Mayoral Candidate Forum

Please note this event is now full. We apologise if you missed out but you can  follow the discussion via liveblog at read coverage in The Press on Thursday.

As the mayoral race heats up, we look forward to hosting three of the 2019 candidates in an exclusive event which is not to be missed.

Members and guests will have the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates and raise questions on issues they feel are important, as a business operating in Christchurch. This forum will provide you with an insight into the objectives of the candidates, as well as understanding the values each candidate will bring to local government - enabling you to make a considered decision about the leadership of Christchurch.

A survey from our members and the wider public through helped us to determine which candidates you want to hear from. 


Lianne Dalziel - Best for Christchurch

Lianne Dalziel is serving her second term as Mayor after serving for 23 years in the New Zealand Parliament.  She served as a Cabinet Minister, holding a range of portfolios, including Commerce and Small Business. Due to her experience of serving Christchurch East at the time of the earthquakes, Lianne was invited to join a UN Parliamentarians’ Advisory Group on Disaster Risk Reduction. She has been invited to speak at international conferences and is a passionate advocate for building resilience. Lianne is committed to Christchurch as a city of opportunity for all - open to new ideas, new people and new ways of doing things - a place where anything is possible.   .

John Minto - Keep our Assets Canterbury

John is a social activist best known for his leadership role in the protests against the 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand. He has a BSc (Physics) from Massey University and most of his working life has been as a teacher but also worked fulltime for five years for the anti-apartheid movement and for six years as an organiser with Unite Union.  He has been involved in many campaigns for social justice including in education, housing and in support of Maori struggles for self-determination. He is currently Convenor of the State Housing Action Network and National Chair of the Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa.

Darryll Park - Independent Move Otautahi Christchurch Forward

Darryll Park has lived and worked in and around Christchurch for many years. He was the CEO of Christchurch & Canterbury Marketing Ltd, and helped to reposition Tourism under the government Tourism 2010 Strategy, as well as a past board member of Civil Aviation Authority & Aviation Security Services, two government agencies. He is currently the co-owner of Oxford Management Services, a property development and management company supporting hospitality, Chair of Mondo Travel Group, and a Director of the Canterbury Rugby Union and the Crusaders.

Sacha McNeill

Sacha McNeil is a highly respected news broadcaster and journalist who has worked for both Mediaworks and TVNZ over the past two decades. Sacha has fronted most news shows at all hours of the day and night, breaking stories, conducting live interviews with newsmakers and politicians locally as well as travelling to report on natural disasters internationally. 



Wednesday 4 September 2019
5.00pm - 7.30pm
The Piano, Armargh Street


Member - Free to attend
Non-Member - Free to attend



4/09/2019 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The Piano 156 Armagh Street CHRISTCHURCH 8011 NEW ZEALAND

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