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Catherine Chu is of Korean descent and was born and raised in Christchurch. She entered University at the age of 15 and completed a Bachelor of Arts from Canterbury University.

Catherine started her career as a Senior Personal Banker at the age of 18 at ANZ and is currently a Private Banking Manager and Authorised Financial Advisor at the Bank of New Zealand.

She was first elected to the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board as a Member during the 2016 local elections and currently serves as a Christchurch City Councillor and Canterbury DHB Member. Catherine is also a member of the Rotary Club.

Outside of politics and advisory work, Catherine enjoys spending time with her family and can often be spotted with her identical twin sister, Angela Chu.