Bob Parker

Maori party picks unwanted ex-councillor for Te Tai Tonga

The Maori Party have given up on the Te Tai Tonga seat by picking the third most unpopular person in Christchurch, Bob Parker’s deputy.

The Maori Party has picked former Christchurch deputy mayor Ngaire Button as its Te Tai Tonga candidate.

Button, of Tuhoe and Ngati Porou descent, brought an astute business mind and an impressive background in local body politics to the Maori Party agenda, co-leader Tariana Turia said.

She was deputy mayor “during times when the people were shattered by the traumatic impact of the 2011 earthquakes”. Read more »

Dodgy Socialist Council Gives Staffer $84,500 Pay Rise

Regular readers will know we think the Hawkes Bay Regional Council is exceptionally dodgy.

They are the regulator and promoter of the dodgy socialist dam in Central Hawkes Bay, and have bullied opponents to the dam in a totally shameless way that will become a media story.

They are also the ratbags that allowed the CHB District Council to pour brown ‚Äútreated‚ÄĚ sewage into the Waipawa River.

Effluent pouring into the Waipawa river

Effluent pouring into the Waipawa river

Now they have paid their CE who has left to push the dodgy socialist dam through the dodgy consents process another $84,500. The non socialist members of the council have said this is a disgrace. ¬† Read more »

At least she doesn’t have a batshit crazy wife with an office

Bob Parker can’t get a job so he is having a go at his successor.

What he doesn’t point out is that Lianne doesn‚Äôt have a batshit crazy wife who has an office in the council building and resulted in confidential payouts to staff who couldn‚Äôt stand her and got the arse card.

Former Christchurch mayor Sir Bob Parker has criticised his successor, Lianne Dalziel, for doubling staff numbers in her office without consulting ratepayers.

The staff changes for the Mayor’s Office were part of a restructure by the Christchurch City Council’s acting chief executive Jane Parfitt, as mayoral responsibilities increased. ¬† Read more »

Empire building by Dalziel in Christchurch

Bob Parker was a bit of an arse, but he only had two staff, there was a mayors office secretary and he had a PA.

Lianne Dalziel meanwhile has appointed (according to an email sent around on Wednesday confirming the appointments)

Chief of Staff – Cate Brett
Press Secretary – Chris Rennie
Senior Advisor – Eric Assendelft
Community Advisor – Nicola Shirlaw
Visits and Ceremonial Co-ordinator – Louise Walton
Information Co-ordinator – Ruth Close.¬† Read more »

Bob Parker knighted – well deserved

Glenn Conway reminds us of the steady hand that exuded calm and gravitas during one of our nation’s ¬†darkest days

The man who led Christchurch through its life-changing earthquakes has been knighted.

Former Christchurch mayor Sir Bob Parker is the highest honoured Cantabrian in the 2014 New Year’s Honours, receiving a Knights Companion of the¬†New Zealand Order of Merit¬†for his services to local body affairs and the community…

…Parker said the honour was ”amazingly humbling” and unexpected.

”I’m very conscious of the people I had the privilege of working alongside in those dark days. This (honour) is very much a team thing and I’m very privileged to carry this honour.’

‘Standout moments in his career included working with Ngai Tahu, especially Onuku Rununga and returning the sacred land at Takapuneke back to its control.

The successful ”Share An Idea” campaign, which won the council an international award, was also a highlight. Parker paid tribute to his wife, Jo, who will be known as Lady Parker.

She joked: ”Bob is the only man who could make me a lady.”

The honour focuses on Parker’s 22-year-local body career and his leadership skills after the earthquakes which attracted worldwide attention

Parker’s talents as a TV presenter allowed him to give Christchurch a calm and collected front as aftershock after aftershock kept eroding people’s nerves. ¬† Read more »

New Zealander of the Year – your chance to vote

OK, first, thanks for the many of you suggesting I should be New Zealander of the Year. ¬†It would be cool, but I’m asking ¬†my own team who to pick, so I’m obviously disqualified for this particular illustrious award. ¬†But – thank you all the same.

Here are the people that didn’t get a clear 2nd nomination, so they can’t be voted for today

  • Lindsay Mitchell
  • Bevan Chuang
  • John Minto
  • Hone Harawira
  • Louisa Wall
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Scott Dixon
  • David Shearer
  • Val Baker and the Matata police
  • Bob Parker
  • Gerry Brownlee

One or two there reflecting some humour or the fact that we do in fact allow readers to have a different opinion to me!

Val Baker and the Matata police was an interesting nomination. ¬†This is how it was put forward, and I think they’ve earned some approbation: ¬† Read more »

How other councils disclose trips to Hong Kong

Len Brown travelled to Hong Kong on a secret trip, purportedly paid for by the Hong Kong government. No evidence exists of this trip either in press releases or in photographs of Len Brown in any official capacity for his trip. Brown also failed to disclose the gifts of airfares, accommodation and entertainment resulting from this “official” trip as required by the Auckland Council Code of Conduct for elected members. To add further insult to injury he Mayor famously has declared that the rules and the code of conduct do not apply to him.

It is a travesty that the media have given him a free ride over the lying in LGOIMA requests, keeping his trip secret, and refusing to speak of it.

So how do they do it in Wellington.

wellington-hongkong Read more »

Good Luck Lianne

Regular readers will know that Lianne Dalziel once threatened legal action against this blog for some trivial matter. This never went anywhere, after Lianne calmed down and perhaps realised her lawyer was not very good.

It is hard to hold a grudge against Lianne when you hear stories of her twenty years of hard work in her electorate and how much constituents love her. She has the guts to stand up for what she believes in, even if these beliefs are misguided, and has had the guts to walk away from a potential cabinet position to run for Mayor. She also has the guts to promise to resign before the election results are released. ¬† Read more »

Bye Bob, don’t let the door hit you in the arse on the way out

Bob Parker has jacked it in.

Out of luck, out of money and his donors deserting him…made the right decision.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker has pulled out of the upcoming mayoral race.

He announced his decision onCampbell Live¬†this evening.¬† Read more »

Bye, bye Tony, now your turn Bob

Tony Maryatt is now on gardening leave and the government is now managing the consenting process:

Christchurch City Council chief executive Tony Maryatt is taking leave and a Crown manager installed to oversee consents.

The council has issued a statement announcing Marryatt was taking leave “pending further discussions with the council”.

General manager city environment Jane Parfitt will be acting chief executive.¬† Read more »