Jim Sullivan on DCC culture

On February 25, 2011, the DCC customer services manager, Grant Strang, purchased for $69.38 two books from Whitcoulls. They were charged to his DCC credit card. Both books are held at the Dunedin Public Library.

### ODT Online Mon, 15 Oct 2012
All will be revealed – it’s on the cards
By Jim Sullivan
OPINION For Dunedin journalists, given that the opportunities for being knocked off by a drug-crazed Afghan tribesman are limited, attempts at fearless investigative journalism usually involve an unflagging pursuit of information about credit card use by Dunedin City Council staff. The result is a shining beacon to those who espouse the cause of freedom of information. Recent revelations tell us much about the DCC culture and, while having the latte put on the DCC credit card is being rigorously stamped out by executive orders (the pun is irresistible), other examples of profligacy remain. The $1202 bill for a meal for delegates here for matters relating to the Chinese Garden certainly helps to explain the deficit facing the garden.
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● Jim Sullivan is a Dunedin writer and broadcaster.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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8 responses to “Jim Sullivan on DCC culture

  1. Anonymous

    Chinese Garden -> Golden Harvest Restaurant -> Sew Hoy family -> Chinese Garden

    • Elizabeth


      Submitted by farsighted on Sun, 14/10/2012 – 11:06pm.
      3.6 people account for $264K of staffing cost?


      • Elizabeth

        ### sh9.co.nz October 15, 2012 – 6:49pm
        Changes may be afoot for some city institutions
        The Chinese Garden may be an island for quiet contemplation in a busy city, but its appearance on a council agenda sparked some passionate debate. The reason for the agenda item was a budget shortfall, and ways to deal with it in future. But more than an hour after it began, debate on the matter had made clear there may be some changes afoot for some well-known city institutions.


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        • Elizabeth

          The inane meandering of our politicians in sight of grievous mismanagement of the ‘visitor attraction’, incurring grand financial losses. The councillors aren’t even touching the sides.

          ### ODT Online Tue, 16 Oct 2012
          Chinese Garden comes under council scrutiny
          By Debbie Porteous
          Questions and suggestions were the order of the day for the manager of the Dunedin Chinese Garden, Margo Reid, when she appeared before city councillors yesterday to discuss the garden’s financial future. The community development committee was considering a progress report from Ms Reid on how the garden was going to deal with falling visitor numbers and greater reliance on ratepayer contributions to cover costs.

          Cr Richard Thomson said the garden’s operational fit with the museum should have been part of the museum’s redevelopment from the start, and arrangements should be expedited, rather than something staff were “waiting to do”.

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  2. Hype O'Thermia

    What’s Cr Thomson on, Chinese Garden’s operational fit with Otago Early Settlers Museum? That’ll be “fit” as in fitting a rotary hoe for a corset, I suppose.

    Or polite word substituted to avoid horrifying readers, in expression “brain-fart”.

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    Glad you liked it. Save a click:

    Cunning plan to save money
    Submitted by Hype.O.Thermia on Wed, 17/10/2012 – 3:39pm.

    Stevepf points out that (1) people don’t go to the Chinese Garden and (2) the “link with Shanghai is huge for the business community and tourists”.
    Turning the garden into a car-park would not be a good look since it would be obvious. But since it is costing money to keep it functioning, the obvious solution is to keep the exterior sparkling clean but close it with a sign on the entrance saying “Shut for maintenance, hard hat area, no entrance without permit, signed DCC and OSH”. Inside it could be used for storage or simply left alone.
    The few tourists who came would not know how long it had been abandoned, and of the locals (ratepayers) those who noticed would be grateful for a reduction in council money-wasting for a change.

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