Aaron Keown (Harewood Ward)

What value do you see the arts having in Christchurch, and how will you support the arts?
The Arts are an intrinsic part of a vibrant and livable city. They bring a variety of people together - strengthening communities and stimulating critical and social engagement. I am a personal supporter of the Arts and will continue to advocate for them in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

What value do you see social enterprise having in Christchurch, and how will you support it?
Social enterprises have contributed substantially to the current Arts environment in Christchurch. It is important that the gains that have been made are not ignored.

What would the city look like today without the transitional movement post earthquake?
Empty of creatives and quite possibly audiences as well!

If we took all economic factors out of the equation, how would you value the contribution of the Arts?
The Arts have helped to both distract and heal us in the wake of the changes to our city. The determination of the Arts community that ‘the show must go on’ has inspired many. Others have found, through the Arts, methods to process their experiences. In these ways alone the contribution of the Arts to our society is immeasurable.

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?
Supporting local economies should be a priority however promoting  fair and open competition through the tendering process only works when those tendering are operating from a level playing field.