Final results confirm eight new councillors for Environment Canterbury Council

Final election results confirm the make-up of the Environment Canterbury Council, with an even split of new and returning councillors for the new term.

The results mean there will be eight new councillors on the Council along with eight returning councillors.

Incumbent councillors have been returned in two constituencies while two constituencies have completely new representation. The remainder have a mix of returning and new councillors.

First time Environment Canterbury councillors are: Greg Byrnes, Joe Davies, Paul Dietsche, David East, Tutehounuku “Nuk” Korako, Genevieve Robinson, Deon Swiggs, and Nick Ward.

Councillors and constituencies:

  • North Canterbury/Ōpukepuke: Claire McKay and Grant Edge
  • Christchurch North East/Ōrei: David East and Joe Davies
  • Christchurch Central/Ōhoko: Greg Byrnes and Genevieve Robinson
  • Christchurch West/Ōpuna: Craig Pauling and Deon Swiggs
  • Christchurch South/Ōwhanga: Vicky Southworth and Paul Dietsche
  • Mid-Canterbury/Ōpākihi: Ian Mackenzie and John Sunckell
  • South Canterbury/Ōtuhituhi: Nick Ward and Peter Scott.

Direct Ngāi Tahu representation

Iaean Cranwell (Kāti Irakehu, Kāti Kurī, Kāti Makō) returns as a councillor after holding that role from 2016-2019 then serving as Tumu Taiao from October 2020. He and former National MP Tutehounuku “Nuk” Korako (Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Wheke) were selected as Ngāi Tahu councillors by the 10 Papatipu Rūnanga in accordance with the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Act 2022.

Five councillors from the 2019–2022 term chose not to stand and two were unsuccessful in seeking re-election.

The final election results for Canterbury Regional Council in full are on our elections page.

All councillors' terms take effect on Saturday 15 October, with the first meeting of the new Council on Thursday 27 October when all 16 councillors will be sworn in and decide on a chair.