Walker’s job ads raise concerns
A member of the Gore branch of the National Party is crying foul about Parliamentary Services’ (PS) advertisement for staff for Clutha-Southland’s MP Hamish Walker.
An advertisement ran in The Ensign on October 18 and 20, with a closing date of 5pm on October 22, giving applicants less than three working days to apply.
Peter Owens raised the issue with PS, saying he was ‘‘deeply concerned because the ad in the paper on the 20th gave two working days for people to apply for the position’’.
He was concerned, ‘‘given the strange circumstances in which the office was conducted previously’’.
Owens emailed PS and was told the position had been advertised on an online recruitment website and Government Jobs from October 6 to October 22.
‘‘The combination of online and print advertising (Ensign) resulted in a good number of quality candidates to take through to the interview process,’’ PS engagement and communications manager Paul Walker said
Interviews were held in Gore on Friday and reference checking of a short-list of candidates was in process ahead of a final decision being made.
When approached for comment on Monday, Walker said that all staff matters should be directed to PS ‘‘as they are the employer’’.