Changes to Ministry of Fisheries proposed

Press Release – Ministry of Fisheries

Ministry of Fisheries today introduced to staff a proposal for changes to its organisational design. MFish CE Wayne McNee signalled there may be significant changes ahead for the Ministry of Fisheries. The proposed changes will help the Ministry better deliver …

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30 April 2009
Changes to Ministry of Fisheries’ organisational design proposed

Ministry of Fisheries today introduced to staff a proposal for changes to its organisational design.

MFish CE Wayne McNee signalled there may be significant changes ahead for the Ministry of Fisheries.

The proposed changes will help the Ministry better deliver on the expectations of the new Government and focus particularly on realising economic development gains and improving efficiency, said Mr McNee

The proposal has just been released to staff for their consideration and feedback.

“The changes proposed to the way the Ministry is structured and works are significant, with the largest change around the way the Ministry undertakes its fisheries management role,” said Mr McNee.

“This will have implications for the number and location of fisheries management positions, locating them in Wellington and Auckland. This will impact on the number of fisheries management roles in Dunedin, Nelson, Wellington, Napier and Auckland.”

The number of fishery surveillance and investigator roles and their locations would not change.

There would be reduction in the total number of planned FTEs in the organisation from 478 on 1 July 2009 to 449 under the proposed structure. At 31 March, the Ministry employed 446 permanent and fixed term FTEs.

Under this proposal, some existing roles would be disestablished and new roles established. While this would have implications for some existing staff, there would be opportunities in the new structure.

This is a proposal only at this stage and we are seeking feedback from our staff and unions – we want to ensure that due process is followed for our staff throughout this review.

ENDS

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