In the Waikanae Ward councilor elections, that happened in both 2013 and 2016 where the candidate with a small lead on first preferences fell slightly behind in the final result.

It can easily happen in a tight contest — as could be the case this time in the Mayoral election — so listing your 2nd, 3rd preferences can decide who gets the job.  If you don’t want Guru as Mayor, give him a number 4.

At the Grey Power meeting in Waikanae, master of ceremonies Kevin Burrows said that for Districtwide councilor positions you rank the candidates you want from 1 to 5, and although there are only 5 seats to fill, you can rank them all from 1 to 14 if you wish.