What value do you see the arts having in Christchurch, and how will you support the arts?
Great value !
The arts and culture are important to the vibrancy and life of the city. They have an important place in recovery and regeneration, in keeping the creative communities in Christchurch, in visitor attraction, residents’ enjoyment, in city image, social development and economic development.
I will support the arts and culture having full consideration through Council’s funding processes. I also support Council’s role in providing and supporting venues (The Town Hall, Art Gallery, Isaac Theatre Royal, suburban performance spaces).
What value do you see social enterprise having in Christchurch, and how will you support it?
Social enterprise allows sustainability to be created in communities, both socially and economically. A successful social enterprise strengthens the organisation itself. It also strengthens the community, adds resilience, social cohesion. Social enterprise potentially strengthens the local economy, creates employment, and reduces reliance on Council funding and other funding sources, and potentially Council facilities. Council has already extended some aspects of CCC funding to social enterprise and I would support further assistance
What would the city look like today without the transitional movement post-earthquake?
There would have been less opportunity for the creative communities, less attraction for residents and less activity creating a positive image of the city's recovery activity; we would have progressed much more slowly. The transitional movement created some of the city's first new activity and helped in the rebirth of the city. It created some of the defining images of the city after the quakes, and created activity that retained creative people and attracted others. The transitional projects brought people together in their 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?
Some of the benefits are intangible , but there are social benefits of people attraction and retention, increased social connectivity, nurturing creativity and the arts, creating interest, vibrancy, a positive city image and visitor attraction. The arts provide educational opportunity, new, innovative experiences and shared experiences.
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?
Council is actively fostering sustainable, community partnerships and looking for opportunities for community groups and other organisations to take responsibility for the management or ownership of community facilities where there is capacity and capability to do so. Council is looking at new ways of delivering services to take advantage of social enterprise opportunities that exist, including leases and procurement relating to, for example, cafes and other opportunities within council facilities. I support social enterprise initiatives for reasons of sustainability and resilience, with positive social and economic outcomes.