Dunedin City Council chief executive Paul Orders says he
will be leaving the city with ''mixed emotions'' after his
return to Wales was confirmed.
Mr Orders has been endorsed by Cardiff Council as its next
chief executive, after earlier this week being named as the
council appointment committee's unanimous choice for the
The decision meant Mr Orders was expected to tender his
resignation in Dunedin and return to Cardiff before the end
of the year.
It would end a two-year stint in Dunedin for Mr Orders (44),
who spent 13 years at Cardiff Council, including as its
corporate director (place), before being lured south of the
Mr Orders would not be interviewed about his decision
yesterday, but said in a statement he had ''mixed emotions''
''The last two years have been a singularly positive
experience for me and my family, and I have made many friends
along the way.
''With the backing of the mayor and councillors, I've enjoyed
leading staff through a period of significant change to
address a number of financial and organisational challenges.
''On a personal level, I have been helped by support from all
sections of the community and I will leave Dunedin at the end
of the year with the utmost respect for its people and
In a statement issued by Cardiff Council staff, Mr Orders
added he was ''delighted'' to secure his new role and was
looking forward to returning home.
The council was committed to delivering the next phase of the
Cardiff's development as a European capital city, making it
''an exciting time'' for the city, he said.
However, Mr Orders said Cardiff also faced an ''unprecedented
financial squeeze'', as Welsh media reported the council
aimed to cut 22 million ($NZ42.6 million) in spending to
balance the books.
''I am very much looking forward to being part of what lies
The decision to confirm Mr Orders' new role was made on
Thursday night in Wales - Friday morning in New Zealand -
during a meeting of the full Cardiff Council.
Mr Orders would replace the organisation's former chief
executive, Jon House, who resigned in May after less than
three years in the role.