Vicki's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Yankee Kiwis

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Christchurch, Canterbury NZ

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

VICKI BUCK

Former Mayor of Christchurch
City of Christchurch

“Whatever you do, you're going to get some of it wrong.”

INTERESTS:

Government Politics

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Experience Failure Opportunity Passion

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a cause I believe in

TAGS:

changing systems, mistakes

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When she was 18 years old, she stood for council and was elected.
  • Politics always interested her because she realized that instead of changing things little by little, you could change whole systems.
  • She later became the first mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand, the country's third-most populous area.
  • Says that when you're the first person to ever do something, you're going to get some of it wrong, and that's totally fine.
  • She laughs at the idea that someone would find their lifelong passion in their twenties; says she still doesn't have it all figured out.
  • Since her mayorship ended, she's turned her focus to environmental conservation.
  • Her company, Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation, uses algae to clean dirty and contaminated water.
  • In 2008, The Guardian voted her one of 2008's "50 People Who Could Change the World."

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