Garry Moore (mayor)

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Garry Moore
Garry Moore, 2012.jpg
Garry Moore in 2012
44th Mayor of Christchurch
In office
Preceded by Vicki Buck
Succeeded by Bob Parker
Personal details
Born 8 January 1951
Nationality New Zealand
Political party Christchurch 2021 (local)
Spouse(s) Pam Sharpe
Residence Shirley

Garry Moore, CNZM (born 8 January 1951) is a former Mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand, serving from 1998 to 2007. Subsequently, he was a board member of the NZ Transport Agency.[1] He is a 'South Island enthusiast'.[2]

Early life[edit]

Moore was born in Palmerston North in 1951 and received his schooling there. He trained as an accountant; first at Palmerston North Technical Institute and then at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. He had come to Christchurch through his love for vintage cars; the Vintage Car Club was founded in the city and rural roads around Christchurch are ideal for excursions in old cars. He met his wife, Pam Sharpe, while they were both studying at Christchurch Polytechnic. They were married in 1977 and have two girls and two boys.[3] In the 1980s, he was involved in several schemes helping unemployed people. Whale Watch Ltd in Kaikoura is one such company that he helped set up.[4]

Political career[edit]

Garry Moore opening the 2001 NZ Cycling Conference

In 1989, Moore was elected to the Area Health Board, which can be seen as early predecessors of the District Health Boards. Starting in 1992, he served two terms as councillor, before he was elected mayor in the 1998 local body elections.[4] He announced that he would not stand for re-election in the 2007 local body elections.[5] Former television host Bob Parker succeeded Moore as mayor of Christchurch in October 2007.

Post politics[edit]

In 2008 Moore was appointed a board member of the newly amalgamated NZ Transport Agency.[6] Post-earthquake, Moore was a strong critic of the government agency Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Board". Wellington: NZTA. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Counting the changes". The Press. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mayor Garry Moore: Biography". Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Next Generation Internet NZ : speaker biography for Garry Moore". 
  5. ^ Macfie, Rebecca (27 October 2007). "Citizen Moore". New Zealand Listener. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "NZ Transport Agency board announcement" (Press release). 
  7. ^ Hume, Myles (15 April 2016). "Former Christchurch mayor Garry Moore on new rebuild entities: 'You can't get worse than Cera'". The Press. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Vicki Buck
Mayor of Christchurch
Succeeded by
Bob Parker