Shorter terms for senior appointments likely - Key
The government is looking at shortening the terms for high-level appointments from five to three years, Prime Minister John Key says.
When Police Minister Judith Collins announced yesterday that Peter Marshall had been appointed the new police commissioner, she said it would be for a three-year term.
The usual term has been five years, and when he was asked about it Mr Key said three-year terms gave opportunities for performance reviews and made sure people appointed to very senior positions realised they had to deliver.
He said the government was looking for a new Defence Force chief to replace the retiring Lieutenant-General Jerry Mateparae, who will have served for five years, and that might also be a three-year appointment.
"At the end of the day we want to demand performance and we've made three-year appointments in recent times," Mr Key said.
"We did the same thing with the Law Commission, it's not unusual."