Bob Parker, Sir

Bob Parker media personality, Mayor, local hero

Bob Parker commenced his career as a pharmacist before moving into radio in Nelson in 1974. His warm manner and great voice made him a natural for the medium of television. He made his debut in television in 1978 with TV1 as an on air announcer hosting various variety shows.

In 1984 Bob bought the rights to one of America's most popular reality shows - "This is Your Life". "This is your life" was a world-renowned series that honoured and celebrated the lives of people who had been highly successful in various fields.

Bob hosted "This is Your Life" from 1984 to 1996 during which time he honoured over 36 New Zealanders.

Bob then went into local government on Banks Peninsula culminating in 2007 with his successful campaign for the Mayor of Christchurch. He was re-elected in 2010.

But it was the 2010 Christchurch earthquake that really propelled Bob into the hearts and minds of New Zealanders. His high-profile handling of the civil emergency was widely praised internationally. During the days following the quake, he worked with Civil Defence, the police and the New Zealand Army to get the city back up and running

The Prime Minister, John Key, in 2013 stated that Bob's "commitment to the city during its darkest hours will be his legacy".

Bob was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to local government and the community in the 2014 New Years Honours.

Awards and recognition

  • Knight Companion New Zealand Order of Merit (2014)
  • Paul Harris Fellow award 2013 - The Rotary International Foundation
  • Pegusus Health 2013 Chairmans award for Outstanding Leadership
  • Minister of Civil Defence Award, 2012
  • Public Relations Institute N Z Communicator of the Year 2012
  • New Zealander of the Year "Local Hero" award, 2012