Milne to challenge Wagner

SHELLEY ROBINSON
Last updated 13:18 09/03/2014
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NATIONAL CANDIDATE: Nicky Wagner.
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CHCH CENTRAL CANDIDATE: Tony Milne.

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National's Nicky Wagner will "definitely" contest Christchurch Central seat against Labour's Tony Milne.

Labour announced Tony Milne's candidacy for the seat yesterday. 

Chosen from a field of three candidates, including blogger James Dann and Gavin Smith, he will contest the seat against incumbent Christchurch Central MP Nicky Wagner.

The 32 year old national manager of public health for Problem Gambling Foundation said the housing crisis was at the top of his agenda.

"Labour actually has solutions for the housing crisis. It is not okay that we have kids living in cars, garages and caravans - it is a crisis," he said.

Milne said that he was prepared to "fight" for the people in his electorate on earthquake recovery.

"We have an amazing opportunity to re-imagine Christchurch, and I want to be at the heart of that. To get there we have many challenges to overcome. I will be standing up for the urgent issues facing Christchurch Central now, such as housing shortages, EQC roadblocks and the need for good jobs and higher incomes". 

Wagner said yesterday she was "definitely standing", despite earlier declaring the seat "unwinnable" after proposed electorate boundary changes. 

She said she felt it was important for her to stand, to give continuity for residents. 

Wagner said she knew Milne from when he worked for former Christchurch Central MP Tim Barnett and he seemed "a very nice young man".

* An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Wagner was not expected to contest the seat.

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