Dalziel “mentally exhausted” as mayor, but realises she wants more of it

Lianne Dalziel is “mentally exhausted” but she is up more punishment.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she will “not walk away from the city”.

Dalziel confirmed on Monday afternoon that she would seek a second term as Christchurch’s mayor in October’s local body election.

She had been overwhelmed by positive feedback from the public in recent weeks, which helped make her decision, she said.

“The challenge of bringing about the change that we have managed to achieve in the last two-and-a-half years hasn’t come without its cost, but I am prepared to continue to serve the city for another three years if that’s what the city chooses.”

Dalziel’s announcement, which was not planned, followed speculation about whether she would seek a second term as the city’s mayor.

Not planned? Is she selling bridges as well?

In an interview a fortnight ago, Dalziel was asked if the role had been mentally exhausting. She responded: “That’s possibly an understatement.”

On Monday, Dalziel sought to clarify the statement, saying she had the flu at the time.

“Overall I’m feeling really optimistic for the future of our city but I know that there are some people who at the moment are feeling really left behind and they are more than exhausted, they’re at the end of their tether, and they’re the people I want to get across the line so that they can enjoy this wonderful future that our city is going to have.”

Dalziel had planned to announce her campaign for re-election in a written statement, but had been telling people of her plans after they “expressed deep concern” that she might not run again.

Oh, so it was planned…but not planned…I’m confused.


– Fairfax

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