DScene: Call for full inquiry into stadium project

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### DScene 7.3.12
Open the books (front page)
Anti-stadium campaigner Bev Butler says an audit into the Forsyth Barr Stadium cost should just be the start; she is calling on Dunedin City Council to hold a full inquiry into the project. See page 3. #bookmark

Stadium inquiry demanded (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Stadium opponent Bev Butler has urged Local Government Minister Nick Smith to initiate a full inquiry into the project. Butler believed an inquiry would prove it simply too expensive to maintain empty and unused. Confidential documents obtained through the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) solidify Butler’s determination. She was heartened by the Dunedin City Council decision two weeks ago to commission a review of stadium completion figures by a PricewaterhouseCoopers forensic auditing team. But that wasn’t enough, she said.
{continues} #bookmark


UPDATED 7.3.12 at 7:20 pm
Smell the Delta rat…

{storyline as published today at DScene is under review -Eds}
Delta pursues damages from councillor (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale #bookmark

Refer to the following news stories at ODT Online:
14.9.10 Swings hoping to sway voters
16.9.10 Candidate’s advertising sign sparks power cut
18.9.10 Candidates’ sign sites pose risks

UPDATED 8.3.12 at 7:05 pm
—— Forwarded Message
From: Lee Vandervis
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2012 18:29:15 +1300
To: EditorDscene , “Wilma McCorkindale (STL)”
Conversation: Delta pursues damages from Councillor – misinformation
Subject: Delta pursues damages from Councillor – misinformation

Dear Mike and Wilma,

Delta pursues damages from Councillor – misinformation
I was very disappointed in your 7/3/12 article ‘Delta pursues damages from Councillor’, because of its judgemental presentation of untruths.
The damage done to a power cable by me is only alleged at this point, and did not happen last September as claimed but 18 months ago prior to the last local body election.
The claims that I personally hit a steel peg that pierced the cable and that it exploded are false, as the more accurate ODT articles on the issue in 2010 made clear.
The claim that Delta had heard nothing from me is false as I have verbally invited Delta to produce their evidence when they have rung.
Also false is the claim that my election sign was erected about 20 metres south of the Council designated site, as 2010 ODT photographs show.
If DScene staff had read relevant 2010 ODT reports, or told me what was claimed in this article, this belated misinformation could have been avoided.”

In the interests of accuracy and on-going good relations, I would appreciate you running this letter with similar prominence to the offending article in next week’s Dscene.

Cr. Lee Vandervis

—— End of Forwarded Message

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Business, Construction, CST, DCC, DCHL, Design, DVL, DVML, Economics, Media, ORC, People, Politics, Project management, Property, Site, Sport, Stadiums, STS

19 responses to “DScene: Call for full inquiry into stadium project

  1. If I hit a pole I pay. Why shouldn’t Vandervis?

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    If you hit a pole you had every opportunity to see it and if you didn’t your seeing eye dog needs retraining. What warnings are there, what precautions against hitting underground lines?

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    Is it true that the initial offer for Mr Earl Hagaman’s property was VERY significantly lower (in proportion to area etc) than that offered to Mr Cousin Bucket-Pisser? The way I heard it Mr Hagaman’s response was (rough translation from the American language) nice try bozo but I’m not as green as I’m cabbage-looking.

  4. Russell Garbutt

    Would that explain the ruled out offers on all the contracts to purchase either freehold or leases and replacement with double the figure?

    But hey! If you are going to spend your dough on some out of use woolstores or a vacant milk treatment plant there must be a way in which you should be handsomely rewarded. Why is it that every time I think of Mr Farry pissing in a bucket full of money I also have this image of Mr Creosote of Monty Python fame?

  5. Hype there is a whole heap of procedures to go through with anything like this, and somewhere there will be signage about underground lines. That is unless Vandervis is the only person alive to not go through OHSA procedures etc. Ten years ago the price if you hit the fibre optic cable running up the country started at 70G. God knows what it costs now, and remember that’s started.

  6. Hype O'Thermia


    If DScene didn’t get their background info from the report (in ODT) at the time, I wonder who fed them the “amended” version. And why. And if they believed the published 7-3-12 version is correct why didn’t that person or organisation correct the ODT when it published its version?

    Lee Vandervis is rather annoying, the way he asks questions when other councillors play “3 ‘wise’ monkeys” and comes out in public with things that are supposed to stay under wraps. He even acts like he is answerable to the people who voted for him, outside of that one election day every 3 years.

    In this town people who don’t play nicely and earn the right to be – if not part of, then with any luck boot-lickers to, Il Tartanioso – may end up being made an example of by subtle or other means.

    • Elizabeth

      Delta is hardly pure as the driven snow.

      ### ODT Online Fri, 9 Mar 2012
      Delta seeking damages from councillor over cable
      By Chris Morris
      A Dunedin city councillor being pursued by a Dunedin City Council-owned company for $19,000 in damages is seeking legal advice, but says the claim is “laughable”. Cr Lee Vandervis received the $19,241.40 invoice from Delta Utility Services Ltd last month, 18 months after his volunteer damaged an 11,000-volt underground power cable during the 2010 local body election campaign. The cable was owned by another council-owned company, Aurora Energy Ltd, but maintained by Delta.
      Read more

  7. amanda kennedy

    As usual the priorities of the Otago Rugby Times are most peculiar. It considers Vandervis needs to be smacked on the hand but no interest whatsover in holding Crs Hudson, Brown, Bezett and fellow stadium debt councillors to account for plunging the city into massive unsustainable debt. And maybe people willl start waking up to that glaring omission on your list of what you consider to be worthy of accounting for. Guess what ODT? A big fail for your ‘accountability’ efforts.

  8. amanda kennedy

    The hypocrisy makes me foam at the mouth. But is it also hilarious in a sort of hicksville, ‘how-stupid-do-they-think-we-are sort of way (OK we are pretty stupid, the people of Dunedin have built a stadium for a few to make millions off, and the rest of us to pay for, for forty years, the definition of stupid, but still!). If they are ready to call Vandervis out for this, what about the fiscally negligent individuals on the council? If not. Say nothing. Just stick to photos and articles about babies, weddings and seagulls naughtily pooping where they shouldn’t.

  9. Anonymous

    Delta’s chief slathers on the bullshit that it’s going after this money in the interests of the ratepayers. Isn’t that a double-standard? Ratepayers should go after Delta to recover the money wasted on buying 100 properties at Jacks Point in Queenstown. If Delta had made money, even broke even at its own 15% speculation, it would have shouted from the rooftops (front page news in the ODT) instead of attempting to make D Scene pay $76 per hour to investigate its own company. That was in 2009. Still all quiet and shifty on that front today.


  10. Delta and their sheltered garden are a joke.

  11. Calvin Oaten

    Anonymous – interesting to revisit the Delta / Jacks Point deal. Also the buying of Jim Boult’s interest in the Luggate venture. The other common factor is Mike Coburn, erstwhile director of Delta and DCHL. The Jacks Point deal worked in nicely as a back up purchaser for the failed contract of Hanover Finance. One could almost believe it might have saved someones’ bacon. Three years on and Delta still own the land. Holding costs and the state of the market will probably have blown any hope of a profit now. Another millstone around the citizens’ neck.

  12. While we’re at it, who’s got all the retention money? I make it somewhere around $20 million as standard is 10% that is normally paid out 12 months later.
    That of course is after all the other stuff that will no doubt go through the courts for the next XX amount of years while they try to get out of paying up…..

  13. Hype O'Thermia

    Justice delayed is justice given the finger.

  14. It seems we’re getting a big fat middle one then Hype.

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