Members and guests will have the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates and raise questions on issues they feel are important, as a business operating in Christchurch. This forum will provide you with an insight into the objectives of the candidates, as well as understanding the values each candidate will bring to local government - enabling you to make a considered decision about the leadership of Christchurch.
A survey from our members and the wider public through stuff.co.nz helped us to determine which candidates you want to hear from.
Lianne Dalziel - Best for Christchurch
Lianne Dalziel is serving her second term as Mayor after serving for 23 years in the New Zealand Parliament, the last four terms as the Member of Parliament for Christchurch East. During that time Lianne held a number of portfolios, including Immigration, Commerce, Food Safety, Women’s Affairs & Senior Citizens and associate roles in Education and Justice. She chaired the Commerce Select Committee from 2008–2011. Lianne is committed to Christchurch remaining New Zealand's Garden City, but at the same time seizing all the opportunities we now have.
John Minto - Keep our Assets Canterbury
John is a social activist best known for his leadership role in the protests against the 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand. He has a BSc (Physics) from Massey University and most of his working life has been as a teacher but also worked fulltime for five years for the anti-apartheid movement and for six years as an organiser with Unite Union. He has been involved in many campaigns for social justice including in education, housing and in support of Maori struggles for self-determination. He is currently Convenor of the State Housing Action Network and National Chair of the Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa.
Darryll Park - Independent Move Otautahi Christchurch Forward
Darryll Park has lived and worked in and around Christchurch for many years. He was the CEO of Christchurch & Canterbury Marketing Ltd, and helped to reposition Tourism under the government Tourism 2010 Strategy, as well as a past board member of Civil Aviation Authority & Aviation Security Services, two government agencies. He is currently the co-owner of Oxford Management Services, a property development and management company supporting hospitality, Chair of Mondo Travel Group, and a Director of the Canterbury Rugby Union and the Crusaders.