Author(s): John Edgar
But who was he? And why is he still relevant today? From a working class Jewish boy in Sheffield to long serving Mayor of Auckland (1959-1980), Sir Dove-Myer Robinson's life followed an unusual path. A slight, bespectacled man whose tiny stature was offset by a booming voice and massive ego, he was a natural political campaigner. Associated with a host of local and national causes, he became Auckland's most recognisable spokesperson. He joined political causes and challenged convention. He fought for our current waste water treatment process, against French nuclear testing, and an integrated Auckland transport system and city. Though his political career was outstanding and memorable, his personal life was a hot bed of gossip. Four wives, one 20 years his junior, and a very public divorce during one of his terms meant he was never far from the headlines. In this book we look at both his personal life and his outstanding political career, which affected not only the future of Auckland, but the future of New Zealand. Sir Dove-Myer Robinson was renowned as a visionary politician, but he was also known for his turbulent and unusual (for the times) personal life. Married four times and father of six, his period as a solo father inspired him to establish better family support for his work force. He helped revolutionise waste water treatment systems, was a strong proponent of New Zealand's anti-nuclear testing stance, and developed a plan for an integrated public transport system. During university research John Edgar became intrigued by the man behind the mayoral robes and this book examines what shaped Mayor Robbie and lead him to be so ahead of his time.
John Edgar is a lawyer by trade with a PhD in History and a Diploma in Education. He was a teacher for 12 years and has worked as a Post-Doctoral History Researcher at Waikato University. His thesis, Dove-Myer Robinson's Challenge To Local Body Morphological Fundamentalism, formed part of his PhD.