Dalziel spent $55k on winning campaign

Last updated 10:15 18/12/2013
Lianne Dalziel
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BIG SPENDER: Lianne Dalziel spend more than $55,000 on her mayoral campaign in this year's local body elections.

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Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel spent $55,000 on her dominant local body election campaign.

Figures released by the Christchurch City Council reveal how much elected councillors and the new mayor spent during their campaigns. 

Dalziel received $26,000 in donations from people and organsiations including businesman Mike Dormer and former National Cabinet Minister Philip Burdon, who each contributed $5000.

A fundraising dinner and auction, organised by her husband, Rob Davidson, collected $25,160 in donations with member of the Chinese community contributing large sums, the biggest of which was $7800 from Zhuzhai Zhang.

Dalziel spent most of her money on advertising in newspapers, local television and radio. Her total spend was $55,089.94.

Under the Electoral Act, she was entitled to spend up to $70,000.

Her main mayoral rival, Paul Lonsdale, spent $11,445 on his dual mayoral and council ward campaigns.

Other mayoral candidates had varied spends. Victor Cattermole spent $28,404.86 on his bid and Peter Wakeman spent nothing.

Meanwhile, three elected councillors confirmed they received donations towards their campaigns - two from former councillors.

Burwood-Pegasus ward councillor Glenn Livingstone was given financial support from outgoing city councillor Tim Carter with a $1000 donation. Carter's father, prominent businessman Philip Carter, also gave $1000 to the Livingstone campaign.

New Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck received financial support from a former councillor, with the Peter Beck Support Fund giving her $1181.11.

Mayoral challenger and new Hagley-Ferryward councillor Paul Lonsdale confirmed he received a $5000 donation from Roger Bridge, the National Party's Canterbury-Westland regional chairman.

The two successful candidates in the Fendalton-Waimairi ward were the biggest individual spenders.

Jamie Gough spent $27,100, all of which was paid for by local businessman Richard Diver, while Raf Manji funded his $20,428 campaign.

The keenly contested Banks Peninsula ward, which was won by just five votes by Andrew Turner, was also a relatively big spending contest.

Candidates there had a $7000 limit and two unsuccessful candidates came close with Nuk Kurako spending $6928.90 and Mark Belton spending $6252.86.

Other unsuccessful but big spending candidates included Robyn Nuthall in Burwood-Peagsus ($9244.97), Faimeh Burke in Fendalton-Waimairi ($11,873.66), Tracey McLellan in Hagley-Ferrymead ($4034.30), Helen Broughton in Riccarton-Wigram ($17,341.72), former deputy Mayor Ngaire Button in Shirley-Papanui ($7618.19) Aaron Keown in Shirley-Papanui ($8340.49), John Stringer in Shirley-Papanui ($9093.01) and Karolin Potter in Spreydon-Heathcote ($3541)

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Electoral rules stipulated council candidates in Riccarton-Wigram and Shirley-Papanui wards could spend up to $40,000 on their campaigns, while there was a $30,000 cap in the Burwood-Pegasus, Fendalton-Waimairi, Hagley-Ferrymead and Spreydon-Heathcote wards, and up to $7000 in the Banks Peninsula ward.

Total spends of the successful council candidates was:

Mayor Lianne Dalziel: $55,089.94

Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck (Riccarton-Wigram): $26,421.15

Jimmy Chen (Riccarton-Wigram): $4744.66

Glenn Livingstone (Burwood-Pegasus): $6426.31

David East (Burwood-Pegasus): $3782.68

Pauline Cotter (Shirley-Papanui): 5967.86

Ali Jones (Shirley-Papanui): $7638.85

Phil Clearwater (Spreydon-Heathcote): $8332.93

Tim Scandrett (Spreydon-Heathcote): $2816.92

Paul Lonsdale (Hagley-Ferrymead): $11,445.41

Yani Johanson (Hagley-Ferrymead): $3919.30

Jamie Gough (Fendalton-Waimari): $27,100.54

Raf Manji (Fendalton-Waimari): $20,428.57

Andrew Turner (Banks Peninsula): $5674.31

More details are available on the council's website

- © Fairfax NZ News


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