Wellington's former mayor Justin Lester has had his bid for an election recount declined.
Mr Lester applied to Wellington District Court for a recount after losing the mayoralty to Andy Foster by 62 votes.
His lawyer said the decision by the courts was "proper", and the argument that a recount would yield enough votes for Mr Lester to change the outcome was a difficult one to make.
A report from the Electoral Office outlined that even if excluded votes were considered, the outcome would not change.
Mr Lester has responded saying he respects the decision.