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Environment Waikato Chief Executive resigns

Environment Waikato Chief Executive Barry Harris has accepted a new position as Chief Executive of Greater Wellington Regional Council, starting in August.

Chairman Neil Clarke acknowledged Mr Harris’ unique contribution to the Council. He had been Chief Executive of Environment Waikato for 10 years during a period of substantial change and achievement.

“Barry’s departure is a great loss to Environment Waikato and the Waikato Region, but because of his organisational leadership skills the Council is well placed to continue delivering sustainable results for the Region.”

Mr Harris said he had great respect for Environment Waikato’s ability and achievements over the years.

“The focus on getting results, achieving sustainable outcomes through innovation and excellence has placed Environment Waikato at the top of the class. The Council’s style of creating solutions, rather than conflicts, has enabled us to work in strong partnerships with our communities.”

Mr Harris will replace Howard Stone, who retires from Greater Wellington Regional Council in July.

Council Chairperson Margaret Shields said the Wellington Council was unanimous in its decision to appoint Mr Harris.

“We were impressed by his experience and track record at Environment Waikato and by his clear understanding of the issues facing local government in New Zealand.”

She said her Council’s Strategic Plan aimed to achieve a sustainable region by 2013.

“We wanted a CEO who could lead the Council toward this objective, and build partnerships with the community, local and central government. I am confident Barry is the right person to lead the Council to achieve these objectives.”

Environment Waikato will immediately begin recruitment for a new Chief Executive.

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