Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Chief Executive Extends Contract By Two Years

City Council Chief Executive Extends Contract By Two Years

Dunedin (1 June 2004) – The Dunedin City Council has extended by two years the employment contract it has with its chief executive, Jim Harland.

The extension means Mr Harland’s employment contract, which was due to expire in March 2005, has now been extended until March 2007.

Mr Harland joined the City Council in March 2000 and the City Council had the option of extending his contract by two years, or readvertising the position as a five-year contract.

Announcing the extension, the Mayor of Dunedin Sukhi Turner said the City Council is extremely pleased Mr Harland has accepted its invitation to continue for a further two years.

“In the four-and-a-half years with the City Council so far Jim has had an immensely positive impact on the operation of the City Council and through that the vibrancy and development of our City as a whole,” Mayor Turner said.

“His decision to continue with us for a further two years from March 2005 gives the City of Dunedin certainty stability and strength going forward,” she said. “Later this year we will have a new City Council, and a new Mayor, and I am sure the residents and ratepayers of Dunedin will appreciate the constancy and dependability in seeing the chief executive at the helm through this time.”

Mr Harland said he is delighted to accept the opportunity to continue leading the staff of the City Council.

“Personally I think we have achieved a tremendous amount at the City Council over the past four and a half years – though there is still a great deal more to do,” Mr Harland said.

Highlights for Mr Harland in his time at the City Council so far include: Working closely with the community in the preparation of a Strategic Plan which reflected their priorities, being one of the first City Councils in New Zealand to deliver its Long-Term Council Community Plan, revamping the City Council’s second-tier management and accountabilities for managers and staff, promoting an outcome-focussed planning process, introducing enhanced performance management systems and introducing new project management systems. In addition to these has been overseeing the successful rebranding the City under the I AM Dunedin brand, overseeing a zero general rate increase while maintaining service levels, revamping the reporting format to committees with an emphasis on options and their advantages and disadvantages.

A number of projects have also been completed in the four and a half years such as upgrading Moana Pool, St Clair sea wall, Edgar Centre extension, University Oval development, the District Plan has become substantially operative and completion of significant milestones in the water and wastewater areas. Mr Harland said it has been a pleasure to work with councillors and staff on these projects.

“It is particularly satisfying that on my watch the satisfaction with the City Council – as measured by an independent annual survey or residents – has improved markedly. I look forward to continuing to working with staff to lift that satisfaction further and work with all people in the City for its future.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election