Why did Bob go?

July 6th, 2013 at 3:10 pm by David Farrar

blogs on 10 reasons why he thinks Bob Parker went:

  1. CEO not a poli.
  2. Marryatt and Consents
  3. Endless negativity and character assassination
  4. The Press
  5. Polls
  6. Wife and “well-being”
  7. Reputation and legacy
  8. Communication
  9. Transferred frustration
  10. Media prostitutes.

I don’t agree with all of them, but I do think the endless negativity was very real, and partly explains what Marryatt stuffed up also. He definitely made many mistakes, but I suspect the fact that some Councillors spent so much of their time attacking and undermining the Mayor and CEO, is why he was reluctant to let them know when problems arose, such a the consenting.

Now that is not to defend his decision. He should have informed the Council. But some Councillors are to blame also for creating a culture of negativity and attack, so the CEO did not feel he can be upfront with them. If he tells them of problems, they’ll just use it to attack him.

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23 Responses to “Why did Bob go?”

  1. Keeping Stock (9,381 comments) says:

    But some Councillors are to blame also for creating a culture of negativity and attack, so the CEO did not feel he can be upfront with them. If he tells them of problems, they’ll just use it to attack him.

    Here’s hoping that Cr Yani Johanson reads this…

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  2. Tristan (62 comments) says:

    Jesus Christ DPF to talk about under mining and negativity towards Parker and not mention brownlee and key is some pretty bloody awesome revision of history

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  3. Warren Murray (316 comments) says:

    To suggest that the CEO didnt inform the Council of MAJOR problems because of the bickering and back biting amongst the elected members is soooo lame it defies belief. Even if it were true (which would add further ammunition as to Marryatt’s unsuitability because at this stage he would have been a nut case), he would and should have alerted the Mayor, or reached beyond the councillors to talked to Gerry.

    Sorry DF, that theory doesnt fly. He WAS the fucking CEO with the resources of the second largest council in the country at his disposal and the phone number of anyone in the Govt to use. Marryatt was an accident waiting to happen.

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

    Parker and Marryatt are totally to blame for the train wreck that is the current Christchurch City Council. The buck stops with them. It must.

    Marryatt needs to go as well. We have to start with a clean slate and a new town clerk ( enough of this CEO shit, you’re just a public servant for fuck sake )

    The shit stirring loud mouthed councillors (you know who you are) will be dealt with at election time.

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  5. marcw (260 comments) says:

    When you are on a remuneration package over $600,000, you are not expected to keep stuff ups from anyone – because you shouldn’t be making any if you are doing your job. Also, violates the “no suprises” rule.

    The top jobs are for the big kids, so don’t cry if you are not up to the task.

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  6. Nigel Kearney (1,097 comments) says:

    This is how the left win. If you can’t handle whining and backstabbing from the other side, being let down by incompetent and/or malicious public servants, and constant negative media coverage, then centre right politics is not for you.

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  7. Kea (13,571 comments) says:

    Why? Because of these sorts of ideas :

    1. Fantastic visions of a “low rise” city “green” city and fuck the economics of it.

    2. Wanting a fortune spent on a useless train set and fuck the economics of it.

    3. Planing on “green” spaces on productive land and fuck the economics of it.

    People forget so quickly that this idiot indulged himself in feel-good green fantasies while his city lay in ruins. In many countries he would have faced criminal charges for his abuse of office.

    “This is an opportunity to get closer to the vision of the low-rise, sustainable and green city for people that is at the heart of the central-city plan,” Parker said.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/6655555/Parkers-low-rise-vision-advances

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

    …and then you’ve got Keowns grandiose ideas of bee hives around the place ! Beehives FFS ! People are still living in shitholes with no toilets, roads are broke , the city centre looks like Afghanistan and this wonder boy wants to place beehives around the city!

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  9. coolas (115 comments) says:

    What utter drivel.

    Blaming ‘negative’ Councillors for Marryatt not telling Parker of IANZ concerns is so out there I wonder what you might be snorting.

    This debacle exposes the utter disfunction in the relationship between CEO and Mayor, the most crucial relationship in any Local Authority, as you well know. And it’s been the Parker/Marryatt wank-fest that’s most held Christchurch back, plus, the woodwork teacher from Ilam who’s way out of his skill range.

    Blaming others is shite. Why can’t you admit these cronies are fucked up big time, and it’s nobodies fault but there own.

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  10. wiseowl (979 comments) says:

    It’s very hard for us out here in the wilderness to know exactly what is going on.
    I would put wife and well-being higher up the list and also the continuing interference in local body politics by Central Government

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  11. huckleberryfinsbrother (25 comments) says:

    lets get real. the reason Bob is gone is because he was incompetant.

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  12. Inky_the_Red (764 comments) says:

    Remember before he was mayor of Chch Bob was Mayor of the poorly governed Bank Peninsula. Which merged with Chch because it went broke

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  13. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Another poster said he was involved at Banks/P and that he found some financial irregularity and warned Bob..Bob ignored him..then six months later the CEO was charged with embezzlement.
    The short answer of why Bob left is that he knew he was going to get thumped by Lianne. The local polls indicated this.

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  14. Kea (13,571 comments) says:

    liarbors a joke , the beehives at least might have worked. Unlike the green fantasy city he hallucinated. Add to that the architectural necrophilia resulting in millions wasted on hideous old death traps, and you have the mess you see today. The smart people took their insurance money and ran long ago.

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  15. V (765 comments) says:

    There is one issue that continues to go unreported, that of systemic issues with NZ local government.

    Does anyone serious believe that if a similar disaster that affected Chch happened to another NZ town/city, that council would not descend into similar chaos. Can anyone see Celia Wade-Brown capable of fixing anything?

    Local govt has extended itself beyond core competencies, and is actually failing at the core issues, while concearning itself with all manner of green issues and central planning. Delays for what should be simple consenting are common, in places unaffected by natural disaster let alone when such a thing stresses the system. Not to mention councillors who once elected fail to provide the necessary oversight and accountability but use the position as a soapbox for pet causes and programmes.
    And of course above CPI rate increases are standard to prevent the entire edifice from crumbling.

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  16. Psycho Milt (2,427 comments) says:

    John Stringer blogs on 10 reasons why he thinks Bob Parker went

    There’s only one reason: attempting to get re-elected after a failure like this would result in utter humiliation. The rest is bollocks.

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  17. wiseowl (979 comments) says:

    @V
    ‘extended itself beyond core competencies’
    Sure right.
    The Hastings Council this week said they were going ahead with a hockey turf that is unnecessary as it conflicts with another facility already available.
    They said they were going ahead regardless and wanted $2m from the Regional Council to put towards it.
    This is the sort of appalling decision making taking place.

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  18. tvb (4,556 comments) says:

    To hear Bob Parker smoothly say on TV that all is well and for him to maintain the pretence right to the end tells me Parker was incompetent. It is no wonder he did not have the confidence of Councillors. But then Dalziel also has a reputation for deceit and clever manipulation. I just hope someone better steps up. Maybe Vicky Buck. I bet she has had approaches. Of course David Caygill would be terrific and goodness knows CHCH needs his leadership at this critical time. Please.

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  19. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    I think the question is more “why would he stay?”

    In fact, why would anyone in their right mind want that job?

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

    Why not Judith? The right candidate could make a name for themselves rebuilding a shattered city…its all there, almost ready to go.

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  21. Paulus (2,711 comments) says:

    Looks like Loonies in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch (now – soon)

    All the better to make them all go in bust in a bigger way.

    After all they are specialists at spending other people’s money, expecting Government to bail them out.

    Roll on Labgreenmana Government next year then all will be sorted.

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  22. Warren Murray (316 comments) says:

    The better question is why did it take so long for Bob to take what ultimately is the right decision? It is impossible to look past they timing of Marryatt’s exit to see the cause of Bob’s announcement. Bob has been justly rewarded for his blind faith in Marryatt. The only redeeming aspect of this development is Bob is also accepting accountability for recent failures at CCC. I don’t think the same can be said of Marryatt, who, I expect, still has his hand out for more ratepayers money before he quietly departs the stage.

    Unfortunately by taking so long to make this announcement, Bob has made it harder for serious opponents of Dalziel to position themselves as credible candidates.

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  23. xy (202 comments) says:

    Maurice Williamson sounds very confident on the radio that there aren’t any serious consenting issues, just technicalities and red tape. Very … familiarly… confident.

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