Christchurch Central electorate

Christchurch Central is currently represented by Labour's Duncan Webb, who won comfortably with a margin of 2,871. In 2017, Labour won the largest share of Christchurch Central's party votes – 41% to National's 39%. Established in 1946, the electorate was held by Labour until it was narrowly won by National's Nicky Wagner in 2011. Webb won the seat back for Labour in 2017.

Ken Webb
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
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First entered parliament
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2017 electorate result
Did not stand
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Hayden Laurie
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Support NZers basic right to access cannabis and euthanasia under the right conditions. Bring back a world class city centre into the modern era, by easing restrictions on building height to maximize potential commercial space. Promote effective environmental policy such as additional investment in electric transport and letting parts of the "red zone" go back to natural wetland.
Why I’m running
I am standing in this electorate to represent the untapped potential of not just Christchurch but also NZ as a whole, we have many problems to tackle and it may not be an easy ride, however the first step we can take to fixing these issues is to listen to the people at hand and create policies that look after the proverbial little guy. By reducing inequality and creating a fairer society through smart economic management we can finally get to witness the NZ we all dream of.
About me
I have lived in Christchurch almost all my life and have recently graduated from high school, however it wasn't until this year that I found purpose in helping others through a political platform that encourages people to speak up without fear and whilst this is all happening my core interests revolve around geography and electoral analysis. My goal going forward is to create a political party that can inspire people to be their very best and help give youth a bigger voice at the table.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
High school student
Place of residence
Sydenham
Age
18

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Abigail Johnson
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Reduce red tape and bureaucracy to get the economy going and help more Kiwis into jobs. Balancing the books to deal with our public debt without cutting funding to core services. Improving our national wellbeing through reforming the mental health system to allow for more choice in treatment.
Why I’m running
I am campaigning to raise ACT's party vote in Christchurch Central. My focus is on advancing individual liberties such as freedom of expression and choice in education, as well as encouraging sensible economic choices including handling our national debt.
About me
I am an economics student with a passion for politics, finance, and biking around Ōtautahi. I've lived in Christchurch almost all my life and have worked for a number of small local businesses here. I also enjoy connecting with the community through volunteer work, university societies, and my residents' association.
Party list rank
38
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Student
Place of residence
Fendalton
Age
18
Carole Church
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Protect and grow our retail/small businesses in the CBD. Revitalise our city centre through the completion of recreational infrastructure so we can have more public events. Introduce better guidelines for inner city living that will benefit Christchurch.
Why I’m running
I am concerned that we are losing our democratic rights in this country right now. New Zealanders have had enough of politicians pursuing their own personal agendas, what we want is transparent stewardship of this country by honest people who put the country first. It's time for change. It's time for the people to take this country back.
About me
I was born and raised in St Albans. I own two small businesses in Christchurch. I am a Chartered Accountant and work with small and start-up businesses. In Government in Wellington I have worked in education at the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust and the Ministry of Education. In the community I have worked with the homeless, the disabled, fostered children and provided financial education and budgeting support to women.
Party list rank
50
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Self-employed business owner
Place of residence
Strowan
Age
55
Michael Britnell
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Promote cannabis business in Christchurch/Canterbury which will create jobs for the local economy. Improve access and short term parking in city centre and encourage smaller businesses to establish themselves. Save Linwood Village by opening up Worcester Street at Fitzgerald Ave to encourage business back.
Why I’m running
This election will be the seventh time I have run for parliament. The reason is to help us get to this point where we are now having a referendum on cannabis law reform. Prohibition is a policy that has cost billions of dollars and damaged thousands of lives. The cost to the community and break down of community trust and spirit, far exceeds the billions spent over the years policing it. This is the opportunity to legalise by ticking yes on the Government Legalise and Control Bill, Referendum.
About me
I believe legalising cannabis is the right thing to do, as a Kiwi core value is fairness. The law as it is has unfairly discriminated against a large sector of our community, in particular Māori arrested at four times the rate. A cannabis conviction can make finding a job difficult and make joining a gang attractive. Thousands of people in this position will be able to find employment in the new clean green environmentally safe cannabis industry worth billions. Adding new tax to post-Covid economy.
Party list rank
3
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Landlord, sole-trader
Place of residence
Englefield
Age
No response given

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Chrys Horn
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Get everyone into warm, dry homes. Develop an effective and highly efficient public transport system that helps Christchurch move easily and well. Get the NZ economy back on its feet by creating Green jobs and setting ourselves and our children up for a better future.
Why I’m running
I really want to see a strong Labour-Greens government in the next term so that we can get bolder action to look after both our people and our planet at this critical time.
About me
My background is in grassroots community and environmental work. I build community to help create a world we want to see. Doing this work has given me experience in working with political processes and also a good knowledge of the social and ecological systems within which we all live. It also means I'm good at looking for and using opportunities that arise.
Party list rank
33
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
3rd in Selwyn
Before politics
Community researcher
Place of residence
Halswell, Christchurch
Age
56
Duncan Webb
MP for Christchurch Central
My local priorities
A vibrant and prosperous inner city which is attractive for people to live in, to work in, and to visit. Address issues of inequality in wealth and housing so that everyone can live with dignity in a home of their own. Work towards a city that is sustainable where the best transport options are available including walking and cycling.
Why I’m running
I aspire to a society where everyone can thrive. That means helping each other out in times of need, and aiming higher than just getting by.
About me
Prior to entering parliament, I was a professor, lawyer, and social activist. I represented homeowners and businesses in struggles with insurers and EQC after the earthquakes. I live in St Albans with my family and have advocated policies that promote Christchurch Central as a place to live as well as work. I believe thriving businesses supported by good government policy are essential to building a just society that cares for all.
Party list rank
43
First entered parliament
2017
2017 electorate result
Won Christchurch Central
Before politics
Lawyer / professor of law
Place of residence
St Albans
Age
53
Dale Stephens
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
The personal safety and security of our people (and property) both at home and in public. Jobs, jobs, jobs as we are in an economic free fall. We need jobs for our people to get them security. A lot of projects promised for the city have not been delivered. I want to accelerate these projects and get them done!
Why I’m running
I have always valued 'service' to the public as something that is important to do. I have gained immense personal satisfaction from helping people, initially as a police officer and then in a range of service oriented roles at Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry for Primary Industries and at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. I feel I now have a world of experience that will enable me to be a highly capable member of parliament working to strengthen our communities and New Zealand effectively.
About me
Born and raised in Christchurch Central so this electorate means a lot to me. I work hard with a reputation for getting stuff done! I am highly skilled in facilitating results. I'm adept at getting people working together, am strong at analysing and problem solving and am an inclusive decision maker. I have a range of qualifications and work experience in public service, the business sector, not-for-profit and sports sectors. I have a range of interests and a hugely supportive whānau
Party list rank
29
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Director of Māori business at NZTE
Place of residence
Christchurch city
Age
60
Benjamin Price
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
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About me
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Party list rank
21
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
6th in Waimakariri
Before politics
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Mark Arneil
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
A more egalitarian, inclusive and just society with well-paying jobs and affordable housing. More government investment in infrastructure needs, research and development and in job rich sustainable industries. NZ's environmental, economic and sovereign rights are protected and we are responsible Pacific leaders and protectors.
Why I’m running
On my return after working overseas five years ago, I was struck by the inequality and a new class of working poor finding it hard to make ends meet let alone owning a home, the deterioration of public services, and a lack of investment in infrastructure to keep pace with unfettered population growth. I was also appalled by National's obsession with a low-wage workforce instead of training young people and their relentless sale of land, state houses, and primary businesses to foreign interests.
About me
I'm an accomplished hospitality and recreation and events manager, with global experience running large complex operations in the private, corporate and public sectors. I was also the owner of a successful hospitality and leisure consulting business.
Party list rank
14
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Recreation and sports manager
Place of residence
St Albans
Age
58

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