Former Te Karere reporter and District Council candidate Hinerangi Goodman has lost her seat to a recount after narrowly winning it through a coin toss.
Ms Goodman was contesting the Galatea-Murupara ward of the Whakatāne District Council, and had received 262 votes - the same number as incumbent Alison Silcock.
Under existing council processes, the outcome was then decided by the flip of a coin, which Ms Goodman won.
However, the NZ Herald reported that Ms Silcock had since requested a recount, the result of which showed that Ms Silcock had indeed won the election by a single vote.
Electoral Officer Dale Ofsoske told the Herald that the recount was carried out under scrutiny from representatives of both candidates during a "prescribed and transparent process".
Ms Silcock will now be sworn in at the council's November 7 meeting.