DCC gifts and hospitality

Paul Orders said he had planned an “overhaul” of rules for gifts and hospitality following his appointment earlier this year.

### ODT Online Sat, 19 Nov 2011
Council tougher on gifts
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council is cracking down on unsolicited gifts to its staff, after being showered with free rugby tickets, dinners and a $1000 donation for a night out in the past year. The move by council chief executive Paul Orders was confirmed this week as he released a copy of the council’s gift register following an Otago Daily Times request.
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• Staff would in future be required to register any gift worth more than $50 – lowering the existing threshold from $100 – and had also been issued with a new “standards of integrity and conduct” guideline.
• The way gifts were signed off by managers was also being tightened, and the gift register would be published on the council’s website each month, beginning next year.

Council community life general manager Graeme Hall said Highlanders and Otago rugby players were offered free use of Moana Pool in return for advertising at Carisbrook and free match tickets for council staff. That dated back more than a decade, but would cease now Carisbrook was to be sold, he said.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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10 responses to “DCC gifts and hospitality

  1. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Tue, 22 Nov 2011
    Editorial: Perils of public ‘generosity’
    By the Editor
    In the realm of the private individual, the giving and receiving of gifts has almost entirely positive connotations: generosity, altruism, kindness, thoughtfulness, graciousness, gratitude, humility and so on. Taken into the “public” sphere, however, gifts can prove problematic.

    There is nothing quite so corrosive of “government” and “public service” than the perception – acquired rightly or wrongly – that the citizens’ representatives are being at best influenced and at worst bribed as to their priorities or decisions and that some other people, companies or corporations are profiting as a result.

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  2. Phil

    I remember in the days of City Consultants, when the various departments heads would tell contractors not to come into the DCC offices with gifts. Instead, the department heads would go to the contractors’ (such as City Works) place of work and collect the gifts themselves. If it never came through the front door, it never got reported. I think that City Property still collects 2 free tickets to the Fortune Theatre to each new show directly from the theatre building itself. There’s always a way to weasel out of these things and the apparant transparent reporting is merely a token gesture to satisfy the ratepayers. It’s almost impossible to control.

  3. Russell Garbutt

    Seems like there have been some pretty cosy arrangements entered into round some DCC owned facilities. I refer in particular to the whole area of professional rugby. What deals have been done in providing goods, services and cash to the ORFU, the Highlanders, the rugby academy posing as The Centre of Excellence in Amateur Sport, the Otago team?

    How much has Delta paid for such things? Answer – not going to tell because of commercial sensitivity.

    How many free passes to Moana Pool? Answer – not going to say but it looks like a few tickets to games for individuals is all it takes.

    How much above the odds to purchase private property of the ORFU? Answer – not going to say, but we’ll get someone to back up our already-made decision in any case. Most important to help out our mates.

    How much to start investing in some real estate speculation? Answer – well, we’ll try and disguise this in our balance sheets so you can’t figure it out, but most important to keep our mates well protected eh?

    No, our elected reps, now is the time to really show what you are made of. Appoint an independant forensic financial analyst and tell us all the whole truth.

  4. Anonymous

    It’s interesting to note that Delta’s new logo is just blue. Why no gold? I think we all know the answer to that question.

    • Elizabeth

      Did someone turn a tap on, hitched to a meter.

      • Elizabeth

        ### ch9.co.nz November 28, 2011 – 6:34pm
        Delta company-wide re-brand
        Council Controlled Organisation Delta recently launched the roll out of a company-wide re-brand. The company’s Chief Executive says after around 20 years of the old image it was time for a change, but wouldn’t say how much it’s costing.
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  5. pat adamson

    What about giving a few gifts to the Rate Payers, like getting some of the slumped footpaths fixed and some of the property fences that are dangerous. The section on Forbury Road between numbers 21 and part of 25 has had its fence missing for months there is a big drop from the footpath there and it is very dangerous particularly as school children use that footpath. I avoid that side now myself. But the DCC say it’s not dangerous ?? Where there is a steep drop from the footpath not fenced will they pay all medical bills if someone gets hurt? Or do we have to give them GIFTS ??

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Wed, 30 Nov 2011
      DCC cuts subsidy for staff Christmas parties
      By David Loughrey
      Christmas cheer is off the Dunedin City Council agenda this year, with chief executive Paul Orders confirming the end of a $50-a-head staff subsidy towards Christmas parties.
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  6. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Mon, 24 Sep 2012
    Cafe meetings ‘unacceptable’
    By Chris Morris
    Dunedin City Council staff appear to have changed their ways since a culture of cafe meetings – charged to ratepayer-funded purchase cards – was revealed two years ago. Council chief executive Paul Orders gave the organisation an almost complete clean bill of health after releasing the latest breakdown of purchase card spending to the Otago Daily Times.

    The release of the figures – following an official information request – showed the council’s top 34 managers, five personal assistants and Mayor Dave Cull together accrued $336,403 in bills on their cards since July 2010.

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    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Fri, 28 Sep 2012
      Editorial: A welcome change of culture
      Try to picture the scene. An angry mob descends on the Dunedin City Council offices seeking the head of chief executive Paul Orders. The gathering is of central city cafe owners demanding to know why their income has diminished. They want answers as to why there are no longer lingering meetings involving council staff enjoying coffee and cakes on the city purse. How dare Mr Orders put a stop to this! It was money for jam. And those council credit cards might have been a little battered from being well used but there was one thing about them – they never declined. Satire aside, the coffee culture exposed by this newspaper’s scrutiny of the use of council credit cards in 2010 was highly damaging to the public image of the organisation and in some ways became a symbol of a profligate period in the DCC’s history.
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