Aoraki Polytechnic has cut 24 jobs and proposes cutting seven
more. Oamaru and Dunedin staff are among those who could be
The polytechnic confirmed last week it was cutting 38 support
positions and replacing them with 14 positions, following a
staff consultation period, which started in October. Seven
more redundancies were proposed yesterday, including one
position in Oamaru, and cuts to hours and possibly one staff
member in Dunedin.
The cuts come as the polytechnic, which has campuses in
Timaru, Ashburton, Oamaru, Christchurch and Dunedin, faces
tough times. Earlier this year it forecast a drop of 400
equivalent full-time students and a $2.3 million deficit.
Acting chief executive Alex Cabrera said the changes involved
replacing four separate schools with a single ''teaching and
''I am sincerely sorry that some individuals will be
affected. It is never easy to have to face this sort of
change, particularly at this time of the year.
''However, these changes are necessary for the future of the
organisation,'' Mr Cabrera said.
Given Timaru was the biggest campus ''it is likely'' the
largest impact of the cuts would be felt there, he said.
Tertiary Education Union southern region organiser Kris Smith
was unhappy with the way staff cuts had been handled and how
long it had taken to come to a final decision, which left
staff facing a difficult Christmas.
''We accept that there was a need to reduce staffing, but
it's gone too far.''
The union and staff members felt they did not have enough
input in the process and that more cuts would be likely.
''It looks a bit like a death by a thousand cuts,'' Mr Smith