Daily Archives: July 1, 2014

Daaave !!

Received from two sources, this afternoon.

—— Forwarded Message
From: Dave Cull
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:09:42 +1200
To: “All Elected Members”, “Executive Leadership Team (ELT)”
Subject: FW: Re: Letter to Mayor from Allen Clark -Aromoana – no address

For your edification I attach a letter I received recently. I suspect one of “What If”’s perennial correspondents has gone AWOL and is holed up in Aramoana.


Letter to Mayor from Allen Clark -Aromoana – no address

50 The Octagon, Dunedin; PO Box 5045, Dunedin 9058, New Zealand
Telephone: 03 477 4000; Fax: 03 474 3594
Email: [address removed]; www .dunedin.govt.nz

—— End of Forwarded Message

[The scanned pages below are set out in the order written. -Eds]

Letter to Mayor from Allen Clark (page 1) 1Letter to Mayor from Allen Clark (page 2) 1Letter to Mayor from Allen Clark (page 4) 1Letter to Mayor from Allen Clark (page 3) 1 Letter to Mayor from Allen Clark (page 5) 1Letter to Mayor from Allen Clark (page 6) 1

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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Jonathan Howard: ‘Changing Dunedin City: Snapshots from the air’

Aerial map of lost buildings (Jonathan Howard, HNZ) 1Changing Dunedin – heritage lost and found

Jonathan Howard [photo supplied] 1bJonathan Howard, Otago Southland area manager for Heritage New Zealand, will be speaking at the annual general meeting of the Southern Heritage Trust on Thursday 10 July, starting at 7pm.

Venue | Naval Reserve Unit, HMNZS Toroa Navy Hall
211 St Andrew Street, cnr Anzac Avenue, Dunedin

Light refreshments available. There is opportunity to view the Otago RNZVR Association Museum housed in HMNZS Toroa before and after the event.
Free admission. All welcome.

█ More of Jonathan’s mapping work can be viewed in the exhibition, Heritage Lost & Found: Our Changing Cityscape, at the Postmaster Gallery (ground floor) in the HD Skinner Annex – the former Dunedin North Post Office building at the Museum Reserve, cnr Albany and Great King Streets. Open daily.

To complement the exhibition, Otago Museum is offering a number of free presentations led by local experts | Public Lectures and Workshops

Heritage New Zealand | the organisation formerly known as New Zealand Historic Places Trust, the nation’s leading heritage agency.

Southern Heritage Trust | devoted to the appreciation and protection of Otago’s social, cultural, architectural and industrial heritage, the trust takes an advocacy role in heritage matters and runs a programme of heritage events.

Related Post:
24.5.14 Heritage Lost & Found: Our Changing Cityscape #Dunedin

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Images supplied.


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Southern Region, serving itself —or professional rugby (and Sky TV)

### ODT Online Tue, 1 Jul 2014
Fresh thinking needed in local government
By Ciaran Keogh
Perhaps it is time to look at a far-reaching reform of the way local government functions at both local and regional level. There are substantial efficiencies to be gained from integrating many council functions across the councils within the region. More than 10 years ago I did away with all IT functions at the Clutha District Council and merged these with Invercargill City. This model would work for all of the councils across all of Otago and Southland for little more than it currently costs Dunedin City Council to run its IT services.
Some fresh thinking needs also to be applied to the stadium and the first of these should be the monopoly that rugby has over it and the grass surface.
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● Ciaran Keogh is a former chief executive of the Clutha District Council, Wakool Shire in the Riverina region of New South Wales, and Environment Southland. He now lives in Dunedin.


Crowds had been down right across the five New Zealand franchises but that was a worldwide trend, with fewer people attending events.

### ODT Online Tue, 1 Jul 2014
Rugby: Crowds can’t fall any further – Clark
By Steve Hepburn
The Highlanders met budget for crowds this year but have warned they cannot dip any lower if the franchise is to remain viable. In the eight games the Highlanders hosted at Forsyth Barr Stadium this year, 98,326 people came through the gate, an average crowd of 12,291 per game. […] A crowd of 11,070 attended the last home game, the win over the Chiefs, a figure that did not exactly delight Highlanders general manager Roger Clark.
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DCC: Far-reaching fraud investigation Citifleet

“Our reputation as an organisation of people who don’t take home a single ratepayer dollar outside our wages is very precious. We’re going to have to earn this back, as even [last week’s] news has already dented it.”
–Sue Bidrose

### ODT Online Tue, 1 Jul 2014
Citifleet now fraud inquiry
By Chris Morris
An inquiry into the disappearance of dozens of Dunedin City Council vehicles – and allegations of missing hundreds of thousands of dollars – is now a fraud investigation, council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose has confirmed. Dr Bidrose stopped short of implicating individual council staff, at least for now, saying yesterday the focus was on “all aspects” of the processes and practices within its Citifleet department.
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DCC vehicles [Photo by RNZ Ian Telfer]Photo: RNZ/Ian Telfer

### radionz.co.nz Updated less than a minute ago
Council fleet probe investigates fraud
By Ian Telfer – reporter
Dunedin City Council has confirmed that a probe trying to find missing fleet vehicles has become a fraud investigation. The council called in financial specialists from Deloitte four weeks ago for what it now calls a far-reaching investigation of its Citifleet and Citipark departments. The inquiry is centred on what appears to be a discrepancy in the number of council-owned fleet vehicles. The investigation followed the sudden death, six weeks ago, of the departments’ longstanding team leader, Brent Bachop. Council chief executive Sue Bidrose has for the first time described Deloitte’s work as investigating possible fraud. Asked why the police were not doing the investigating, Dr Bidrose said the police were aware of the situation, but the council will need to have evidence of wrongdoing before referring the issues on.
RNZ News Link

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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