Parker standing again

August 25th, 2012 at 7:35 am by David Farrar

The Press reports:

Christchurch mayor will seek another term in office.

Speculation was rife that Parker, whose two terms in office have been marred by controversy, would step aside at next year’s body elections, but in an interview with The Press the former television presenter confirmed he would seek re-election.

No-one else has publicly signalled their interest in the mayoralty yet, but behind the scenes the hunt is on among Christchurch’s movers and shakers for a candidate to challenge Parker.

Christchurch East Labour MP Lianne Dalziel was tipped, but ruled out standing because she has her eyes on Gerry Brownlee’s job as Canterbury earthquake recovery minister.

She is believed to be pushing prominent businessman and rich-lister to stand. Rolleston is on the board of several listed companies and was for many years a business partner with the late Timaru financier Allan Hubbard.

Former Christchurch mayor is another who could be persuaded to stand. He has been outspoken of late about the loss of democracy in Christchurch and the stranglehold Wellington has on decision-making here.

Rolleston would be a very formidable challenger. Moore was a popular Mayor, but I’m not sure people will want to be seen to turn the clock back.

Among the city councillors there are three who stand out as possible contenders – Burwood-Pegasus councillors and Glenn Livingstone, and Hagley-Ferrymead councillor Tim Carter.

Carter is a first-term councillor and, at 35, could be considered by some as too young, but Vicki Buck was just 33 when she became the city’s first female mayor.

Beck has been on the council for a matter of months, but his former role as dean of Christ Church Cathedral means he has a high profile in the city and is widely respected.

Livingstone is in his first term, but has proved to be an effective councillor and has recently led council moves to get an insurance advisory service set up in Christchurch to help those locked in insurance disputes.

I’m not sure any sitting Councillor would win against Parker, as people were unimpressed with all the infighting. However Beck being new may be an exception to that.

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8 Responses to “Parker standing again”

  1. Pongo (371 comments) says:

    Unfortunately Rolleston is not that charismatic, smart businessman but being a former part owner of many businesses with Alan Hubbard.
    The critical thing Christchurch needs is a really good CEO, generally the councilors are pretty hopeless but no more than in other cities. Our CEO has repeated what he did in Hamilton where he has a symbiotic relationship with the Mayor and a couple others and then plays divide and rule so the councilors bicker and fight with one another while he pushes through the Mayors agenda.
    He keeps the staff happy with ever more lavish work life balance and doesn’t ask to much of them, a 7% rates rise and no reduction in operating costs is pretty outrageous. I have a couple of mates who work there and they know they are taking the piss.
    We need a Chris Liddell type person to shake things up then Bob can concentrate on what he does best, talk and travel.

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  2. MT_Tinman (2,985 comments) says:

    Depressing list isn’t it?

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  3. iMP (2,232 comments) says:

    Parker might struggle, as he has become the figurehead of discontent. Carter has money, but is young and ambitious and I don’t think the people of Chch feel he would have the gravitas. Thank goodness Jim Anderton is too old, otherwise he would win. He only lost last time because of the quakes. Chch could go for a warm fuzzy with Moore. My ratings below (re chances) but it depends on the mix (ie who cancels who and divides the vote):

    Parker 7/10
    Moore II 6/10
    Carter 5/10
    Rolleston unknown
    Others to come, perhaps Sutton (Green) like Welly.

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  4. metcalph (1,359 comments) says:

    Rolleston “a very formidable challenger”? I had never know formidable to be used in the sense of “barely heard of” before. A partner of the Martyred Crook of Timaru? He won’t get in.

    Livingstone and Carter have distinguished themselves as class-A gadflies on the council and have a long way to go before I would trust them in a position of spending rates.

    Garry Moore packed it in as mayor because he couldn’t deal with the hate he caused by closing down a swimming pool. He was okayish (put it this way, I wouldn’t have been upset if Parker lost to him whereas that’s not the case if Parker lost to Anderton) but he was prone to damn fool ideas (ie Live Tall) every once in a while.

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  5. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    I predict Parker will lose and Peter Beck will become Mayor.

    Those outside of Christchurch underestimate how well respected Beck is.

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  6. Liberty (233 comments) says:

    “Former Christchurch mayor Garry Moore is another who could be persuaded to stand. He has been outspoken of late about the loss of democracy in Christchurch and the stranglehold Wellington has on decision-making here.”

    What a load of twaddle. Moore can get off his high horse.
    Central Government is bank rolling Christchurch.
    Pinkos have a warped idea about democracy.
    Christchurch is munted. The pinkos are in denial that the earthquake happened.
    Meanwhile the Central government is getting on with it and paying for a new Christchurch.
    So until such time as Christchurch stops sucking off the rest of the country. And starts paying its own way through rates. Central Government has every right to be in control.
    The council could be back in control quicker if the council was more realistic to the situation and sold off its assets.

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  7. Inky_the_Red (734 comments) says:

    I think Parker would be more likely to be elected Mayor of Auckland or Wellington than he has of a third term in Chrristchurch. Councillors like Wells, Corbett, Keown and Reid are probably best to look for other activities

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  8. Paulus (2,496 comments) says:

    The Mayor and Councillors are only the public pawns of the executive, so it really does not matter who is Mayor or Councillor and it would from outside suggest that Parker has done a good job despite the lefties (who are never satisfied with anything anyway).
    But remember that’s Christchurch, where it could never happen to me, because, we are Christchurch.

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