Tourism Waitaki may name new manager by Christmas

Jason Gaskill.
Jason Gaskill
A replacement for outgoing Tourism Waitaki general manager Jason Gaskill could be named before Christmas.

But it was unlikely the replacement for the outgoing general manager would join Tourism Waitaki until the new year, Tourism Waitaki chairman Mike McElhinney said.

The board had "created a brief of the type of person we are looking for to take Tourism Waitaki forward" this week, but Mr McElhinney would not comment on the details of the brief at this stage.

Mr Gaskill had represented Waitaki "very well" at the national and international level.

"A lot of the work is done outside of the district and he has done a great job at representing us outside the district," Mr McElhinney said.

"It’s a very important role, the tourism industry in the district is very strong and it’s got a lot of potential. We want to build upon that. That’s why we’ve got to take the right process, to make sure we get the right person."

Tourism Waitaki was now accepting proposals from recruitment agencies "to go head-hunting for us".

Mr Gaskill resigned from Tourism Waitaki in August after nine years with the council-controlled organisation.  He has said he would stay in the job until his replacement was appointed.

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