Jo Giles

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The inscription for Giles on the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial

Joanne May Giles[1] (29 November 1950 – 22 February 2011) was a New Zealand television presenter and former representative sportswoman. She represented the country in pistol shooting at the 1997 Oceanian Championships in Adelaide, and the 2000 World Cup in Sydney.[2] She was one of New Zealand's first woman jockeys, and competed in motorsport and Rock 'n Roll competitions.[3][4]

Jo Giles was a candidate for ACT New Zealand in the 2005 general election.[5] She formed a local body political party "Christchurch City Vision" and was a mayoral candidate in the 2007 Christchurch local body election.[6] With 14,454 votes, Giles came third after Bob Parker (47,033 votes) and Megan Woods (32,821 votes) in the election contested by ten candidates.[7]

Jo Giles was later a TV presenter for the regional broadcaster Canterbury Television (CTV), with her programme "Shopping with Jo".

On 11 March 2011 police confirmed that she was one of the victims of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake in the CTV Building.[1] She had four children; Anna, Sam, Liv and James.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Christchurch police name 14 more earthquake victims". The Press. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  2. ^ ISSF – International Shooting Sport Federation > Results
  3. ^ a b "Jo Giles". 24 February 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Racing: Stable cheered as treble earns bonus". The New Zealand Herald. NZPA. 29 December 2003. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Official Count Results -- Ilam". Chief Electoral Office, Wellington. 1 October 2005. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  6. ^ In memory of the victims of the Christchurch earthquake: Jo Giles NZ Herald, 24 February 2011[dead link]
  7. ^ "Christchurch City Mayor". Local Elections 2010. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2011.

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