Since 2010, I’ve actively supported the community as a Director of Rebuild Christchurch, providing information on what’s happening in our city to both residents and concerned people around the world. Alongside that, I led the formation of the Rebuild Christchurch Foundation which provided assistance to hundreds of families in need and the Canterbury Insurance Assistance Service to help guide families and vulnerable people through the insurance process.
Now I want to support Christchurch at a local government level, seizing this unique opportunity we have to become an amazing city again. With inspirational vision, strong people-focused leadership and thriving communities, that opportunity can be realised.
Over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing with you my thoughts on the key areas of focus required for our aspirations to be achieved. I’m also keen to hear about issues affecting you and your ideas for the future of Christchurch.
From the disaster Christchurch has a one-off opportunity to define itself as the city it wants to be - a place where people want to live, work, raise a family, invest, retire and visit.
The Council must show leadership by making decisions that are right by you and what’s best for Christchurch. I want to see communities given the resources to empower action to do what communities know is best for them. We’ll achieve this together by embedding a culture of doing what’s right and delegating genuine responsibility to local communities.
Leadership is about doing the right thing. With so much change being experienced, it is vital that we are fully engaged and have the information we need to make the right decisions and feel included. Too many times, things happen to us and not with us. No-one should feel left behind.
Now that Christchurch has started rebuilding we must unify as one city behind an inspirational vision that will confidently deliver the hopes and dreams for the current and future generations. The Central Ward plays the most crucial role in achieving our aspirations.
He aha te mea nui o tea o. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.
People come first and to empower a greater sense of belonging and ownership I would like to see local communities provided with genuine opportunities to engage in decisions concerning local amenities and services, with the power to take action. Local knowledge and passion will activate ideas and provide sensible priorities for neighbourhood tasks to be achieved. You know what is best for your communities, I will play my role in helping to achieve your aspirations around the Council table.