There tends to be lots of turf wars and intrigues. It's a big ship and takes a lot of time to reach decision and implement changes.
In fairness, that's pretty typical of all big government/bureaucratic organisations. So I wouldn't hold it against the University.
One unusual thing is that it's a very decentralised institution. Power really reside with each HOD and the core management structure can have difficulty normalising processes and decision making across the University.
If you're considering a job at the University of Otago, take the time to research the culture of the department you'll be working in as this can very quite a lot. Some departments are really easy going, while other are very formal and up-tight.
Good pay, relatively easy going in most departments, Dunedin is a comfortable city to live in