Former Labour MP Marian Hobbs has been voted out as chairwoman of Otago Regional Council. In a hearing room flooded with pro-Hobbs protesters, nine of the 11 Councillors voted to remove her from the role. Former New Zealand First MP Michael Laws was among the councillors who wanted Hobbs to be removed. The Otago Daily Times reports there was a round of applause after her speech, when Hobbs said she was too effective at pushing water reforms. She says she won't back down from arguing for the environment. Hobbs' role has been taken over by Andrew Noone.