

I’m 30 years old, which makes me an ideal candidate as this generation, making up 25 per cent, is not currently represented. As a young member, I can give a unique perspective, providing a real asset to our community.

Issues I’m most passionate about are housing and transport. Everyone should have the opportunity to own their own home and be able to move about our city with ease. I believe in responsible spending, investing in what is needed in our community. I stand by my promises and if elected, I will donate 10 per cent of my council wages to a local community organisation.

Patrick O'Meara

My principal place of residence is in the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board (Tāmaki Subdivision) area.

I, Patrick O’Meara, have lived in Tāmaki for the past 50 years and have the local knowlage needed for the
council. I’m currentley the president of the Panmure Historical Society and also the chairperson of the Tāmaki Estuary Protection Society. Please vote this by-election.

Thomas Rawiri

My principal place of residence is not in the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board (Tāmaki Subdivision) area.

Ko Maunga Rei te Maunga
Ko Te Wai o Taiki te Awa
Ko Tikapa te Moana
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Ngati Hura te Hapu
Ko Ngati Paoa te lwi
Ko Thomas Rawiri ahau

As a descendant of Ngati Paoa my connections to Taamaki go back many generations. Instinctively driven by the people and culture that make up our unique landscape, I am committed to putting my best foot forward
to ensure our communities reach its highest potential. Deeply passionate about our local environment, increasing opportunities for our young people to become great leaders and ensuring that the benefits of living in Maungakiekie-Tāmaki are widely distributed - I am dedicated to bringing a fresh perspective with new and innovative ideas while advocating for the best interests of our communities. It will be my honour and privilege to serve and represent you on the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board.

Tihei mauri ora.

Annalucia Vermunt (Communist League)

My principal place of residence is not in the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board (Tāmaki Subdivision) area.

Annalucia Vermunt is a worker and union member. Her party, the Communist League, supports workers
fighting for better conditions and pay, from the Lyttleton port to public hospitals. Vermunt says working people should not be made to pay for the crisis of the capitalist system. Her campaign calls for a massive public works programme to create jobs and to build the schools, hospitals and affordable, quality rental housing that we need.

Vermunt backs the struggle by Maori at Ihumatao to preserve their land. She supports a woman’s right to choose abortion. She opposes imperialist war and foreign military intervention in the Middle East and elsewhere. Vermunt is a supporter of Cuba’s socialist revolution, which shows that working people can organise to take political power and build a society based on human solidarity.

Join the Communist League’s campaign!, (09)636-3231

​Who was eligible to vote

If you were correctly enrolled on the New Zealand electoral roll and lived within the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board (Tāmaki subdivision) area, you were eligible to vote.

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​Further information

For more information, including election signs, see our section on By-elections.

For information on being a candidate, see Standing for council.