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Telecommunications Commissioner takes leave

Hon David Cunliffe
Minister for Communications & Information Technology
Hon Lianne Dalziel
Minister of Commerce

19 September 2008 Media Statement

Telecommunications Commissioner takes leave

Telecommunications Commissioner Ross Patterson will take a three month leave of absence from his role to seek treatment for health issues, Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel and Minister for Communications and Information Technology David Cunliffe announced today.

Dr Patterson’s leave of absence takes effect immediately. On the basis that treatment is successful and Dr Patterson is able to perform the duties of the Telecommunications Commissioner as expected, he will return to the role in January 2009.

Chair of the Commerce Commission Paula Rebstock will be acting Telecommunications Commissioner in Dr Patterson’s absence.

Ministers Dalziel and Cunliffe expressed their confidence today that the work program of the Telecommunications Commissioner would continue to be delivered during Dr Patterson’s absence.


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