The Christchurch Mayor is NOT going overseas:
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker has turned down an all-expenses-paid speaking engagement in Switzerland because he is too busy.
Days before the February 22 earthquake, Parker was criticised for travelling more than 30 hours to give a 15-minute address to a United Nations-sanctioned quake summit in Nepal.
He confirmed yesterday that he had been invited to speak at a UN gathering in Geneva next month, but declined because “I’ve just got too much on my plate here”.
I hope the Press journalist who nailed this scoop didn’t have to cut too many corners or make too many powerful enemies to get the story out.