Parker not to stand?

June 2nd, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Press reports:

Christchurch’s mayoralty race could soon take a dramatic turn with rumours swirling that incumbent may not run.

Parker, who late last year confirmed he would seek a third term as mayor, has been sounding out city leaders lately, asking whether they thought he could win if Christchurch East MP stood against him.

The popular Labour MP is widely tipped to run in October’s election and yesterday said she would announce her “decision” later this month.

The city’s mayoralty race has been non-existent so far with Parker the only confirmed candidate. Yesterday, he denied any suggestion he would stand down, claiming that was purely what his opponents wanted to hear.

It is thought Parker received mixed feedback from those he consulted.

Polling done by his political rivals shows Dalziel holding a narrow lead against him and it is thought these results prompted the Parker rethink.

But his loyal deputy Ngaire Button strongly denied any talk of Parker quitting. “That [rumour] is completely fanciful. Bob has told me he is running.”

Earlier last week, Button hosted a group of “independent” candidates she will soon unveil to stand across the city. The, group, to be called City First, fuelled rumours Parker could endorse Button for the mayoralty and slip out of the political landscape on his own terms.

She did little to dampen down that talk yesterday, saying the idea of Parker endorsing her for the mayoralty was “a scenario that could work out in time . . . but I have not thought about it”.

Bob Parker led the city very well through the initial crisis of earthquake. But he does run the risk of ending up like Winston Churchill in 1950 – the public grateful for the efforts, but wanting a change.

Would it be better to go out on top after two terms, than risk losing to Dalziel?

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20 Responses to “Parker not to stand?”

  1. Mike Readman (363 comments) says:

    Yes it would be. BTW, he’s an absolute dick. You complain about Len Brown’s 3% rates increases, but nothing about Chch’s proposed 6.6%, most likely to be even higher.

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  2. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    Best news Ive heard all year. See ya bob…dont let the door slam ya arse on the way out, and take marryott with ya, hes also not required.

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  3. iMP (2,386 comments) says:

    This is a complete fiction put out by Dalziel. Bob parker was rung by The Press and was completely surprised. We’ll see more of these fictions put out by the Dalziel campaign (that manipulate the press as partisan players) as we move in to the campaign in Chch.

    Q: Dear Ms Dalziel, will you be resigning from Parl. or will you double dip and use our taxpayers $ to campaign against Bob Parker, the mayor we duly elected democratically at his own expense?

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  4. smttc (752 comments) says:

    Minor point, I know. But Winston Churchill was dumped by the British public at the end of WW2, not in 1950. He regained office in 1951.

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  5. tvb (4,430 comments) says:

    Parker used his media skills very effectively in the immediate aftermath of the quake. But since then he has proven to be an empty vessel.

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  6. Warren Murray (311 comments) says:

    Comparing Parker to Churchill is so OTT its laughable.

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  7. iMP (2,386 comments) says:

    10 Fair & Probing Questions for MP Hon. Lianne Dalziel.

    DEAR MS DALZIEL.

    1. When you tried to suggest a lack of confidence in Christchurch mayor Bob Parker by Gerry Brownlee, in the parliament last week, were you crossing a line between your parliamentary responsibilities and your campaign to be Christchurch mayor?

    2. If you decide to stand, will you be resigning from Parliament or will you stay on your parliamentary salary supplied by us the taxpayers as a tool to fund your campaign against the mayor who got there at his own private expense?

    3. Do you feel there is any conflict of interest between being a paid MP while campaigning to be a local body politician?

    4. Did you have any hand in perpetuating the complete fiction to The Press, that Bob Parker was not standing for mayor this year?

    5. Was that story timed to coincide with your attacks, also carried by The Press, the previous day?

    6. Do you feel that, having being dumped from the Labour party’s front bench, Christchurch is a retirement paddock for ex-Labour MPs and hacks (ala Tim Barnett, Jim Anderton, Megan Woods, all of whom have sought the Chch mayoralty) and that perhaps Christchurch is trying to move past the divisive Central politics your fellow idealogues have perpetuated in our city?

    7. Do you agree with incumbent Councillor Barry Corbett, that “some councillors [are] engaged in political point scoring which was destroying relationships within the council and hindering progress on key issues,”

    8. Do you agree with incumbent Councillor Barry Corbett, that “Some councillors, when they wake up in the morning, all they think about is how they can stick it to the council, how can they embarrass Bob [Parker], and how they can make sure that National doesn’t get elected next year”?

    9. What percentage of your public pronouncements if you run, will be under-pined or reflective of your 23-year-career promoting Labour politics, policy and a Labour party perspective?

    10. Is your recent career in Labour Party politics spanning almost a quarter-century a good strategy for trying to unify the very divisive factions on the current Christchurch City Council; how would you cross bridges to achieve that?

    To read more on this, see here: http://conzervative.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/10-fair-probing-q-s-for-lianne-dalziel/

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  8. Pete George (23,591 comments) says:

    Bob Parker says he’s definitely standing

    Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says a report he is standing down at this year’s local body elections is a ‘complete fantasy’.

    Today’s Sunday Star-Times suggests Mr Parker will exit the mayoral race.

    So far, he is the only candidate to confirm he’s standing.

    Bob Parker says while he enjoys a work of fiction, he believes in Christchurch and wants to be part of its future.

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/938928348-bob-parker-says-he-s-definitely-standing

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  9. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    Course Dalziel standing in ChCh may encourage King to stand against Wade-Brown in Wellytown.

    Outcome of which could only be described as a Lose-Lose situation!! :)

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  10. Nukuleka (331 comments) says:

    “The, group, to be called City First, fuelled rumours Parker could endorse Button for the mayoralty”

    This statement by itself is sufficient indication that the story is a put-up job. Not even Bob Parker in his wildest nighmare would consider endorsing an inept non-entity like Ngaire Button for the mayoralty. She’s had her uses to Parker in her Deputy Mayor (“I agree with everything Bob just said”) role but Bob knows full well that anyone, even a posturing hack like Dalziel, would demolish her in a mayoral run-off. She’s a joke.

    Bob should run again.

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  11. iMP (2,386 comments) says:

    “City First” so-called has been unable to gather any candidates or supporters. Tim Carter saw the writing on the wall and realised skuttle-butt and rumours, and smiling Nats making empty promises, was not strong enough to make a mayoral bid with.

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  12. Redbaiter (9,080 comments) says:

    Cameron Slater, Simon Lusk’s Great White Hope, refers to Bob Parker’s wife as having a “crack-whore look”.

    Unnecessary, and if this is what Lusk thinks will win the day for National he’s really out of his tree.

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  13. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    Ngaire Button..yes I remember her staring down at ratepayer protesters from the 6th floor of the City Council office building poo pooing them and demanding a staff member “close the curtains so we don’t have to see them”

    We remember things like that Button…another who will be demolished next election.

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  14. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    Parker isn’t Winston Churchill’s arsehole unfortunately. I will give him an ability to talk and provide soundbites when it mattered and as the face of Christchurch he did that well during the post EQ crisis periods – albeit running after any TV camera in the central city.

    Unfortunately his leadership and personal skills have been rubbish. The dirty secret is that this city has been run, and I use the term loosely, by an Parker, Mrs Mayor and Tony Marryatt. Only one of whom is elected. The elected councilors (many of whom are rubbish also) are routinely shut out of decision making processes. Post September the dithering was so bad that it took 22/2 to temporarily hide the incompetence.

    Politically he’s also stuffed. Mrs Mayor has been loyally running his campaigns and telling her darling husband that he can do no wrong – in the meantime the supporter base has melted away. Centre right campaigners refuse to work with Mrs Mayor or be associated with his campaign, donors won’t provide funds and although Dalziel may be a dirty lefty she appears to at least have some degree of competence.

    Sadly his legacy will be of arrogance and incompetence rather than leadership during times of crisis.

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  15. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    Cameron Slater, Simon Lusk’s Great White Hope, refers to Bob Parker’s wife as having a “crack-whore look”.

    Unnecessary, and if this is what Lusk thinks will win the day for National he’s really out of his tree.

    Yes it is unnecessary but it is, rather embarrassingly, true. Her inappropriate dress sense is close to legendary.

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  16. Warren Murray (311 comments) says:

    Off topic but I have to ask in response to Johnboy’s comment at 1:37, how can King’s alleged ambition to be Mayor of Wellington in 2014 be reconciled with her also wanting to be Speaker of the House if a Labour / Green coalition win next year’s general election?

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  17. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    Like all Labour/Green folks she suffers from split personality Warren! :)

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  18. PaulP (150 comments) says:

    Be careful what you wish for Christchurch!

    In Wellington voters got a bit bored or disenfranchised with Kerry Prendergast and we got friggin’ Celia Wade-Brown as a result.

    When has a has been parliamentarian ever made a good Mayor? Examples please as I can’t recall any.

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  19. orewa1 (410 comments) says:

    Sadly Kiwis get confused between leaders and celebrities. Bob Parker is the latter – excellent at welcoming trade missions or delivering sound bites in normal times, but right out of his depth in the hugely challenging environment of modern Christchurch. A Canterbury counterpart of Michael Laws or Tim Shadbolt. He is right to consider going.

    If Christchurch wants a real leader it should look to Peter Townsend, boss of the Canterbury Employers Association.

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  20. PaulusT (1 comment) says:

    From a disfranchised non-citizen’s opinion that is no longer on the voting role, I smile in disbelief at “the so-called little people’s representative’s” choice of mayoral candidate. No doubt, this panicky choice influenced by the proposed carve up of the old electoral boundary seats, attributed by the aftermath of the earthquake and the outgoing shift of the population.

    Put it another way, I will not be ticking anything to do with Leanne Dalziel or her elk (assuming ever that I may ever regain my citizenship) after witnessing prior episodes of Robbie and her lawyer sister in the court. Unless you want “big sister”, and the so-called make-believe little people’s thugs running things, I advise one to put up and have faith with Bob’s and Tony’s quirks and antics, which it appears they are deemed far safer and more ethical in comparison to the little peoples representatives power plays.

    Paulus

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