Trust framework will remain without content
Mackenzie Tourism and Development Trust's general manager Phil Brownie's job will go at the end of this month, along with the rest of the staff.
The redundancy is a result of the Mackenzie District Council voting to disband its tourism and development trust, which employed Mr Brownie.
Mr Brownie did not wish to comment on the issue this week, saying any comment should come from trust chairman Jim Scott.
Mr Brownie was appointed general manager of the trust after it was established in late 2007. He had previously been general manager of Central South Island Tourism.
The district council has decided to keep the targeted rating for tourism and economic development at the same level as previous years – about $215,000 to $250,000 – while it works out the structure of any new organisation.
Mr Scott said with the Tekapo i-Site closing at the end of this week, leaving three people redundant, the trust was in the process of winding down its assets and contracts since it received council confirmation of its status.
"A framework will remain, there just won't be anything in it," he said. "All of the intellectual property we've built up – and that includes the websites – will cease to operate."
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