Faimeh Burke (Harewood Ward)


1. What value do you see the arts having in Christchurch, and how will you support the arts?
The Arts have the power to challenge, move and educate us. Being our cultural identity, the arts are at the heart of creating a vibrant, exciting city for everyone to enjoy.

As an art lover and collector, I will support the arts and culture by attending events, and also by supporting the Council’s role in providing venues and sponsorship for selected cultural events through funding in the Council’s long term and annual plans.

2. What value do you see social enterprise having in Christchurch, and how will you support it?
What differentiates social enterprises with other enterprises is that their mission is community wellbeing rather than just financial profit. A successful social enterprise allows sustainability and strengthens the community. I will support social enterprises at Council as investing in the creative industries is an investment in our innovative potential, our health, our humanity and our education. 

3. What would the city look like today without the transitional movement post-earthquake?
Although the post-earthquake creative explosion in Christchurch is very different from that of Berlin in the 90’s, it has one thing in common with Berlin - it marks a pivotal time in history for the city. We need a soul as well as underground infrastructure repairs if we want to create a vibrant place where people want to live, work and enjoy life. Without the transitional movements post-earthquake, we would live in a characterless city. The involvement of our creative communities is essential to building a new city which would attract our community and tourists to visit.  

4. If we took all economic factors out of the equation, how would you value the contribution of the Arts?
Apart from being entertaining, exciting and  life-enhancing, the arts have the power to challenge, move and educate us, create constructive debates, increased social connectivity and define our identities. The arts represent an investment in our quality of life.

5. 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?

It will be great to see SEWF 2017 in Christchurch! Considering the potential positive community outcomes as the result of using social enterprises, I would encourage the Council look at new ways to prioritise them in all tendering processes.