Online campaign to keep 'good bloke' in Bay

By Lawrence Gullery

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An online campaign has kicked off to help find a new job for a "bloody good bloke" who fears being among the casualties of the DoC's nationwide restructure.

Tom Barr is the DoC (Department of Conservation) area compliance and response officer at its Napier office and was the subject of a post which appeared on the Hawke's Bay social website, Fruitbowl, recently.

Under the headline "Keep Tom Barr in the Bay", writer Matt Miller posted Mr Barr was a good friend and well-known member of the Clifton Country Cricket Club.

Mr Miller said Mr Barr and his family faced the "bleak prospect" of moving out of Hawke's Bay to find work.

"This is incredibly distressing for him and his young family as they love this region, the people, the cricket club and it would be a huge loss for us all should they have to move."

Mr Barr had applied for another job but had been unsuccessful. It was "one of the last hopes" for the family to remain in the Bay, Mr Miller said.

"... so it would be great if we can pull together as a community and try and sort a solution for these great people. He needs a great job.

"Anyone who has been clay bird shooting or played cricket out at Te Awanga knows that Tom is incredibly experienced, beyond compare and quite aside from his excellent wicket keeping abilities is a crack shot and bloody good bloke."

Mr Barr did not respond to attempts by Hawke's Bay Today to contact him.

DoC media advisor Reuben Williams said there had been no redundancies but some roles may be "disestablished".

A breakdown showing the roles before and after the restructure indicated the Wellington/Hawke's Bay area would lose three positions overall.

"We are still in the process of appointing tier 3 and tier 4 senior managers. The process will take some months to complete. No one has been made redundant as such," Mr Williams said.

He said the department would not comment on the Fruitbowl post suggesting Mr Barr had lost his job.

"There will be many staff in that position in other parts of the country and the process of recruitment is not complete and it wouldn't be appropriate for us to comment.

"It is likely that this position is one of the three that has been disestablished in the Wellington/Hawke's Bay region," Mr Williams said.

The department defined "disestablishment" as when a role or position was removed from the structure.

"The person in that role is affected but not made immediately redundant as a result and is still employed by the Department."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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