Peter Chin starting the 2010 Rally of Otago
|Born||1941 (age 72–73)|
Early life and career
In the 1950s Chin was a student at Otago Boys' High School and then the University of Otago, graduating LLB. He has worked in Dunedin as a lawyer since 1968, and is currently a consultant for the Otago law firm Webb Farry. First elected in 1995 to the Dunedin City Council, representing the Hills Ward, he served three terms before becoming mayor in 2004, replacing Sukhi Turner who was retiring as mayor. He was re-elected in October 2007 with an absolute majority, but defeated by Dave Cull in 2010.
Chin serves as the head of the Gambling Commission, the government-appointed panel that regulates casinos. Married to Noleen since c.1964 with 4 children, he lives in Roslyn and is a prominent operatic singer.
He is also a member of the national Chinese Poll Tax HeritageTrust which was set up with government funding in 2004. The trust aims to raise awareness of the early Chinese community in New Zealand and its history, language and culture.
Chin chaired the Chinese Gardens Trust, which built the Dunedin Chinese Garden. The Gardens were constructed in an authentic manner, using almost a thousand tonnes of rocks imported from Lake Taihu, China.
Chin is a strong supporter of the controversial Forsyth Barr Stadium, over which questions have been raised over the cost and source of funding. This support led to his defeat in the 2010 mayoral election. In the course of examining funding options he sent a confidential letter to the Government asking for money without full Council approval, and was on a committee of three that later censured Councillor Teresa Stevenson for leaking the letter to the Otago Daily Times.
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