New Zealand Consulate-General Hong Kong
Breakfast in Hong Kong with Mayor of Christchurch, Bob Parker, 8:00am, 10 February 2012, Hong Kong Club
(an event of The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong)
An opportunity to learn first hand about the experiences of Christchurch during 2011, the efforts of the people far and wide to come to terms with the disaster and the vision required to rebuild Christchurch, New Zealand’s second largest city.
Date: Friday 10 February 2012
Time: 8:00am to 9:30am (mix and mingle from 7:30am onwards)
Venue: Hong Kong Club, Jackson Road, Central
Admission Fee: Charge per NZCGHK member: HK$198 Per non-member: HK$258 (includes full English buffet)
Registration: Registration is essential. Please e-mail The Chamber's Executive Officer with your intention to attend. Your registration is confirmed unless you are advised otherwise. You will be invoiced for the appropriate admission fee.
Dress code: Business attire
About the Mayor
Elected to the position as Mayor of Christchurch in 2007, Bob Parker has been active in local body politics since the early 1990s. Starting out as a member of the Banks Peninsula community board, he went on to serve two terms as the District's Mayor (2001-2006) and after leading the amalgamation of the Banks Peninsular District and the City Council became a Christchurch City Councillor in 2006. He also held the position of independent chairman of the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy for two years. Born in Christchurch in 1953, Bob Parker grew up in the hillside community of Heathcote before moving to Somerfield when he was 11. He attended South Intermediate and Cashmere High Schools, going on to study an intermediate year in Zoology at Canterbury University before getting a job as a shop assistant. He was lucky to get a job in radio and was able to buy his first home in Woolston. His broadcasting career took him firstly to Wellington and then, Auckland. He was the original host (1984–1996) of the New Zealand version of the successful This is Your Life series. After many years away, he returned to Christchurch in the early ‘90s, living between Akaroa and a rented apartment in the city. His interests centre on family, music, movies and the theatre. He loves walking and enjoys anything to do machinery and how it works. Now married to Joanna, Bob has set up home in central city. He has three sons and two grandchildren.
A State of National Emergency in New Zealand was declared on the day following the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake which remained in place for almost nine weeks. The city then shifted from emergency response to recovery and the Christchurch City Council is working closely with Central Government's Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) and other agencies. Once the Civil Defence emergency ended, earthquake response and recovery functions were transitioned out of the Emergency Operations Centre and many of the key roles and responsibilities were shared between CERA, the Christchurch City Council and other local authorities and agencies.
Mayor Bob Parker was the incumbent mayor at the time of the earthquake. During the days that followed, the Mayor worked with Civil Defence, the police and the New Zealand Army to get the city back up and running. He was very much the media face of recovery efforts. On 18 March 2011, Bob Parker addressed in the National Memorial Service at Christchurch’s Hagley Park in the presence of Prince William, Prime Minister John Key, Dame Malvina Major, Hayley Westenra, ChristChurch Cathedral Choir, dignitaries, international rescue teams and tens of thousands of New Zealanders.