What value do you see the arts having in Christchurch and how will you support the arts?
The arts are a central fabric of society and as such are inseparable. As a Value Manager of SCIRT I am probably in a unique position to describe them by text-book terms of reference to Value:
The arts are vital to the economy, because people need them to enhance their lives, they fuel community effectiveness be creating wellbeing needed to get our work done and lastly they enhance efficiency by helping our brain functionality. I will support the arts by making them part of every consideration of Council.
What value do you see social enterprise having in Christchurch, and how will you support it?
I think of social enterprise as being a modern day version of community working bee of my childhood. I think of it as an essential part of society and value it highly. I will support it by reflecting on these views and promoting them whenever discussion involves social enterprise.
What would the city look like today without the transitional movement post earthquake?
It would look less rich in diversity of enterprise and built environment, both of which are areas of particular interest to me.
If we excluded any economic measures how would you value the contribution of the arts to our society, our city, our community?
Firstly I would never exclude economic measures from valuation, but taken in isolation, the arts fundamentally enhance our ability to function and to enjoy ourselves, which benefits individuals, communities, the city and society as a whole.
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?
My life and work is focussed on delivering practical outcomes to clients, enterprises or society. My key planks of expertise to bring to Council are infrastructure, finance and community and for each of these areas social enterprise is a way of engaging and delivering that must be part of the consideration of 'how should we best do this?'