Richard Hills confirmed as first openly gay Auckland Councillor

Author
Hannah Bartlett,
Section
Politics,
Publish Date
Friday, 14 October 2016, 5:20a.m.
Richard Hills (Supplied).
Richard Hills (Supplied).

UPDATED 10.23am The wait is over for a North Shore man who's just found out he's now an Auckland Councillor.

The result was too close to call between Richard Hills and fellow contender Grant Gillon for the second seat in the North Shore ward.

Richard Hills has just found out he's won a place on the council.

He said it's a relief after six days and it's amazing to win by 128 votes. It shows how important it is to vote when it's that close.

He said he's excited and humbled by the result.

Hills said he expected to find out just after lunch yesterday, then it was pushed back to 5pm, and then 9am today.

The win makes Hills the first openly gay Auckland Councillor since the Supercity was established in 2010.

"To me it will make no difference to decision making or the role, but especially for the young people that in my other roles I've worked with [it could] give them a little more hope that you can do anything and it's not a barrier."

Hills is also one of two Nga Puhi iwi members on the Auckland Council.

 

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