Burwood-Coastal Candidate Announcement

The People’s Choice is pleased to announce the selection of Dean Lester to stand for council in the Coastal ward at the upcoming elections, and Andrea Cummings to contest the community board from the Coastal Ward.


The People’s Choice is also pleased to announce the selection of Glenn Livingstone to stand for council in the Burwood ward at the upcoming elections, and Tim Baker to contest the community board from the Coastal Ward.


“It would be an honour to represent our city and work together to build our new lives as we move into a key phase of our recovery.”


“My experience as an insurance advocate means I have an excellent understanding of how to “break down barriers” and find fair and appropriate solutions on behalf of fellow Cantabrians. This kind of conciliation and communication is an important part of being a local government representative.”


“I’ve had an avid interest in politics since my teenage years. Politics was a part of my life growing up as my father Rex Lester represented our City as a Councillor and Deputy Mayor from the late 70’s.”


Glenn Livingstone says “Advocating for the people of Burwood-Pegasus at the Council table has been a real privilege. I’m particularly proud of the work I’ve done around housing and insurance.”


“I’m looking forward to a campaign talking about the issues that matter to voters out East — housing, roads, the future use of the Residential Red Zone, and community facilities.”




Dean Lester is a life-long Christchurch resident and a prominent insurance advocate. Using his decades of experience in the insurance industry, he was involved in the successful launch of the Canterbury Insurance Assistance Service.


Glenn Livingstone is a current councillor for Burwood-Pegasus, and Chair of the Housing Taskforce and Deputy Chair of the Community, Housing and Economic Development Committee. Before being elected to the council in 2010, Glenn was a minister in the Presbyterian Church.


Andrea Cummings is chair of the Burwood-Pegasus Community Board. She is passionate about ensuring ongoing community participation in the regeneration of New Brighton.


Tim Baker is the deputy chair of the Burwood-Pegasus Community Board. As a board member, he has developed community emergency response plans in Aranui.


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Spreydon-Cashmere Candidate Announcement

SPREYDON-CASHMERE. The People’s Choice is pleased to announce it has selected Councillor Phil Clearwater to contest the Spreydon ward at the upcoming elections.

Councillor Clearwater says “It has been a privilege to represent Spreydon-Heathcote on the council for the past term, and I’m looking forward to campaigning in the Spreydon Ward.”

“As a councillor I’ve worked hard for a more prosperous, fairer, and environmentally friendly Christchurch.”

“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to develop safe transport options in Christchurch, particularly for cycling and walking, and I’d love to continue that work and also implement necessary changes for Christchurch’s public transport system after the next election”.

The People Choice has also selected Community Board Chair Karolin Potter and Member Melanie Coker to contest the Cashmere-Spreydon Community Board in Spreydon, and Lee Sampson and Community Board Member Helene Mautner to contest the Community Board in Cashmere.

Lee Sampson, new Community Board candidate, says “I’m proud to be able to call Cashmere my home.”

“As an experienced project manager, licensed builder and youth mentor (with Big Brother Big Sister) I have a depth of practical skills and knowledge that will enable me to advocate strongly and effectively for the Cashmere community.”


Phil Clearwater, a former Professional Leader of Social Work for the CDHB is the chair of the Council’s Infrastructure, Transport, and Environment Committee. Before being elected on to the Council last term, he served as Chair of the Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board for four terms. As Chair of the Infrastructure, Transport, and Environment Committee, he has overseen the Council’s Major Cycleways Programme, bus priority laning and Council’s role in An Accessible City. He has also led Council’s establishment of the Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee.

Karolin Potter is chair of the Spreydon-Heathcote community board and is active in many community organisations including school committees, resident association, after school care, Community Law, Tenants Protection, refugee and migrant settlement and she also worked as an educator for the Human Right Commission. Dr Helene Mautner is a current community board member, chair of the Opawaho-Heathcote River Network, and past-president of National Council of Women (Christchurch Branch). She has a PhD in Communication Disorders, and has worked as computer programmer, business analyst, and waste minimisation consultant.

Lee Sampson is a licensed builder and project manager with significant experience in complex, large-scale deliveries. He is on the steering board of the Otakaro Orchard and is a youth mentor with Big Brother Big Sister.

Dr Melanie Coker is the current Deputy Chair of the Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board. She has a PhD in Biochemistry, and owns and manages an educational services company.

For further comment, contact Phil Clearwater at 0223941073