Christine Elizabeth Fletcher
|37th Mayor of Auckland City|
|Preceded by||Les Mills|
|Succeeded by||John Banks|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
1996 – 1999
|Preceded by||Seat created|
|Succeeded by||Richard Worth|
2 December 1955 |
Christine Fletcher, QSO (born 25 January 1955) is an Auckland Council councillor and also prominent for her former New Zealand politics positions, both in Parliament and as Mayor of Auckland City. She was the second woman to serve as mayor of Auckland. In October 2010 she became the co-leader of the Auckland local body ticket Citizens & Ratepayers after winning the Albert-Eden-Roskill ward on the new Auckland Council.
Early life and family
Fletcher was educated at St Cuthbert's College, Auckland. She was married to Angus Fletcher, and was the sister in-law of former Fletcher Challenge CEO Hugh Fletcher and his wife Chief Justice Sian Elias.Daughter of Shirley and Ted Lees (see Daniel Edward Lees at www.businesshalloffame.co.nz)
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
She then won the new Epsom electorate in the 1996 election, and held the ministerial roles of Local Government, Women's, Cultural and Youth Affairs before resigning as a Minister on 11 September 1997, because she objected to the sale of the assets of the Auckland Regional Services Trust proposed by National.
Mayor of Auckland City
She retired as an MP in 1999, having been elected Mayor of Auckland City. She was noted for the decision to progress with the Britomart Transport Centre in downtown Auckland city. In 2001 she was defeated by John Banks, another former National MP. She continued her opposition to Banks in the following years, particularly opposing the Eastern Transport Corridor which Banks had proposed as a major motorway, and which she noted she had been opposing for more than a decade by then.
In attempting to regain the mayoralty in October 2004, she was overshadowed by the incumbent and by new challenger Dick Hubbard. She eventually placed third.
Life after mayoralty and return to politics
|2010–2013||Albert-Eden-Roskill||Citizens & Ratepayers|
|2013–present||Albert-Eden-Roskill||Communities & Residents|
After her mayoral term, Fletcher did not run for elected office for several years, and was primarily involved in work like with the Mototapu Trust, a conservation movement involved in protecting a prominent island in the Hauraki Gulf.
In 2010 she announced her candidacy for the Albert-Eden-Roskill ward on the new Auckland council, where she eventually succeeded in polling highest for one of the two available Councillor seats in her ward. She considers working for a CBD rail tunnel one of her main priorities, extending the capacity of Britomart for whose construction she had successfully fought for in her mayoral time.
- Orsman, Bernard (12 Oct 2010). "Defeated but defiant: right wing's new faces hint at old-style politics". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
- "Electorate Candidate and Party Votes Recorded at Each Polling Place - Epsom, 1996" (PDF). Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- Thompson, Wayne; Davison, Isaac (11 October 2010). "Election results: Auckland Super City Wards". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
- "Fletcher Submission To The Transport Committee". Press Release: Christine Fletcher. 29 June 2004. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
- Morgan, Scott (2010-04-21). "Fletcher takes a stand". Central Leader.
- July 2004 statement – Consensus is the way forward for Auckland
- Archived Ministerial Profile with portrait
- Archived Ministerial Profile also
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Eden
|Mayor of Auckland City