Multitask workload for health board head

GEORGINA STYLIANOU
Last updated 05:00 21/02/2014
Murray Cleverley
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DHB CHAIR: Murray Cleverley.

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Canterbury's new health board chairman works four days a week as head of investment strategy for the Christchurch central development unit.

Murray Cleverly was last year appointed as chairman of the Canterbury District Health Board by Health Minister Tony Ryall.

At the time of his appointment, Fairfax reported he was a director, part-time farmer and part-time Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) employee.

A Cera spokeswoman yesterday confirmed Mr Cleverly's role as general manager of greater Christchurch investment strategy for the development unit.

He worked four days a week, she said, and was among the officials hosting a series of recovery roadshows in the main centres.

Cleverly is also the chairman of the South Canterbury District Health Board.

Speaking at a recovery roadshow in Invercargill this week, Cleverly said the Government wanted the innovation precinct to be "a mini Silicon Valley" and told presentation attendees that a big multinational company would soon sign up to be part of the precinct.

Cera was unable to confirm this yesterday and Cleverly said he was not permitted to speak to media when phoned by Fairfax.

A Canterbury health board spokeswoman said the board chairman was not a fulltime employee and was therefore not required to take annual leave.

Cleverly would not miss any board meetings as a result of the roadshows, she said.

Ryall said it was not unusual for chairmen to have employment outside their roles and Cleverly had assured him his employment would not interfere with his ability to chair the South Canterbury board or the Canterbury board.

Information about the proposed innovation precinct - bordered by Lichfield, Madras, St Asaph and Manchester streets - has been sparse since the recovery blueprint was released in mid-2012.

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment is leading the project and a spokeswoman yesterday said the ministry was continuing to work towards the "public release of the spatial framework and the innovation precinct strategy".

In July last year, Fairfax reported the development unit was encouraging landowners in the precinct to propose building designs for the area and the ministry had contracted a consortium, headed by Australasian firm Architectus, to carry out precinct planning work. A unit spokeswoman said "various private parties are close to finalising their plans" for the precinct.

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"We expect that some private interests will be making their plans public in the near future but any timeframes for that would not be for us to determine."

A media release about the recovery roadshows said people involved in construction, material supply or providers of design, architecture and quantity surveying services would likely be interested in attending one of the presentations in Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown, Nelson, Wellington and Auckland.

The presentations would also be of interest to investors, developers, business owners and retailers, it said.

- The Timaru Herald

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