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Help needed: nine senior jobs unfilled at LGWM

Report from RNZ by Hamish Cardwell
The extent of vacancies in crucial senior positions at the beleaguered massive Wellington transport overhaul programme Let’s Get Wellington Moving has been revealed tonight.

The $6.4 billion LGWM programme is being overhauled after a review last month found it at risk of failure, under-resourced and with key roles unfilled.

The Transport Agency Waka Kotahi has now revealed that nine positions remain vacant including five “lead” roles, one “managerial” and one “partner” role, and advisors in legal and communications.

Last month’s review found the perceived lack of delivery and uncertainty had damaged LGWM’s brand making attracting and keeping staff difficult.

The report also noted the team’s lack of experience which had no expertise doing such a large, complex programme.

It said there was a “strategic leadership vacuum”.

On Wednesday, the programme announced it was overhauling its governance structure, creating new positions and bringing in an independent chair to try and speed up progress.

The project is a partnership between the Wellington city and regional councils and the Transport Agency.

Its aims to ease the capital’s congestion woes by building rapid transit from the city to the airport, improving public transport and cycleways and easing traffic choke points on arterial routes.

Currently vacant positions are:

Programme Integration Manager
HR Business Partner
City Development Lead
Value Capture Lead
Consenting Lead
Cost & Change Lead
Legal Advisor
Information and Knowledge Lead
Advisor Communications – temp role to June 2020

6 comments:

  1. Alan, 8. March 2021, 11:19

    “Its aims to ease the capital’s congestion woes by building rapid transit from the city to the airport, improving public transport and cycleways and easing traffic choke points on arterial routes.”
    And just what has it done so far?
    And now it wants to fill more positions with predictable high-powered, high-paying corporate-speak titles. What an industry to be in.

     
  2. TrevorH, 8. March 2021, 12:01

    Probably because any reference to LGWM on your CV is highly undesirable. Wind it up and cut our losses please.

     
  3. Keith Flinders, 8. March 2021, 13:49

    One of the positions advertised is “Advisor Communications – temp role to June 2020”

    Don’t they know we are well into 2021 already ?

     
  4. Northland, 8. March 2021, 23:00

    Just scrap it.

    Central Government need to say ‘this is what’s going to happen’ and then employ some actual ‘doers’ to do the work. Transport planners, designers and civil engineers.

    Decision by consensus will leave us in the same place this time next century. It is obvious from even a casual perusal of the comments on Wellington.Scoop that a consensus ain’t never going to happen.

     
  5. Chimp Enclosure, 9. March 2021, 7:44

    This highlights everything wrong with LGWM. A bunch of corporate gobbledygook job titles. What do they mean, what do they even do? At this stage we are better to cut our losses and get rid of LGWM rather than throw good money after bad.

     
  6. Kara, 12. March 2021, 9:04

    Possibly the only people who want to keep LGWM are those who cannot see themselves using public transport to get to the airport, or planning their trip across the city.