Cr Wilson’s integrity ‘in tatters’

Kate Wilson [i.ytimg.com] 2

Katydid, any of numerous predominantly nocturnal insects related to crickets and grasshoppers and noted for their loud mating calls. As a group these insects are poor flyers. –Encyclopædia Britannica [aggrandising]

Supplied. ODT 4.8.14 (page 6)
ODT 4.8.14 Letters to the editor Prendergast Miller p6

From an earlier comment at another thread:

“Dunedin city councillor Kate Wilson explains why change can be good and why she strongly supports cycleway developments.”
—[crowd guffaw] “In the past, I have been cynical about the “build it and they will come” claim for other projects, but the research and local statistics on cycleways show this to be true at a local level.” (ODT)

### ODT Online Tue, 22 Jul 2014
Opinion
Times change, and we must change with them
By Kate Wilson
I stood as a Dunedin city councillor to make change happen. I think when I was first elected people were concerned about a number of things. One was a lack of transparent processes. One was debt levels and addressing those – I failed to stop Forsyth Barr Stadium, but I think we have addressed, and continue to address, those debt levels in a prudent manner. The last issue was a lack of vision for the city and the need to stall the slow decline. While people want different outcomes, are they prepared for change?
[YES, GET OFF THE CITY COUNCIL]
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Image: i.ytimg.com – Kate Wilson

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10 responses to “Cr Wilson’s integrity ‘in tatters’

  1. Cars

    Better to say nothing and be thought a fool than publish and a fool (or liar) be proven.

  2. Elizabeth

    The cost blow-out for the Dunedin cycleway network (via evidence for South Dunedin) has happened on Kate Wilson’s watch as DCC chair of Infrastructure Services. That tells us all we need to know.

  3. Elizabeth

    Editorial goes PRO-cycleways, and to hell with the cost? The cost blow-out makes it look like DCC’s primary school for chums doesn’t know what in hell it’s doing with the class piggybank that was supposed to feed the pets.

    The city’s “Strategic Cycle Network” – a group of cycle routes that connect Dunedin’s key destinations – has divided public opinion. (ODT)

    ### ODT Online Tue, 5 Aug 2014
    Opinion
    Long and winding road
    “It’s not ideal.” The summation was made last week by Dunedin City councillor Jinty MacTavish in response to the cost blowout of the South Dunedin Cycle Network, its enforced reduction, and the potential impact it could have on other parts of the city’s cycleway network. Last week the DCC pared back plans for the South Dunedin network as the true costs of the project became apparent. The network will be reduced by almost half (to 14.8km of the original 25km) but will cost $1 million more than the original estimate and budget of $4 million for the entire network. It was further revealed, based on what the council now knows about the true construction costs, it could cost $7.85 million to complete the network as originally envisaged.
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    ### ODT Online Tue, 5 Aug 2014
    Harbour Rd widening acceleration considered
    By Debbie Porteous
    The Dunedin City Council is investigating how it could complete widening Portobello and Harington Point Rds in four years instead of nine. Options for achieving that will be the subject of a report to councillors at the end of this year. While councillors earlier this year asked staff to investigate how it could get the project done sooner with no or minimal increase in rates, a recent report to councillors on transport project priorities for the next 10 years suggests staff are working on a time frame of having the work done within four years.
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    Imagine how Katydid, Jinters and Daaave and Dimmer Dunedin will deal to the wish list, folks. The end is nigh, or the consolidated debt will flow to $1b, no problem.

    Looming deadlines for New Zealand Transport Agency funding assistance are pressing the Dunedin City Council to identify its transportation project priorities before considering other budget priorities.

    ### ODT Online Tue, 5 Aug 2014
    NZTA deadlines loom
    By Debbie Porteous
    Councillors were told last week they could adjust or delete projects later if council budgets required it, but could not add things into the NZTA’s work programmes, so they had to be added now. In order for the council’s transport projects to receive co-funding from the NZTA, things the council would like to do must be flagged for inclusion in the Otago regional land transport plan (RLTP) by September 30, transportation planning manager Sarah Connolly and transportation group manager Gene Ollerenshaw told them. But to get into the RLTP, projects must be in the council’s 10-year long-term plan, the latest version of which would not be signed off until next June.
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    Project wish list (via ODT)

    Projects with funding approval
    • Portobello-Harington Point Rd widening ($25.4m).
    • Street light upgrade ($6m).
    • Mosgiel residential growth projects (transportation improvements mainly funded by development contributions).
    • Minor improvements ($13.6m).
    • Strategic cycle network ($4.5m).

    New projects requiring funding
    • Central city project: Cycleways ($5m), convert one-way to two-way south of Queens Gardens ($5.5m), CBD safety and accessibility upgrade ($4m), eastern bypass ($2.5m), city to harbour bridge ($3m), SH1 cycleway parking and amenity costs ($300,000).
    • Mosgiel upgrades: Town centre safety and accessibility upgrade ($2m), cycle network ($2.5m).
    • Outer cycle networks: Town belt ($8.5m), city-Mosgiel and Brighton ($5m).
    • Urban centre upgrades: ($6m).

    Recently identified projects
    • Accelerate street light renewal; 3 years, not 5.
    • Accelerate Portobello-Harington Point Rd widening; 4 years, not 9.
    • Frederick St parking building.
    • Princes St revitalisation.
    • Reinstating seal extensions.

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    DCC Infrastructure Services Committee (24.7.14) reports:
    ●● Chairman: Kate Wilson

    Report – ISC – 24/07/2014 (PDF, 231.9 KB)
    NZTA Funding Assistance Rate Review – Initial Decisions

    Report – ISC – 24/07/2014 (PDF, 2.0 MB)
    Draft Submission on Otago Regional Council’s Regional Public Transport Plan

    Report – ISC – 24/07/2014 (PDF, 120.6 KB)
    Public Transport Governance Update

    Report – ISC – 24/07/2014 (PDF, 244.2 KB)
    Transportation 10 Year Programme

    Report – ISC – 24/07/2014 (PDF, 1.5 MB)
    South Dunedin Cycle Network – Harbourside

    Report – ISC – 24/07/2014 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
    South Dunedin Cycle Network – Review

    DCC Planning and Regulatory Committee (24/7/14) reports:
    ●● Chairman: David Benson-Pope

    Report – PRC – 24/07/2014 (PDF, 128.9 KB)
    Second Generation District Plan Update

    Report – PRC – 24/07/2014 (PDF, 8.4 MB)
    Climate Change Adaptation – Harbourside and South City (Formerly ‘South Dunedin’) Update

    Report – PRC – 24/07/2014 (PDF, 877.4 KB) [Cr Bezett describes this report as “aggressive”]
    Options to Trial Pedestrianisation in Lower Octagon and Lower Stuart Street – Proposed Process

    DCC STAFF-LED PROJECTS:

    █ Dunedin Central City Plan
    [webpage] http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/central-city-plan

    █ Princes Street and South Princes Street Upgrade
    [webpage] http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/central-city-plan/princes-street-and-south-princes-street-upgrade

  4. All this just goes to prove that the ‘Greater Dunedin’ cabal, which ostensibly controls and directs council, cannot budge from their determination to spend whatever it takes to implement their wishes. Any question of deferring or even cancelling any of their programme is anathema to them. The fact that the rest generally fold and go along shows that ex bully boy school teachers, environmentalists, radio jocks, and country bumkins don’t necessarily bring intelligence worth a whole can of beans to the table. Watch the debt blow out again and the much wringing of hands as they determine how they can squeeze the pips a bit harder. Daaave might pick up some gems of wisdom on his trips to Edinburgh and Otaru, but I won’t be holding my breath.

  5. Elizabeth

    Don’t forget, Dimmer Dunedin stole all their ideas from certain staff, Dimmer Dunedin doesn’t have ideas although they pretend to. Mayor Daaave Liability Cull just has craziness to keep him going, which doesn’t have any form of shackles to a balance sheet.

    See new post:
    DCC staff-led CBD projects that impact ratepayers | consolidated council debt

  6. Rob Hamlin

    Our Kate?

    If you really want to get her going, remind her about the Venues Hire and License Subcommittee of which she was a member. This is the body that was specifically charged with getting commitments out of the ORFU and Highlanders to use the Foobar. It was set up and in business BEFORE the money was spent building it. The fact that they totally failed to secure any commitment is a matter of public record. My understanding is that the contract was completed, but for some reason it was never signed….

    A typical set of informative minutes for this august body can be found here:

    http://dcc.squiz.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/318157/2009_03_17-Venues-Hire-and-Licence-Agreement-Subcommittee-Agendas-and-Reports.pdf

    Note the date – pre big money spend. She seemed very sensitive when I last had a sniff at this particular lamp post.

  7. Hype O'Thermia

    Cull’s not crazy, he’s sane but befuddled, he achieved a position above his ability, he’s out of his depth and dogpaddling round in circles hoping Something Will Turn Up. His Spinal Insufficiency Syndrome progressed at an astonishing rate, it’ll be no time at all before he’s indistinguishable from a flopsy-mopsy pink bunny, poor gormless blighter.

  8. Hype O'Thermia

    Where’s the chain?

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