Chch mayoral hopefuls hold debate
Six Christchurch mayoral candidates battled chilling winds and traffic noise as they held an open-air debate today.
The forum, organised by candidates upset at a lack of media coverage, attracted about 20 people in a yard on the corner of Fitzgerald Ave and Ferry Rd.
Half the mayoral contenders turned up - Brad Maxwell, Peter Wakeman, Victor Cattermole, Hugo Kristinsson, Blair Anderson and Rik Tindall, who arrived 15 minutes late.
Lianne Dalziel, Paul Lonsdale, Sammy Harris, Robin McCarthy and Michael Hansen were no-shows.
Each candidate, who had three minutes to address the forum, slammed the present city council and said the rights of citizens were being eroded during what was the most important part of the city's history.
The candidates struggled to speak above the traffic noise, with heavy vehicles often drowning out their comments.
Maxwell said that while some sitting councillors were not standing, others wanting re-election should also go.
He slammed Dalziel, who he said would struggle to shed her strong ties to Labour.
Cattermole said the city needed "entrepeneurial leadership'', noting that Christchurch was built by businessmen, not politicians, and this should be the case now.
Kristinsson wanted a return to accountability, transparency and democracy, while Wakeman hit out at plans for a major mayoral debate next week featuring only Dalziel and Lonsdale.
Anderson said he did not care who people voted for as long as they were informed, while Tindall said the media had not allowed the mayoral competition to be a fair one.
The candidates expressed concerns at the payout to departing Christchurch City Council chief executive Tony Marryatt, and most believed plans for a new stadium should be delayed as there were other priorities facing the city.