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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

This page provides profile and contact information for Councillor Christine Garey.


Christine Garey was elected to Dunedin City Council in 2016, having previously served nine years in local government as a community board member and leader.

International education, tourism, the arts and heritage are her focus as well as strengthening communities. Christine’s background in education and tourism, along with her management, marketing and local government roles, including at a national level, means she has a breadth of experience she applies to her role as councillor.

Christine has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Otago, with a major in Geography and a special interest in urban planning. She has Post Graduate Diplomas in Marketing and Public Relations, as well as teaching qualifications. Her business experience spans from her formative years amid a background of her family’s high profile manufacturing business, to her professional experience working for a corporate and more recently in her own family’s small bespoke business.

While she grew up in Oamaru, Dunedin has always been part of Christine’s story. Her parents were from Dunedin, she first came to the city as a student and nearly twenty five years ago, she chose to settle in Dunedin with her own family. Having lived beside the sea for most of her life and worked at sea as a crewmember on STS Spirit of Adventure and NZ for some years, she values now living on the Otago Peninsula in close proximity to the beautiful Otago Harbour; the jewel in Dunedin’s crown.

Christine considers it an honour to serve Dunedin people as a City Councillor and she works hard every day in all aspects of her work with integrity and in the best interests of the wider community.

Committee Membership

Councillor Garey is a member of the following:

  • Council
  • Community and Culture Committee
  • Economic Development Committee - Deputy Chair
  • Finance Committee
  • Infrastructure Services and Networks Committee
  • Grants Subcommittee
  • Edinburgh Sister City Society
  • Theomin Gallery Management Committee

Councillor Garey is a qualified RMA Commissioner and holds the Tourism Portfolio within Council.

Christine Garey

Cr Christine Garey

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