Mayor Bryan Cadogan and NZ First MP for Clutha Mark Patterson have set up a give a little page for the staff of Telford whose wages have been suspended with Taratahi going into liquidation.
Mayor Cadogan said staff were in a cruel and rare situation with staff from Telford now receiving no wages.
"Telford Farm has been dragged into the Taratahi voluntary liquidation mess and right at the heart of it, over 30 staff members at Telford have been placed on suspension by the interim liquidators while possible options to continue operations are explored," Mayor Cadogan said.
Mayor Cadogan said a positive option had come out of a meeting, held on January 14 at the Clutha District Council to discuss the future of Telford.
In attendance at the meeting was Clutha District Mayor Bryan Cadogan, MP’s Mark Patterson and Hamish Walker, members of the Telford Farm Board, representatives from SIT, Tertiary Education Commission, NZQA and Tertiary Education Union representatives.
SIT Chairperson Peter Heenan said he was encouraged by the support from all parties at the meeting for SIT to pull together a proposal for the ministers consideration.
He said he hoped the proposal would be with the minister and cabinet by the end of January for their decision.
Telford Farm Board Chairperson Richard Farquhar said it was really important that Telford be given the support from Government to ensure it had every chance of success with SIT.
Mayor Cadogan said there was cohesive determination from all parties around the table to find a viable, sustainable option for the Telford Campus.
He was appreciative of the positive discussion with the liquidator during the meeting and having the ministers officials present.
“Our thoughts are with staff at this difficult time and we appreciate your commitment and loyalty to Telford and its students. There is a local determination for Telford to continue its long history of servicing agricultural students and the industry.”
For more details and to donate click on this link - givealittle.co.nz/cause/help-support-staff