The Official Wizard of New Zealand Was Fired After two decades on the Christchurch Payroll.


Even if you’re an experienced worker, there is no way to be immune in this competitive job market. “official” wizard.

The Christchurch City Council told Ian Brackenbury Channell that he was also known as “The Wizard of New Zealand.” “acts of wizardry and other wizard-like services,” Because it does not fit the current image of the city, they were no longer necessary. The New York Times reported. 

Lynn McClelland, assistant chief executive of the Council, spoke to the New Zealand publication Stuff. The company acknowledged that the decision was hard and stated that the final payment would be made under the contract in December.

“The council has met with The Wizard and sent him a letter thanking him for his services to Christchurch over the past decades and informing him that we are bringing our formal contractual arrangement to a close.”

McClleland said: “The promotional landscape in Ōtautahi Christchurch is changing, with new and different promotional programs that will increasingly reflect our diverse communities and showcase a vibrant, diverse, modern city that is attractive to residents, domestic and international visitors, new businesses, and skilled migrant workers,”

Channell, 88, who has been working for the Christchurch City Council since 1998, appeared dissatisfied with the decision.

“They are a bunch of bureaucrats who have no imagination,” Channell stated that Stuff.

Channell worked as an entertainer on the streets for over 30 years. a ‘pro bono’ wizard for 16 years before he was named the city’s official wizard in 1982. The Times reported that he is believed to be the world’s only wizard to appear on a government payroll.

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