Roger Sutton dubbed the 'Bald Eagle'

18:17, Mar 17 2014
Roger Sutton shaved head
BALD EAGLE: Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) chief executive Roger Sutton has his head shaved for charity on the steps of parliament.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery boss Roger Sutton may now be known as the "Bald Eagle".

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) chief executive had his hair shaved off at Parliament this afternoon as part of an effort to raise money for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.

Prime Minister John Key initiated the haircut by chopping off Sutton's ponytail.

Roger Sutton
CERA BOSS: Roger Sutton.

Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Amy Adams also got in on the action, taking the razor and giving Sutton a stripe down the middle of his head.

Key said the style gave him a "slightly mad professor look".

"I don't know if Cantabrians would like the head of CERA looking like Albert Einstein," he quipped.


While Key had nicknamed Sutton "Shrek" after the merino sheep for his luscious long locks, he might have to rechristen him "the Bald Eagle", he said.

Sutton, who said his last haircut was on November 27, lamented the fact there was no mirror on hand for him to check out his new do.

"It feels much colder already," he said, as his famous curls blew away in a Wellington northerly over the Parliament grounds.

Since signing up for the fundraiser last week, Sutton has raised over $12,000.

Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand's Shave for a Cure appeal runs from March 17 to 23.

Donations for Roger Sutton's shave can be made online.

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