Council's finance boss quits

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 13:06 29/05/2013
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LEAVING: Christchurch City Council corporate services manager Paul Anderson is leaving the job for a fresh appointment in Queenstown.

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The head of the Christchurch City Council's finance team is leaving.

Council corporate services manager Paul Anderson will leave in July to take up the position of NZSki chief executive, left vacant after James Coddington resigned in February.

NZSki runs the Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski areas.

Anderson, who has worked for the council for five and a half years, said the council's financial strategy and its rebuild funding agreement with the Crown would be in place before he took up the Queenstown-based role.

While concerns have been raised about whether the council's strategy will work, Anderson said his departure was driven only by the new role having ''come up''.

''It was always going to be a high hurdle to get me to think about leaving. This was just that high hurdle,'' he said.

During submissions on the council's draft three-year plan, due to be adopted next month, Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend said the chamber's board was worried about the council's long-term financial viability, given the huge amount of capital it needed to raise when its rates base was reduced.

Meanwhile, the council has agreed to scale back its normal 10-year work programme to three years in return for the Government providing greater certainty over its contribution to infrastructure and anchor projects.

Anderson said having the strategy and agreement in place would be "a good note" to leave on.

''For the council, it will be all about implementing that funding strategy and holding true to the course because it will work. It really sets the city up to pay its share in a sustainable way.''

Anderson said he was passionate about the snow industry and had been skiing since he was 10.

It was likely a council staff member would stand in as corporate services manager until a permanent replacement was found.

In a memorandum to council staff, chief executive Tony Marryatt said he was sorry to see Anderson go, and wished him well in his new role.

Coddington's resignation came shortly before NZSki Ltd was charged under the Health and Safety in Employment Act after two walkers fell from a Coronet Peak chairlift last August.

The two charges followed a six-month investigation by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's labour group, and each carries a maximum fine of $250,000.

Long-term Coronet Peak manager Hamish McCrostie resigned in November after holding several roles at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables since 1980.

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NZSki board chairman John Davies said he was looking forward to formally welcoming Anderson.

"We're thrilled to welcome someone of Paul's calibre and aptitude to lead NZSki," he said.

"He has an excellent track record and seasoned experience in corporate management, finance and staff engagement, which, combined with his personal love of skiing, makes him an ideal person to lead the development of The Remarkables Ski Area and our organisation as a whole.

"We look forward to working with him to continue in our vision of leading the world in snow-sport experiences."

Coronet Peak is scheduled to open for the season on June 8, Mt Hutt on June 15 and The Remarkables on June 22.

 

- The Press

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