Social Policy Ministry IT head Neil Miranda refuses to confirm or deny widespread rumour that he will be leaving his position in the next few months.
MoSP chief executive Dame Margaret Bazley is due to leave in June. The two have long worked closely, through the days of the Department of Social Welfare and Winz. Miranda says his current priority in IT is to put the finishing touches to the social agencies’ IT infrastructure before Bazley leaves, “because Margaret has driven this strongly and she seems to understand it”.
Asked if he too would leave, he says: “There’s a widespread perception that Margaret and I go together, and that when she leaves, so will I. But that’s not necessarily so.”