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The Department of Conservation is to set up new regional service centres in its Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch offices as it moves to re-organise its systems for supporting conservation staff in the field.

The Department of Conservation is to set up new regional service centres in its Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch offices as it moves to re-organise its systems for supporting conservation staff in the field.

DOC announced in July that it was looking to shed about 100 positions from its National Office in Wellington and its 11 regional conservancy offices as part of a review to find more cost effective support systems.

The Department told its approximately 1,800 staff today that the restructuring will see 96 positions disestablished over the next six months.

DOC Director-General Al Morrison says no ranger positions will be lost in the restructuring and the Department aims to maintain its conservation work in the field.

Al Morrison says the review will see the Department pooling a range of services in its Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch offices to more effectively provide support across the country.

Jobs affected by the changes include legal, planning, science and technical and communications support roles.

“In the past we’ve grouped our support systems by region, with additional back-up from our National Office in Wellington. By moving the support staff from a regional base into professional groupings, we will be able to provide more cost-effective systems and a stronger national focus to our work.”

Managers have begun discussions with affected staff today and will be working through options such as redeployment and redundancy over the next six months.

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