More about the Mayoress

The tip line and commenters have pointed out that the story about her office is true, and she shares the executive wing with the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor and the CEO. Councillors apparently are not welcome.

Several people have pointed out that the Mayoress not only occupies an office funded by ratepayers she seems to think she is entitled to perks.

Christchurch mayoress Jo Nicholls-Parker said it was “perfectly legit to take some perks” such as coffee and muffins because she worked fulltime for the city for free.

Nicholls-Parker yesterday responded to criticism of her role after revelations that she sat in on breakfast meetings with her husband, Mayor Bob Parker, and spent ratepayer money on muffins and coffees. The couple later paid back more than $600.

Nicholls-Parker yesterday defended her role, saying some people had shown “mean-spiritness”, although she had generally been well-treated as mayoress.

“I’m working fulltime for this city without getting paid to do that, so I think it’s perfectly legit to take some perks, even if it is just a small muffin and coffee.”

The position of Mayoress is unelected, and from what this blog can gather, the voting public would love to unelect the mayoress if they had a chance. Her sense of entitlement seems to enrage voters and ratepayers in Christchurch.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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