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CYF haemorrhaging senior staff

Anne Tolley MP
National Party Associate Welfare Spokeswoman

23 February 2006

CYF haemorrhaging senior staff

Child Youth and Family Services is being compromised by the acute haemorrhaging of qualified staff, says National's Associate Welfare (CYF) spokeswoman, Anne Tolley.

"Currently the jobs.govt.nz website is advertising eight financial vacancies in the CYF Wellington office, two senior management positions in Auckland and one in Christchurch," says Mrs Tolley.

"Something is definitely wrong when a government department has an obvious leadership crisis like this.

"Many of these vacancies are senior positions, so I would imagine there must be some instability in the service as a result."

Mrs Tolley says the large number of vacancies could be endemic of a culture caused by the controversy surrounding the departure of CEO Paula Tyler.

"Why would we have so many senior staff leaving if there was not something seriously wrong?

"This looks suspiciously like rats scurrying to get off a sinking ship, which the captain got off a long time ago," says Mrs Tolley.


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