Brownlee's challenger, Raf Manji, pitches Christchurch for 2026 Commonwealth Games

Pattrick Smellie
Thu, 27 Jul 2017

By Pattrick Smellie July 27 (BusinessDesk) - Christchurch should bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games both as a way to kickstart the city's stalled post-quakes rebuild and to ensure its nationally strategic potential is restored, says Raf Manji, the Christchurch City Councillor who launched his bid today to unseat former Christchurch Regeneration Minister Gerry Brownlee in the safe National seat of Ilam. Manji, a 50 year-old former merchant banker who once moved in the same money market circles as former Prime Minister John Key, has ca...

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