New MAF DG from North Otago

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s new Chief Executive and Director General is Wayne McNee .

He’s been CE of the Ministry of Fisheries for nearly three years and before that was CE of Pharmac.

“In his current role, Mr McNee is responsible for managing New Zealand’s fisheries resources worth approximately $1.6 billion per annum, and employs around 460 staff in 19 offices in New Zealand. . .

. . . In his previous role as Chief Executive of PHARMAC, Mr McNee was responsible for an operating budget of $15 million and approximately 50 staff, and a pharmaceutical budget of almost $1 billion dollars . . .”

He will take up the appointment next month.

The official announcement says he has a Bachelor of Pharmacy and PG Dip in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Otago and has undertaken general management programmes at Monash, Oxford and Stanford Universities.

It doesn’t also say Wayne comes from North Otago. He grew up in Enfield and went to Waitaki Boys’ High.

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