Sophie Barker

Sophie Barker

Sensible | Strategic | Smart

Integrity. Real-world Experience. Empathetic. Practical. Public-spirited. Analytical.

Dunedin needs strong sensible leadership both inspiring and realistic.

Imagine Dunedin regaining its status as New Zealand’s First City... I believe we have the ability to climb back to the top of New Zealand’s awareness. This will ensure receiving our due share of Central Government funding, consideration plus spark our economy. We have a great city - let’s make it strong again!


I want to help create a more prosperous and liveable city for all of us. My strong business, tourism, heritage, environmental and council background will enable me to contribute to wise decision making.  Dunedin needs Councillors with real skills and insights evaluating options to make good decisions for us all.

Experience: Commerce Degree Economics, Family Business Larnach Castle; 7 years Council Economic Development Unit, charitable conservation trust, voluntary governance roles. Council knowledge enables in–depth understanding of how the system works and the ability to be effective faster.