Jimmy Chen (Hornby Ward)

What value do you see the arts having in Christchurch and how will you support the arts?
In my view the arts and culture like twin brothers which are very crucial to the city for enriching their life and vibrancy; especially after the February 2011 earthquake, the arts and culture are imperative to the earthquake recovery and regeneration for the city of Christchurch. As an incumbent Councillor, in the last 6 years, I have been supporting and grant funding to the Art Gallery, Town Hall as well as the  various Transitional City projects etc. I'll continue to support the arts and culture projects and events as the higher priority through the Council's LTP and AP.

What value do you see social enterprise having in Christchurch, and how will you support it?
Social Entreprise is important to the city of Christchurch; because it allows sustainability to be created in communities for both economically and socially.
Moreover, social entreprise consists of a multiple benefits, like strengthening the local economy, reducing reliance on Council funding, creating more job opportunities, as well as reducing the ratepayers burden.


What would the city look like today without the transitional movement post earthquake?
That will be terrible if without the transitional movement after the earthquake; because it will be less attraction to the residents back to the city, less attraction to the visitors, the economy will be still downturn, the city will be remained in the ruin situation. Transitional projects activated the CBD and suburban areas faster than would otherwise have happened, and also bring people together in their corporate creation and communities together in their use.

If we excluded any economic measures how would you value the contribution of the arts to our society, our city, our community?
There are still social benefits of people retention and attraction, increasing social connectivity, creating a positive city image as well as the visitor attraction.

Christchurch is fast becoming the social enterprise centre of New Zealand, reflected in the fact we are hosting the 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum. What seems common practice in UK city councils is for these governance bodies to prioritise social enterprises in all tendering processes to encourage local economies. What are your thoughts around bringing similar policies into CCC?
The City Council is fostering sustainable community partnerships and looking for opportunities for the relevant organizations and community groups to take responsibility for the management or ownership of community facilities where there is capability and capacity to do so. I fully support social enterprise initiatives due to the resilience, sustainability, as well as the social & economic outcomes.