Brownless wins our votes

Greg Brownless is the new mayor of Tauranga after receiving 8513 votes according to preliminary results.

Greg was taking his mother out when he received a phone call with the news this afternoon.

Greg Brownless.

“I was getting my mother at a rest home after taking her out. She found at the same time. She was pretty excited. She was sitting in the front seat of the car and she said: ‘Oh I wish I could hug you'.

Greg says he's excited to receive a leading number of votes in the 2016 Local Body Elections, but is nervous at the same time.

“It's a big responsibility. That makes you feel a little nervous. I'm looking forward to meeting my fellow counsellors and continuing to do what I do quite a bit which is getting out about and meeting people in the city.”

He was surprised to have received about 2000 votes more than Kelvin Clout.

“I thought it might have been closer. It could have been any one of the number of candidates.”

His future plans for the city include firstly getting together and meeting fellow candidates.

“First of all we've got to get together with the candidates and have a chat and decide what we're going to get stuck into first. In a way it's business as usual. A lot of planning has been done for things that will carry on.

“A lot of decisions will be surrounding the big job of the Civic Heart.”

Greg would like to thank those who voted in the 2016 Local Body Elections. I think it's good they exercised their democratic right.

“I will also be looking at what the other candidates offered and that I thought were good ideas.

“I think that's an important part of being mayor is being able to work with everybody and listen to what they have to say.”


@ Makka

Posted on 09-10-2016 13:20 | By Dazed and Confused

I agree Well said.


Posted on 09-10-2016 12:37 | By

perhaps you can doing something about the 50% increase in building consent fees from May to Oct !!

Name Recognition

Posted on 09-10-2016 10:45 | By Gadeb2

Most households know the name Greg Brownless. Gifting his funeral business to the community several years ago has paid off long term and gained him many fans. Assisting overseas victims of natural disasters shows his humanitarian disposition. My hope is that he also has the business, financial and political acumen needed to deal to the burgeoning issues our city faces and to manage a team of Councillors, some of whom have their own agendas.

Congratulations Greg

Posted on 09-10-2016 09:31 | By Mackka

It is great to see a refreshing new face at the helm. Unfortunately yours is only one vote at the table when I think most ratepayers were hoping for more of a 'clean sweep'of those with the big wish list that the ratepayers can't afford. We trust you will not be 'bought' by the developers who seem to hold sway over the city and its environs. Best of luck Greg - stay strong in your values!


Posted on 09-10-2016 08:33 | By hapukafin

good election without interferrence of national politcs

Well done!

Posted on 08-10-2016 20:17 | By Zara

Such a definite win! congratulations

golly gosh

Posted on 08-10-2016 19:12 | By old trucker

Good on ya,Now GROW A PAIR and SHAKE the cage in TCC,and get rid of all the DEADWOOD,do NOT need 520 staff Greg,just wonder if we will be able to contact you when we need too,and not go to your 2ic,START fresh Greg and do away with all the SLACKERS who have 1hr smokos in RED SQUARE,and cafes at Bureta for 1hr at a time with TCC car outside,We will see,let you settle in and then lets start to see how you cope,Roading personal should answer their phones when rung we will see how this works now you are in ,I dont see any CHANGE REALLY,you only need 200 in there and make them do more,NOT,Ithink you will not do anything PERSONALLY,Listen too the PEOPLE and it will work,Reign in SPENDING Greg,Thankyou Sunlive No1 in the Bay,my 5 pennies worth.

Congratulations Greg

Posted on 08-10-2016 16:53 | By The Sage

I am so pleased you have been elected. I have every confidence in you.

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