Parker defends timing of book

10:41 am on 12 November 2012

Christchurch mayor Bob Parker is defending the timing of his new book about the aftermath of the earthquakes when some key infrastructure issues remain unresolved.

The book Ripped Apart, A City In Chaos has left some ratepayers questioning Mr Parker's judgement in releasing a book detailing critisisms of government officials while he is still in office.

However, Mr Parker says the issues are topical and it is important to give context to some high-profile incidents within council or about quake decisions.

"Sometimes, there isn't the space in the media for the full context to be placed around those issues. It's great to have a chance yourself to actually put some of that context, and often that helps people to understand an issue that they thought was very controversial actually may have made good sense."