Creating a new city promotion team within the Dunedin
City Council looks set to have ramifications for the way the
council's commercial property investments are managed.
The Otago Daily Times understands the council is
proposing two management positions be disestablished and
three new positions created under a new council structure.
Two new groups with new group managers would be created and
the council's commercial property investment portfolio split
off from operational property and moved into the finance
A commercial property investment manager position would be
created with responsibility for overseeing such investments
across the whole council family, including by council-owned
and controlled companies.
One of the new groups would include the economic development,
city marketing (separate from council marketing) and i-Site
teams under a new group manager.
The other new group would bring the operational property team
and the customer services agency into one group under a new
The three new positions would be open to applications.
It is understood the existing positions of economic
development and property group manager, held at present by
Robert Clark, and customer services agency manager, held by
Adrian Blair, would be disestablished under the proposed
It was announced several months ago that Tourism Dunedin,
including the position of chief executive Hamish Saxton,
would be disestablished and its functions subsumed into a
city marketing agency.
The new agency will co-ordinate tourism, events, investment,
skills and migrant and attraction efforts.
Chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose yesterday confirmed affected
staff were being consulted on a proposed restructure, and had
until April 4 to give their feedback.
The restructuring would mean little change for staff roles
other than the management positions, but would change some
reporting lines, she said.
The primary objective of the proposed new structure was the
need to accommodate the city marketing agency, which was
deemed to fit closely with economic development work, she
That meant a knock-on effect on the property team, which at
present was structured within a group with economic
It was also felt the council's $97 million commercial
property investment portfolio would sit better in the finance
team, where it would be aligned to the council's financial
strategy and a commercial property investment manager could
also give advice and support to council-owned companies and
the city treasury.
It was also an opportunity to bring the customer services
agency within it.
''It is really the last stage of (previous chief executive
Paul Orders') council-wide restructure.''
Once staff feedback was considered and changes were approved
it was hoped they would be implemented by July 1.
In the first instance, existing Tourism Dunedin staff would
become part of the city marketing team, with a long-term
structure for that team to be resolved subsequently, she
Mr Clark and Mr Blair declined to comment when contacted