Statistics NZ May Cut a Quarter of Senior Staff in Restructuring

Statistics New Zealand is planning to cut a quarter of its senior managers as new Chief Executive Officer Liz MacPherson sweeps a broom through the government agency.

Thirteen of approximately 50 senior management roles could be disestablished in a leadership shakeup initiated by MacPherson, Statistics New Zealand told Bloomberg News in an e-mailed response to questions today. The proposal was recently made available for staff consultation and a final leadership framework is due to be released within the week, it said.

MacPherson, in her role since Aug. 26, is streamlining management amid a wider 10-year program to transition Statistics New Zealand into a “smaller, smarter, more agile” agency by 2020, according to the statement. A number of senior leadership roles were left vacant or filled temporarily by former CEO Geoff Bascand to allow MacPherson the opportunity to reshape her team, Statistics New Zealand said.

“As well as a strategy refresh and a reassessment of the Statistics 2020 program, Ms MacPherson has initiated a re-group of the agency’s structure and senior leadership,” it said. “These initiatives are focused on maximizing the value New Zealand gains from official statistics.”

The agency currently has 1,118 staff based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

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