Monthly Archives: August 2011

Ridding DCHL of conflicts of interest, Otago business monopoly ‘by director’, and other ghouls

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 12/08/2011
Council votes to revamp City Holdings
By Wilma McCorkindale – Southland Times / D Scene
The Dunedin City Council has voted to accept radical recommendations in a confidential report that slams governance of its holdings company. Mayor Dave Cull last night said the council was seeking legal and accounting advice on how it could implement the measures suggested by the report’s author, governance and business leader Warren Larsen. Mr Larsen suggests a radical overhaul of governance of the council-owned holdings company Dunedin City Holdings Ltd and a review of the “fit” of its subsidiary companies to council requirements.

The Dunedin City Holdings board should be “entirely reconstituted”, it said, recommending three externally sourced directors for an initial three-year term. All should be independent and drawn from a New Zealand-wide recruitment search, initially beyond the Otago region. Ideally, there should be an increase in the pool of women directors and “younger, high-potential, competent directors”.

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Building facade failure: “It’s only the facade at the front that can’t be used”

What is building performance monitoring, cyclical maintenance, restoration and structural repair? Or, read: Good stewardship of the built environment is eroded by owners inclined to apathy and hands-off neglect, while they continue to extract rents from tenants.

Not helped by the Dunedin City Council’s half-baked street improvements scheme for King Edward St, South Dunedin, led by ‘feel good’ inexperienced staff. This scheme puts money to the likes of unsympathetic paintwork (destroying patina of age), ugly street furniture, and traffic management plans – rather than to the means of generating funds for building conservation, first and foremost to preserve heritage values and the community’s enduring ‘sense of place’ as the basis for future development and economic return.


Images (2010): Elizabeth Kerr

Brocklebanks Dry Cleaners owner Roger Brocklebank, whose family trust owns the building, said a family trustee had met DCC chief building control officer, Neil McLeod, about the damage yesterday.

### ODT Online Sat, 13 Aug 2011
South Dunedin building facade unsafe
By Nigel Benson
A south Dunedin building was closed by the Dunedin City Council yesterday and is likely to be condemned after its facade was discovered to be cracking and leaning. The building, on the corner of King Edward St and Carey Ave, houses four businesses; Fine Art Mounting, Dinkum Donuts, Feedback burger bar and Brocklebanks Dry Cleaners.
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Central City Plan #Christchurch

Christchurch City Council
DRAFT Central City Plan opens for public consultation on 16 August 2011

CCC Media Release (via Scoop)
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1108/S00308/draft-christchurch-city-council-central-city-plan.htm

[Original PDF on the Christchurch City Council website
Scoop copy of full report:
13.Attachment1Volume1.pdf
13.Attachment1Volume2.pdf – Regulatory Framework]

Low res version of Central City Plan – http://bit.ly/phbpDH (7.78 MB)

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(Radio NZ) Christchurch gets first glimpse of central city plan‎ (with audio link)

(Stuff) Plan to build a “city in a garden”

@LIVENewsDesk Mayor Bob Parker says the Christchurch rebuild will cost $2billion. He says 50% of money is already in the system

@PressNewsroom The $2 billion draft plan suggests limiting new buildings to 7 storeys, free parking & a covered market: http://bit.ly/raMuxJ #eqnz #chch

@odtnews Smaller CBD slated in Christchurch rebuild http://dlvr.it/fjcqn

@TVNZNews Bold plan for new Christchurch passed http://bit.ly/r2qeIT #tvnznews

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CRITICAL Dunedin City Council meeting #LarsenReport

UPDATED 11 August 2011

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
Larsen report now available

This item was published on 11 Aug 2011

A recent governance review of the Dunedin City Council companies was conducted by Warren Larsen. A public copy of his report is now available and a related report on the future cashflows from Dunedin City Holdings Limited is also now available.

If you would like a paper copy of the report, please contact Customer Services via dcc @ dcc.govt.nz or on 477 4000.

Contact Mayor Dave Cull on 477 4000.

Related documents:

Future Cash Flows from Dunedin City Holdings Limited (PDF, 388.3 KB)
The report presented to the Finance, Strategy and Development Committee on 25 July 2011 regarding the future cash flows from Dunedin City Holdings Limited.

Warren Larsen Report (PDF, 3.9 MB)
Governance review of all companies in which Dunedin City Council and/or Dunedin City Holdings Limited has an equity interest of 50% or more.

DCC Link

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A meeting of the Dunedin City Council will be held on Wednesday, 10 August 2011, in the Conference Room, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, at 2.00 PM

The agenda lists those plentiful items to be discussed with the public excluded.

Agenda – Council – 10/08/2011 (PDF, 132.2 KB)

Report – Council – 10/08/2011 (PDF, 451.4 KB)
Final 2010/11 Carry Forward Budgets

Report – Council – 10/08/2011 (PDF, 2.2 MB)
Dunedin (New Zealand) Masters Games Governance Changes

Report – Council – 10/08/2011 (PDF, 67.4 KB)
Development Contributions Policy Review – Hearings and Deliberations Process

Report – Council – 10/08/2011 (PDF, 660.5 KB)
Octagon Free Wireless – Internet Access

Report – Council – 10/08/2011 (PDF, 59.9 KB)
Maori Participation Working Party Membership

Report – Council – 10/08/2011 (PDF, 3.5 MB)
Strategic Cycle Network

Report – Council – 10/08/2011 (PDF, 86.6 KB)
Representation Review

Report – Council – 10/08/2011 (PDF, 86.8 KB)
Security for Borrowings

Report – Council – 10/08/2011 (PDF, 502.6 KB)
Electoral System For Future Local Authority Elections

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This part of the Council meeting was held on Monday, 8 August 2011, at Otakou Marae, Tamatea Road, Otakou, following a powhiri commencing at 11.00 AM

Agenda – Council – 08/08/2011 (PDF, 71.6 KB)

Report – Council – 08/08/2011 (PDF, 2.0 MB)
Draft Pukekura Reserves Management Plan – Approval for Public Consultation

Report – Council – 08/08/2011 (PDF, 808.7 KB)
Māori Participation Processes

Report – Council – 08/08/2011 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Kāi Tahu Engagement with the Dunedin City Council

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Christchurch’s AMI stadium

### offsettingbehaviour.blogspot.com Tues, 9 Aug 2011 at 7:00 AM
Stadium rebuilding?
By Eric Crampton
Christchurch’s AMI / Jade / Lancaster Park Stadium (it’s changed names a few times since I’ve been here) seems likely to need the wrecking ball consequent to the February earthquake. I hope that City Council’s contribution to any rebuilding is limited to the insurance payout, and then only in the case that the insurer won’t let Council keep the cash. Stadiums just aren’t very good investments. In good times, a city can afford a lot of stupid. I’m not sure that Christchurch can afford to waste a lot of money over the next few years.
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chinchin #whatisdebt

### radionz.co.nz Monday 8 August 2011 at 14:10
Afternoons with Jim Mora
Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium
Dunedin ratepayers are facing the prospect of even higher rates to pay for the $200 million stadium. Rates next year could go up by nearly 12 per cent because of a looming budget shortfall. Jim talks to former Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin and project critic Dunedin City Councillor Lee Vandervis.
Audio Ogg Vorbis MP3 (17′10″)

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The dormouse sleeps.

### ODT Online Fri, 5 Aug 2011
Ex-mayor Chin named in constitutional panel
Former Dunedin mayor Peter Chin is among a dozen high-profile New Zealanders who have been selected to oversee a review of the nation’s constitutional arrangements.
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UNACCEPTABLE change of DCC meeting location

The elected representatives of the Dunedin City Council now think it is right to favour one important ethnic group over others. ALL meetings of the Council and its standing committees should be held in the Municipal Chambers of the Dunedin City Council, except in circumstances where rooms are not available within the Chambers or the Dunedin Town Hall complex due to building redevelopment work – in which case another central city venue should be substituted. This latest deviation from democracy is as insane as it is obscene.

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### ODT Online Sat, 6 Aug 2011
DCC heads to marae
The Dunedin City Council will hold Monday’s full council meeting at the Otakou marae, and a meeting on Wednesday in the city. Under the Local Government Act 2002, the council must provide opportunities for Maori to participate in local government.
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