Research inspires journey into politics
“It is the people” says the newly elected representative for the Christchurch Central Ward of the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board when asked what inspired her to run for election again in 2020.
Sunita Gautam is completing her PhD on the immigrant entrepreneurship sector at the University of Canterbury.
“People and business are my two passions,” said Gautam “And I see this new role as a thread that brings people together to advocate and support each other in the local community.”
Gautam has a strong vision for the Christchurch Central Ward, and sees it as a place where all people feel safe, valued and have a sense of belonging.
“To foster this togetherness, wellbeing and harmony, I put my hand up for community board,” said Gautam. “I am committed to advocating for the interests of my community by promoting open communication and improved consultation, to ensure the people’s voices are heard and influence decisions about our city.” she adds.
Gautam is completing her PhD on the immigrant entrepreneurship sector and said attendance at the 2018 Labour Party Conference gave her confidence in her research topic but also affirmed the relevance and timing of the topic.