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Catherine Chu steps away from council as new candidate is announced


Cr Catherine Chu will not seek re-election in October.

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Cr Catherine Chu is not going to search re-election in October.

Christchurch metropolis councillor Catherine Chu is stepping away from native physique politics, including to the rising record of councillors not looking for re-election in October.

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra chairwoman and former Earthquake Fee deputy chief government Renée Walker will change Chu because the Impartial Residents’ candidate for the Riccarton seat.

Chu was elected on an Impartial Residents’ ticket to town council in 2019 and was a neighborhood board member three years earlier than that.

She has come beneath robust criticism, firstly for standing as Nationwide’s candidate for Banks Peninsula simply months after being elected on to the council and then for her woeful attendance at council briefings.

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Christchurch Symphony Orchestra chairwoman and former Earthquake Commission deputy chief executive Renée Walker is standing as an Independent Citizens’ candidate for the Riccarton seat at the local body elections.

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Christchurch Symphony Orchestra chairwoman and former Earthquake Fee deputy chief government Renée Walker is standing as an Impartial Residents’ candidate for the Riccarton seat on the native physique elections.

Chu mentioned she was eager to maneuver on and discover choices outdoors native authorities, however she mentioned she didn’t know what these choices have been.

When requested if she would stand for central authorities once more, Chu mentioned it was too quickly for her to remark.

In the meantime, Walker has determined to place her identify within the combine as a candidate.

“We’d like aspirational pondering and recent eyes trying to the long run by means of a way more thrilling and impressive lens,” she mentioned.

Walker has spent greater than a decade working in high-profile neighborhood engagement, enterprise restoration and insurance coverage management, and she or he believed Christchurch was completely positioned to construct on robust restoration foundations.

Walker mentioned she has a longstanding and powerful connection to the College of Canterbury having held senior management positions there for six years, earlier than finishing her MBA research on campus.

“I’m conscious of the problems for residents across the college, however there’s additionally a large alternative to attach the college extra successfully with the local people, in addition to the business sector.”

Kelly Barber will stand in the Burwood ward.

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Kelly Barber will stand within the Burwood ward.

Deputy mayor Andrew Turner and councillors Jimmy Chen and Anne Galloway have all determined to face down in October.

Cr Phil Mauger will run for the mayoralty and won’t contest his Burwood seat, nevertheless, he has endorsed Waitai/Coastal-Burwood Neighborhood Board chairman Kelly Barber.

Barber has swapped his allegiance after beforehand working beneath the left-leaning Labour-aligned Folks’s Alternative.

He’ll run as an impartial this time round, after ending a distant fifth, mustering simply 547 votes, in a Coastal ward by-election in October final 12 months.

Barber hoped to have higher luck in Burwood, the place he has deep roots after residing within the suburb for 30 years.

“My spouse was born right here, we have been married right here, and raised our youngsters right here. Our youngsters went to kindy right here, performed sports activities for native golf equipment and as a household we went to church right here. That is our residence.”

He mentioned there was nonetheless lots of work to be completed within the east.

“Many roads and footpaths want consideration and there’s a lack of neighborhood services within the ward.”

Nominations for the election open on July 15 and shut on August 12. Voting papers shall be delivered from September 16 and voting closes at noon on October 8. Outcomes shall be launched later that afternoon.



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