new years honours

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 »