Dalziel formally enters mayoralty race
Nominations for the local body elections have opened and mayoral candidate Lianne Dalziel has been among the first to register her interest.
Dalziel arrived at the Christchurch City Council electoral office this afternoon to formally lodge her nomination for the mayoralty.
She was accompanied by her two nominees - former National MP Phillip Burdon and Kaila Colbin, one of the founders of the Ministry of Awesome.
The Christchurch East MP said the pair represented the cross-spectrum skills she hoped to unite in the rebuild of Christchurch.
"I have the greatest respect for both Philip and Kaila - Philip as an incredibly successful and experienced businessman and politician and Kaila as a tireless social entrepreneur working hard to fuel innovation in this city and its communities," she said.
"When Philip first stood up and publicly supported my bid it gave me confidence that other people might see that this election is about more than party politics - it's about getting the right people at the council table to get this great city rebuilt.
"We need experience and we need to make sure we've got the doors wide open to innovation. I'm so excited about our future here. But we get one chance to get it right.''
Dalziel is resigning from Parliament in order to pursue the mayoralty. Her resignation will take effect the day before elections results are declared.
Candidates wishing to stand in the local body elections have until August 16 to get their nominations in.