Telecomms top job draws global interest

The position of New Zealand telecommunications commissioner has attracted interest from around the world.

The position of New Zealand telecommunications commissioner has attracted interest from around the world.

“We’ve had interest from within New Zealand, from the Asia-Pacific region and from Canada and the US,” says Hattie Egerton-Smith of Wellington-based Bell McCaw Bampfylde, the recruitment agency charged with finding the right person for the job.

Bell McCaw Bampfylde’s London-based partner agency, Saxton Bampfylde Hever, has also fielded “quite a few” applications, both from Britain and continental Europe, Egerton-Smith says. The position has been advertised worldwide, including in publications such as The Economist.

Applications for the position closed on June 8 and under the terms of the telecommunications bill, presently before parliament, the successful applicant will work from within the commerce commission and have the power to make “determinations” on access issues when the commercial parties involved can’t agree.

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