Sneak peek at Chch mayor's quake book
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:50a.m.
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker reveals "power struggles and petty jealousies" in his tell-all book about the aftermath of the city's earthquakes.
A promotional blurb about Ripped Apart: A City in Chaos, written by the mayor and a ghost writer, says the book is a personal account of the earthquakes from a man who "gained superstar status around the world" immediately after the February 2011 disaster in which 185 people died.
But the tide quickly turned, with Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee later calling Mr Parker "a clown" and residents protesting against his dysfunctional council.
"Ripped Apart reveals the arguments, indecision, petty jealousies, power struggles and policies that occurred before, during, and after the crises," the blurb reads.
Mr Parker told The Press that writing the book was "part of the healing process," but would not say if it revealed any explosive revelations.
"You will have to wait and see," he said.
"I don't want to give too much away now."
The book will be released on November 9 and all proceeds will go to the New Zealand Spinal Trust.
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