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Auckland Council

Waitākere Ranges Local Board by-election

​Due to the passing of a Waitākere Ranges Local Board member, a by-election was held in the local board area.

Voting period

Voting in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board by-election was held between Wednesday 2 May and Thursday 24 May 2018. Voting is now closed.

Waitākere Ranges Local Board - final results


​Michelle Clayton (Independent)​2103
​Tiaria Fletcher (Future West)​1625
​Rob Gore ​936
Ken Turner (WestWards)​3883

Michelle Clayton (Independent)

My principal place of residence is in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area.

Michelle Clayton has lived in the Waitākere Ranges area for fifteen years. She is chief executive of Family Action in Henderson. Being passionate about her community, she leads the Glen Eden Residents
Association and its Street Eats initiative. She is also an active member of Glen Eden Community Patrol.

Michelle is committed to this place, the safety of its people and to the protection of the natural environment, which is demonstrated by her actions, not just by her words. She is a strong advocate for safer communities; for enhancing facilities; activities for youth; improved transport; better water quality and essential infrastructure.

Michelle Clayton is an energetic, reliable team player offering a strong, independent voice at local level to support thriving communities, always with honesty and accountability to you. Positive and well informed, she would value your vote because people are a critical part of our wider environment. 

Tiaria Fletcher (Future West)

My principal place of residence is in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area.

I have worked in the Waitākere community for over 20 years and am currently CE of Waves Trust in Henderson. I have been a trustee with Community Waitākere and Man Alive and am currently on the board of Massey Matters. I have lived in Waitākere for over 25 years, much of that time in Huia were I still live with my family.

Revitalisation of Glen Eden is vital and advocacy for smart, urban planning is a must if it is to be a thriving area where residents feel safe and have access to great public transport and amenities. The Waitākere Ranges are imprinted on my heart. With pollution in our beaches and lagoons and our iconic local kauri threatened with extinction, now is the time for strong, steadfast action. If elected I will work with you to make Waitākere an even better place for all generations. Please vote for me.

Rob Gore 

My principal place of residence is in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area.

I’m running for the Waitākere Ranges because my energy, passion and youth is going to help our community fight the battles we face as a people on the fringes of the Super City. My whole life has been west Auckland; schooling, friendships and the precious heritage of kauri and songbirds that I grew up with.

Watercare, kauri dieback, the Auckland Plan; as a rural and urban community in a heritage area we are going to have to stand up and be heard to have our Waitākere the way we want it. I want this challenge, to learn, to grow, and be your champion for the Waitākere Ranges. For more info go:

Ken Turner (WestWards)

My principal place of residence is in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area.

Born and bred Waitākere local, small business owner, volunteer, practical conservationist, farmer, fisherman, family man. Being active in the outdoors is our heritage and character. I will ‘protect our
outdoor way of life and environment’.

I’ll fight people dumping rubbish in our parks and public spaces, clean up muddy walking tracks and dirty beaches. I’ll push to have ‘our rates spent in our area’ and ‘oppose excessive new council rates and taxes’ till this happens. I will encourage practical investment in our communities. We all need basics done well, with practical solutions and regular maintenance.

I’ll be an independent community person, offering a fresh set of ears, advocating for different points of view. Let’s get better results we can all be part of. I’m not here for the politics, but I’m asking for your vote in this by-election because I know I can make a difference in our everyday lives. 

​Who was eligible to vote

If you were correctly enrolled on the New Zealand electoral roll and lived within the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area, you were eligible to vote.

Visit to enrol or check your details are accurate.

To check if you live within the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area, use the local board search or the map below.


Further information

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

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