Merino farmer with a history of working for his community captures majority in mayoral race in Hurunui

In what is shaping up to be a landslide victory, merino farmer, and two-term councillor Winton Dalley is set to become the next mayor of the Hurunui District.

With 98 percent of returned votes counted, Winton Dalley, has 2,682 votes – two thirds of the almost four thousand valid votes cast.

His nearest rival, former council engineer, Alex Cooke has 723 votes, with Hanmer Chiropractor, Richard Roe on 511.

Winton Dalley has been running a successful farming operation in the dry hills of North Canterbury for more than three decades.

He, and wife Jean, were among the first to import the first South African meat merino rams to New Zealand “because they were better able to handle the harsh conditions of the dry land”.

Winton Dalley also has a long history in local government in the Hurunui, including 18 years as a Ward committee member and six years on Council. He chaired the Works and Services Committee during the last term.

He was instrumental in developing the Hurunui Water Strategy, and was appointed the inaugural council representative on the fledgling Hurunui-Waiau Zone Water Management Committee, the first to be established in the region under the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.

In his electoral biography Winton Dalley outlined his vision for Hurunui as “a healthy, prosperous, and spiritually contented community” where retaining Hurunui’s rural character and values would remain important to him.

He pledged to continue to challenge unacceptable levels of service and strive to improve essential services responsibly while taking account of people’s financial position.

With the retirement of five other members, including two term Mayor, Garry Jackson, Hurunui was always going to have a new look council this term.

Of the five remaining seeking re-election, Russell Black has been returned unopposed in Glenmark, Vincent Daly is also returned unopposed in Cheviot and Winton Dalley is set to move to the head of the table.

With special votes and last minute returns still to be counted, in the Hanmer Ward, last terms deputy Mayor, Michael Malthus on 197 votes, is 50 ahead of his nearest rival Serge Bonnafoux.

In the Amberley Ward, where eight candidates have been vying for three vacancies, the fifth councillor seeking re-election, Julie Coster has 597 votes, and currently sitting in fourth place.
Independent, Ross Little, a former four term councillor with ECan, leads the race with 800 votes
Gary Cooper is on 663
Judith McKendry is on 630

Julie Coster is on 597
Doug Munro is on 460
Michael Ward is on 372
Independent,Tim Milne is on 308
John Edward Hibbard is on 280  

In the Amuri-Hurunui Ward where the sitting councillors did not seek re-election, preliminary results place Marie Black, Dick Davison, and Jim Harre at the front of the race for the three vacancies.

Marie Black has 1,045 votes
Dick Davison has 934 votes
Jim Harre has 502 votes
David Orpwood is on 323

In Hanmer Springs less than 100 votes separate the top five of eight candidates contesting five vacancies on the Community Board

Jason Fletcher is on 271
Bill Clarkson is on 252
Rosemary Ensor (who chaired the Board last term) is on 222
Independent Chris Preston is on 219
and Kate Poiner is on 178

Shane Cundy is just 9 behind on 169
John Phillips 8 further back on 161
and Andrew Cameron is on 131

Voter return is just under 51% (50.86) which is 3,976 votes, excluding last minute returns and special votes.

Full Results

For further information contact:  
Audrey van der Monde
Electoral Officer
Hurunui District Council
P: 0275 283 739