Six contenders in race to replace to Dalziel

Six people have been put forward by Labour to contest the selection to replace Lianne Dalziel as the Labour party candidate for the coming by-election.

Six people have been selected as Labour candidates for the Christchurch East by-election, which will left vacant when Lianne Dalziel resigns as she bids for the Christchurch mayoralty.

As previously revealed James Caygill, a senior manager at Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and the son of former Finance Minister David Caygill, is one of the six, who will attempt to continue Labour’s long held stranglehold over the seat.

The other candidates are:

– Karen Hayes, a registered nurse and midwife for more than 25 years. 

– Christina Laalaai-Tausa, a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury who has lectured at the University of Samoa.

– Tina Lomax, the principal of Kingslea School for 15 years.

– Deon Swiggs, a founding member of the Canterbury Insurance Assistance Service.

– Poto Williams, the regional manager of St john of God Hauora Trust.

Andrew McKay, chairman of the Christchurch East Labour electorate committee said the electorate needed an MP who  could understand what the electorate had been through.


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