District comes of age
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.