The People's Choice (political ticket)

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The People's Choice
LeaderAndrew Turner
IdeologySocial democracy
Political positionCentre-left
Christchurch City Council[1]
7 / 17
Christchurch Community Board members
13 / 36
Environment Canterbury
4 / 13

The People's Choice (previously Christchurch 2021) is a centre-left political ticket that contests elections for the Christchurch City Council, and the Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was founded (as Christchurch 2021) to contest the 1992 local body elections after the amalgamation of several smaller councils into a larger Christchurch City Council in 1989, and brought under one umbrella Labour local candidates with independent centre-left and left.

The ticket has an association with the New Zealand Labour Party, and although it has never run a mayoral candidate under its modern title, it tends to support centre-left mayors both on council and during election campaigns.[2] The grouping currently holds the City's Deputy Mayoralty (Andrew Turner), the Chair of three community boards, and the Chair of Environment Canterbury (Jenny Hughey).

In 2016, in a partial return to democracy for Canterbury Regional Council in Christchurch, the Peoples Choice won all three seats it contested in the Christchurch ward. In 2019, there was a full return to democracy, with all eight urban seats being contested and four won.


The People's Choice sits to the left of the centre-right Independent Citizens grouping on council, and supports such initiatives as expanding social housing, making pool entry free for children and their caregivers, and opposing the sale of council-owned assets. In its policy manifesto, the ticket also voices support for a rental warrant of fitness and "supporting Māori economic development through partnership with Ngāi Tahu and other iwi".[3]


  1. ^ Law, Tina (13 October 2019). "Christchurch's city council now has three twenty-somethings and slightly more women". The Press. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  2. ^ Stylianou, Georgina (27 August 2016). "Is democracy worth fighting for?". The Press. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  3. ^ "The People's Choice : 2016 Policy Document" (PDF). Retrieved 2 December 2016.