Pennington decides to leave council after restructure
The senior official caught lifting lengthy phrases from someone else's speech has left Wellington City Council as a result of a restructure.
Teena Pennington left her job with the council on Thursday, after working for the organisation for more than three years.
The move comes a week after The Dominion Post revealed Ms Pennington had passed off large sections of a speech given by the IBM chief executive as her own when she spoke to about 20 women from the city's property industry. About a third of his speech, which is available online, was used by Ms Pennington last week, who later apologised, calling it an inadvertent mistake.
"I did mean to attribute that whole passage.
"Effectively, I've just made a mistake and I'm sorry for making that mistake . . . attribution was always meant to be part of the speech, it was just missed on my behalf."
She was the planning and urban design director for the council until the role was disestablished as part of a restructure announced in June that also axed two other top-level positions.
It was understood she stayed on with the council while considering whether to apply for other positions within the organisation.
However, yesterday Ms Pennington said she had chosen not to apply for any lower-level jobs.
"My employment with the council has come to an end as a result of the disestablishment of my position and my decision not to apply for any third-tier roles," she said.
"The timing of my departure has been agreed with the council to coincide with a period of overseas travel."
Council chief executive Garry Poole said Ms Pennington's departure was the result of her choice not to apply.
"In regards to the speech, that matter has now been resolved."
Ms Pennington has a master of business administration from the University of Wollongong and moved to Wellington in 2008.
She played a key role in developing the city's strategic vision document, Wellington 2040.
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