Simon Britten


I’ve been a member of the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board since 2019. In 2022 I have been re-elected unopposed to the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes-Central Board.

I live and work in the Papanui Ward in Christchurch, New Zealand. I’m the founder and curator of the Think Papanui community engagement initiative, and work for a Papanui-based youth and community development organisation.

My  community service includes:

  • Deputy Chair of the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board 2022-
  • Deputy Chair of the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board 2019-22
  • Founder and curator of the Think Papanui
  • Eleven years (so far) working for a youth and community development organisation with a long history in Papanui
  • Papanui Baptist Church Freedom Trust (Trustee)
  • Casebrook Intermediate School Board of Trustees (seven years total, two years as chair)
  • Papanui Youth Development Trust (Volunteer)
  • Papanui High School Young Enterprise Scheme (Mentor)
  • Pillars – a charity working to support children of prisoners across New Zealand (Board member, Board president)
  • Vodafone Foundation World of Difference recipient, working on a transitional youth employment project
  • Canterbury University NGO Leadership Development Programme (participant)
  • Canterbury University Leading Collaborative Partnerships Programme (participant)
  • Shirley-Papanui and Papanui-Innes community leadership forums (participant)

I value a connected community that cares for all of its members, and am passionate about making a contribution.

Please contact me if there is anything you would like to ask or discuss.

See Simon’s blog.

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