Lianne Dalziel (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Mayor of Christchurch (Christchurch)

Lianne Dalziel was born and raised in Christchurch where she has lived all her life. After completing her law degree at Canterbury University and qualifying to practise law, she worked in the trade union movement until entering Parliament in 1990. She represented Christchurch Central for two terms, had one term as a List MP and then represented Christchurch East until leaving Parliament in 2013 to contest the Christchurch Mayoralty. Lianne served in the Cabinet led by Prime Minister, Helen Clark, (1999-2008), holding a range of portfolios including Commerce. Lianne was a strong advocate for the people in the eastern suburbs of Christchurch affected by the 2010/2011 earthquakes and was appointed to the UNISDR’s Parliamentary Advisory Group on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2012. She was elected Mayor on 12 October 2013.