DCC: First meeting, tidy or not

### ODT Online Tue, 29 Oct 2013
First test for Cull as council meets
By Chris Morris
Support for Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull’s appointments will be put to the test when councillors take their seats for the first time in public today. The new council – featuring seven new faces compared with the last term – will hold its inaugural meeting this afternoon. One of the first orders of business, after councillors are sworn in, will be to consider reports outlining Mr Cull’s appointments to positions of responsibility and changes to the committee structure.
[The] largely-procedural meeting will include reports from Mr Cull on the council’s revamped committee structure, membership and appointments to outside organisations.*
The meeting will also mark the contributions of two long-serving city councillors, Paul Hudson and Teresa Stevenson, after both stood unsuccessfully for another term.
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Information on the new Councillors will be available at the DCC website from 8 November 2013.

Excerpt. See page 3 of the council report ‘Committee Structure and Membership’ listed below:

DCC Chairs and Deputy Chairs for Council Committees

*We note from the following reports that Cr Lee Vendervis has been given NO appointments to outside organisations. Mayor Cull is being punitive, if not impolitic and absurdly petulant.

Dunedin City Council
INAUGURAL MEETING, 2013-16 TRIENNIUM

Tuesday, 29 October 2013, 1.00 PM
Council Chamber, Municipal Chambers

Agenda – Council – 29/10/2013 (PDF, 82 KB) – View as HTML
Inaugural Meeting

Report – Council – 29/10/2013 (PDF, 71 KB) – View as HTML
Appointment to Outside Organisations

Report – Council – 29/10/2013 (PDF, 228 KB) – View as HTML
Committee Structure and Membership

Report – Council – 29/10/2013 (PDF, 100 KB) – View as HTML
Legislation

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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23 responses to “DCC: First meeting, tidy or not

  1. Attended the inaugural meeting of the new council. Cull made a spare speech about finance, infrastructure and spatial planning… Quickly followed by cycleways and the district plan, sprinkled with a little “climate change, energy depletion and sea level rise”. The guy is full of bull****. New councillors better be ready to fight. Plaudits for Cr Hudson were delivered by Crs Noone and Bezett; and Cr Stevenson, by Crs MacTavish, Wilson, Staynes, Vandervis and Thomson.
    Both Crs Calvert and Vandervis raised the spectre of ‘alternatives’ to the set agenda and reports but these went into non public, where had we waited all afternoon… their enterprise may have resurfaced in public. I guess we wait for tomorrow’s media coverage —or Ch39’s tonight.

      • ### ODT Online Wed, 30 Oct 2013
        Vandervis fails to change Cull’s picks
        By Chris Morris
        Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull’s plea for a fresh start fell on deaf ears yesterday, after Cr Lee Vandervis mounted a bid to grab more power at the inaugural meeting of the new Dunedin City Council. Cr Vandervis tried unsuccessfully to push for a vote on changes to Mr Cull’s appointments, announced last week, which left the mayor’s most vocal critic out in the cold without a senior role.
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        ### ODT Online Wed, 30 Oct 2013
        Tributes paid to Hudson, Stevenson
        By Debbie Porteous
        The two decades of service given to Dunedin by former city councillors Paul Hudson and Teresa Stevenson has been formally recognised, thanks given and tributes made by sitting councillors.
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        First the robe, then the handshakes
        http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/279009/first-robe-then-handshakes

        • Hudson and Stevenson…

          ### dunedintv.co.nz October 30, 2013 – 7:21pm
          Peers honoured prior city council members
          Two Dunedin city councillors felt the sharp end of the democratic process at recent elections, dumped by voters who clearly felt their time had come. Paul Hudson and Teresa Stevenson both lost their seats at the council table. Yesterday, their peers honoured their time in the cauldron of local body politics.
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        • ### dunedintv.co.nz October 30, 2013 – 7:19pm
          DCC on the hunt for new Chief Executive
          The Dunedin City Council is using the company it used to find outgoing chief executive Paul Orders to search for his replacement.
          Video

        • ### ODT Online Fri, 1 Nov 2013
          Vandervis rejected other posts, including subcommittee role: Cull
          By Chris Morris
          Outspoken city councillor Lee Vandervis, who complained of being sidelined from senior posts within the Dunedin City Council, rejected at least three other roles offered by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, it has emerged. The offers included a second term as the council’s representative on the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum board, as well as a ”significant” role on the council’s grants subcommittee, Mr Cull said.
          However, Cr Vandervis responded to the museum offer by sending an email to council staff – copied to Mr Cull and councillors – scoffing at the idea. He complained he had already completed three years of ”hard and unrewarding” work on the board, and had ”done my time”. ”Please tell the mayor that I consider his suggestion … to be insulting,” Cr Vandervis wrote. The email, sent last Friday, was part of an exchange over Mr Cull’s appointments in the days after election results were announced on October 12. Copies of the emails were released to the Otago Daily Times this week after an official information request.
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        • Hype O'Thermia

          Vandervis & Calvert bolted in to Council with first-choice votes, this means many people’s first choice votes were allotted to other candidates, doesn’t it?
          This takes no account of voters’ 2nd-choice. How many of us voted those 2 as our 1st and 2nd choices? Other candidates scored with the Vandervis and Calvert 1st and 2nd choice votes too, redistributed when their 1st choice missed out, isn’t that how it works? Mike?
          If so, given the numbers, it’s reasonable to say that Vandervis (and Calvert) scored higher among, say, people’s “favourite 3 candidates” than the final count can show, which gives them both a higher moral claim than Cull is willing to acknowledge.
          Calvert looks much sweeter than Vandervis. I wonder how long it will take for him to find out that she, too, is as “difficult” when it comes to joining the appeasement, niceness, spineless culture he prefers.

        • I have received a thread of emails between Cr Vandervis and ODT. This will feature as a post later today. Interesting.

        • ### ODT Online Fri, 8 Nov 2013
          DCC chief leaving earlier
          By Chris Morris
          Dunedin City Council chief executive Paul Orders is to leave Dunedin by the end of the month, it has been confirmed. Mr Orders yesterday told the Otago Daily Times his last day at the DCC would be November 22.
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        • ### radionz.co.nz Updated at 3:04 pm today
          Lower salary for new Auckland Council boss
          Auckland Council’s new chief executive will be paid $152,000 less than his predecessor. Mayor Len Brown on Friday named the council’s new chief executive as Stephen Town.
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        • ODT editor Murray Kirkness on Ch39 news says tomorrow’s newspaper covers friction emerging around the council’s appointment of its new chief executive ?!

      • ### ODT Online Wed, 30 Oct 2013
        More forums in new term
        By Debbie Porteous
        The Dunedin City Council is to increase the number of public forums it holds in a bid to improve community engagement with the council. In a report to the inaugural meeting of the 2013-16 triennium, held yesterday, Mayor Dave Cull said there had been much discussion among local councillors and in general about how best to promote community engagement between citizens and their councils. While many ways of doing that existed – including the people’s panel, which the council set up last year, and which has about 680 people registered who respond to regular surveys from the council – public forums were a place where people could come along and address their elected representatives directly on any topic.
        Last term, public forums were held once per committee round – about every six weeks – before the community development committee. Between September 2012 and July this year, 35 individuals and groups gave presentations at eight public forums.
        Mr Cull said he intended to increase the number of public forums to have at least one in each week there was a committee round as well as one before each council meeting.
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        • Russell Garbutt

          And how about live video streaming of all Council meetings? Seems to be such an obvious solution to opening up the meetings to all that wish to observe. Other major Councils are doing this round NZ, and yet here, in the hub of digital technology, no signs exist that it is even on the horizon. I’d make the point that most funeral directors round the country offer this service and have done so for ages – why not the DCC?

        • With all due respect Russell, funeral directors are very good at targeting their markets – in a word, the bereaved. I don’t see that local bodies come anywhere that level of business acumen. Their messages would like put their targets to sleep.

        • Russell, I asked the council manager in charge of such things (live video streaming), I’m afraid it is entirely down to councillors of the last council not wanting it to happen. The new council may be more open to such things, the manager hoped!

        • Russell Garbutt

          I can well imagine that people like Paul Hudson would not be keen on showing the general public his lack of any meaningful contribution, or John Bezett who seemed to be asleep most of the time, but surely those types were out-numbered by those that professed to have a desire to be more “open”. Sounds like public announcements of being more open are not much more than hot air to me.

  2. I see that refugee from the kingdom of sleaze, ‘Bendin’- Grope’ is stalking the halls of the city. Its alter ego, David Benson-Pope has been given the chair of the planning and regulatory committee. Now why does that send a shiver up my spine?

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    Pre-election “transparency” and open communication are high on the agenda.
    Post-election self-preservation leaps into first place. Don’t let the plebs see you being sleepy, unprepared, dumb, brown-nosing, a waste of space & egregious oxygen-thief.

  4. Now it is quite clear. The ODT has appointed Chris Morris to cease being an independent journalist, but instead to be Mayor Dave Cull’s protector and cheerleader. One can only assume the ODT also sees itself in that role. If one follows that chain of emails between Cr Vandervis and Morris compared with the Morris article published in Nov 1st ODT, one could not come to any other conclusion. The position is clear, Mayor Cull does not, and will not wish to have Cr Vandervis anywhere near the levers of power. Does this signify an unsure tenancy which would not stand close inspection, or is it that Mayors Cull’s ‘Y fronts’ are too tight? I suspect both.

  5. Can’t let Wilma break all the Dunedin stories – for Fairfax!

  6. With Syd’s blessing I’m sure.

    ### dunedintv.co.nz November 19, 2013 – 6:51pm
    Noone set to be second-choice deputy mayor
    Dunedin councillor Andrew Noone appears set to be second-choice deputy mayor. A DCC meeting on Thursday will consider a report from Mayor Dave Cull to appoint the Waikouaiti Coast-Chalmers ward councillor as acting deputy. That role kicks in when both the mayor and his deputy Chris Staynes are absent, and means an elected member is designated to deal with any issues.
    Ch39 Link [no video available]

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    Things to set up when Daaave and Chris Who are in China a lot ~!!!

    Council meeting – Thursday 21 November 2013 at 1.00 PM
    Council Chamber, Municipal Chambers

    Agenda – Council – 21/11/2013 (PDF, 30.1 KB)

    Report – Council – 21/11/2013 (PDF, 159.7 KB)
    District Licensing Committee – Members

    Report – Council – 21/11/2013 (PDF, 188.8 KB)
    Meeting Schedule for 2014

    Report – Council – 21/11/2013 (PDF, 108.0 KB)
    Interim Delegations

    Report – Council – 21/11/2013 (PDF, 30.5 KB)
    Appointment of Acting Deputy Mayor

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