Good onya Lianne

Lianne Dalziel may have threatened to sue me but that didn’t stop me endorsing her for the mayoral race in Christchurch. Lianne has a reputation for being able to work across the political spectrum at least when sober.

As mayor she has immediately conveyed her desire to change the culture of the council by stopping councillors bludging free lunches.

Mayor-elect Lianne Dalziel has ordered her new-look council to bring their own lunches to work or buy from a local business rather than rely on the in-house catering service.

The move is part of her deliberate shift in culture from a council that feels entitled to a council that is there to work for the community.

Today was a case in point – the new mayor brought some homemade chicken salad to work. 

If councillors wanted to have a drink after a busy day, they could do that – “but it’s not going to be on the ratepayer”.

Catering cost the council more than $45,000 in the past financial year, but Dalziel wants to keep councillors aware of the fact they are there to work for the ratepayers, not to be fed by them.

Dalziel said it was a part of her push for a culture change throughout the organisation.

On days of long meetings, some catering may be provided but, as a general rule, “I’ve told them it’s BYO [bring your own]”, she said.

Second-term councillor Glenn Livingstone welcomed the idea, saying it was another step away from the “culture of entitlement” that existed with previous councils.

Next step is to convert the dreaded mayoresses office into something that is far more useful on a permanent basis so the malignant influence of future mayoresses is avoided.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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