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



James Gough is a third term City Councillor, representing the Fendalton Ward. He is the Chair of the Central City Development Forum, the Health and Safety Committee, Acting Chair of the Regulatory Performance Committee since 2018 and a member of the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee.

He comes from a private enterprise background, particularly in the areas of property, asset management, strategy and governance.

James is a Director of Christchurch City Holdings Ltd (CCHL) and Chair of Civic Building Ltd (CBL), including the Joint Venture Board with Ngai Tahu Property Ltd.

He is also a Director of Gough Corporation Holdings Ltd, Gough Property Corporation Ltd, Countrywide Residential (2018) Ltd and a Trustee of the Antony Gough Trust. He has served as Chair/Director of Vbase Ltd and a Director of Canterbury Development Corporation Ltd, Canterbury Regional Innovation Systems Ltd, Jet Engine Facility Ltd and AMI Stadium Ltd.

James was also a Director of Gough Group Ltd - a large family business specialising in heavy machinery, transport and finance which includes the New Zealand Caterpillar dealership and employs approximately 900 people throughout New Zealand and Australia.

He is passionate about Christchurch and his local community, having served on the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board since 2007 and has been involved at a governance or fundraising level for local charities including the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust, the Diabetes Research Institute Trust, the Foundation for Youth Development, the MacLean Institute Trust and the Canterbury Earthquake Children's Trust. He also sits on the Christchurch-China Sister Cities Committee.
James is married to wife Jasmine and they have two young children and a dog named Boston.

Follow James on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/JGoughPage

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Incumbent Community Board Member Catherine Chu is standing for Council in the Riccarton Ward saying “it’s time for change and action”.

Catherine, an Authorised Financial Advisor, was elected in 2016 as a Riccarton Ward representative to the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board and says she is looking forward to the chance to the represent her community at Council.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my work on the Community Board and my strong involvement with the diverse communities in our Ward. Over the past 6 months I have been approached by many local residents encouraging me to stand for Council. It is clear Riccarton residents want change. I offer a fresh perspective and will work hard to represent local views at Council, it’s time Council listened.”
Being born and raised in Christchurch, Catherine has lived in the Riccarton Ward since her childhood from primary school right through to university and still continues to live in the Riccarton Ward.

“I am passionate about our community and deeply understand the various issues that we face today. I am determined to work with our residents to improve our area and our city, Christchurch.”

“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 for our City.”

Catherine is an Executive Member of Keep Christchurch Beautiful and is also a member of the Riccarton Rotary Club.

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 management 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