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News : Former Mayoral Candidate and ex-CallActive Manager Looks to Start Own Call Centre
Wellington, New Zealand, December 10 2015 -- A former Wellington councillor who backed and then worked for the now-failed business CallActive, appears to have set up his own call centre operation.
John Morrison, took up a senior management job with the Australian company he helped bring to the capital after his failed 2013 Mayoral bid.
On November 27, 60 stunned CallActive call centre staff were told by tearful managers to pack their bags and leave their Willeston St office as the company had folded.
Companies Office records show the day before this announcement, Morrison set up his own separate call centre company, Plus64connect, with David Lloyd, understood to be another manager at CallActive.
Morrison has not responded to repeated requests to talk about the new operation, which one source claimed was an 80-seat call centre.
Lloyd could not be reached for comment.
In 2013, as a councillor and mayoral candidate, Morrison was on a four person panel that approved a $300,000 council loan to help bring CallActive to Wellington.
The Australian-owned company arrived in the capital in October 2013, with company director Rick Allan predicting it could create up to 2000 jobs.
Allan brought the company to New Zealand following a chance meeting with Morrison.
On November 12, the Companies Office registrar publicly notified her intention to de-register the New Zealand CallActive because it had failed to file its annual report.
This was suspended on December 10 after the office received two objections, which gives time for claims from creditors for owed money.
The New Zealand branch's majority shareholding company, Australia PBTA Holdings, remains registered. It is owned by Phillip Allan, who along with brother Rick are directors of the Australian CallActive.
The Australian CallActive went into liquidation on November 30, four days after Morrison and Lloyd registered their new company.
Wellington City Council is not included on a list of known creditors for the Australian company dated December 8.
It is unclear whether the council would recoup the $150,000 it claims it was still owed on the loan.
Council spokesman Richard MacLean said the council was dealing with receivers of the Australian company.
On Thursday, a former CallActive worker said he would have concerns about working in a centre with a similar set up to CallActive.
"I would be thinking 'Am I going to have this job for more than a month?'."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Friday, December 11, 2015