Two Otago Regional Council directors, who together have
22 years' experience with the organisation, have lost their
jobs in restructuring led by new chief executive Peter Bodeker.
Dr Selva Selvarajah and Dr John Threlfall, who deal with the
council's consent processes and environmental science, in
particular concerning water quality and quantity,
respectively, will leave within the next few weeks.
They are going through the redundancy process and said they
were disappointed by the disestablishment of their roles but
did not want to comment further.
Both had families and hoped to stay in Dunedin.
Mr Bodeker said he was not prepared to comment on the loss of
the pair's jobs, commenting that, overall, the restructuring
would add three extra staff to the organisation.
The restructuring was aimed at angling the organisation so it
could successfully implement its water quality and quantity
plan changes during the next six or seven years, he said.
''It is crucial to have better integration of the
executive roles. This restructure will expedite and improve the
delivery of these work programmes, which already overlap.''
The changes came into effect yesterday.
Under the restructuring, four directors' positions had been
''disestablished'' and replaced by two. A new stakeholders
engagement directorate, which was being advertised
externally, had been created.
The two ''new'' directorates combined the work of Drs
Selvarajah, who had been with the council for 13 years, and
Threlfall, who had been with the council nine years, with
that of existing directors.
Fraser McRae will add the Resource Management Act work of Dr
Selvarajah to his policy portfolio under a new title:
director policy, planning and resource management.
Dr Gavin Palmer will take on Dr Threlfall's environmental
information and science work alongside his existing hazards
and engineering work as director engineering, natural hazards
The only directorate to escape major changes was that of
corporate services director Wayne Scott. Jeff Donaldson's
regional services directorate was renamed environmental
monitoring and operations.
The new stakeholders directorate would incorporate
communications and community liaison activities previously
included in Dr Threlfall's directorate and across other
Peter Taylor's associate directorate in strategic
communications and education had been disestablished and his
role was now communications manager.
Nicola McGrouther would lead the land resources team and the
implementation of plan change 6A, while Marian Weaver, a
resource management procedural specialist, would lead an
equivalent team in implementing plan change 1C, he said.
Council chairman Stephen Woodhead said it was not appropriate
to comment on what was the chief executive's decision.
''It is up to him to put a team in place to fulfil the
council's objectives and work programmes.''