Len Brown has won the contest to be the first Mayor of the Auckland Super City.
The Manukau Mayor beat his rival Auckland City Mayor John Banks with about 95 per cent of the votes counted.
Mr Brown polled 221,167 votes, compared to 161,167 votes for Mr Banks, a victory by 60,198 votes, according to the first progress result declared after the polls closed at midday.
Businessman Colin Craig was in third place with 60,198 votes.
This result had been widely tipped, although the margin of victory is surprising. We congratulate the first mayor of the Auckland Supercity. It will be interesting to see how other results pan out as the afternoon proceeds, and to see the make-up of the council which Mayor Brown will lead.
Had we been voting in Auckland, we would have supported John Banks. We commend both men on their campaigns, which will end with conflicting emotions. If this is John Banks' exit from public life, he can leave with his head held high.