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MDC staff shake-up saves $138k

Masterton District Council’s [MDC] new senior staffing structure will save about $138,000 per year.

On January 15, MDC chief executive Kym Fell emailed council staff advising them of proposed staff restructures, including disestablishing five senior managers and establishing four new roles.

In his latest report to council, which meets tomorrow, Fell said in line with the proposal, the new executive leadership team [ELT] has been confirmed.

As a result, the manager of regulatory services has left the council with “redundancy provisions”.

The new executive leadership team is: Karen Yates [strategy and development manager], Corin Haines [community manager] Ben Jessep [corporate manager], Leanne Karauna [Pou Ahurea Māori], David Paris [finance manager], and Matt Boulton [chief advisor].

The infrastructure and assets manager role is vacant but is in the process of being filled.

Fell has previously told Local Government Reporting that the council was committed to ensuring it remained “efficient but able to respond”.

Fell said teams would be able to make decisions with confidence, knowing they would have the support of their new ELT and to ensure that portfolios are more aligned, customer-centric, and outcomes-focused. – NZLDR

LDR is local body journalism co-funded by RNZ and
NZ On Air.


  1. Should the rate payers celebrate? $138.000 per year? . Doesn’t even cover the annual wage increase 🙄. It’s not even a drop in the bucket 😒. It costs Rate payers in the wairarapa $24 million per year for the THREE COUNCILS 🙄. However if you had ONE COUNCIL 😉 🤔 for wairarapa what would that save the rate payers. 🤔 Stop ✋ treating rate payers as your money 💰 🤑 pit 😤 join the councils? COME ON.

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Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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