Dalziel seeks a running mate

April 20th, 2013 at 11:04 am by David Farrar

The word has been that will announce her candidacy for Mayor in the next two weeks, despite over a year of denials.

The Press reports:

Labour MP Lianne Dalziel has asked the founder of Christchurch’s Student Volunteer Army, , to stand together to challenge Mayor Bob Parker in this year’s local body elections, The Press understands.

Speculation has been mounting as to who will run against Parker in October. And The Press can now reveal Labour’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery spokeswoman Dalziel has asked Johnson, 24, to be her running mate and would-be deputy mayor.

Johnson himself would have to be elected as a councillor to assume the deputy’s position, and Dalziel is believed to have sounded out other running mates too.

But Johnson’s reputation soared after he organised the much-celebrated student army to help quake-affected Cantabrians and in 2012 he was named Young New Zealander of the Year. He currently sits on the Riccarton-Wigram Community Board and in January indicated he could seek a seat on the city council .

Maybe Sam should stand for Mayor, rather than be Lianne’s deputy!

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16 Responses to “Dalziel seeks a running mate”

  1. metcalph (1,426 comments) says:

    I think it’s a bad choice as the two are not a good fit politically. If the running mate was someone with council experience then I wouldn’t be worried at all about the divergence but Johnson has no council experience. My fear is that he will become like Peter Beck, run with a strong desire to change things, get disappointed and go out with an IED of Sad.

    If Lianne had chosen Yani I wouldn’t be at all concerned. I’d roll my eyes because Yani hasn’t impressed much but Lianne has enough heft to run stuff by herself and enough authority to bully Yani into submission.

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  2. Lloyd (125 comments) says:

    We have listened to two years of her shrieking at all in sundry since our quakes. Not one positive suggestion; not one actual idea. What will she offer? Misery piled on misery. The only one who would have been worse is Jimbo Anderton.
    The fact that she suggests teaming up with Sam Johnson, who distinguished himself by getting out, organising and doing something (a more complete contrast with Dalziel could not be found) reveals that even she knows that she’s done little but be a negative, carping critic.
    Tim Carter is a far better idea.
    Bloody hell, we need to move on. Dalziel is not the answer.

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  3. Harriet (4,761 comments) says:

    An earthquake shattered city is going to have a deputy Mayor – with the infinite wisdom of a 24yld?

    And this is after all the problems they’ve had with the experiance of the current council?

    I’m not rubbishing what Sam has done, but, what he did do is galvanise a childless, jobless, student body in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake to assist with practical things like..well…picking stuff up.

    Peter Garret was ‘helicoptered in’ to help win the election for Australian Labour – simply because he had the right credentials – identity with a non-tax paying, childless, mortgage free, and dare I say -RATE FREE- youth!

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  4. Peter (1,687 comments) says:

    If the answer is Liane Dalziel, then one must wonder what the question was…..

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  5. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Does the Democratic Republic of Christchurch deserve her?

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  6. Lloyd (125 comments) says:

    Harriet, you do Sam a grave injustice, I’m afraid. He organised thousands of students to shovel liquefaction from sections, driveways and houses. What he got done, despite the interference and nay-sayers of council and Civil Defense made a huge difference to many. You are wrong to say ‘in the immediate aftermath'; his work and that of the Student Volunteer Army continued for weeks and a form of it continues still.
    He was and is an inspiration.
    Dalziel is not. But I see you have learned from the Dalziel school of ‘knock everything and offer nothing else’. Well done.

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  7. Jack5 (5,005 comments) says:

    Sam for Mayor! Great idea DPF. Clever, pragmatic young man. He knows how to get people working.

    Sam would need to be backed up by a few councillors with balls to stand up to the city manager, and who would look at lowering the council’s holding in the Lyttelton Port Company, and selling some of us shares in its city maintenance company that does contract work round the country.

    The council owns three-quarters of the city airport, and the Government a quarter. If the Government wants to quit it, tax-exempt Ngai Tahu must get first and second rights of purchase. Perhaps the Government should use the tax exemption rort as leverage to get Ngai Tahu to stay out. Then the Govt minorityi stake, and part at least of the council stake could go into a listed company on the NZX.

    But not Dalziel! Why do old Parliamentary hacks think they would be ideal for local authority posts? If Christchurch is doomed to have a Leftist Helmsman, I would prefer Jim Anderton, a Lefty with a good practical bent from his years in industry. Perhaps he’s a bit long in the tooth, though.

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  8. Nick K (1,211 comments) says:

    Deputy Mayor is put to a vote of councillors. It’s typical of the Stalinist Left that they just ignore procedure and arrange in advance who will be in charge. Wankers.

    [DPF: I think you may find the law has changed]

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  9. peterwn (3,238 comments) says:

    Lianne – This is not a USA presidential contest. The Deputy Mayor is whoever from the councillors is elected Deputy Mayor by then. The Mayor can lobby in support of a candidate but that is far as it goes.

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  10. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    I thought Sam Johnson was a Tory.

    If Dalziel stands, she’ll smash Parker to pieces.

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  11. Nick K (1,211 comments) says:

    Deputy Mayor is put to a vote of councillors. It’s typical of the Stalinist Left that they just ignore procedure and arrange in advance who will be in charge. Wankers.

    [DPF: I think you may find the law has changed]

    So one can specifically stand for Deputy Mayor?

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  12. iMP (2,350 comments) says:

    I think this is ludicrous. It will damage Sam and shows that Lianne is desperate and manipulating Sam’s persona (he is just the figurehead of a lager body of good young people) for her own partisan political ends. This is exactly what is wrong with Chch…Labour playing games.

    If she gets in, it will mire the whole region down in to petty socialist squabbling, revenge politics, and sector-group interest nepotism.

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  13. pq (728 comments) says:

    My prediction for Mayor is Tim Carter, his campaign last time was good,

    Although Parker will be hard to move on, his brand is damaged by a thousand burns to the people .
    He started his Mayoralty with dishonesty [ buying Ngai Tahu building for 150 million ] and continuing in secrecy and pomposity. He has aged terribly. His idea of a train set from Rangiora to Hornby was the craziest idea in the history of Canterbury, but it meant good travel to Seattle and other places with Tony Marryat.
    Parker is spent.
    Tim Carter is unscathed and his centre right position will not scare people. we need someone to deal to the mongrels around.
    The Sam Johnson idea is absurd.

    Also to go with any luck from Council Ngaire Button, Sue Wells, … Barry Corbett is resigning, Clauda Reid is resigning., .
    Aaron Keown will possibly hang on to the ludicrous adventure that he is, don’t know about Sally Buck. The left who knows, but Parker established the premiereship of Mayoralty so this will be good for Carter.

    Carter will have good backing and substantial resources.

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  14. pq (728 comments) says:

    There is a good call that Carter and Parker competing could and would split the centre right votes.
    Parker should accept his time is gone and go to Italy where he can have some fun, with Jo, rather than die on the job.
    Of course Parker could accept deputy Mayor

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  15. Mike Readman (366 comments) says:

    What happens to all the people who had iPredict stocks on Dalziel standing who lost their money? They’ll be demanding the decision be reversed won’t they if she stands?

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  16. Shazzadude (526 comments) says:

    Mike Readman-I don’t think it would matter, the “report of ruling out” clause would’ve been satisfied.

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