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The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel


Christchurch Mayor

I have been looking forward to October for a range of reasons, but the main one is the WORD Christchurch Spring Festival 2020. We might not be able to hear from overseas writers who had planned to participate, but the brilliant talent of our own writers will inspire the devoted readers among us.
The festival will encourage debate and discussion about people, places and ideas. I registered and bought tickets straight away.
I believe such festivals contribute to the essence of what makes a liveable city. Festivals that cater to children, young people, and people from every background and walk of life lie at the heart of the kind of vibrancy we need to bring the central city alive.
At the same time this festival encourages us to think. How much do we all know about the Ngāi Tahu Settlement with the Crown? How well did we know Llew Summers, the man behind the amazing sculptures in our city? How well do we understand the journey that writing a biography (Charles Upham VC) represents, and what it says about the writer, Tom Scott?
And then there are the writers of poetry and prose who will offer an answer to the question, “Who are New Zealanders?” And in another session what they would say in a letter to Ōtautahi.
I am really looking forward to listening, thinking and discussing these with others, and to see central city venues and streets come alive with people enjoying each other’s company and thoughts.


 

The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel


Christchurch Mayor

It has been great to see people coming back into the building to work. I won’t pretend that I haven’t enjoyed some of the features of working from home. I seemed to get a lot more done. But the truth is I’m pretty much Zoomed out. What I missed the most were those people to people interactions – not just the contact that social distancing denied us, but the sharing of ideas, joining in conversations, putting two and two together as connections were made – that’s where innovation starts.
I think innovative enterprises – and yes our public services should be those too – should be encouraging people back to their offices and encouraging people to support those businesses who are doing it hard. Let’s all who can do so, help them get back on their feet.
Now here’s a reason for everyone to come to town in July. CHCH IS LIT, a month long festival of light, runs until 29 July from 6pm until 11pm daily to help fill the gap until Botanic D’Lights Tirama returns.
More than 20 installations, from lighting up trees to full-on projections on buildings, have been created and built by Christchurch companies and artists, with locations including Victoria Square, Friendship Corner (the grass area opposite Riverside Market), Park of Remembrance (on the Avon River opposite The Terraces), Cathedral Square, City Mall and New Brighton Pier. These will all be filmed as well, so people can see them online.
It will be great to see the city come alive with light and people.


 

The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel


 

Christchurch Mayor

Work on the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan process was well underway when the COVID-19 crisis hit our shores, which means all the tools that will help us drill into our finances and project priorities have been developed.

Now we can road-test them on our updated draft annual plan.

I know some commentators have said there is a simple solution to the annual plan – a one-size-fits-all approach – but there isn’t.

One council project cut is another company laying off employees and subcontractors missing out. We need a balance.

And that’s what the tools are all about.

It’s not a choice between more efficient spending (with better value for money by renegotiating with contractors and suppliers), or increasing short term borrowing, (while leaving sufficient headroom in case there was to be another disaster); it’s got to be both.

And it’s also got to be about stripping out costs that don’t impact significant levels of service and deferring items of capital expenditure that can wait.
Instead of a small surplus, COVID-19 sees us end this financial year with a $33M deficit.

And with a large reduction in dividends from our companies expected next year, the challenge we face pulling down the average household rates increase we had budgeted at 4.65 percent was much tougher than we had anticipated at the beginning of the year.

But we can get there.

And we now know that we have the tools to help us reposition the Council in a post-COVID environment as a reliable and efficient organisation that enables its residents and businesses to prosper.


 

The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel


 

Christchurch Mayor

It was an interesting time in lockdown within my bubble of two living as we do in the heart of our city!

We have explored the parts of the central city we don’t usually get to see.

The juxtaposition of the old and the new that tells part of our story; the history before the European settlers arrived now embedded in our landscape, with the legends that complete our story; the street art, largely hidden behind rows of parked cars, has been in full view.

And, of course, Hagley Park has been our place of solace and beauty as it always has been no matter what happens in our lives.

I missed the Botanic Gardens while they were closed, but now they too are open again with their autumn splendour on full display.

And, for the first time in a long time, I can see how “time poor” we had become as a couple.

Although the days have been crazy, with Zoom and Skype dictating a new pattern of working, I’m reminded that being in the presence of someone isn’t the same as being present with someone – switching off from the pressures of the day and having deep conversations with meaning and purpose, and enjoying our wonderful city together – that’s what really matters.


 

The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel


  Christchurch Mayor

I remember the Commonwealth Games in 1974. I was a young teenager and the city was abuzz with excitement. I can still remember the song:

We’ve got to join together,
let our laughter fill the air
It’s time for every race and creed
to throw away their every care
Let sport unite us all as one
in the spirit of the lord above
And let us all remember
The games are for the fostering of
peace and love

Never would I have imagined 45 years later that the spirit of these words would be invoked in response to an atrocity such as we experienced on 15 March last year.

Although we will never forget the 51 people whose lives were taken, our memory of that time will always include the way we ‘joined together’.

We stood side-by-side regardless of ‘race or creed’. We were ‘united as one’, and the ‘fostering of peace and love’ was made real.

This act, which was inspired by hatred and was designed to divide us and tear us apart, instead united us with all our communities and embraced us in compassion and love.

The words of our Prime Minister and that of our local Muslim community leaders, who spoke of peace, love, compassion, unity and forgiveness, helped us through this time.

In a time of crisis, this is what the world needs to see and hear, and that’s what makes Christchurch such a special place.


 

The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel


Christchurch Mayor

This weekend we mark the ninth anniversary of the devastating 22 February 2011 earthquake that claimed 185 lives and impacted on thousands more, changing our city forever.

It will be a time for us to pause and reflect on the tragedy, to remember the people and places that we lost, and all the challenges so many have had to confront for years. It will also be a time for us to reflect on how far we have come.

We can always be proud of our achievements, both large and small. And we can think of the myriad of ways we have come together to support each other and to create opportunity out of adversity.

We can see a modern, vibrant central city full of people friendly spaces that makes a feature of the Ōtākaro Avon River.

We have replaced many community facilities throughout the city with modern, multi-purpose facilities that bring people together.

We have restored many of our heritage buildings, rebuilt damaged infrastructure and created new world-class facilities like our Tūranga library and the soon-to-be opened Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. The city is going from strength to strength, with the new developments creating a real sense of vibrancy.

As a city we will never forget the tragic events of 22 February 2011 – or the people we lost – however we can look forward with confidence to the future, knowing that no matter what, we can always rely on each other to come together in times of need and make the most of everything we each have to offer.


 

The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel


I love the fact it’s 2020! When applied to eyesight, 20/20 refers to clarity of vision and that is what I am sure the year 2020 will deliver to our city and region. I am hugely optimistic for what this year holds.

 

Christchurch Mayor

 

Not only will we continue to see the benefits of private and public investment in our city, we will see major projects fully completed and others underway.

Christchurch’s Convention Centre, Te Pae, will open in 2020 and what a difference that will make for the region as a whole.

When I think of the conferences we will be hosting, I don’t just think about the delegates attending, I think of the extra days that they pack in on either side of the conference, the family they might bring along for the ride, or bring back after the conference when they’ve had a taste of what the region has to offer.

And what about the American Airlines announcement that will connect North America and our region with Los Angeles to Christchurch direct flights three days a week?

I am so grateful we have such an active airport company that continues to invest in building international connectivity.

We will see the Metro Sports Facility starting to rise from the ground this year, and this will bring huge benefits, especially to the accommodation sector, due to the national events that will be held there.

The signs of visible progress we will see this year will really help to restore confidence in what is the heart and soul of our city.


 

The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel


What a wonderful few weeks it has been in Christchurch. We’ve hosted royalty and we’ve revelled in the Canterbury Anniversary events that bring the region together each year. In my mind, there is no better place to be in the spring than Christchurch.

 

Christchurch Mayor

It was an honour to welcome the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Christchurch. I was delighted to host them on a walkabout in Cathedral Square where many people turned out to greet them.

During their visit to Christchurch they got to see Tūranga and the Riverside Market – two attractions which have breathed new life into our central city and helped make it  vibrant place where people want to be.

The vibrancy of Christchurch was also on show at the New Zealand Cup meetings at Addington and Riccarton raceways and at the New Zealand Agricultural Show.

I was thrilled to be able to present the winner’s trophy at Addington to the connections of Cruz Bromac. But the real highlight for me was standing alongside Terrill Charles and Peter Corbett, whose horse Dee And Gee won the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup at Riccarton. I had the honour of presenting them with the Trainer’s trophy.

Four years ago, Terrill was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and given just four and a half months to live. Through sheer determination, support from Peter, and her passion for their horses, she has battled on and defied the odds.

Their story was an inspirational note to end Cup and Show Week festivities on.

 

 


 

Lianne Dalzie

Investigating Infrastructural Investment: Mayor Lianne Dalziel’s recommendations

Mayor Lianne Dalziel is recommending Christchurch City Council puts extra money in its budget for improving the city’s core infrastructure.

Lianne Dalzie
Mayor Lianne Dalziel is recommending council puts extra money into improving core infrastructure

Council has met to begin finalising its Long Term Plan (LTP) – the document that maps out the council’s work programme and priorities for the next 10 years and how it proposes to fund the works.
More than 1500 groups and individuals made submissions on the draft LTP. In response to their feedback, the council is considering:

• Bringing forward $25 million in capital expenditure into the next three years to pay for work to ensure Christchurch’s drinking water is safe, secure and unchlorinated. The focus for the first year remains getting chlorine out of the drinking water

• Allocating an extra $16.8 million over the next three years for improving roads and footpaths, including intersections and school safety

• Approve spending an extra $48 million over the next three years on improving the performance of the city’s wastewater network.

“We heard very clearly from the community that people want roads and footpaths repaired faster, so we’ve made changes that allow us to repair those in the worst condition sooner,” Mayor Lianne Dalziel says.

 

Additional recommendations include:

• Bringing forward funding for the city’s planned new stadium by two years

• Providing a $30 million loan facility to support the building of more social housing in the city

• Supporting a range of initiatives in the community, for example Thompson Park, Linwood Pool, Edgeware Pool and additional opening hours for Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre

• Continuing the Landmark Heritage Grant for three years

• Fast-tracking sections of the Quarryman’s Trail and Nor’West Arc cycleways, which will support a number of schools
• Extending the one-hour free parking offer in its central city car parking buildings until the end of January 2019

• Requesting the Development Forum develops a work programme to maintain momentum in the CBD, focusing on landbanking practices and incentives to develop inner-city residential properties

• Continuing free swims for green prescription holders and preschoolers at council pools during school hours.

To fund this work, it is proposed rates increase by an average of 5.5 percent in the coming financial year (plus $6.52 per property for the special heritage Cathedral grant). This is about $2.80 more a week for a home with the average RV of $500,000.