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Steve Ruru

Steve Ruru has been appointed to the position of CEO of the Kaipara Council. See the press release.

Kaipara has a 14,000 rate-payer base against our 23,000, and is riven in controversy in regard to a recently constructed wastewater plant that has caused one of the highest per capita debt levels in the country. The plant services only 2,000 rate-payers and has cost some $60m. That makes ours look like a bargain!

It seems ironic in the circumstances - Steve's predecessor has had some 18 years in the job, and has a reputation for running the Council at his dictate. Steve will bring a new approach in that regard, but it is like the frying pan to the fire in regard to the W/W plant, and the debt.

Anyway, he goes with my best wishes - I think he was treated in a very shabby fashion here. 





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Reader Comments (5)

Congrats to Steve. The Kaipara has done well to secure Steve's services. His renowned local govt acumen will serve them well. Our loss - Kaipara's gain.

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCohort

Steve goes on to a tough job but he is the man for it. At least he wont have to worry about the two faced double dealing that this council put him thru just for political gain. Steve leaves with his head held high and his mana intact unlike those he leaves at the council table.
Good luck Steve

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

Good luck to Steve- he came to TCDC in the late 90's following a dismal failure of the 'sinking lid policy' initiated by Councillors who thought that reducing staff and putting everything out to contract wwas the way to - one of those Councillors being Leach, the current Mayor. What unmigiated disaster in every sense of the word and Steve had to reign in the contractors and reappoint staff- and then turn the council around - which he did.
Ther was no way Steve was going to survive in the current political climate as stories spread of money changing hands for the promise of removing 'the CEO if elected'. Then on the campaign trail Leach stated that Steve could reapply for his job " but doubtedif he [Steve] had the ability to run an operational based Councl" or words to that effect.
Steve Ruru deserved better than that and I wish him well in his new position where I am sure Mayor Tiller will appreciate his canny financial attributes, Steve's well considererd opinions, his knowledge and leadership - kia kaha Steve

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercyclops

Apart from those working in Council, few other residents would have any idea about whether CEO Ruru delivered a good, bad or also-ran performance. From an accountability point-of-view, it would have been better for rate-payers if the CEO had had a higher public profile perhaps.
In any event, good luck and best wishes to Steve.
How any rate-payer thought he (Ruru) had a chance of getting the job back when the Mayor, who, during the election campaign, clearly stated he would get rid of Steve, was on the selection panel. Something is not right with that.
Never mind. Kia kaha Steve.

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

An awesome CEO. Words like trust, compassion, vision, integrity and respect all spring to mind when you hear his name. He will be missed more than anyone knows, the effects of his leaving will only become apparent down the line. Watch this space closely.

February 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

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