District comes of age

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

It has been a quar­ter of a cen­tury since Mur­ray McAlis­ter signed his em­ploy­ment con­tract as a pub­lic ser­vant.

The hu­man re­sources man­ager is one of the long­est stand­ing em­ploy­ees of the South Waikato District Coun­cil, hav­ing worked there since its in­cep­tion on Novem­ber 1, 1989.

The ded­i­cated worker was one of about 130 past and present work­ers who took a walk down mem­ory lane at the coun­cil’s 25th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, held at the South Waikato Sports and Events Cen­tre over the week­end.

McAlis­ter said he had seen a lot of change in his years work­ing for the coun­cil, the big­gest be­ing the leg­isla­tive ones.

‘‘ Em­ploy­ment, re­source man­age­ment and health and safety to name a few.’’

He said the worst in­ci­dents he could re­call were not the scandal and con­tro­versy that came with any coun­cil, but the deaths of fel­low work­ers, ‘‘any time we have been con­fronted with the pass­ing away of serv­ing staff or elected mem­bers, or their loved ones’’.

He ad­mit­ted it was not al­ways easy be­ing a pub­lic ser­vant.

‘‘We some­times make mis­takes, every­one does and some­times we de­serve the crit­i­cism but the hard­est part about work­ing for the coun­cil is deal­ing with crit­i­cism that is un­fair.’’

The coun­cil said it was great to see so many ex-staff and ex­coun­cil­lors mak­ing the ef­fort to visit, many of them mak­ing a week­end of it and com­ing to all three events.

‘‘ The coun­cil would also like to thank the many lo­cal busi­nesses who spon­sored our 25th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions,’’ he said.

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