Dalziel pledges openness as mayor
If voted in as mayor, front-running candidate Lianne Dalziel will fix swimming pools, create an "open and honest" city council and may even rethink the Town Hall decision.
However, she has already washed her hands of chief executive Tony Marryatt's employment situation, saying it's the current council's "moral obligation" to sort out.
Dalziel staged an official launch of her mayoralty campaign yesterday. Although her main speech was more rhetoric than policy - dominated by pledges to "stand up for Christchurch" and not let "the Government take over our city" - she later gave The Press her position on some of the city's key issues.
Restoring the Town Hall was not a "simple yes or no answer", she said.
Councillors voted last week to fully repair the facility at a cost of $127.5 million, leaving $30m for the rest of the proposed performing arts precinct.
If mayor, she would request more information from the Government on the precinct cost-sharing agreement.
"I don't want to hold things up, but I would like to get all interested parties around the table and figure out what this really means."
Developing the Hagley Oval was more of a done deal.
"The [Government] put it in the blueprint so it has to be there."
Dalziel said she wanted to create a better council-Government partnership. "We are all in this together and we need to work together."
Dalziel promised fewer council decisions behind closed doors - the council would be more open and honest with the community.
On the rebuild, Dalziel said she would prioritise community facilities.
"I will be speaking with communities soon so that we can set some more specific priorities."
She does not want her first job to be sorting out Tony Marryatt's employment situation.
It was the present council's job to "deal with" chief executive before the end of their term.
"It's their moral obligation to not hand it over to the new council. We need to be able to move on."
She said she would like to see the restoration of the Christ Church Cathedral, as it was the "heart of the city".
The over-arching campaign theme was to create "one city together".
"We need to reclaim our city and reclaim our democratic voice once and for all. I want to create a Christchurch future generations are proud to call home."
Dalziel on . . .
Gerry Brownlee: "I can get along with everyone."
Tony Marryatt: "I would like the council to deal with that issue before the election."
Town Hall: "It is not a simple yes or no answer. We don't yet know enough about what the cost sharing arrangement of the arts precinct will involve."
Ellerslie International Flower Show: "The name doesn't reflect our city; Ellerslie is in Auckland. I note the council has made a decision to review this after the next one - I am pleased."
Consenting crisis: "The Government has done a great thing in putting in a Crown manager. I would like to see [Doug Martin's] role extended to look at other elements of the council as well."
Christ Church Cathedral: "I would like to see the cathedral restored. It is the centre of our city; it represents so much to the city."
What to fix first: "Swimming pools obviously, as well as sports facilities, arts and culture and community halls."
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