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NZPA Restructuring Confirmed

Media Release

20 June 2008

NZPA Restructuring Confirmed

The New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) has confirmed its plan to streamline its operations.

Chairman Michael Muir announced today that the NZPA Board had considered feedback received from staff and the union representing journalists to a proposal made 3 June.

Directors had decided that a combination of redundancies, including voluntary redundancies, and non replacement of recent resignations together involving seven full time equivalent positions would provide the necessary cost reductions.

“With some reconfiguration of staffing and the introduction of new technology, the Board is confident the news agency will be able to continue to supply its traditional newspaper customers and the wide cross section of Internet and broadcast clients with a quality national news wire,” said Mr Muir.

Staff were advised of the decision of the Board at meetings this afternoon.

In addition to staff reductions, NZPA had announced its intention to review the costs of the agency’s purchase of international news wires, while also planning to invest in new editorial content management technology.


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