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Stop Press 2 - TCDC Redundancies

Read the following to see how the proposal emerged this morning with assistance of a well oiled PR machine. The effect will be the same, of that we can be sure:

A consultation document has been presented to all Council staff this week, detailing proposals for changes to the organisation.

The review has been underway since mid-2010 with an objective to ensure the organisation is "fit for purpose" and able to respond to new district priorities, such as those in economic development and to continue to give affect to the new Council's vision.

Chief Executive Steve Ruru said, "The last comprehensive organisational review was over ten years ago, and our strategic and operating environment is now completely different. We need an organisational design and structure that will allow us to meet these new opportunities and challenges head-on".

"The global financial environment and national recession, government reviews, a focus on economic development and managing strategic relationships, such as those with local iwi, require a new structure. We are also moving away from a large capital infrastructure deficit, into a new era of community governance and inter-agency collaboration to drive efficiencies; this requires changes within the organisation."

The information presented to Council staff is a proposal and no immediate changes have been made to any positions.

Mayor Glenn Leach said "The proposal to staff is a good step forward. If adopted, it will ensure we have a Council structure that can continue to deliver on our mission and vision".

"The proposed organisational design will simplify the way Council activities are managed and make sure we are more proactive. Managers with clearer responsibility and accountability will be able to make effective decisions and deliver the efficiencies we need to keep rates affordable, while delivering quality services".

"The new proposed structure will also facilitate, much more effectively, communities that want to have more local input into decision making and the governance of local issues".


Staff Consultation:   26 July - 31 August
Consideration of staff feedback: Early September
Final Decision:  Mid-late September 2011
Implementation: November - December 2011



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