Project manager Zelko shuts

The head offices of Zelko New Zealand Ltd in Alexandra. Photo by Sarah Marquet.
The head offices of Zelko New Zealand Ltd in Alexandra. Photo by Sarah Marquet.
A-based project management business Zelko New Zealand Ltd has closed, but another has sprung up in its place.

When approached by the Otago Daily Times, none of the directors of Zelko would comment on the reasons, but two confirmed the business had ceased operations.

In a report to the Central Otago District Council, council property manager Mike Kerr said "the directors of Zelko had decided to disestablish the company and cease trading from June 30, 2011. The management of that company intend to establish a company to offer the same services."

Mr Kerr confirmed DM Property Solutions Ltd, owned by former Zelko general manager Dave McKenzie, was carrying out services previously offered by Zelko in the interim to "enable consideration for the long term".

In the report, Mr Kerr said Zelko "provides building compliance and checking services, and facilitates unplanned maintenance."

DM Property Solutions' involvement with the council came into effect on July 1.

Mr Kerr said he was pleased to "have an ongoing service" and it was an "unnoticeable transition".

Zelko was also project managing the building of the new Cromwell Medical Centre and Central Lakes Trust offices.

Mr McKenzie said he had agreed to oversee the completion of this project.

According to Zelko's website, it employed 30 staff located from Christchurch to Manapouri.

It is understood the majority of Zelko staff have found new employment.

Mr McKenzie is a former Dunedin City Council property manager who left in 2007 to take up his general manager role with Zelko. He acted as project manager for the Wall Street development in George St, the site he bought for the council when he began his term.


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