25 Apr 2013

Logic of DoC restructuring questioned

3:40 pm on 25 April 2013

An environmental group says it would have made more sense for the new director-general to restructure the Department of Conservation, rather than outgoing boss Al Morrison.

Mr Morrison, who has been in charge since 2006, is about to take up a new role as a deputy State Services Commissioner.

DoC is restructuring and plans to merge its 11 conservancies into six with job losses inevitable.

The Royal Forest Bird Protection Society of New Zealand says such significant changes should have been made by an incoming director-general - not by someone who will not be there to see the effects.