Sam MacDonald is our Council candidate for the Waimairi Ward.

Sam has represented the Waimairi Ward on the Fendalton Waimairi Harewood Community Board since 2016, he currently serves as the Community Board Chair.

As a Chartered Accountant, Sam works locally in the private sector. He worked for the large Accountancy firm BDO prior to his move into the Construction sector. He has also been involved in the Not for Profit Sector previously serving as a Trustee of the Rata Foundation (a $600 million Community Trust based in Christchurch).

Sam, 28, lives and pays rates in his Ward and works closely with local residents and Community groups to resolve local Council issues.

“I’m really enjoying my work on our Community Board and am looking forward to earning the privilege of representing our community at Council. With rates expected to rise by 50% on average over the next 10 years its clear something needs to be done. I intend to taker greater financial discipline and scrutiny to Council.”

Please feel free to Contact Sam anytime on 027 333 9215 or sam@sammacdonald.co.nz



I am a third term city councillor and I chair the council’s Regulatory Performance, Central City Development Forum and Health, Safety & Wellbeing Committees.

I am a director of Christchurch City Holdings Ltd, the city’s commercial arm, and I chair Civic Building Ltd, council’s joint venture with Ngai Tahu Property Ltd.

My professional background is in property, asset management and corporate governance.

I have previously served as a director of Gough Group, a heavy equipment, transport and finance company, which includes the New Zealand Caterpillar dealership and employs approximately 1,000 people throughout New Zealand and Australia. I have also served as chair of Vbase Ltd and as a director of Canterbury Development Corporation Ltd (now ChristchurchNZ).


I bring a business lens with a people-focus that puts you and our city's future at the heart of decision making.

What sets me apart is I am not interested in why things can’t happen; I am committed to finding ways they can.

I am driven to cap the unsustainable rates rises, ensure the permanent removal of chlorine from our city’s drinking-water supply and to enhance your quality of life with a council that is efficient, effective and that works for you. I take great pleasure in representing you and ensuring your views are heard.

I have never been afraid to go against the grain and I am committed to ensuring Christchurch is a prosperous, safe and vibrant city now and for the future.

It has been a privilege and a pleasure to represent you and I am seeking your backing once again.

Make your vote count - a vote for James Gough is a vote for the future.

For more information visit:  www.jamiegough.co.nz or www.facebook.com/JGoughPage


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catherine chu

Where do we want Christchurch to be in 10 years?

It’s now time for a new face and a new perspective (on our City Council). (to be taken out on CB one)

Born in Christchurch, raised in Riccarton and having served on the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board for the last 3 years, I have a deep understanding of our community.

Being fluent in Korean and English, and with a study background in Chinese, Japanese and Te Reo Māori, I have a broad understanding of our diverse community and believe I can unite our communities closer together in harmony.

I’m an Authorised Financial Adviser, an Executive Member of Keep Christchurch Beautiful and passionate about keeping our Garden City clean and green.

I am also a member of the Riccarton Rotary Club and volunteer at the Riccarton Sunday Market.

We need to take action on reviewing Council spending, we need to take action on ensuring rates are affordable and we need to take action on restoring basic infrastructure and services to our city.

For positive change, please vote Catherine Chu for City Council.

You can contact Catherine on

021 176 0985



I’m excited by the opportunity to represent the Central Ward at Council. My principal place of residence is in the Central Ward of the Linwood - Central - Heathcote Community Board area. 

I’m the Founding Director of Mates Social Media - a creative agency that specialises in Social Media advertising. As an agency we love engaging in campaigns that involve building culture in Christchurch and we are the curators behind the ‘Mates of Christchurch’ Facebook and Instagram page. 

As a young professional who lives and works in the city, I understand the dynamics between those who come into the city to work and those who live here. I think it’s super important to have someone around the council table who can represent these views and be a strong voice for residence and ratepayers in a ward that will grow as our city rebuilds. 

I love Christchurch as a city and what is offers to us as residences. I play hockey for a local club and I have been active in the amateur musical theatre community for the past 8 years. Our future is incredibly exciting and I think Central Ward residents need a fresh and energetic voice to represent them in conversations around the Council and Community Board table about the future our of city. 




I am running for City Council in the Papanui Ward because I can see that we can reduce both debt levels and reduce rates by having councillors and staff working closer together, re-focusing on delivering core services more economically.

My experience with council and private enterprise gives me a good perspective on sensible financial management and where the City Council is falling short.

As a qualified accountant and associate member of Governance NZ, I bring over 20 years’ experience working in both local and central government.

I live in Strowan and Papanui is my family’s local community. I have the local understanding and knowledge to represent Papanui on Council. I am determined to give Papanui and northern Christchurch a strong voice at the council table to better manage traffic congestion, ensure services like the Graham Condon Centre are accessible, and to work on keeping our local parks and reserves open, tidy and usable.

But I can only begin to make that sort of difference if you give me your support when you vote for the Papanui Council.

You can contact me on 0275575222 or mcdougall_peter@hotmail.com