In the interests of contributing to a democratic culture of informed and engaged citizens, Gap Filler sent a brief questionnaire to every candidate for mayor or council. We asked candidates to limit each answer to 200 words. We received 44 replies from the 66 candidates. Their replies are published in full below, as they were sent to us; we have not corrected any typos or misspellings, or modified the answers in any way except to arrange them on the page. Please read the responses, and use this to help decide how to cast your vote!
1. In what ways, if elected, would you encourage active citizenship & people’s participation in building our city?
2. What role can Council play to make the post-earthquake environment an attraction rather than a deterrent?
3. Do you support experimentation via temporary community, art, business and architecture projects? If so, how can Council support these temporary activities? If not, why not?
4. What of your recent work and volunteering experience is relevant to Christchurch’s present needs?
5. Which Blueprint anchor project are you most supportive of and why?
The Responses by ward:
Blair Anderson | Another Mildgreen Initiative – Did Not Reply
Tubby Hansen | Economic Euthenics – Did Not Reply
Sammy Harris | Independent – Did Not Reply
Peter Wakeman | Independent – Did Not Reply
Banks Peninsula Councillor
Jane Broughton | iCitz-Independent Citizens – Did Not Reply
Burwood/Pegasus Ward Councillor
David East | Independent – Did Not Reply
Glenn Livingstone | The People’s Choice – Did Not Reply
Sam Park | Independet – Did Not Reply
Linda Stewart | Independent – Did Not Reply
Fendalton/Waimairi Ward Councillor
Gary Wall | Independent City 1st – Did Not Reply
Andrew Yoon | Independent – Did Not Reply
Hagley/Ferrymead Ward Councillor
David Breen – Did Not Reply
Matthew Carpenter | Independent – Did Not Reply
Nathan Durkin – Did Not Reply
Riccarton/Wigram Ward Councillor
Helen Broughton | iCitz Independent Citizens – Did Not Reply
Walpole Wenping Chen | Independent – Did Not Reply
Sara Harnett | The People’s Choice – Labour – Did Not Reply
Peter Laloli | iCitz Independent Citizens – Did Not Reply
Mike Mora | The People’s Choice – Labour – Did Not Reply
Shirley/Papanui Ward Councillor
Ngaire Button | Independent City 1st – Did Not Reply
Spreydon/Heathcote Ward Councillor
Philip Clearwater | The People’s Choice – Labour – Did Not Reply
Karolin Potter | The People’s Choice – Did Not Reply
THE ELECTION: How to Enrol, and more info about the candidates
Voting papers will be arriving in letterboxes across Christchurch from Friday 20 September and may take up to five days to be delivered. If your papers don’t turn up by Thursday 26 September, you’re either not enrolled or your details are out of date.
People can enrol to vote in the 2013 elections up until Friday 11 October but, along with people who did not enrol before 16 August or have not updated their details, will have to cast a special vote and must contact the Christchurch elections hotline on 0508 440 017 . Special voting facilities will be available at:
- Civic Offices, Ground Floor, 53 Hereford Street.
- Shirley Service Centre, 36 Marshland Road.
- Akaroa Service Centre, 28 Rue Jolie, Akaroa Recreation Ground.