Resignation will give polytechnic 'space'

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 28/11/2012
Kay Nelson
RESIGNED: Aoraki Polytech CEO Kay Nelson has announced she is leaving the polytech.

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The Tertiary Education Union says the resignation of Aoraki Polytechnic's chief executive Kay Nelson is timely, and will allow the polytech council space to consider its future.

Independent adviser Malcolm Inglis had been brought in to the polytech to consider options, on the back of student numbers dropping and a financial deficit.

Union organiser Kris Smith said yesterday that members from Aoraki Polytechnic had welcomed the resignation of Ms Nelson, which was announced on Monday. A vote of no confidence in Ms Nelson was passed in October 2011.

"I think it is timely. Members are relieved the organisation can move on," Ms Smith said. "Her resignation has created space and opportunities for the polytech council to fully consider all of its options."

Ms Nelson has a three-month notice period to serve, after which deputy chief executive Alex Cabrera will take over as acting chief executive.

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