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Local Government candidates call on Dalziel to be 'upfront'

Emma Olsen
Lianne Dalziel
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel Lianne Dalziel (facebook)

An association of local government candidates have called on Mayor Lianne Dalziel to release details about her rates increase policy.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel faces a dozen challengers for the job in the upcoming elections

One candidate, businessman Darryll Park, has promised zero rate increases, and now the Independent Citizens Association, who have 17 candidates contesting October's local body elections, has encouraged Dalziel to reveal her plans regarding rates. 

"We think it would benefit the public because she would be open and transparent with them in terms of what she plans to charge them," Independent Citizens council candidate for Waimairi, Sam MacDonald, said. 

MacDonald said ratepayers in Christchurch had "had enough" of the rates increases.

"It is important that the two key Mayoral contenders are upfront with the public in terms of the additional rate burden they are expecting ratepayers to pay over this next term of Council," he added. 

Christchurch ratepayer Gareth Veale said Dalziel hadn't released information about rates because of her competition in the upcoming election.

"I think she's trying to be coy, she's trying to hush, hush, put that one under the rug, so we don't have to talk about it," he said. 

"Lianne, prior to say Darryll joining the race would've been sweet-walking to the mayoralty," Veale said.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel was not available to comment on this article. 

Mayoral candidate, Darryll Park, who is not a member of Independent Citizens, said his zero rates increase policy had come down to him looking at rates from a business perspective.

He described the growth of rates under Dalziel's leadership as unprecedented and unacceptable.