Sir Bob Harvey
Sir Bob Harvey came into local government as Mayor of Waitakere City in 1992 from the advertising industry. He was a founder of one of the country's larger advertising agencies, MacHarman Ayer (formerly MacHarman Advertising), for whom he worked from 1962 to 1992. During this time he was heavily involved in election campaigns for the New Zealand Labour Party between 1969 and 1984. He also worked as election strategist to Auckland mayors Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, Dame Catherine Tizard, and Colin Kay. He made his reputation working on the election campaigns of Norman Kirk and David Lange, who later on became the President of the Labour Party. Harvey was elected 6 times and Waitakere for renowned for becoming New Zealand's first Eco City. He campaigned for 20 years to save the Waitakere Ranges and Foothills from development.
Harvey was chair of Waterfront Auckland, one of the first CCOs of the new Super City. The Auckland waterfront is one of his legacy projects.
Harvey has served on the board of the New Zealand Film Commission and has chaired the Health Sponsorship Council, the New Zealand Peace Foundation and the Spark Foundation.
He is a life member of Local Government New Zealand and in 2015 he was honoured with the LGNZ Excellence Award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Government. He was born in Auckland City and lives in West Auckland. He has 6 children and 9 grandchildren and is the author of 5 books on the Wild West Coast. He is also a regular contributor to Metro magazine.