Wild Westie: The Incredible Life of Bob Harvey
Sir Bob Harvey's colourful and varied life sums up the classic 'give it a go' Kiwi ethos. A legend of the eighties' advertising world, influential political strategist, former president of the Labour Party, outspoken environmentalist, long-serving mayor of Waitakere City and daring adventurer, Sir Bob has overseen and made New Zealand history. In this revealing biography of the self-proclaimed 'Wild Westie', journalist Hazel Phillips shares the social, political and personal events that have shaped Sir Bob's remarkable life, as well as fascinating behind-the-scenes stories from a man never far from the epicentre of New Zealand government.
Hazel Phillips is an Auckland-based writer and consultant. She spent three and a half years reporting on the advertising industry for the National Business Review, and in 2010 was the host of 'The Ad Show', a chat show-style programme for TVNZ7. After researching New Zealand's advertising history for her previous book Sell!, she realised that ad maverick and former Waitakere City mayor Sir Bob Harvey deserved a book of his own, so she wrote that too. In her spare time Hazel enjoys multi-day tramping, skiing, scuba diving and longboarding, and as a result she now has several pieces of metal in her left knee (and an unhealthy fear of airport alarm systems).