Land manager confirms redundancy payments

The body managing multiple-owned Maori land has spent $1.36 million on redundancy payouts.

The office of the Maori Trustee has cuts its workforce from 78 to 60 people.

Restructuring has been going on since the head of the organisation, Jamie Tuuta, took up his role in August last year with a drive to make Maori land more productive.

The changes have now been made and some staff have chosen to take severance pay.

The trustee administers or manages about 100,000ha of Maori freehold land.

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