Six people have been selected as Labour candidates for the Christchurch East by-election, which will left vacant when Lianne Dalziel resigns as she bids for the Christchurch mayoralty.
As previously revealed James Caygill, a senior manager at Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and the son of former Finance Minister David Caygill, is one of the six, who will attempt to continue Labour's long held stranglehold over the seat.
The other candidates are:
- Karen Hayes, a registered nurse and midwife for more than 25 years.
- Christina Laalaai-Tausa, a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury who has lectured at the University of Samoa.
- Tina Lomax, the principal of Kingslea School for 15 years.
- Deon Swiggs, a founding member of the Canterbury Insurance Assistance Service.
- Poto Williams, the regional manager of St john of God Hauora Trust.
Andrew McKay, chairman of the Christchurch East Labour electorate committee said the electorate needed an MP who could understand what the electorate had been through.
''Three years after the Canterbury earthquakes, too many people in Christchurch East are still struggling with EQC, with insurance issues, and with a lack of good jobs and housing,'' McKay said.
Tim Barnett, Labour's general secretary, will host a meeting of party members and supporters on September 11, to outline the selection process.
A public meeting will be held on September 17 for Christchurch East residents to meet the nominees, with a formal question and answer meeting on September 20.
The selection meeting will take place on September 21 where candidates will deliver a formal speech and voting for a preferred candidate will take place.
The Labour campaign for Christchurch East is being led by former Christchurch MP Jim Anderton.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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