Not too bad given the media blackout on issues, no debate and the earthquake. Oh and a budget of less than 20 dollars.
It should be noted that despite an increased turnout, the incumbent Mayor, Bob Parker was returned but his popularity is still tempered by >74% of Christchurch Citizens over 18yrs not voting for him. Barely a mandate.
Retiring MP, Jim Anderton proved to be 'yesterdays man' with about 1 in 5 support.
(*still some specials etc to come in)