Christchurch’s mayor Bob Parker, who was the face of the city’s resilience after the deadly 20011 earthquake, has cited exhaustion in not seeking re-election later this year.
Parker announced on Friday he was pulling out of the mayoral race for New Zealand’s second largest city after a great deal of self-examination.
“I have to think of my own well-being, and those closest to me, and I don’t believe I have the energy to lead this city for another term,” he said.
Residents need a fresh face to lead them, he said in a statement.
“I feel exhausted having worked non-stop over the past six years in office and I know that I can’t sustain the pressure and stress of this job for another three.”
His announcement comes after the council’s chief executive Tony Marryatt went on leave pending further discussions over revelations the council has failed to audit and issue building consents properly.
The council has lost its accreditation to issue consents and a crown manager is being brought in to run the consents department.
New Zealand local government elections are being held in October.
Parker has represented Christchurch in the aftermath of the large earthquakes that have devastated the city since September 2010.
The February 22, 2011 earthquake killed 185 people and severely damaged buildings and infrastructure.
Parker said there will be great things happening in the rebuild and he hoped to find a new role to contribute to the future of the city.