“NZ government abolishes wizard“
Christchurch, New Zealand, is parting ways with its official city wizard after more than two decades.
Ian Channell is known as The Wizard of New Zealand. He’s been employed by the Christchurch City Council since 1998, receiving an annual salary of $16,000 NZ or about 370,000 Thai baht.
But that job title will soon become obsolete.
“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 finishing our contract,” said Lynn McClelland, the council’s assistant chief executive.
Despite his disappointment, Channell promised to keep visiting Christchurch’s Arts Centre to chat with tourists and locals.
“It makes no difference. I will still keep going,” he said. “They will have to kill me to stop me.”
wizard = พ่อมด
abolish = ยกเลิก
official = เป็นทางการ
decade = ทศวรรษ
salary = เงินเดือน
annual = รายปี
obsolete = ล้าสมัย
city council = สภาเทศบาลเมือง
employ = จ้าง