The Kapiti Coast woke this morning to find a revolution had taken place with the help of the District’s 19,000-plus voters.
Sitting Mayor Jenny Rowan has come only a distant third to her two top rivals — Councillors
Church and Gurunathan.
Some would call it a palace coup — others a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions, with her former colleagues weilding the election knives in a deadly fashion.
Ms Rowan, who has served two terms, came third — nearly 3,400 votes behind front-runner Ross Church — and well over two thousand votes behind K Gurunathan.
It’s a result no-one seemed to predict, except various groups of dis-satisfied residents.
Here are the provisional results from the KCDC website (note that these are the figures after several STV iterations or countings: