Ngaire Button

Tell her she’s dreamin’!

Election time certainly brings out the idiots. ?I mean, you have to be positive, but you also have to be realistic.

Targeting seven seats in the upcoming election, the Maori Party is confident in holding their present three and taking a further four.

Party president Rangimarie Naida Glavish announced the target when she addressed the 10th birthday celebration in Rotorua on Saturday night which doubled as the opening of the party’s 2014 election campaign.

“The seven Maori seats are there for the taking by the Maori Party. We are confident of holding our present three seats, Tamaki Makaurau, Waiariki and Te Tai Hauauru.

The Maori Party will be lucky to hold their current seats, let along expand their influence through all seven Maori electorates. ? Read more »

Maori party picks unwanted ex-councillor for Te Tai Tonga

The Maori Party have given up on the Te Tai Tonga seat by picking the third most unpopular person in Christchurch, Bob Parker’s deputy.

The Maori Party has picked former Christchurch deputy mayor Ngaire Button as its Te Tai Tonga candidate.

Button, of Tuhoe and Ngati Porou descent, brought an astute business mind and an impressive background in local body politics to the Maori Party agenda, co-leader Tariana Turia said.

She was deputy mayor “during times when the people were shattered by the traumatic impact of the 2011 earthquakes”. Read more »

Patsy continues her mayoral campaign

Lianne Dalziel has started her campaign against Bob Parker in fine form. She gets her basic facts wrong, and smears a council that she wants to lead.

A select committee hearing into Canterbury earthquake laws became briefly heated after an MP said the Christchurch City Council had been too slow to react after the first earthquake.

Christchurch East MP Lianne Dalziel, who was sitting on the local government and environment select committee hearing submissions on the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Bill yesterday, said the new legislation was needed because the council failed to create an earthquake recovery management plan after the September 4 earthquake.

“You know that people blame the Christchurch City Council for the need for this legislation because you failed to come up with a plan after the earthquake,” Dalziel told Deputy Mayor Ngaire Button.

Button responded by saying after the new council was elected in October, those issues were handled by “a structure above us” , a reference to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Commission.

The commission will be replaced by the new government agency.

This is a cynical and short sighted play by Patsy, as if she is elected mayor she will have to work with many of the current councillors to rebuild Christchurch. So attacking them is not a great move if she wants to have an inclusive mayoralty that works with councillors rather than against them.