DCC: Another deadweight pro-stadium councillor #Whiley

Cr Andrew Whiley, isn’t feeling well.
“The impact of this stadium is huge and Dunedin residents need to embrace it and treat it as the asset it is.”
He mentions an economic “win”. —Cough, cough. Strangled cry.
Poor man hasn’t done the sums.

Myth or fancy, “Whiley for Mayor (if Daaave is tired)”……

Rest assured, Cr Whiley, in another sense, that thinking indebted city ratepayers and residents KNOW the impact of the stadium is huge. Moreover, there’s absolutely no doubt they embrace it for WHAT it is.

No. The mayoralty is not for you, Cr Whiley.
You have lined up your ducks as a one-term councillor ONLY.

ODT 30.5.14 Letters to the editor MacDonald, Whiley (page 12)ODT 30.5.14 Letters to the editor (page 12) [click to enlarge]

Garrick Tremain 30.5.14 [garricktremain.com] 1Meanwhile, another score against the edifice.

Garrick Tremain – 30 May 2014 [view fullsize]

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Business, DCC, DCHL, DCTL, DVL, DVML, Economics, Events, Hot air, Media, Name, New Zealand, People, Politics, Project management, Property, Site, Sport, Stadiums

21 responses to “DCC: Another deadweight pro-stadium councillor #Whiley

  1. Peter

    This is vacuous. It rivals Bill Acklin’s wow factor nonsense. Another rara councillor with superficial thinking. The stadium might be great for rugby. Nothing new there. That is what it was built for. The stadium finances obviously don’t feature for Andrew.
    The stadium experience may have approached an orgasmic high for him, but may I suggest the real thing is a darn more cheaper.

  2. Obviously, the councillor hasn’t bought himself a little calculator or availed himself of that provided on his PC or online via council-issue iPad. However, some sympathy is due since the DCC consolidated annual reports are, year in year out, as always, oblique and lacking particular detail that the layperson might understand quickly and unequivocally for stadium costs and the true financial position of our rates-funded council. The political hogwash (numerical and verbal) that passes for formal communication to The Public on these matters is endlessly contrived, scrambled, and in the nature of fraudulently corrupt. Many years pass before formal measures for accountability and transparency clobber the inept, deceiving and conspiring. A rollicking bedtime tale, ever fecund and demeaning. [R-word]

  3. Peter

    There is a mentality here.
    Stadium….aw…..must be good….money for Dunedin.
    Oil/gas exploration….aw….must be good….money for Dunedin.
    No questions asked, doubts raised….kneejerk reaction.
    We deserve more critical thinking than this.

    • Mike

      Whiley obviously has no clues – he doesn’t realise that as a councillor he’s on the spot when the interest rates go up, the council has trouble finding the money, the ratings agencies sense blood in the water and we enter a credit rating drop ->interest rate rise->credit rating drop->…. death spiral

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    The impact is huge. Embrace the pain. Offer your suffering up to Jesus.

    And dance to the masochism tango. Ole!

    • Dunedin. World-class city of the Dunce, sorry Dance.

    • Peter

      He was right in one way. The impact of the stadium is huge, but not in the way he thinks it is.
      I don’t know the guy personally, but is he just toeing the party line to get in with the big boys or does he really believe the crap he espouses? Either way it doesn’t really matter, but intelligence or critical thinking is not defined by one’s level of education or social status. Remember Michael Guest….lawyer/judge.

      • cinimodjunior

        “One’s intelligence or critical thinking is not defined by one’s education or social status.” That is fu#@#ng brilliant! That comment is so succinct that one might expect it to be a quote from Edmund Bourke or Churchill. It represents everything that I have always believed that (with regards to intelligence) “you can’t put in what God left out; and conversely “you can’t take out what God put in”.

  5. John P.Evans, concerned citizen

    Andrew Whiley may well have figured out that arguing against previous council decisions will not get you promotion from the mayor and therefore sufficient income for your family to live. Great politicians go with the flow. That is why we get the quality of elected officials in New Zealand we deserve. The whole concept of democracy as a popularity concept is a completely flawed edifice.

    Lee Vandervis has been sidelined, Hilary Calvert has been sidelined.

    Andrew Whiley believes in caucus responsibility.

    Remember a knighthood is granted for three successful terms.

    I predict:

    Sir. David Cull KC (no) MG

    Sir Andrew Whiley ( Wily)

    Live with it, you are no longer in control.

  6. Andrew Whiley waxes with enthusiasm over the experience he and his son enjoyed at the stadium for the Highlanders Crusaders rugby match. Fair enough. He then says there was over 20,000 folk there and it will be repeated on the ‘test’ weekend. He is probably right. Local residents, students and visitors make an “economic win” he says. But hold on, the 20,000 paid entry money to go and at, say, an average of $25 per seat that would gather $500,000. Wow! But hold on again. Ask himself where that money went. It didn’t go to DVML because it only gets a fee for the hire of the stadium. We know that by the parlous returns over the year such that it struggles to pay the $4 million rent to DVL to service its debt. No, that money goes to rugby, and most travels out of Dunedin into the NZRFU’s coffers, from where it is doled out to franchises for their expenses. So no windfall for the city there. Then of those 20,000, by far the greater are local citizens with a lesser percentage of outside visitors. That means the additional spend post-match in the hospitality sector is largely “local churn” or transfer from one to another with no gain. The only gain would be the visitors that stayed overnight, which amount to not many as most would head off home straight after the match. This is the same for all stadiums no matter the size or frequency of crowds. I suspect if there was an independent, unbiased assessment of the event it would show practically no ‘economic benefit’ to the city at all. Sure the appearance is there but the fact is not. That Andrew Whiley sees this as justification for the stadium being totally debt funded by the ratepayers is a great worry. He, of all people, being an elected city councillor should be conscious of these facts. Looks like he is in the same mould as the likes of former Crs Acklin, Collins, Guest, Walls et al. Very depressing.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      “The only gain would be the visitors that stayed overnight,” and often they stay with family or friends, both to save money and to spend some time with people they enjoy catching up with.

  7. Toby

    Is the golf course that keeps him semi employed council owned ?

  8. cinimodjunior

    Yes – the last time I looked Chisholm Park was Council owned.

    • Peter

      Is Andrew actually employed by the DCC or does he just lease the property? Never heard of a council running a golf course, but who would know in this neck of the woods. It owns a stadium after all.

  9. cinimodjunior

    Last time I looked Dunedin City Council owned Chisholm Park Golf Links and Whiley (or a consortium of his) was the lessee (tenant). Incidentally, is Whiley a relatively recent migrant; a bit like Kim Dotcom. Does he have citizenship status? A former Dunedin City Councillor slipped through that net and represented Council holding only residency status. He was a nice guy and to his credit didn’t hang around once he became aware of his (genuine) ignorance. What say you all?

  10. Anonymous

    NZ Electoral law says that you must be an NZ citizen to stand in any election, local or national.

    • cinimodjunior

      Yes I know that. My question was ‘does he have citizenship status?’ Ok – let’s be clear – does Whiley have NZ citizenship status? If not he needs to be ‘gone by lunchtime Tuesday’.

  11. Forgive me, but why is the question being asked? Is this baseless speculation or does someone have Facts ?

    With Pam Jordan as the Electoral Officer I can’t for the life of me think that an error was made where citizenship is concerned.

    His councillor profile says born in Wellington. There is no mention of citizenship. He declares his interests, as listed.


  12. cinimodjunior

    OK – we can tick that off the bucket list. He is not Canadian as has being rumoured. But I don’t resile from asking the question. The only silly question is the one that is never asked.

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