Sterling endorsement of Parker’s mayoralty from his right hand man, Tony Marryatt, who remains at large:

Bob stood tall in the city’s darkest moments and I haven’t spoken to anyone who lives outside of Christchurch who doesn’t say what a great job he did and that they wish he was their Mayor.”

Interesting that his closest ally used the phrase anyone who lives outside of Christchurch: herein lies the problem. Parker’s popularity was greater anywhere but Christchurch, where people didn’t have to live under his dysfunctional governance. Images of him in an orange jacket might have reassured the 6pm news audience in the North Island, but they weren’t much consolation to those in the East who didn’t have power – and thus the TV to see him – for weeks after the quakes.