Jim Harland and the stadium MESS

Meanwhile, as Mayor Dave Cull’s council keeps up with massive spending on low priorities and unnecessaries, this comes to light:—

Jim Harland [odt.co.nz re-imaged by whatifdunedin] 2### ODT Online Mon, 8 Sep 2014
Stadium budget help was declined
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council declined an offer of specialist help to keep its Forsyth Barr Stadium budget on track, years before the cost jumped by millions of dollars, it has been confirmed. The decision, revealed in an Audit New Zealand report from 2010, has been criticised by Mayor Dave Cull, who said it was “a function of the attitude of the management and the executive at the time”. Former council chief executive Jim Harland defends the decision, saying the council’s oversight was felt at the time to be “appropriate”. The offer was detailed in the Audit NZ annual report to the council, dated December 2010, which covered the 12-month period to June 30 that year.
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The decision to build a debt-funded stadium – of which Jim Harland, Malcolm Farry, Athol Stephens, DCC stadium councillors, ORC stadium councillors, and professional rugby cronies are GUILTY – was ALWAYS the decision to bankrupt the Dunedin City Council but more especially, and insidiously, the ratepayers and residents of ‘greater’ Dunedin and Otago.¹

The Audit NZ offer was INANE and in any case a complete waste of time.
Audit NZ is what it is, a basket case. Of sheer incompetence and hypocrisy, nationwide.

Time for a full independent forensic audit of the Carisbrook Stadium Charitable Trust, fondly known as CST, headed by Malcolm Farry. This will also entail an intimate look at the way Dunedin City Council treated CST invoices, the Council’s spending delegations, and its chief signatories.

Let’s hope somebody goes to clink before the accounting games are over.
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¹Only now are Otago power users waking up to the fact of high line charges being levied by Aurora Energy Ltd to fund subvention payments to ‘the stadium’ (see recent letters to the editor in the Otago Daily Times).
Did the killer consolidated DCC think the people of Otago wouldn’t notice?

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For more, enter the terms *harland*, *farry*, *malcolm*, *athol*, *stadium*, *dcc*, *cst*, *dchl*, *dvml*, *orfu* or *rugby* in the search box at right.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Image: odt.co.nz (re-imaged by whatifdunedin) – Jim Harland

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5 responses to “Jim Harland and the stadium MESS

  1. Russell Garbutt

    Should not Harland and Stephens now be prosecuted for the evidence that they provided to the High Court? Recent revelations show that their position on the stadium was predetermined and had nothing to do with reality. A perjury conviction would be the first step to accountability.

  2. Elizabeth

    Such an action is long overdue.

  3. amanda

    Amen. Those are beautiful words…’conviction’ and ‘accountability’ linked with Harland and Stephens.

  4. Mike

    I suspect that someone has to make a complaint first (actually the law says that TWO people need to, to avoid he says she says sorts of issues).

    One might also be able to convict them on a second charge of “Fabricating Evidence” if other bogus documents were created, a third charge of “Conspiring to defeat justice”

    One might also be able to make a private prosecution, it would be expensive, check with a lawyer up front to see if it’s worth it

  5. Elizabeth

    Comment at ODT Online:

    What surprises me
    Submitted by Ciaran Keogh on Mon, 08/09/2014 – 8:51pm.

    What surprises me is that nearly every major capital project the city has entered into over the past decade appears to have been grossly underestimated by Council staff. One bad call you could put down to bad luck but with the bad calls approaching 100% you would have to think something is up.

    Having sat through a number of meetings [where] DCC councillors and council staff tried to sucker the neighbouring local authorities into putting money into the stadium it was clear from the outset that the stadium was going to cost a bundle more than its “budget”. You didn’t need to be a financial whizz to see the fiction in the numbers.

    While Audit NZ may be sanctimoniously noting that they offered assistance, if they had been doing their job effectively the stadium would never have happened.

    Audit NZ is utterly an ineffectual waste of [ratepayers] and taxpayers money. It is the one watchdog that the system has and it spends most of its time in the corner snoozing. [Abridged]

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