All votes have now been counted and Fred Lichtwark has been confirmed as one of the two councillors elected to the Waikato general constituency.
Voting at the end of the weekend had Mr Lichtwark ahead of Tony Armstrong by just 22 votes for Waikato Regional Council, with special votes still to be counted.
The final results received overnight show Jennie Hayman with the most votes on 5087, followed by Mr Lichtwark with 4483 and Mr Armstrong 20 votes behind on 4463.
There have been no other changes for Waikato Regional Council.
A declaration of the official results will be published in the Waikato Times and NZ Herald on Saturday 15 October. Elected members will take office a day later (Sunday 16 October).
However, an elected member cannot act until after they have been officially sworn in. This will take place during the triennial meeting of the new council being held at 2pm on Thursday, 20 October. During that meeting councillors will elect a chairperson and deputy chairperson.
Official election results are available online at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/elections.
Waikato Regional Council councillors (final results)
Hamilton general constituency (4 vacancies)
- LIVINGSTON, Lois 16,494
- SIMCOCK, Bob 16,026
- HENNEBRY, Jane 14,810
- RIMMINGTON, Russ 12,926
Taupō-Rotorua general constituency (1 vacancy)
- WHITE, Kathy 5464
Thames-Coromandel general constituency (1 vacancy)
- MINOGUE, Dal 2791
Waihou general constituency (2 vacancies – elected unopposed)
- HUSBAND, Stu
- VERCOE, Hugh
Waikato general constituency (2 vacancies)
- HAYMAN, Jennie 5087
- LICHTWARK, Fred 4483
Waipa-King Country general constituency (2 vacancies – elected unopposed)
- KNEEBONE, Stu
- LIVINGSTON, Alan
Ngā Tai Ki Uta Māori constituency (1 vacancy)
- HODGE, Kataraina 1659
Ngā Hau E Whā Māori constituency (1 vacancy)
- MAHUTA, Tipa 2550