Daily Archives: September 24, 2012

DCC against imposition of local government reforms

For once, Central Government has it right – the unreasonable burden on Dunedin ratepayers and residents is beyond the pale, following ten years of excessive debt loading by the Dunedin City Council, fueled by the sheer lack of conservative management and fiscal prudence (a requirement clearly set out in the Local Government Act). Something has to give. Cull’s council has no wish to be made transparent or accountable – without Government intervention the Dunedin community has NO protection from this council’s excesses, brought about by deliberate deception and oft times the financial ineptitude of councillors and senior management of council departments; ditto the boards and senior management of council-owned companies and related entities. Meanwhile, the old chestnut – Council pouring rates funds into professional rugby without ratepayer sanction, with no end in sight.

A proposed limit on rates rises would erode councils’ previously “unfettered” ability to raise revenue through rates. –Dave Cull

### ODT Online Mon, 24 Sep 2012
Cull opposes debt, rates intervention
By Chris Morris
Local authorities such as the Dunedin City Council should be left to tackle debt levels and rates rises without new controls imposed by the Government, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says. Mr Cull and Dunedin City Council chief executive Paul Orders made their case this week, while presenting the council’s submission on proposed local government reforms to a select committee hearing in Christchurch.
The reforms – unveiled in March – included plans for new benchmarks to assess the financial performance of councils, as part of a push to control local government debt levels and limit rates increases.
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Stadium Councillors back coastal oil exploration

Backing seen as re-election bid by councillors.

### ODT Online Mon, 24 Sep 2012
Support for oil giant
By Debbie Porteous
Dunedin businesses, and several city councillors, are throwing their arms wide open to oil exploration giant Anadarko. A group of six Anadarko representatives, in the city this week for a series of “community engagement” meetings, will be greeted this morning with a two-page spread in the Otago Daily Times and an open letter from the Otago Chamber of Commerce welcoming the company to the city. The letter is supported by 155 businesses and organisations, MP Michael Woodhouse and seven city councillors.

The city councillors listed in the advertisement are Crs Bill Acklin, Syd Brown, John Bezett, Colin Weatherall, Andrew Noone, Paul Hudson and Neil Collins.

The company plans to explore for oil off Oamaru in late 2013, after a global shortage of rigs delayed its exploration drilling programme. The Anadarko group met local iwi representatives and Mayor Dave Cull yesterday and are to meet the chamber and others early this week.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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Dunedin’s stadium ‘burden’

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Russell Garbutt
Submitted on 2012/09/24 at 10:45 am

I’m sure Elizabeth will put up the link to Burden’s piece on RNZ Morning Report.

It was unbelievable. It would also have been humorous if it wasn’t so appallingly stupid. This guy is either a nutter, or doesn’t have any idea of how debt, debt servicing etc actually is. Mind you, Geoff Robinson should have been cringing at why his valid questions just got turned into corporate gobbledygook going forward. Burden is a fool based on this interview.

### radionz.co.nz Monday 24 September 2012
Morning Report with Geoff Robinson & Simon Mercep
http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport

08:41 New Dunedin stadium ceo not fazed by challenges ahead
Dunedin Venues Management, which runs the city’s Forsyth Barr stadium, welcomes a new chief executive today. (3′58″)
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