What value do you see the arts having in Christchurch and how will you support the arts?
In my opinion, the arts are an essential element for advancing the diverse cultural experiences in any large city or town. Having previously performed on stage at the Theatre Royal (now Dame Isaac) I believe I have a positive overall attitude towards the promotion of the arts and would support most initiatives towards achieving maximum exposure plus participation, whenever I am in a position to do so.
What value do you see social enterprise having in Christchurch, and how will you support it?
The value of social enterprise for Christchurch is immense particularly as the city progresses along its' redevelopment path. I would support policies made to attract the young and/or talented people to our city by encouraging more innovation hubs being established.
What would the city look like today without the transitional movement post earthquake?
Very bare, barren and dull.
If we excluded any economic measures how would you value the contribution of the arts to our society, our city, our community?
I do already value the contribution of the arts to our society, our city, our community. Our city would be an extremely boring place without them.
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?
I would support bringing similar policies into CCC provided the financial commitment was sustainable. I personally always try (where I can) to support local enterprise.