DCC: More loose spending on Cull’s watch #SexySummerJobs wtf

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The initiative was run by Enterprise Dunedin but supported by the Grow Dunedin partnership, itself a product of the city’s economic development strategy, which recommended the funding increase to the council.

The rules allowed Mr [Des] Adamson to approve grants not exceeding $10,000, while those worth between $10,000 and $50,000 needed sign-off by three senior figures, including council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose. In addition, individual grants worth more than $50,000 needed the approval of the finance committee.

### ODT Online Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Funding boost approved for intern programme
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council has approved a funding boost to help expand the Sexy Summer Jobs business internship programme. Councillors at yesterday’s economic development committee meeting approved the request for $72,000, a $12,000 increase from last year, to help pay for the programme in 2014-15. They also voted to tweak the rules allowing staff to approve similar funding requests for the remainder of the year, despite concerns from Cr Lee Vandervis.
Read more

Report – EDC – 08/09/2014 (PDF, 384.9 KB)
Sexy Summer Jobs Business Internship Project Funding Request

Report – EDC – 08/09/2014 (PDF, 61.2 KB)
Economic Development Strategy (EDS) Projects Budget – Delegations Clarification

What Daaave said (ODT 29.7.14)
“Mayor Dave Cull said it was ironic the community rated economic development, jobs and businesses so highly given changes to local Government meant councils no longer had a mandate to work in that area.”

█ But still ratepayer monies are being used like a SLUSH FUND lubricant by this council and cohort/corrupt business via the Economic Development Strategy (note bed partners) and DCC’s slippery credit card ‘Enterprise Dunedin’.

Updated post 15.9.14 at 2:25 p.m.

DCC Sep 14, 2014

Dunedin City Council – Economic Development Committee – Sept 8 2014
Coverage of the Dunedin City Council Economic Development Committee held on Monday, 8 September 2014. Minutes, agendas and reports related to this meeting can be found at http://goo.gl/gXTGk9

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Business, DCC, Economics, Media, Name, New Zealand, Otago Polytechnic, People, Politics, Project management, University of Otago

18 responses to “DCC: More loose spending on Cull’s watch #SexySummerJobs wtf

  1. Simon

    Sexy Summer Jobs Business Internship Project Funding Request.
    Is this for Students that want to work in the sex industry?
    Are they looking for Tudors, and if do where to we apply ?

    • Tudors? I hope theyre not looking for them. I’m with the Yorkists. And why should summer work be tarred with the epithet ‘sexy’? That only applies to grape trampling in Kumeu.

  2. Peter

    I’m not sure how the ‘sexy’ bit fits in. Please explain. Someone.

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    Short tight shorts and no tops for both genders. Testing readiness to accept low-grade sexual harrassment and innuendo and general exploitation in the workplace for the sake of getting and keeping a job. I can’t think of anolther reason why the word “sexy” is attached to this ratepayer funded enterprise. As a ratepayer – and a practising non-jerk – I think it’s distasteful.

  4. Once again the DCC’s busy taking the ratepayers’ treasure into places it has no business going. ‘SEXY Summer Jobs where interns meet industry’ is the term used. What the sexy bit is all about is the potential employer will receive a subsidy from the ratepayer in return for employing an intern over the summer period. Now if our ‘in house erks’ believe that this will encourage an employer to take on staff they normally wouldn’t then you have to wonder. No, it is another ‘boondoggle’ designed to make a department (in this case the Economic Development Dept) look like it is fufilling a purpose. Still, I suppose it is better than apppointing a ‘Policy Analyst – Food Resilience officer to eventually create a department of “silly tuckers”.
    And financial wizard Dave is going to reduce the over $600 million debt, in six lifetimes.

    • Elizabeth

      Calvin, your excellent letter to the ODT editor published today with DCC’s hopeless PC ‘non-reply’ (page 18) will be scanned later this evening and uploaded to What if?.

      [As will a letter by Cr Lee Vandervis and its multi-reply on the subject of the (Cull-manipulated and completely snowed) Citifleet investigation.]

      Someone really ought to take the mayor to the High Court on charges relating to the negation and trivialisation of natural justice for All.

  5. Elizabeth, thanks for that. I really think the public ought to be made aware at every opportunity of the stupid endeavours that staff come up with. Worse, is the fact that the elected body almost always just nods and agrees. Crs Vandervis and Calvert are, as a rule, the only dissenters. Makes a joke of prudential governing when we see the repeated granting of monies for these projects as well. Doesn’t the consolidated debt register with these people?

  6. Elizabeth

    As DCC’s Des Adamson states in the video, the interns are mainly from the university and the polytechnic. That’s right, Dunedin ratepayers and renters are subsidising interns from the wealthy university and the wealthy polytechnic (that’s currently putting $12M into building upgrades) – subsidising frigging summer wonder pay for local private businesses to get ahead for NO RETURN to this city’s ratepayers and renters.
    WTF Chris Staynes – while families and elderly in this city are struggling to afford food and power.

    ### dunedintv.co.nz September 9, 2014 – 7:52pm
    DCC funds internship programme to boost employment
    The Dunedin City Council is putting its money where its mouth is, funding an internship programme to boost employment in the city. The council has identified employment and a strong economy as top priorities. So councillors are hoping the project pays off, for the benefit of the wider community.

  7. Cars

    Councillors are hoping-
    No planning, no idea, just hoping, just like building a stadium hoping it will work, build a chinese garden hoping the chinese will save Dunedin, build a Toitu museum hoping it will not cost too much to run despite no entry fee and no revenue stream.

    I wish the councillors would hope with their own tin, not other people’s money.

  8. Hype O'Thermia

    If they came up with a job-test program for kids with not a lot of academic ability but keen on hands-on stuff like doing up their crappy cars, or who had built huts when they were younger, or showed any interest in becoming competent at practical tasks, I’d be happy. Happy-ish, depending on how much stupidity the planners managed to build into the scheme. Not young people already in university and polytech, I mean the kids who for various reasons don’t see their future as any better than maybe getting a McJob part-time on-call minimum wage low skills and no job security.
    If some of the benevolent people who see the big picture could be persuaded and given practical help to deal with the extra work an unskilled newby causes…. Imagine a no-hoper kid getting a fortnight’s experience on a restoration of a beautiful building, clearing rubbish out, fetching a tool from “over there” and listening and watching and absorbing the ethos of working hard to achieve something worthwhile! Tea breaks could be as important as the work, learning why the other employees and the boss are doing what they’re doing, catching passion and ambition and the feeling that they too can learn enough skills to be part of something excellent. Learning what can be recycled, and how.

    I’d like to see “low achievers” get a close-up view of what a person can do, a person who started out average but decided not to stay at the bottom of the heap. I’d like them to experience how a lowly unit in a team that is working to make something wonderful – a building, a restaurant, a garden – is still vital to the whole and no matter how lowly, by doing it well and showing they’re willing and eager to improve their skills, they can earn respect…. then support to go on courses, and better pay, and better life prospects.

    Sometimes the role of the person getting them started isn’t “manager of something incomprehensible” or “coordinator” or any of those posh words, it’s a born Auntie who don’t take no shit, get your ass out of bed and eat this on the way to work and by the way it’s not free, you pay me for this fried egg sandwich on payday you hear me?

    I’d also advocate a Tough Love approach. These resources are limited, both money, and the goodwill of builders, plumbers, arborists, hospitality industry. Show willingness to make an effort or get shown the door, there’s many another young person waiting for an opportunity who deserves a chance.

  9. Elizabeth

    Interminable crap from unsexy Chanel and Staynes… Meanwhile, partners to the peurile “Dunedin” economic development strategy are using DCC as a private bank – yet another misuse of ratepayer funds.

    Dunedin City Council – Media Release
    Initiative Creates Opportunities

    This item was published on 12 Sep 2014

    Dunedin’s successful summer internship programme is underway again, with a speed dating-style event for students and businesses being held at the Otago Polytechnic next week.

    Business Development Advisor at the Dunedin City Council’s Enterprise Dunedin, Chanel O’Brien, says Sexy Summer Jobs placed just over 40 interns in local Dunedin businesses during the 2013-2014 season, creating 17 new full-time equivalent positions, three part-time positions and two contracts across the ICT, architecture, creative, education and niche manufacturing sectors.

    Initiated by the business community in 2008, Sexy Summer Jobs gives students valuable work experience with a wide variety of Dunedin businesses.

    By July 2014, the estimated dollar value that businesses gained from having an intern totalled $171,500. Usually one in three interns gets a job after their internship has ended. This equates to more than 100 students since the programme began.

    The annual speed dating-style event has attracted 20 companies who will speed interview up to 100 students from the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic at the event on Tuesday, 16 September.

    Ms O’Brien says, “The aim is to retain talent and skills in the city, to increase the flow of top quality students into local businesses to build capability and to create jobs.”

    Sexy Summer Jobs is a project within Dunedin’s Economic Development Strategy under the theme, ‘a hub for skills and talent’. The Grow Dunedin Partnership, consisting of the Otago Polytechnic, the University of Otago, the Otago Southland Employers Association, the Otago Chamber of Commerce, Ngāi Tahu and the DCC, oversees the project.

    The project is jointly funded by the DCC’s economic development projects budget and the Dunedin business community.

    Grow Dunedin Partnership Chair Chris Staynes says, “The Grow Dunedin Partnership aims to support Dunedin businesses through the Economic Development Strategy and the theme ‘a hub for skills and talent’. This internship programme is a good way of introducing students into Dunedin’s workforce and has resulted in many gaining full-time employment as a result.”

    AbacusBio Consultant and Partner Jude Sise says, “This is a great programme! Last summer we took on four interns (including two international students) and two of them have stayed on with permanent full-time positions in our company. We really value the input, enthusiasm and vitality that these students have brought to our office.”

    Former intern and new AbacusBio employee, Jonathan Chuah says, “The internship programme has enhanced the skills and knowledge I acquired at university – giving me an extra ‘foot in the door’. An internship is also a good way to demonstrate your competence as a full-time employee within the company. Being an international student myself, Sexy Summer Jobs gave me a great opportunity to experience working life overseas with a different perspective.”

    Another opportunity for interaction with the business community has been linking interns and employers with Dunedin Young Professionals to encourage further retention of talent in the city and networking opportunities.

    The Polytechnic’s Head of the College of Enterprise and Development, Lesley Smith, says, “The internship programme is an ongoing success story for our students. The speed dating event provides an amazing opportunity to have up to 10 interviews in one evening with employers from Dunedin’s fast growing IT sector.

    “The best prepared students come away with summer jobs and it is great to see some of those jobs developing into permanent work in the industry.”

    University Career Development Centre’s Graduate Employer Liaison Officer, Robyn Bridges, says, “Aside from both the employer and the student being able to ‘try before they buy’, these internships give students relevant experience, confidence, an opportunity to see how their learning applies to the world of work, a chance to earn some money, and in many cases these placements lead to full-time work.”

    For more information on the intern programme and the speed dating event, visit http://www.sexysummerjobs.com.

    Contact Business Development Advisor, Enterprise Dunedin on 477 4000.

    DCC Link

  10. Elizabeth

    Updated post (at top of thread) – video added.
    Coverage of the Dunedin City Council Economic Development Committee held on Monday, 8 September 2014.

  11. Elizabeth

    Why are ratepayers subsidising a job scheme like this ?
    Why are businesses not partnering with MSD, Chamber of Commerce (for programme co-ordination and admin), University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic, other funding sources ?

    Tabled at Monday’s DCC Economic Development Committee meeting:

    Report – EDC – 13/07/2015 (PDF, 512.4 KB)
    Sexy Summer Jobs Business Internship Programme – 2015/16 Funding Request

  12. Elizabeth


    ### dunedintv.co.nz July 15, 2015 – 5:54pm
    Council funded internships are being lined up for summer
    Another 48 local business internships are being lined up for summer, with fresh funding from the city council. The Sexy Summer Jobs Business Internship Programme is in its eighth year. And those involved expect it will continue to boost the economy.

    • Peter

      Just a small thing,but why are these summer job internships referred to as ‘sexy’? Not sure where ‘sexy’ fits in.Are the jobs….sexy…or do the successful candidates have to be…..sexy?

  13. Elizabeth

    Not sexy, maybe more than an Indian Summer (cough). But DCC has no proper place to be involving ratepayer funds in this initiative. YAWN.
    Austerity measures: Sack All at DCC EDU and ENTERPRISE DUNEDIN.

    Dunedin City Council – Media Release
    Dunedin to Co-Host ICT Graduate School

    This item was published on 16 Jul 2015

    A South Island collaboration has created a dynamic ICT Graduate School to be located in Dunedin and Christchurch. Dunedin City Council Director Enterprise Dunedin John Christie says, “It’s wonderful to see this initiative going ahead and shows what can be achieved when we work collaboratively.”
    In June 2014, the Government announced it was investing $28.6 million over four years in graduate schools in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Christchurch and Dunedin have joined forces to develop the South Island ICT Graduate School or SIGNAL (the South Island Graduate Network and Laboratory). The School will be a partnership bringing together education and industry in the two South Island cities.
    The concept to host the School in two locations has come from a South Island tertiary alliance, led by the University of Canterbury. The other partners are Lincoln University, the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago.
    Mr Christie says the Canterbury Development Corporation and Enterprise Dunedin have helped develop the SIGNAL proposal by bringing together local industry and tertiary representatives.
    Enterprise Dunedin Business Development Advisor Chanel O’Brien says the next step is for the key parties to negotiate the establishment of the school. The location has yet to be decided, but it is hoped the school will be up and running next year in the vicinity of the city’s tech companies.
    University of Otago Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, Richard Blaikie says, “We are delighted the SIGNAL initiative is going ahead. This is good for the University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic, the city and the South Island. SIGNAL will increase the pipeline of students studying ICT with us and our partners and better prepare these students for roles within industry.

    “The outcomes should be far reaching as the SIGNAL programmes give South Island corporates and small and medium sized enterprises the opportunity to have students embedded within their workplaces for long periods of time. This will lead to a vibrant new workforce comprising the ICT leaders of the future.”

    SIGNAL aims to encourage the combining of technical expertise and creativity across industry and education in a way that has not been achieved previously. SIGNAL will champion enthusiasm for IT, and for growing New Zealand’s IT capability, across all sectors.
    ADInstruments Ltd Chief Technical Officer John Enlow says, “The ICT Graduate School is an exciting initiative which will increase the number of graduates with the skills we need. We’re delighted with the close involvement of businesses in designing and delivering the School. We think it has great potential.”
    Otago Polytechnic Professor of Information Technology Samuel Mann comments, “The new model has enormous potential for Otago Polytechnic, the city and the ICT sector. It draws on the Polytechnic’s strengths in working with businesses and developing work-based learning opportunities to resolve real problems. The graduate school creates a further platform to make the most of the great talent in the city and develop our proven potential as a hub for digital innovation. “We are delighted to have received this support from the Government to take this opportunity even further.”

    Contact Chanel O’Brien, Business Development Advisor, Enterprise Dunedin on 03 477 4000. DCC Link

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