Redundancies hit The Southland Times

Eight Southland Times staff and three more employed in Invercargill by The Times' owner, Fairfax Media, have been made redundant and a further seven jobs are at risk as Fairfax restructures its resources to cut costs in a tough trading environment and at the same time meet new business opportunities.

The job losses are part of a months-long and continuing cost-cutting programme throughout New Zealand and Australia by Fairfax Media.

Several of those who have had their jobs disestablished at The Times offices may be redeployed within the wider Fairfax group and three new positions that have been created in Invercargill.

The redundancies include one fulltime and two part-time journalists across the daily and the five community newspapers produced by The Times

The senior management team has also been restructured with the five commercial roles - general manager, the two advertising managers, marketing manager and distribution manager - disestablished and replaced with two new senior management roles. Former general manager Sue Gregory has accepted one of those positions.

In addition, the Fairfax strategy of outsourcing production of advertisements has led to two Invercargill staff in the Fairfax pre-press production hub being made redundant, along with a retail distribution staffer.

Fairfax is still reviewing the future of its classified advertising/contact centres throughout New Zealand and six Invercargill-based staff are affected by this review. One other administrative staff role is also being reviewed.

Tough decisions have had to be made to ensure the Fairfax group - and especially The Southland Times' operations across print and the internet - is able to continue to deliver quality journalism for our readers and advertisers.

While I regret the changes that have had to be made, I am confident The Times still has the resources to continue to champion our southern communities and report on the issues that affect us all.

The Southland Times