Christchurch East electorate

Christchurch East is currently represented by Labour's Poto Williams, who won comfortably with a margin of 7,480. In 2017, Labour won the largest share of Christchurch East's party votes – 47% to National's 36%. It has the highest proportion of both technical and trades workers and construction workers in the country and has been held by Labour since 1922.

Helen Houghton
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Support New Brighton business owners to bring cantabrians into New Brighton. This treasure is an under utilised asset. Oppose rates and tax increases and support Christchurch home owners and businesses who have been through so much already. Reward NGOs in the East who have set up grass roots support networks for the high demand of need, provide more supports.
Why I’m running
I believe in a country where the citizens have a say in how the country is run and that the government is there to serve it's people. I am concerned about the breakdown in families and the increasing mental health issues in our youth so I will ensure the government place priority for our young people by supporting and investing in family relationships. For our people to believe in themselves they need a hand up by equipping and empowering them. Actions not words or unkept promises.
About me
After teaching all levels in Christchurch primary schools for the past 15 years I founded a charitable trust in the heart of East Christchurch supporting women and families. Through my teaching and life experience I am able to empower women and families to value their contribution to society by equipping them with skills for successful parenting and future career opportunities. I also work alongside agencies supporting children who have experienced a history of trauma. Education is key for success.
Party list rank
6
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Primary teacher and director of NGO
Place of residence
Prestons
Age
53
Paula Eason
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Advocating for the human rights of babies in the womb. I will strongly oppose the decriminalisation of abortion. I am a strong advocate of a holistic education system inclusive of mental, physical, spiritual and social development. I am committed to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Why I’m running
I believe it is time for Māori and Pākehā Christians in Aotearoa to stand with one accord and champion the voice of righteousness, justice, truth and freedoms in our land. The church has played the silent, victimised and battered partner for too long – afraid to speak out against the lawlessness, injustices and ungodliness ravaging our families, our homes, our society. Enough is enough! It's time. We have a voice! It's time to be heard! No longer can we stay silent in this most urgent hour.
About me
I'm exceptionally passionate about education and learning, particularly when it comes to helping young people and women achieve success in all areas of their lives.  With a 20-year professional teaching background, 3 years as an online business mentor and coach, 17 years in church ministry and a lifetime of working with whanau – I think it is fair to say that being highly driven, self-motivated and dedicated to helping others succeed – is at the core of my life's greatest ambitions!
Party list rank
23
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Online business coach and mentor
Place of residence
Edgeware
Age
46

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Charlotte Staples
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Oppose further rollout of 5G until the community has been sufficiently consulted and satisfied of its safety to all! Support harm reducing health based initiatives to deal with the high rates of meth use, gang activity and incarceration. Grow small business and beautify Christchurch East to bring the standard of living up to be a more healthier and happier place.
Why I’m running
Freedom regarding our environment, our bodies and our choices, have been eroded one by one over time and I am standing as a candidate in this election to help implement solutions that can reverse that and to encourage people to claim back their own power and freedoms. I would also like to oversee and support the cannabis referendum that I helped initiate, to stop the unnecessary yet rampant persecution and prosecution as well as to make it easily accessible and affordable for those who need it!
About me
Many people in this country have devastatingly suffered, yet their voices have not been heard. I know because I am one of them. I was brought up lost in the welfare system, stigmatized in the school system, used and abused in the health system and targeted by the justice system. And yet, I could always find the silver lining. I strive for a happy, healthy community and environment where our children can thrive and I will never give up until we succeed. Localism and freedom of choice is key here.
Party list rank
18
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Home-school teacher and volunteer
Place of residence
Bishopdale, Christchurch
Age
45

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Toni Severin
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
9
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
7th in Christchurch East
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
Age
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Glen McConnell
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Hope: the people of the East need and deserve a great community that they can be proud of for themselves and their children. Transparency: starting with honesty of officials, but also trusting the people to be in the decision-making process. Accountability: for too long officials have been able to get away with bad or dubious decisions. This needs to end now!
Why I’m running
I stand for people powered democracy and transparency that has been promised but never delivered by successive governments. They do not trust the people with the truth. I will ensure the people will not be treated like children anymore. Hope is what that gets people up in the morning, yet our great-grandchildren will be repaying the debt incurred by this governments poor decisions, so accountability must be made law! It is foolish to give anyone authority who is not accountable for the results of their actions.
About me
As a former Senior Leader in the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and manager in a government department I know the issues the East faces, and will be tackling them head on. I seek the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Portfolio and will ensure that Christchurch East is treated fairly. Flooding and water quality issues must be sorted! I will draw on my extensive experience in youth work and my time as a Board Member of Agape Trust in Aranui to ensure that youth and families in the East are provided with hope for a prosperous and healthy future.
Party list rank
17
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
I own my own project management company
Place of residence
South Shore
Age
56

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Paula Lambert
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
4
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
5th in Christchurch East
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
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Age
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Nikki Berry
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Rapidly reduce emissions and create green jobs to mitigate the climate crisis and create a thriving fair, society. Eradicate poverty and prioritise well being through adequate funding of all services so that everyone can live well. Support and invest in local initiatives to restore and protect our natural areas, reduce waste, and care for our land.
Why I’m running
Our vision for a society that cares for all people, and for nature, is both realistic and possible. The government must protect people and planet. For too many years, greed and lack of vision have eroded these protections and people have lost hope. I want people to understand that under our MMP system, a party vote for the Greens is the way to shape the government to reflect our shared values. The more Green MPs we have in parliament, the more transformative our government will be.
About me
I am a professional musician, who loves to spend time in nature, ride my bike, make pottery, grow food and spend time with my grand-children. I've lived in this area for over thirty years. I wish everyone had the choices I have. To enjoy their work, to live in a clean, warm, dry home, and spend time in nature. I am a candidate for the Greens because I believe that having Greens in government is the only way to ensure everyone can live a good life, and that nature and future generations thrive.
Party list rank
26
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
3rd in Waimakariri
Before politics
Musician, conductor and arranger
Place of residence
North Beach
Age
56
Poto Williams
MP for Christchurch East
My local priorities
Create a violence free Aotearoa NZ where our children are safe and thriving and reach their full potential. Build strong, thriving and resilient communities, where we all feel welcome, we all have a voice and we are all loved. End the inequity that exists for women, our indigenous and ethnic peoples, the gender diverse and marginalised groups.
Why I’m running
I have had the privilege of serving the community and I know how important a thriving community is to the health, wellbeing and resilience of us all. The recent Lockdown demonstrated how we care for each other. I believe many solutions to long term problems such as family violence, lie in strengthening our communities and the NGO sector. I also come to Parliament to do what I can to make Aotearoa a safe place for our kids to thrive and reach their full potential.
About me
I'm a mum and grandmum and spent much of my professional life serving in various community roles. I'm a keen (if uninformed) sports watcher, though my days of playing are mostly behind me, I keep fit by jogging as many days as I can down the beautiful Marine Parade. I hold an MBA and started my DBA, but gave this study away to serve the people of Christchurch East. My family came from the Cook Islands in the late 1950's and I am Cook Island Kiwi, supporting the Christchurch Pacific community.
Party list rank
21
First entered parliament
2013
2017 electorate result
Won Christchurch East
Before politics
Reg mgr. Waipuna (St John of God)
Place of residence
Waimairi Beach
Age
58
Lincoln Platt
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Hold our council to account for neglect toward post-quake regeneration of shopping areas, infrastructure and roads. Support increasing police resources for better public access, security and to tackle harm associated with gangs. Advocate to reinstate a Primary Birthing Unit at Burwood Hospital to reduce travel distance to other birthing units.
Why I’m running
I've spent three decades in the architectural and construction industry, navigating complex issues through governing bodies. I have volunteered a lot of time with several charitable trusts, school boards and community organisations. I own a successful business which changed focus post-quake to help vulnerable people rebuild their homes. The experience of losing my family home in the red zone drove me to help many families through the difficult rebuild process. I am ready to represent you.
About me
I am passionate about providing affordable housing, it has a huge impact on poverty in New Zealand. By correcting this situation is how we empower families to have a better quality of life. Our economy must be managed well ensuring debt is managed well and spent responsibly to reduce the burden on future generations. Our basic post-quake infrastructure needs to be completed to a reasonable standard; the frustrating neglect of our eastern suburbs must stop. I want better leadership.
Party list rank
53
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Architectural designer home builder
Place of residence
Christchurch
Age
47

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