30 July 2019
Lianne Dalziel to lodge bid for Mayor
Christchurch mayoral candidate Lianne Dalziel says she offers stable leadership in what she describes as uncertain times.
Dalziel will formally register as a candidate for October’s local body elections on Wednesday. She is seeking a third term as Mayor, nominated by former Cabinet Minister Philip Burdon and Aranui Community Trust manager Rachel Fonotia.
Dalziel said she had led the city through unprecedented challenges. With many major projects delivered and the city building momentum, Christchurch was emerging as one of New Zealand’s most liveable cities.
But the job was not yet done, she said
“If we are going to be truly sustainable, tackle the challenges that climate change poses, meet our net carbon neutral goals and remain prepared as a city for any eventuality, there is much we need to do”, she said.
“We need to develop a much better understanding of risk and the investments that we make in resilience, both at an infrastructure level and at a community level.
‘’We also need to ensure that the environment is right for businesses and residents to thrive.”
Rates increases also needed to be sustainable, balanced with the need for continued investment in infrastructure. Dalziel said she was committed to fighting mandatory chlorination after the council was forced to chlorinate last year in the wake of the Havelock North Inquiry.
Though it was satisfying to deliver major projects like Tūranga and the Christchurch Town Hall, Dalziel said her biggest source of pride over her two terms as Mayor remained the way Christchurch’s people instinctively reached out to support each other in times of need.
“Every time we are faced with a challenge we come together. This makes Christchurch the special place I feel honoured to serve as Mayor.”