Bev Butler: Guy Hedderwick’s departure package (LGOIMA)

Received from Bev Butler
Tuesday, 4 March 2014 12:21 p.m.

Subject: LGOIMA request: Guy Hedderwick’s departure package

Feel free to put up my LGOIMA requests below and attached re Hedderwick’s departure package and the subsequent responses.
I noticed MikeStk at ODT comments said Hedderwick may have been paid a performance payment.

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From: Bev Butler
Sent: Friday, 24 January 2014 10:05 AM
To: Neville Frost [DVML]
Subject: LGOIMA request: Guy Hedderwick’s departure package

Friday 24th January 2014

Dear Neville

I request the following:

1. On what date did Mr Guy Hedderwick depart from his full time position as Commercial Director of DVML?

2. How much did Mr Guy Hedderwick receive as a payout on his departure? Please itemise the reasons for each portion of his payout.

3. How much of Mr Guy Hedderwick’s departure payout was extra to the entitlements outlined in his contract?

4. Who authorised Mr Guy Hedderwick’s departure payout?

5. Did the DVML board also authorise the departure payout and if so was the departure payout authorised by the full DVML board or just the board Chair, Sir John Hansen?

6. Please supply the minutes of the DVML board meeting (including the names of all present) where Mr Guy Hedderwick’s departure payout was authorised.

Yours sincerely

Bev Butler

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From: Kim Barnes [DVML]
To: Bev Butler
CC: Neville Frost [DVML]
Subject: LGOIMA request: Guy Hedderwick’s departure package
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:31:56 +0000

Dear Bev

Thank you for your email dated 24 January 2014. Please find attached a copy of the original letter which will be posted to you.

Please acknowledge receipt of this email.

Yours sincerely

Kim Barnes
Marketing & Communications Manager

DDI +64 3 4794399 • M +64 27 5452545
E kim.barnes @ dunedinvenues.co.nz
130 Anzac Avenue, PO Box 5506, Dunedin 9058
T +64 3 479 2823 • F +64 3 471 7436 • www. dunedinvenues.co.nz

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From: Bev Butler
Sent: Sunday, 2 February 2014 10:09 p.m.
To: Neville Frost [DVML]
Cc: Kim Barnes [DVML]
Subject: Re: LGOIMA request: Guy Hedderwick’s departure package

Monday 3 February 2014

Dear Neville

Thank you for your letter dated 31 January 2014 re Guy Hedderwick’s departure package.

Just a few points of clarification required.

In Question 3: “How much of Mr Guy Hedderwick’s departure payout was extra to the entitlements outlined in his contract?”

Your response was “Mr Hedderwick received his contractual salary entitlement and holiday pay.”

Would you please clarify whether

(a) Mr Guy Hedderwick received any payments extra to the entitlements outlined in his contract;

(b) If so, how much were these extra payments and what were the reasons for these extra payments;

(c) Who authorised these extra payments?

In Question 2: “How much did Mr Guy Hedderwick receive as a payout on his departure? Please itemise the reasons for each portion of his payout.”

Your response was “Mr Hedderwick received his contractual salary entitlement and holiday pay.”

Your response has not answered the request for the amount Mr Guy Hedderwick received as a payout on his departure so please state the amount and reason for each amount as requested.

I remind you that as an organisation accountable for public money there is a keen public interest in how this public money is spent. I also remind you that the final payment to Mr Shamrith Paul, CEO Otago Museum, was made public so there is no reason why Mr Guy Hedderwick’s departure package is not also made public.

Yours sincerely

Bev Butler

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From: Kim Barnes [DVML]
To: Bev Butler
CC: Neville Frost [DVML]
Subject: RE: LGOIMA request: Guy Hedderwick’s departure package
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:01:51 +0000

Dear Bev

Thank you for your email dated 2 February 2014. Please find attached a copy of the original letter which will be posted to you.

Please acknowledge receipt of this email.

Yours sincerely

Kim Barnes
Marketing & Communications Manager

DDI +64 3 4794399 • M +64 27 5452545
E kim.barnes @ dunedinvenues.co.nz
130 Anzac Avenue, PO Box 5506, Dunedin 9058
T +64 3 479 2823 • F +64 3 471 7436 • www. dunedinvenues.co.nz

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22 responses to “Bev Butler: Guy Hedderwick’s departure package (LGOIMA)

  1. Mike

    Love those weasel words: “at the end of his full time employment” ….. I was under the impression that he’s been working part time for them for a while now

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    I’d have said “was obliged only to release payment information relating to its chief executives” does not equate to “is forbidden from releasing information….” and I am surprised Sir John Hansen has gone from “Sir John … initially said he was unsure why details of Mr Hedderwick’s payment would not be released, unless there was legal advice against doing so.” to
    ”I’m quite happy with that advice”, Sir John said. ”He [Hedderwick] is entitled to his privacy in his job.”

    Sir John as a judge must have often come across matters where there was a legitimate mid-ground between forbidden and compulsory.

    See http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/293802/payouts-cost-dvml-close-90000 from which this excerpt comes:
    “……However, DVML staff refused to disclose the details of a third payment, to former DVML commercial manager Guy Hedderwick, after he accepted a role as a part-time contractor based in Adelaide last year.
    Staff would confirm only he did not receive any payment ”extra to his entitlements”, which included holidays owed and a final salary payment, but withheld other details, citing privacy.
    Sir John, asked about the decision, initially said he was unsure why details of Mr Hedderwick’s payment would not be released, unless there was legal advice against doing so.
    ”Off the top of my head, I can’t see what difference there is between a commercial director and a CEO. I don’t understand why two are OK and one isn’t.”
    However, later in the day, having checked with DVML staff, Sir John said DVML was obliged only to release payment information relating to its chief executives…..”

  3. Two comments at ODT Online:

    Something nasty in the woodshed?
    Submitted by russandbev on Tue, 04/03/2014 – 11:36am.

    There is something going on here that smells a little. Ignoring just why the Board Chair of DVML couldn’t see why Mr Guy Hedderwick’s payout details couldn’t be released and then accepted other DVML staff advice that they shouldn’t, maybe the ODT should be enquiring further. As Mike has pointed out, the performance of Mr Hedderwick is easily measured by the number of acts that have resulted while he was employed. Near enough to zilch is the answer, so why the reticence to release the information for 2 CEO’s and not the Commercial Manager?

    ****

    you have the DCM
    Submitted by styly1 on Tue, 04/03/2014 – 12:39pm.

    You are all fired. DVML get out.

    Don’t Come Monday.

    yours,

    Greater Dunedin

  4. Comment received from Anonymous
    Tuesday, 4 March 2014 5:43 p.m.

    Neville Frost pops up again. In case you’ve all forgotten he was also the ORFU Business Manager – the man who applied for millions of dollars of pokie money for the Centre of Excellence for Amateur Sport and ORFU between 2004 -2011.

  5. ### venuenet.iavm.org Mon, Feb 10, 2014 07:15 PM
    I am number 9344728427550
    By Guy Hedderwick, AEVP
    I am number 9344728427550 or at least that is what my loyalty rewards card at my local food store says I am. I presume that large scale food stores issue customers with loyalty cards so they can reward them for their loyalty. I also imagine that it is a great way to collect buying habit information of individual customers so they can target them with relevant advertising, know exactly what products customers buy, when they buy them, monitor their buying patterns and treat them as individuals. […] We live in a small village outside Adelaide […] I am a Million dollar customer […] I wonder how I would be treated as a million dollar customer if I walked into your business.
    Venues, along with their teams and ticket providers, have huge amounts of personal data and should understand the emotional reasons guest [sic] attend their events. I don’t really expect my local food store to know me by name, but I do expect to be treated with the dignity “my spend” should demand. There is a huge discussion about big data and the use thereof. How understanding buying patterns and buyer behaviour can be used to sell tickets, merchandise, seat upgrade and improve the customer experience. […] People no longer buy products or services, they buy experiences. We sell the live experience but we need to understand people’s motivations for coming, their behaviours and touch points in order to make the experience truly personal. Then I will happily part with my hard earned dollars. At the end of the day, entertainment and sport (along with good wine) is what makes life worth living.
    I am not number 9344728427550, I am Guy Hedderwick and I want to feel like a million dollar customer.

    http://venuenet.iavm.org/blogs/guy-hedderwick/2014/02/10/i-am-number-9344728427550

    • Anonymous

      This is a guy who only listens to his “friends”.

    • Russell Garbutt

      The last sentence should read: I am Guy Hedderwick, I am a first class prat and am valueless.

      • Hype O'Thermia

        Unfortunately for Dunedin ratepayers Hedderwick although valueless is a costly prat.
        Puts me in mind of those give-away toys that become expensive “collectibles”. Looks like the “city fathers” collect expensive valueless stuff – Fubar Stadium and a set of shit-metal alloy figurines surrounding it.

  6. Hype O'Thermia

    “At the end of the day, entertainment and sport (along with good wine) is what makes life worth living.”
    Some might say family and friends and community; laughter and conversations and mutual support and empathy shared with the afore-mentioned; curiosity and wonder; the beauty and strangeness and changes and timelessness of the natural world around us; pets and books and creativity and the challenges of life to be brave in adversity and patient with those who can’t be as quick in mind or body as ourselves, to push our abilities to a little more than we could manage yesterday just because we want to do better, are what make life worth living but what would I know, I’ve never been worth a payout for quitting a job.

  7. [public domain] Screenshot.
    Local tweet banter in the run-up to the October 2013 local body elections.

    Guy Hedderwick tweets (13.8.13)

  8. Hype O'Thermia

    Lame banter, a.k.a. fear-aggression towards a woman who’s stronger, smarter and more ballsy than the 2 of them together, the sad tossers.

  9. Comment at another thread about Guy’s Fubar Facebook campaign, and more:

    Phil
    Submitted on 2013/11/30 at 11:33 am

    I clearly missed the memo about Guy Hedderwick getting a long overdue shove. Presumably that means that his daughter is also no longer on the payroll. That family has done well out of the stadium, being only overshadowed by the Eathornes. Guy was an embarassment, in an organisation with some stiff competition for the title. I am sure we all remember his campaign which offered free match tickets for the person with the best Bev Butler insult. But on to more pressing concerns. Out of curiosity, I did a quick internet search on our Guy. It seems that he has enjoyed a wonderful 2013. He appears to have spent most of it touring the world, going to matches at stadia on several continents and attending all manner of sports conferences. My question is whether he did his big OE at the expense of the stadium which, as the stadium effectively generates a zero income, would make it a ratepayer funded global holiday. Who paid for this freeloader, how much, and why ? Is cost recovery for a zero result being sought ?

  10. Jeremy

    Something is clearly fishy here.
    Hansen sets the scene by appearing to be amenable to transparency re Hedderwick’s payout package and…..lo and behold…. he gets ‘advice’ that he doesn’t have to after all. Fancy that. Being a good boy, and an ex judge to boot, he ‘follows orders’ from unnamed advisers, as Chairman of the DCC company he runs.
    Nice try, it seems to me, to distance yourself from appearing to be obstructive. Put it on unnamed others.
    By the way, is it in this guy’s interest for the Fubar stadium to get off the ground, when he now lives in Christchurch and has some involvement and loyalties up there, from what I gather, with any new stadium proposed? Talk about dumb, keeping him on. Let’s hope the review does its job and dispenses with him. Can we wait up to six months for the review, to be completed, with this scenario in the meantime?
    With his mate, Burden, it’ll be like old times when they finally reunite.

  11. Mike

    I must admit I’ve only run into Hedderwick once, in the Koru Club, during the RWC, someone was paying to send him up North on the day of one of the semi-finals, who knows, maybe it was me – he was rather loud, raucous, obviously thought himself important, that everyone should notice him – it wasn’t a good look.

  12. Peter

    You could say his behaviour, is at times, boer..ish, Mike?!
    The trouble with Guy is that he lacks subtlety in his public utterances. The word, creep, comes to mind for many people.
    For all those closely connected to him, he is an embarrassing timebomb waiting to go off. Watch them scatter.

    • Mike

      “lacks subtlety in his public utterances” – that’s a nice way of saying it, I must use it next time I see someone making a fool of themselves in a bar

  13. DVML head slams Butler’s allegations
    Allegations of inappropriate spending by a former manager at Forsyth Barr Stadium have prompted an angry retort from the company running the venue. The claims came from former Stop the Stadium president Bev Butler in response to invoices and other documents released to her by Dunedin Venues Management Ltd, which runs the stadium. The material showed DVML’s former commercial manager, Guy Hedderwick, had accrued nearly $80,000 in travel costs and expenses while taking 51 work-related trips since 2010.
    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/296085/dvml-head-slams-butlers-allegations

    ****

    Company threatening to charge for OIA answers
    The company running Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium is threatening to charge for future responses to official information requests after being inundated with questions from stadium critic Bev Butler. The move by Dunedin Venues Management Ltd was immediately slammed by Ms Butler yesterday, who said it was ”an attempt to keep me off their trail”.
    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/296086/company-threatening-charge-oia-answers

  14. Anonymous

    DVML appears to have had a certain spokesperson for the naughty team advising on how to bully into submission those who question them. Another prime example of the boys have been gaming the system since this whole fugly movement infected local organisations like DCC and ORC.

    All the above tells me is DVML has an awful lot to hide and Bev is on the right track. If the politics keep getting hotter it might not be possible for even the good old ODT to run interference.

  15. Hype O'Thermia

    Anonymous – DVML has a lot to hide or (alt.explanation) has its income and expenditure bills and receipts arranged in shoe boxes and a couple of supermarket bags. Being unable to readily extract the info B Butler asks for is a symptom of endemic shambles / worse. If people come to the conclusion that the true answer is “worse” is that’s Bev’s fault?

    • Mike

      I think that “has a lot to hide” probably nails it – they’re losing millions of dollars more than the projected budget made by basically the same group of people (Burden/Hedderwick et al) when he worked for CST. It must be obvious to them why there’s a difference but they seem unable or unwilling to share it with us …. maybe all these junkets to the US to go to visit other people’s stadiums cost more than they’d originally budgeted for.

      • Hype O'Thermia

        Are, were, any of those stadiums in a comparable city to Dunedin, and were they making profits?
        If not what’s the point?

  16. See new post with Bev Butler’s media release:
    DVML, ‘Money for jam…..fig jam’

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