Principal eyes up Dalziel's seat
A Christchurch principal who has spent most of her life advocating for vulnerable children has put her name forward to replace Christchurch East MP Lianne Dalziel.
Tina Lomax joins Ngai Tahu manager James Caygill and Rebuild Christchurch founder Deon Swiggs as the formal contenders for the Labour Party's selection.
Lomax has been the principal of special state school Kingslea for 15 years and represented the eastern suburbs community on the Burwood-Pegasus Community Board from 2004 to 2010.
Kingslea School operates in four locations around the country, including in Rolleston and Burwood, and provides education to children on behalf of Child, Youth and Family.
She said she has ''advocated for New Zealand's most vulnerable children'' for close to 30 years and would ''continue to do so in Parliament''.
Lomax, who lives in Burwood, said while it would ''break her heart'' to leave Kingslea, being an MP was ''always part of the master plan''.
''I know Christchurch East from the grass roots and I've been through the earthquakes,'' she said.
''I live opposite the red zone, my brother lost his house, my sister lost her business in the city and I know what a lot of people are dealing with.''
She said the Christchurch East electorate had changed dramatically since the earthquakes and felt what residents needed most was advocacy.
''That's what it's about for Christchurch East at the moment.
''You can go to other parts of the city and think, 'what earthquake?' but for us in the east there are daily reminders.''
The party will select a candidate by September 21 and the by-election will be held on November 30.
Dalziel, who is seeking the Christchurch mayoralty, has held the electorate for 20 years.
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