Lianne Dalziel was born and raised in Christchurch, she began her education at Waimairi Primary and completed her studies with a law degree at the University of Canterbury. She was admitted to the bar in 1984.
From there her career rapidly advanced, initially in trade unions, where she was one of the few young female voices.
She was shoulder tapped to stand as a Labour MP for the Christchurch Central seat in 1990 and accepted.
For the last 23 years she has worked in central government holding a variety of portfolios, including Immigration, Senior Citizens, ACC, Disability Issues, Women's Affairs and Small Business.
Prior to the 2011 election Lianne was the Minister of Commerce, the Minister for Food Safety and an Associate Minister of Justice.
She was elected as Mayor of Christchurch in October 2013 and is married to Rob Davidson.
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