Monthly Archives: October 2014

Whaleoil on “dodgy ratbag local body politicians” —just like ours at DCC

Whale Oil Beef Hooked logo### whaleoil.co.nz Fri, 31 Oct 2014 at 5:20pm
Why is there no law to rein in dodgy ratbag local body politicians?
By Cameron Slater
Former ARC Councillor Bill Burrill is not the first dodgy ratbag Councillor to trough from abuses of power to his own pecuniary advantage in recent years. A few years back in 2009 Council Watch was calling for a number of Councillors from the Canterbury Regional Council to be prosecuted and sacked from their positions after an investigation by the Auditor General Lyn Provost found that four individuals had broken the law by acting in conflict with their official role. Back then those Canterbury Councillors failed to declare a conflict on interest that [led] to a financial benefit for themselves by participating in discussion and voting on proposals before Council. Under investigation the Auditor General’s office chose not to prosecute stating that whilst the Councillors should have withdrawn as a matter of principle – they had each received and shared legal advice that they could participate. And here in lies the problem. The Auditor General and Office of the Ombudsmen publish clear guidelines for Councillors and council staff but the reality is that the law is erroneously filled with holes that are exploited and there is precious little oversight of Local Government leading to the Auditor General loathing to bother and the Courts uninterested.
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Octagon: What?! DCC pointy heads actually care about small businesses?

So they should.

The following report will be tabled at the Council meeting to be held on Monday 3 November 2014 at 2:00pm (Council Chamber, Municipal Chambers).

Report – Council – 03/11/2014 (PDF, 1023.1 KB)
Options to Trial Pedestrianisation in Lower Octagon and Lower Stuart Street

Octagon tweaked 1.1 [via etourism.coOctagon to Steamer Basin, cherry stains by whatifdunedin

Octagon Webcam

█ [Agenda and Other Reports, including Financial for Monday]

The “do minimum” option – one of five options councillors will consider – has the support of lower Octagon and lower Stuart St business owners and retailers, who have banded together to oppose any road closures.

### ODT Online Fri, 31 Oct 2014
Council cools on Octagon trial
By Debbie Porteous
The Dunedin City Council may back away from trialling any ban or restriction on vehicles in the lower Octagon and lower Stuart St. Council staff are concerned rushing any “pedestrianisation” trial in the area could be costly and potentially have negative effects if it goes ahead without proper investigation.
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● 26.10.11 Dunedin Harbourside: DCC “caved”

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*Images: etourism.co.nz – Octagon aerial; pxm-tut.com – cherry

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NZ child poverty rates “stagnating”

### dunedintv.co.nz October 30, 2014 – 5:57pm
NZ child poverty rates haven’t improved since 2008
A new report from UNICEF shows child poverty rates in New Zealand haven’t improved since 2008. That’s prompted calls from locals for more governmental action to address the issue. And it seems even kids in Dunedin are feeling the effects of poverty. Video

Unicef - Children of the Recession (cover) Oct 2014### unicef.org.nz 29 October 2014
UNICEF cautions child poverty rates are “stagnating” in New Zealand
An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. UNICEF also revealed that youth unemployment has increased and more New Zealanders admit they do not have enough money to buy food.

The report, Children of the Recession, studied the impact of the global economic crisis on child wellbeing in 41 OECD and EU countries. It highlights the fact that the current and future lives of children have been – and are being – neglected in the global response to the Great Recession.

Read the full Children of the Recession report

Deborah Morris-Travers, National Advocacy Manager for UNICEF New Zealand, said: “The report shows that child poverty rates in New Zealand have stagnated, reducing by just 0.40 per cent since 2008. At the same time, Finland and Norway, states of a similar size to New Zealand, have reduced their child poverty rates by 4.30 and 3.20 per cent respectively. This strongly suggests that the government needs to review its approach to addressing child poverty and make policies for children a priority. There are many good examples of successful policies being implemented internationally, highlighting that child poverty is not an inevitable result of the recession if governments implement appropriate policy responses.”
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DCC Annual Report 2013-14

IMG_20141029_132653ODT 29.10.14 (page 5)

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/321565/460k-departing-council-staff

Report – Council – 30/10/14 (PDF, 2.5 MB)
Approval and Adoption of Annual Report

Recommendation: That the Council approves and adopts the Dunedin City Council Annual Report for the year ending 30 June 2014, subject to any minor editing required between adoption and final publication.

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Dunedin’s “period architecture”, not so quaintly….

The overall look of some of Dunedin’s downtown streets meant the city could “knock off other city’s looks in other periods”. –Kevin Jennings

### ODT Online Tue, 28 Oct 2014
‘Incredibly valuable’ – City, surrounds lure film-makers
By David Loughrey
Dunedin is …. attracting film-makers, and more movies may be on the way. Film Otago Southland executive manager Kevin Jennings said Dunedin – and the wider southern region – had plenty to offer film-makers, despite being “at the bottom of the planet”. The Light Between Oceans, which stars Rachel Weisz and Michael Fassbender, began shooting in Dunedin this month, and is using locations including Port Chalmers, Otago Peninsula and the former Dunedin prison. […] Dunedin’s period architecture was one of its strengths, but not the only ammunition in its movie arsenal.
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### ODT Online Tue, 28 Oct 2014
Full head of steam
By Shawn McAvinue
Steam locomotive Ja 1240, also known as Jessica, leaves the Dunedin Railway Station yesterday, heading to Sawyers Bay. [….] The engine, built at the Hillside Workshops in 1947, came back to Dunedin from Christchurch to appear in the film The Light Between Oceans, which is being shot around Dunedin.
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The Light Between Oceans: The movie is in pre-production and scenes will also be filmed in Otago, New Zealand and Tasmania. The film is directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines) and co-produced by Heyday Films’ David Heyman, who produced all eight Harry Potter films, and Jeffrey Clifford (No Strings Attached, Up in the Air).

The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman - Dreamworks [wegotthiscovered.com]

[excerpt/ Random House Books Australia 2012]The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman [excerpt]

█ For more on Dunedin’s historic heritage and architecture, enter the terms *heritage*, *historic*, *warehouse* or *harbourside* in the search box at right.

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Emerson’s Brewery #Dunedin

Richard Emerson 2014-05-22_at_10_34_58_am [stoppress.co.nz]Founder Richard Emerson (via stoppress.co.nz)

█ Premium Craft Beer | Emerson’s Brewery Dunedin http://www.emersons.co.nz/

### NZ Herald Online 11:08 AM Wednesday Apr 10, 2013
Lion paid $8m for Emerson’s brewery
By Christopher Adams
Brewing giant Lion paid $8 million for Dunedin craft beer maker Emerson’s last year, according to documents filed with the Companies Office. At the time of the November takeover the Auckland-based company did not disclose the multi-million dollar price tag it paid for the South Island firm, which was founded in 1992, making it one of the most established and well-known craft brands in the country. But Lion is required to file its financial statements with the Companies Office due to its foreign ownership by Japanese brewer Kirin.
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Emerson’s Brewery On The Move
Monday, 20 October 2014, 3:22 pm
Press Release: Emerson’s

Dunedin, New Zealand – Emerson’s, with support from Lion, has today purchased a new site in Anzac Ave, Dunedin where they plan to build a brand new spiritual home for this iconic New Zealand craft brewery. The new site will allow Emerson’s to meet increasing demand for its high quality beers whilst continuing to bring new and interesting beers to beer lovers. This is the fourth move in the Emerson’s journey and Founder Richard Emerson says the new site will be a vast improvement on the place they currently call home.
“Moving brewhouses and tanks is not new to us but this time, we want to create a place where people can touch, smell, taste and experience more about Emerson’s and its story,” says Emerson.
Emerson’s, supported by Beca who will be project managing the development locally, are progressing well with the plans for the site which will house a new brewery, warehousing, retail store and bar area where visitors can enjoy a beer matched with good food. Improved staff facilities are also a key consideration for the new development.
Lion’s Managing Director, Rory Glass says today marks the start of another exciting chapter in Emerson’s history and Lion is delighted to be able to help them reach their full potential.
“We stand by our commitment of allowing Emerson’s to continue doing what they do well – experimenting and brewing great beer and we are genuinely excited about helping Emerson’s to build a new home in which they can realise their growth aspirations now and in the future” says Glass.
Work is expected to get under way on the site in December 2014 with a target completion date for the new Emerson’s Brewery in early 2016. Final plans for the site will be shared more widely in due course but Emerson’s have extended their current lease at Wickliffe Street to cover them until the new site is fully operational.
For now however, it is business as usual for Emerson’s and the team remain focused on creating great beers for Emerson’s fans to enjoy.
Link to Scoop

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DCC Webmap (Anzac Avenue 2006-07)DCC Webmap [click to enlarge]

Cr Hall had been in dispute with the council over access to his land for three years, after realignment of State Highway 88 during Forsyth Barr Stadium’s construction.

### ODT Online Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Brewery’s big plans revealed
By Vaughan Elder
An expanding Emerson’s Brewery is set to become a ”world-class” tourist destination now an agreement has been reached to buy a new site. The development – expected to cost in the millions – will be open for tours and house a new brewery, warehousing, retail store plus a bar and restaurant. The 22-year-old Dunedin brewery’s purchase of two adjacent pieces of land in Anzac Ave, belonging to the Dunedin City Council and Cr Doug Hall, also resolves a long-running access dispute over the land.
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The global environment in which we operate has always meant swings and roundabouts for New Zealand goods and services.

### ODT Online Mon, 27 Oct 2014
Editorial: Swings and roundabouts
It has been a tale of two fortunes for city businesses this month. […] And as one door closes [Donaghys], another opens. Dunedin’s Emerson’s Brewery last week announced it had bought land on Anzac Ave, and would move from its nearby Wickliffe St site to build a multimillion-dollar expanded operation with a new brewery, warehousing, retail store, bar and restaurant. The company envisaged it would become a “world-class” tourist destination and the expansion would create jobs.
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Emersons-1200 [3news.co.nz] 2 bwImage via 3news.co.nz

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27.5.12 SH88 realignment – information
25.5.12 SH88 realignment costs (injunction)
27.2.12 Bringing DCC, related entities and individuals to account…
23.8.11 Stadium project tangles
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DCC Citifleet, more revelations….

Dunedin City councillor Lee Vandervis said he alerted council chief executive of the time Paul Orders that the Dunedin branch of Turners was consistently shut out of contracts it sought, mainly for the disposal of used cars in 2011.

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 09:57 24/10/2014
Citifleet ‘stonewalled’ auctioneer firm
By Wilma McKay
A Dunedin city councillor says the council should have investigated its fraught Citifleet unit three years ago, when he expressed concerns that it shut out firms like car auctioneer Turners. Lee Vandervis said that in 2011 he alerted council chief executive of the time Paul Orders that the Dunedin branch of Turners was consistently shut out of contracts it sought, mainly for the disposal of used cars. The city council said in June this year it was investigating practices within its vehicle fleet unit Citifleet.
Unit team leader Brent Bachop had died suddenly in late May. His death has been referred to the coroner.
A subsequent Deloitte investigation, commissioned by the council, unravelled a vast network of alleged fraudulent activity, some with selected car dealers and other individuals, over 11 years, equating to more than a million dollars in lost council revenue. Some of the activity involved profits from the disposal of second hand Citifleet vehicles allegedly being pocketed instead of being paid into council coffers.
Vandervis said he was concerned about Bachop’s business dealings when he was told by Turners and other Dunedin businesses they were having difficulty even engaging with Citifleet. He began pressing Orders on the issue and made a raft of requests for information around Citifleet. Vandervis suggested Orders meet the manager “to attempt to normalise a Turners/DCC business relationship”. Vandervis said Turners’ staff had expressed “long and on-going frustration at trying to deal with Citifleet vehicle disposals”.
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John Key’s Godzone and the OIA

Dirty Politics - Cameron Slater Nicky Hager [master - tvnz.co.nz] 1

A very experienced political journalist told me: “The whole culture of the Wellington public service towards the OIA is governed by two things – the need not to embarrass your minister or your department (putting your chances of promotion or even your job at risk ) and the need to uphold the law, which public servants are more conscious of than you might think. The result is that public servants block requests for as long as they can and delete as much as they can using whatever section of the OIA act that they can.” –David Fisher, NZ Herald

Link received Thu, 23 Oct 2014 at 8:15 p.m.

### NZ Herald Online 2:56 PM Thursday Oct 23, 2014
David Fisher: OIA a bizarre arms race
NZ Herald journalist David Fisher gave the following speech to an audience of public officials in Wellington on October 15. We republish it here to help the public understand the systematic difficulties faced by those seeking information on their behalf.

Good afternoon everyone. I am David Fisher, a reporter with the NZ Herald. I have worked as a journalist for 25 years, mainly in New Zealand but across a number of other countries.
I think there’s some value before I start in placing a context around the current situation in relation to the media and the OIA. In doing so, it should be said each of the following allegations is denied.
At the moment, there is an inquiry underway into whether a blogger gained some advantage in receiving information from the SIS for political purposes. There are also allegations of preferential treatment over the OIA involving the same blogger and the former Justice Minister.
The police are also facing allegations of trying to cover up juked stats by burying an OIA. And a former Customs lawyer has said his organisation preferred to let requests languish in the Ombudsman’s office than dealing with them.
In the 25 years I have worked as a journalist, there have never been so many questions, or such a loss of faith, all at once.
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Comment by Russell Garbutt
Submitted on 2014/10/24 at 10:40 am

167968722PW011_John_Key_HolI see that the mighty NZ Police have now decided to prosecute Nicky Hager over the fact that as a journalist he will not reveal who gave him copies of the emails that implicated so many of the National Party in downright crude manipulation and God only knows what else. Even that very friendly Speaker of the House has been forced to find that Key is a devious, slippery sod by not revealing his relationship with that scumbag Cameron Slater (watch the interesting exchange at yesterday’s question time here. http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/34526)
Isn’t it extraordinary that the NZ Police – such an independent body of public servants – jump so quickly whenever Donkey Jonkey and his mates want action, yet they are pleading under-resourcing for really serious crimes? Remember the infamous John Banks (you know, the little forgetful coot from Auckland) cup of tea PR stunt with Key? Key lays a complaint about the recording and the cops jump immediately. Collins, Key and others are shown to be dirty manipulators in Hager’s book and the cops immediately follow up. And how many others could say that their well-documented complaints have been diligently followed? I know of a few for starters, but let’s start with the Crewe murders and the bent cops who planted evidence. Did the cops diligently pursue anyone else when Thomas was pardoned? Not even when Rochelle Crew asked them to do so. The two bent cops were praised for their integrity and diligence by the very top cop after they died.
I could go on, but the perception out there is that the cops are politically driven.

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*Images: tvnz.co.nz – Dirty Politics: Cameron Slater, Nicky Hager; newstalkzb.co.nz (Getty) – John Key PM looking tired

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DCC 2GP (district plan): Residential parking + Medium density housing

A flyer received this week at Pitt St…. (the photo is lower Scotland St)

DCC residential parking survey flyer Oct 2014

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
Surveying Views on Parking

This item was published on 21 Oct 2014

The Dunedin City Council wants to hear what the public thinks about possible changes to how parking is managed in areas close to the CBD. Areas include City Rise, residential streets near the campus, the Warehouse Precinct, and around Lower Princes Street, Smith Street, York Place and Harrow Street.

Under a review of Dunedin’s District Plan, the DCC is looking at whether the number of off-street car parks required for dwellings in these areas should be reduced. “While this would make more space available for inner city living and could improve neighbourhood amenity, it would also mean more demand for on-street parking,” says City Development Manager Anna Johnson. “To manage this, the DCC may make changes to how parking is managed, with more on-street car parks in the affected areas being reserved for residents with permits or for visitors parking for up to two hours. This would mean that fewer on-street parks would be available to commuters,” says Ms Johnson.

Before any decisions on these matters are made, an online survey will query what the general public, affected residents, commuters, developers, businesses, schools, and other affected organisations think. Survey results will then be used by the DCC to help decide how parking in the affected areas should be managed. If any changes are proposed to District Plan rules for off-street parking, people will be able to make submissions on these changes next year, when the reviewed District Plan is notified. Any changes to these rules would not be likely to come into force until 2016.

In most of the affected areas, changes to on-street parking would only be proposed after the changes to District Plan off-street parking rules had taken place. However, where on-street parking pressure is already particularly high changes may be considered earlier. This could include, for example, areas around Royal Terrace, Heriot Row, London St and Cargill St and parts of City Rise, such as around Arthur Street. If any changes to on-street parking are proposed there will be formal consultation and people will be able to make submissions on the proposals.

█ Online surveys will be available from Wednesday 22 October to Friday 7 November from http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/2gp and paper surveys are available on request from the DCC. Please call 03 477 4000 to request a hard copy to be sent in the post.

Contact Anna Johnson – City Development Manager on 03 474 3874.

DCC Link

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Dunedin City Council – Media Release
Medium Density Housing Zones Identified

This item was published on 21 Oct 2014

The growth in one to two person households in Dunedin has prompted a rethink of how we look at residential development. As part of the development of the Dunedin Spatial Plan and the city’s second generation District Plan (2GP), Dunedin City Council staff have been working with stakeholders and experts, and consulting with the community, to identify areas that should provide for medium density housing, particularly in areas close to centres, public transport, and community and recreational facilities.

Medium density relates to how many residential units there are per section. Medium density housing can be in the form of houses on small sections, semi-detached or terraced houses, or two to three storey apartment buildings on larger sections. Much of South Dunedin and the residential areas around the University of Otago are examples of areas that are developed to a “medium density” level.

DCC City Development Manager Anna Johnson says various ideas about where to provide medium density housing have been tested through different stages of consultation. As a result of that feedback and further field work, a final set of areas to be included in the 2GP, to be notified in the first half of next year, has been proposed.

Many of these areas are already zoned for, or developed as, medium density housing, but some new areas have been identified to cater for a predicted growth in demand for different housing types. From this week, owners and occupiers in areas of medium density zoning will be given a chance to see what is proposed in these areas and to provide feedback on the key draft Plan provisions.

Ms Johnson says the need to identify such areas reflects Dunedin’s changing demographics. “The city’s largest demographic growth area is one to two person households, which includes couples with no children at home. These so-called empty nesters often want to make a move to warm, low maintenance forms of housing in their existing neighbourhoods. We need to ensure the city’s planning rules have scope to do that.”

The proposed medium density zones would require a minimum site size of 200m2 for subdivision. In terms of existing sites and newly-subdivided sites, 45m2 of land would be required for each ‘habitable room’, which equates to a room that is, or could be, a bedroom. Providing all performance standards related to the building were met, this would allow, for example, a four bedroom house, or two semi-detached residential units with two bedrooms each, to be built on a 200m2 site.

Research by DCC planning staff and public submissions on the 2GP point to the need for medium density housing in areas where there is good access to public transport, community facilities and green spaces. There are 23 areas that have been identified for medium density zoning. Five of these may need infrastructure upgrades if significantly more development occurred. The 23 areas include areas that are already zoned medium density, areas where development is at a higher level than is currently permitted and areas that might benefit from redevelopment to improve the range and quality of housing available. It also includes areas where there is a market for more housing choices, where some change in housing types can occur without a major impact on existing amenity values.

Neighbourhoods already zoned for medium density (residential 2, 3 and 4) include areas below the Town Belt, around the University campus and parts of Caversham and Mosgiel. Areas where there is already quite a lot of medium density housing include parts of Mornington, City Rise, the Gardens area and North East Valley. In some suburbs, such as Opoho, Roslyn, Belleknowes, Andersons Bay, Waverley and parts of Caversham, residential 1 zoning currently restricts building to a minimum 500m2 site, but there is a market for more housing choices.

“We believe medium density housing could be provided for, with appropriate design standards, in areas like these without significant impact on the amenity values of the area,” Ms Johnson says. “Ultimately we want to spread the options for medium density housing across the city and not just be focusing on older areas that may be perceived as less desirable. We want people to have choices as they get older. Not everyone who wants to live in an apartment or low maintenance home wants to live in the central city. People want choices in their own neighbourhoods and there is a growing demand for quality smaller homes in our popular suburbs.”

In addition to the medium density housing zones, a further eight areas are proposed to be zoned as heritage residential zones, but with density and plan provisions similar to those for medium density zones.

█ From Wednesday, visit http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/2gp for more details and to fill out a survey on medium density housing. Consultation closes on Friday, 7 November.

Contact Anna Johnson – City Development Manager on 03 474 3874.

DCC Link

● ODT 24.10.14 Plan changes target housing, parking

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DCC Citifleet, undetectable….

Received from Lee Vandervis
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 at 7:36 p.m.

Message: In discussions with Sir Julian [Smith], apparently the ODT Editor has said, since Mr Cannan’s comment, that the actual reason for non-publication of my ‘Citifleet Years of Inaction’ letter was that I already had a letter printed on a similar topic recently.
My previous letter was not however on a similar topic or recent. My first letter which was printed, was sent on 24 August on the topic of Coroner and Police inaction.
My second ‘Citifleet Years of Inaction’ letter that the ODT have chosen not to print was on the topic of CEO Paul Orders’ inaction in 2011, and Mayoral misrepresentation.
It is a shame that most people will not now get the true story.
Feel free to publish so that at least some people get to know some of what has been misrepresented.

—— Forwarded Message
From: Lee Vandervis
Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 21:20:41 +1300
To: Cushla Turner [ODT], Nicholas GS Smith [ODT]
Cc: Murray Kirkness [ODT]
Conversation: Citifleet chain dragged – Letter to the Editor
Subject: Re: Citifleet chain dragged – Letter to the Editor

Resent – ODT chain dragged?

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On 4/09/14 8:02 AM, “Lee Vandervis” wrote:

Hi Cushla,
Monday has been and gone, and the mysteries of Coroner and Police inaction linger.
Is there any new reason for delay?

Kind regards,
Cr. Lee Vandervis

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On 29/08/14 10:44 AM, “Cushla Turner” wrote:

Dear Cr. Vandervis,

Thank you for your letter to the editor, which was received on Monday, August 25. Given the content of your letter, it has been referred to the Dunedin City Council, the police and the coroner’s office for comment, with the deadline for responses being Monday, September 1. Our intention is to publish the letter once we have responses (or confirmations of no comment) from these sources.

Kind regards,
Cushla Turner
Editor’s secretary
Otago Daily Times

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On 29/08/2014 7:31 AM, Lee Vandervis wrote:
FW: Citifleet chain dragged – Letter to the Editor
Hi Murray,

I am interested to know whether or not the letter below is soon to appear in your paper.
There is a great deal following these questions that needs to be made public, and I am concerned at the spin so far, and that further delays will hinder urgently needed changes at the DCC.

Kind regards,
Cr. Vandervis

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—— Forwarded Message
From: Lee Vandervis
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:57:37 +1200
To: EditorODT
Cc: Nicholas GS Smith [ODT]
Conversation: Citifleet chain dragged – Letter to the Editor
Subject: Citifleet chain dragged – Letter to the Editor

Citifleet chain dragged – Letter to the Editor

Dear Murray,

Why is the coroner taking more than 3 months to deliver a verdict on the DCC Citifleet manager’s sudden death?
Why have the Police only just begun an investigation when so much evidence has been floating around for years and was so tragically highlighted over 3 months ago?
I have been asking for Citifleet manager and other tender process investigations recorded back at least as far as 2011.
Justice delayed is justice denied. Or with so much public money gone is that perhaps the reason?

Cr. Lee Vandervis

—— End of Forwarded Message

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—— Forwarded Message
From: Dave Cannan [ODT]
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:57:03 +1300
To: Lee Vandervis
Cc: EditorODT
Subject: citifleet

Hi Lee — in response, we regarded your email of 13.9.14 as more of a helpful backgrounder to assist us with our ongoing inquiries into the Citifleet scandal – which, as you will have no doubt observed, we are continuing to do regularly — but not as a letter for publication..

regards,\Dave Cannan [Day Editor, ODT]

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On 29/09/2014 10:59 PM, Lee Vandervis wrote:

Re: Citifleet years of inaction. – Letter to the Editor
Resent – hoping for some response.
Cheers,
Lee

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On 13/09/14 11:08 AM, “Lee Vandervis” wrote:

Citifleet years of inaction. – Letter to the Editor [ODT]

Dear Editor,

It has been reported (26.8.14) that “Cull said the recent alleged fraud within Citifleet was detected during a comprehensive internal review of the department, one of a series initiated by former council chief executive Paul Orders and continued by his successor, Bidrose.”, who said (3.9.14) “Bachop had told her all car sales went through Turners Car Auctions.”
In fact DCC vehicle disposal and other Bachop issues had been flagged in verbal questions and emails from me to CEO Orders and other senior DCC staff in 2011 following many complaints from Turner’s Auctions and other motor industry businesses. I also set up a meeting to resolve DCC/Turners issues between CEO Orders and Turner’s Auckland based national accounts manager Asgar Kachwalla in November 2011. It seems that little was done until CEO Bidrose began an investigation almost three years later. Perhaps the ODT should be doing some more investigating of its own. [confirming email example below].

Kind regards,

Cr. Lee Vandervis

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From: Lee Vandervis
Sent: Thursday, 10 November 2011 11:40 a.m.
To: Paul Orders [DCC]
Cc: Shane Gall [Turner’s Auctions]
Subject: Turners Auctions problems encountered trying to deal with DCC and Brent Bachop

Dear Paul,

Further to my more general email this morning about building partnerships, Dunedin’s largest car auction business has contacted me regarding on-gong (sic) problems trying to do business with the DCC.
Turner’s Auctions big cheese Mr Kachwalla from Auckland will be in Dunedin on the 30th of this month, and was hoping to organise a brief meeting with you and local Turners management on the afternoon of the 30th to attempt to normalise a Turners/DCC business relationship.
I was hoping to bundle similar issues with other Dunedin business issues with Mr Bachop, but am still awaiting information ex DCC after over a month in order to do this.

Hopefully you will have time on the next Wednesday the 30th to accommodate Turners Management hopes for a meeting.

Kind regards,
Cr. Lee Vandervis

—— End of Forwarded Message

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RNZ: Cost of economic crime

My conclusion (which should sound vaguely familiar) – our priorities as a country are completely screwed. If we put as much energy into cracking down on economic crime as we did chasing welfare cheats – we could afford a proper welfare system…. –Anthony Robins, The Standard 21.10.14

### radionz.co.nz Updated at 1:17 pm on 19 October 2014
Sunday Morning – sunday@radionz.co.nz
Economic crime costs up to $9.4bn
By Jeremy Rose
Economic crime is costing New Zealand up to $9.4 billion a year according to a draft Serious Fraud Office (SFO) report obtained by Radio New Zealand.

Listen to a full discussion of the document on Sunday Morning (48:55) {Citifleet gets a sound bite}

At the beginning of last year the then Minister for the SFO, Anne Tolley, was reported as saying that a number of Government ministries had been working for two years on a report quantifying the cost of economic crime and it would be presented to Cabinet in the near future.

But the report did not make it to Cabinet and was not released.

Read the SFO draft report obtained by Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand obtained a draft copy of the SFO’s report under the Official Information Act. The methodologies that would have made it possible to calculate the total costs were redacted.
However, Radio New Zealand has also obtained a copy of the report with the estimated costs of the various types of economic crime included – which put the total cost of economic crime at between $6.1 and $9.4 billion.
The report noted that was more than twice the combined annual budgets of police, the Department of Corrections, and the courts; more than the total net profit of New Zealand’s top 200 companies and top 30 financial institutions; or the equivalent of $2000 for every adult living in New Zealand.
Read more

SFO Economic Crime [RNZ graphic][Graphic: Radio New Zealand – some estimates in the report]

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ODT 20.10.14 (page 8)

ODT 20.10.14 Letter to the editor Eaton p8

● ODT 16.10.14 Feeley speaks up for SFO
● ODT 18.10.14 SCF witness omission puzzles

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DCC adds staff positions, significant ratepayer cost

Two permanent full-time project co-ordinators to run the Project China and Export Education Uplift initiatives.

### ODT Online Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Vandervis takes aim over funding request
By Chris Morris
There were heated exchanges between Dunedin city councillors as a debate over an economic development funding request turned into a spat yesterday. The dust-up came as councillors considered a request from the Grow Dunedin Partnership to use $190,000 a year from existing council budgets to pay staff salaries for two projects during the next three years.
Read more

Report – EDC – 20/10/2014 (PDF, 126.7 KB)
Economic Development Strategy Projects Budget – Project Co-ordinators’ Funding Request

From the report…

Enterprise Dunedin’s EDS projects budget is $518,000 for the current 2014/2015 financial year and has yet to be ratified for the 2015/16 year and future years. This budget pays for progressing EDS projects and includes payment for the project co-ordinators and project management costs.

RECOMMENDATIONS
That the Committee:

1. Approve the earmarking of $190,000 on an annual basis from the Economic Development Project Budget for the purpose of employing two project co-ordinators.

2. That this funding be included as two line items within the Economic Development Project fund for a period of three years:
- Export Education Uplift Co-ordinator – $95,000
- Project China Co-ordinator – $95,000

Dunedin Economic Development Strategy 2013-2023BACKGROUND
Dunedin’s Economic Development Strategy (EDS) was adopted in 2013 by its six partners. There are two specific economic goals:

1. 10,000 extra jobs over 10 years (requiring employment growth of approximately 2% per annum.

2. An average of $10,000 extra income for each person (requiring GDP per capita to rise by about 2.5% per annum).

. . .

The Strategy is built around five themes:
1. Business vitality
2. Alliances for innovation
3. A hub of skills and talent
4. Linkages beyond our borders
5. A compelling destination

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Dunedin: Randoms from inside warehouse precinct 18.10.14

Photographs taken at the Vogel St. Street Party (public tours) held on Saturday, 18 October. [click to enlarge]

Jetty St overbridge with McIndoes, ADI, Jade and Reed’s buildings
Vogel 21 IMG_5165Vogel 20 IMG_5168

View from Stavely Building rooftop across NMA Building to Holcim on Fryatt St
Vogel 28a IMG_5155

Bond St apartments and mixed useVogel 23 IMG_5155

Former Chief Post Office bronze-framed windows
Vogel 22 IMG_5155

Stavely Building, cnr Bond and Jetty Sts, apartments with shared atrium
vogel-17b1-quick-render-img_5194 (2)Vogel 16 IMG_5202

Reed’s Building (former Otago Education Board offices), 75 Crawford St
Vogel 15 IMG_5212Vogel 24 IMG_5155Vogel 14 IMG_5215

Street art cnr Princes and Jetty Sts by Pixel Pancho (ITA)
Vogel 31 IMG_5155Vogel 32 IMG_5155Vogel 33 IMG_5155

Agricultural Hall and Sammy’s (former His Majesty’s Theatre), Crawford St
Vogel 25 IMG_5155Vogel 26 IMG_5155

Street art, DCC carpark in Water St
Vogel 3 IMG_5263Vogel 4 IMG_5259Vogel 7 IMG_5251

Stavely Building parapet decal (side on) – Gresham Hotel relief (woman’s head)
Vogel 30 IMG_5155Vogel 34 IMG_5155

Light fitting, Stavely Building – Chalk it up, DCC carpark Water St
Vogel 27 IMG_5155Vogel 2a IMG_5272Vogel 1 IMG_5270

Street furniture outside ADI (former Donald Reid Stores Building), 77 Vogel St
Vogel 44 IMG_5155

Mural by Phlegm (London), former Rogan McIndoe Building, Vogel St
Vogel 42 IMG_5155Vogel 43 IMG_5155Vogel 41 IMG_5155Vogel 40 IMG_5155Vogel 39 IMG_5155Vogel 38 IMG_5155

Former Otago Harbour Board offices (43 Jetty St) seen from Reed’s Building
Vogel 10 IMG_5218

Former Gresham Hotel, Queens Gardens, cnr Rattray and Cumberland Sts
Vogel 36 IMG_5155Vogel 37 IMG_5155

Street art by Be Free (AU), alley off Police St (behind 104 Bond St)
Vogel 12.4 IMG_5008

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19.2.11 Reed Building, 75 Crawford Street for demolition?
13.6.10 No temporary cover: historic Stavely Building of Dunedin

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Donaghys cutting jobs #SouthDunedin

Managing director Jeremy Silva said then the company was struggling in the face of a consistently high New Zealand dollar and competition from Asia and Europe, the latter able to compete because of a weak euro.

### ODT Online Fri, 17 Oct 2014
29 Donaghys jobs go; 9 under review
By David Loughrey
The confirmed loss of 29 jobs at Donaghys’ South Dunedin factory, and news of a further nine jobs to be reviewed next year, was confirmed yesterday to “silent” workers. The loss of the jobs, which had been foreshadowed recently, came as another 29 manufacturing positions were lost yesterday at Tasman Insulation in Christchurch and 40 at Wellpack in Wellington, as a high dollar and cheap imports cut a swath through the industry.
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### ODT Online Thu, 2 Oct 2014
Dunedin factory to lay off 30 staff
By David Loughrey
Thirty jobs are set to be cut at Donaghys’ Dunedin factory, leaving workers “stunned”, and their union representative fuming at claims New Zealand has a “rock star economy”. The cuts are another hit to Dunedin’s manufacturing industry. Donaghys yesterday announced it had begun a consultation process with staff and unions on a restructure that included a proposal cutting up to 30 jobs.
Read more

Donaghys' ropewalk [blogs.otago.ac.nz] historical 1 Donaghys’ ropewalk (historical) | Image via The Hocken Blog

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Earthquake at Dunedin

At 6.44 p.m., tremor experienced at Pitt Street (URM) apartment building….

Intensity moderate
NZDT Thu, Oct 16 2014, 6:44:03 pm
Depth 5 km
Magnitude 4.0
Location 30 km west of Dunedin
http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes

Posted report to GeoNet.

http://quakemap.co.nz/

QuakeMap NZ 16.10.14 at 9.36 pmScreenshot 16.10.14 at 9:38 p.m. [click to enlarge]

ODT: Region shaken by quake

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21.7.13 Earthquake —Stuff tells you what to do #EQNZ
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27.6.11 You keep asking: does Dunedin get earthquakes?
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27.11.10 LIM “site hazards”
4.9.10 Earthquake

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Vogel St. Street Party | Saturday 18 Oct 3pm – 11pm [2014]

Updated post 7.11.14 at 6:18 p.m.

What change, collaboration and vision can do!

Vogel St_Street Party Sat 18 Oct 3pm-11pm[click to enlarge]

████ Download Map Guide for activity locations and booking information at http://vogelandbond.org/assets/VogelStreetPartyGuide.pdf

Building Tours - Vogel St Street Party

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█ 19.10.14 Dunedin: Randoms from inside warehouse precinct 18.10.14 [photos]
█ 22.6.14 Vogel Street Heritage Precinct (TH13) [photos]
5.8.14 DCC staff-led CBD projects that impact ratepayers | ….council debt
28.9.14 “DCC entitlement” about to ramrod change at CBD #manipulation

Photos by Glen Hazelton (Tumblr)

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ORC: New strategic plan fosters Otago prosperity

ORC

### ODT Online Tue, 14 Oct 2014
ORC could take up different ‘posture’
By Rebecca Fox
Enabling “development opportunities” and “unleashing potential to enhance prosperity” through planning could be the new direction of the Otago Regional Council. […] Its vision of a “prosperous and sustainable future for Otago” was expressed in four goals – active resource stewardship, active regional partnerships, realisation of new opportunities and the emergence of an “Brand Otago”. Those goals would be delivered through nine proposed areas of focus covering activities around land use change, rivers, efficient water use, benefits of coastal space, biosecurity, hazards, air and transport.
Read more

See agenda and reports for the additional Ordinary meeting of the Otago Regional Council to be held on 15 October 2014:

“For Our Future” – A prosperous and sustainable Otago
Otago Regional Council Strategic Plan 10 October 2014 (PDF, 821 KB)

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DCC: Consulting the Community

DCC (draft) Significance and Engagement Policy (1)Consultation: ‘a decorative process to legitimise a predetermined set of actions’*

The Dunedin City Council’s consultation processes, can they get any worse?
We’re a heavily indebted Community because of lack of meaningful ‘stadium consultation’ and that period of unfettered capital spending during Jim Harland’s reign as chief executive. More of same, Dave Cull’s two-term mayoralty is spendthrift. Feedback through The People’s Panel seems to be misused (a facile process able to be manipulated by council-affiliated lobby groups). Resource consents that set precedents in zones and across the greater city go non-notified. Changes to city parking and the intrusion of cycleways continue to show abysmal council bulldozing. Don’t mention hazard area maps (especially the red bits). Or the current urban design initiatives led by a minority interest. The list goes on…. City finances are less than transparent; council accountability remains fully in question. There’s every instance of major fraud within council activities that won’t be adequately reported or prosecuted – solid evidence is ignored (meanwhile elected representatives and senior management maintain positions and high salaries). In this toxic environment, how much consultation can this Community stand? – why should we write screeds and screeds to Council or attend workshops and hearings, there are much better ways to spend our restricted free time. Because, we can’t trust our leaders. We endeavour then to provide feedback on a limited case by case basis —knowing we’ll be disenfranchised if we refuse to tow the line or not agree with Council’s predetermined actions. Consultation? Yeah right. Hire a Queen’s Counsel instead. [make that a team of QCs] And the Mayor speaks of vitriole.

A draft Significance and Engagement Policy has been developed by the Dunedin City Council to meet the requirements of the Local Government Act 2002. The draft Policy provides a framework for determining the significance of decisions; and when and how the community can expect to be involved in the Council’s decision-making.

The draft Policy is based on good practice guidance from SOLGM, and incorporates feedback from Councillors, Council departments and the community. This report seeks approval of the draft Policy for consultation and community feedback.

Report – CEC – 13/10/2014 (PDF, 1.6 MB)
Draft Significance and Engagement Policy

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### ODT Online Mon, 13 Oct 2014
Focus on consultation
By Debbie Porteous
The Dunedin City Council is to consult the community on how it consults the community. A draft “significance and engagement policy” will be considered by councillors at the community and environment committee meeting today. If the draft policy is approved, the community will be asked for feedback on the draft.
Read more

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*When Bad Consultation Leads to Bad Policy by David Crosbie
Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 – 10:50
Governments around Australia need to really listen to their constituents, and ensure that ‘consultation’ doesn’t become a decorative process to legitimise a predetermined set of actions, says CEO of the Community Council for Australia, David Crosbie. This article is taken from the CSI Blog.
– See more at http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2011/11/when-bad-consultation-leads-bad-policy#sthash.oW25tTXe.dpuf

The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at the University of New South Wales brings together the business, government, philanthropic and third (Not for Profit) sectors, in a collaborative effort to build community capacity and facilitate social innovation.

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New Mosgiel Pool trust declared —(ready to r**t)

Profiles and mugshots of the worthies that you will blame anon.

Fundraising: Are the charitable and pokie trusts mobilised yet, through Sydney Brown’s Old Boy (racing/rugby) connections?! God knows, the Poolers might hire Neville Frost (ex ORFU) now he’s deposed from DVML.

Yep, raising capital according to the Malcolm Farry (CST) principle.

Who We Are | Pooling Together [click image to enlarge, Ctrl +]

Mosgiel Pool people [poolingtogether.org.nz]

█ Website: http://www.poolingtogether.org.nz/who-we-are/

The old chestnut Lucas (drear), COC’s wife Christie (hmm), and the rest….
ALL keen to help wet the heads of Professional Rugby and Other High Performance Sportsters, because as yet they can’t quite build the desired new pool at Logan Park (see PR nightmare after the stadium build, given the massive public debt created). Watch this space.

Meanwhile, the Poolers are lined up to encourage urban sprawl at Mosgiel, so the likes of developer Sydney Brown and friends get richer. Every new residential subdivision (on high-class soils) needs a heated pool and spa for speculator ‘life style’ values to be set.

And that folks, is the GAME at DUD. The sideways shift to Mosgiel.

[Note: ODT has stepped up Mosgiel Taieri ‘news’ on Wednesdays to support Real Estate, Property Developers, Local Groups, Businesses, and Clan of the Otago Chamber of Commerce what live on the Taieri.]

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20.1.14 DCC Draft Annual Plan 2014/15 [see this comment & ff]
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25.1.12 Waipori Fund – inane thinkings from a councillor
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Cull consorts with losers at LGNZ

### dunedintv.co.nz October 10, 2014 – 7:21pm
Nightly interview: Dave Cull
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has just been involved in the national council strategy day, held in Wellington and organised by Local Government New Zealand. He joins us to explain what it was, and why it was important to attend.
Video

At the Local Government New Zealand website:

National Council
The LGNZ National Council is the elected leadership of LGNZ.
As well as being a Mayor, Chair, Deputy Mayor or Councillor, National Council members also act as the governing body of LGNZ, set and guide policies and oversee them to point of achievement.

The current members of the LGNZ National Council are:
• Lawrence Yule | President | Mayor, Hastings District Council
• Brendan Duffy | Vice President | Provincial Sector | Mayor, Horowhenua District Council
• John Forbes | Rural Sector | Mayor, Opotiki District Council
• John Carter | Zone One | Mayor, Far North District Council
• Penny Webster | Zone One | Councillor, Auckland Council
• John Tregidga | Zone Two | Mayor, Hauraki District Council
• Jono Naylor | Zone Three | Mayor, Palmerston North City Council
• Adrienne Staples | Zone Four | Mayor, South Wairarapa District Council
• Richard Kempthorne | Zone Five | Mayor, Tasman District Council
• Tracy Hicks | Zone Six | Mayor, Gore District Council
• Len Brown | Metro Sector | Mayor, Auckland Council
• Dave Cull | Metro Sector | Mayor, Dunedin City Council
• Stuart Crosby | Metro Sector | Mayor, Tauranga City Council
• Stephen Woodhead | Regional Sector | Chair, Otago Regional Council
• Fran Wilde | Regional Sector | Chair, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Individual profiles here.

Lawrence Yule (left) - Brendan Duffy [lgnz.co.nz] 2

We know president Lawrence Yule (left) from his fluffy comments on the ‘positive’ health of local councils and his backing for debt funding… Now, Brendan Duffy wants Yule’s job at LGNZ (for $80k). Mr Duffy got Horowhenua into major debt, it’s one of the most indebted councils in New Zealand. We hear his private business isn’t doing too well.

Liability Cull gets $3k for being on the LGNZ Council —like that’s any investment in clear thinking.

It is LGNZ’s collective stupidity that hits New Zealand ratepayers in the back pocket – LGNZ policy and strategy is all about the increase and furtherment of ‘make-work’ schemes for council staff, until councils like Dunedin’s go down in a screaming heap [we’re well on the way, complicated by layers of fraud and corruption started in the Harland era and continuing today, as subject to Deloitte massage, the go-lightly investigation in play -> admit no council liability].

Best thing we could do is shut down LGNZ, immediately.

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Paul Orders at Cardiff Council

Link received.

It might have cost more than £53,000 to recruit him, but new Cardiff council chief executive is impressing across the board.

“Members were presented with a highly competitive field of candidates from whom they choose Paul Orders, someone who had previous experience of the council combined with a unique perspective to city management drawn from his leadership role at Dunedin City Council, the second largest city on New Zealand’s south island.”

paul-orders-1a### walesonline.co.uk Aug 08, 2014 16:57
Who is Paul Orders? Chief executive recruited at a cost of £53,000 is the right man for the job say councillors
By Cathy Owen
The new Cardiff council chief executive, who cost more than £50,000 to recruit, has been described as a “capable” pair of hands who has “impressed” so far in the top job. There has been controversy surrounding the appointment after it was discovered that Wales’ largest authority spent £53,499.63 on the process of hiring its new chief executive last year. Paul Orders, who earns a salary of £170,000 a year, was chosen as the successful candidate for the job last year. A Freedom of Information request revealed Cardiff’s bill for the recruitment process included just over £37,000 on consultants to do the assessment and scoring work of those who applied. Concerns were also raised about the lack of interest in such a high profile position with opposition councillors blaming the public in-fighting amongst the Labour group at the time as “off putting”.
[Councillor Judith Woodman, leader of the Lib Dem group, said:] “Paul Orders was an exceptionally good officer before he went to be the chief executive in Dunedin, New Zealand. It was a good move for him because the two countries are very similar and it gave him the experience that he needed coming back here. He is very capable, but he has a very difficult job to do and you must also remember that he gets direction from the political leadership. But from what I have seen of him so far, I have been very impressed.”
Mr Orders was selected by the cross-party Appointments Committee which included Conservative group leader David Walker.
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● [What did Paul Orders really know, why didn’t he act?]
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24.9.13 DCC chief executive Paul Orders recommended for Cardiff
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22.8.12 Mr Orders, sir! About your staff expertise…
9.11.11 Paul Orders for change!
17.9.11 Paul Orders starts Monday

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DCC’s Daaave at university bollard, in his twilight

Dave Cull student union bollard [20141008_195305] Our Hero, Mayor Daaave Cull

Did we pay for the posters. What do they solve.
Who actually wants to back the Chorus monopoly?!

Gigatown “I can’t think of another single thing that would make as big a difference to the Dunedin economy as winning this.” –Sue Bidrose

### ODT Online Wed, 8 Oct 2014
Gigatowns in final sprint
By Chris Morris and Lucy Ibbotson
Dunedin and Wanaka are rallying their online troops as the race to become the southern hemisphere’s first “gigacity” enters the home straight. In Dunedin, city council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose said a win on November 26, when final Gigatown results are announced, would be “transformational” for the city. Chorus says its Gigatown competition is a way to help educate and inspire New Zealanders about the possibilities opened up by ultra-fast broadband.
The Chorus competition will see one of five finalists – the others are Timaru, Gisborne and Nelson – become the first to receive full access to one gigabit per second (1Gbs) internet speeds. The five finalists are also preparing for the next stage of the competition – a trip to the United States city of Chattanooga, Tennesse, next week. Dunedin will be represented in Chattanooga by Dr Bidrose and Gigatown Dunedin campaign organiser Josh Jenkins.
Read more

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● 14.2.14 DCC: Broadband AND bicycles #fraudband speed
29.10.13 DCC (EDU) invents new job! —Gigatown/Digital Office

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interest.co.nz on today’s Dunedin City bond issue

Simply…

DCC bond issue 8.10.14 [interest.co.nz]

### interest.co.nz October 8, 2014 – 04:00pm
Post by David Chaston
A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; record beef prices, new Wtgn quake faultline, fewer home loan approvals, Dunedin borrows $70 mln, swap rates fall
Link

Crap!

Tweets:

What if Dunedin (@whatifdunedin) tweeted at 10:09 PM on Wed, Oct 08, 2014:
@sue_bidrose news today Dunedin City is doing more borrowing – to be precise, it has issued $70 million of bonds at 4.88% #laughorcry :(

Sue Bidrose (@sue_bidrose) tweeted at 10:14 PM on Wed, Oct 08, 2014:
@whatifdunedin yep – money comes off term borrowings and gets refixed. Not new borrowings – our debt continues to decline (very slowly)

What if Dunedin (@whatifdunedin) tweeted at 10:18 PM on Wed, Oct 08, 2014:
@sue_bidrose unfortunately, it’s gone out on interest.co.nz website as MORE borrowing so Dunedin City has a little PR problem

Sue Bidrose (@sue_bidrose) tweeted at 10:21 PM on Wed, Oct 08, 2014:
@whatifdunedin Thanks. Bugger.

Updated post 13.10.14 at 10:55 a.m.

Total debt of the council group of companies was $621 million on June 30.
Move saves city $1 million a year in interest on seven-year loan.

### ODT Online on Mon, 13 Oct 2014
City debt overhaul to save millions
By David Loughrey
Dunedin is set to save $7 million after better economic times meant the city council was able to renegotiate a $75 million loan. Council company Dunedin City Treasury has renegotiated the loan through ANZ and Westpac.
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Stadium: Liability Cull warns ratepayers could pay more to DVML

Dave Cull 1.1### ODT Online Wed, 8 Oct 2014
Ratepayers ‘inevitably’ pay losses
By Chris Morris
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says the future funding model for Forsyth Barr Stadium will be more transparent to put an end to a “money-go-round” draining the council’s coffers. But it was still too soon to say whether ratepayers would end up carrying more of the cost, before the public release of the review’s findings next month, he said. Mr Cull was commenting after appearing to suggest, in the council’s latest newsletter, that a funding increase could be possible for Dunedin Venues Management Ltd.
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FYI Dunedin 22 (October 2014) 1Mayor’s Desk 03 Oct 2014
The Council has started planning for the 2015 budget. Next year is also a Long Term Plan (LTP) year. The LTP is a 10 year plan that is refreshed every three years. In addition, the Government has imposed new and urgent requirements on councils around certain important policies. The three work streams are interconnected so there is a huge amount to consider and decide on. The extra work wouldn’t be so demanding if the 2015 budget weren’t already challenging.
While the Council has a financial strategy limiting rates increases to 3%, we face reducing dividend streams from our Council companies, probable higher requirements to get the Forsyth Barr Stadium on to a sustainable footing, greater government regulatory requirements and on going Council reviews. These place considerable demands on resources.
We also need to continue to implement our key strategies. For instance, the Economic Development Strategy aimed at job and business creation, the cycleway network addressing safety and transport options, debt reduction and heritage building enhancement. Our strategic framework is the interconnected road map to the future of our city. Without it Dunedin goes backwards. So savings will be made, tough choices taken and development momentum maintained at the same time. The 2015 budget will be a delicate balancing act.
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Comment by Calvin Oaten
Submitted on 2014/10/05 at 12:39 pm

“FYI DUNEDIN” The latest FYI landed in my letterbox on Friday. Reading from the ‘Mayor’s Desk’ I was taken by Dave’s verbose message. The Council has started planning for the budget. “The work would be demanding if the 2015 budget weren’t already challenging.”

He says: “While the Council has a financial strategy limiting rates increases to 3%, we are facing reducing dividend streams from our Council companies, probable higher requirements to get the Forsyth Barr Stadium on to a sustainable [there’s that word] footing, greater government regulatory requirements and on going Council reviews. These place considerable demands on resources….”

Does he read that stuff? Indeed, did ‘HE’ write it or some muppet in the PR department? A real ‘Churchillian’ rally to the flag entreaty. Nowhere does he address the solution to the main points of the strategies. Are there any real solutions? I don’t know. But I will make some guesses. As I see it, three things are possible.

First, and ideally, there is a massive rush of blood to the head and Dave and all councillors do the right thing and call a halt on all plans, projects and lock the cheque book in the top drawer till future finances allow it to come out again. ‘Fugetaboutit’ it is not in his genome to know anything about prudence.

Second, there will be a massive shift in the rates quotient, on the plea of: ‘jeez’ times have got really tough, and the business cycle has turned against DCHL’s enterprises and the dividend stream is going to be much less than expected. So, it’s shoulders to the wheel and all must do their bit for the good of the city. We must not let it go backwards. Not a hint of reducing the department’s demands and dreams.

Third, a massive change of plan on the debt reduction front. It currently sits north of ($610 million) and we know that the city entered into a ‘multi note facility’ up to but not exceeding ($850 million). So there is around $240 million of freeboard available. Just a silent, unobtrusive drift upwards could be justified, again to tide us over till better times return.

Realistically, there is not one major programme which could not be deferred till the ship is brought back into balance. “Without it Dunedin goes backwards.” News for you Dave, Dunedin is going backwards now! and all your nonsense is accelerating the process.

“STOP!” You already are stuck with the one big “Tar Baby”, in the FB Stadium. If you think you can get that onto a ‘sustainable’ (that word again) footing without pouring vast additional capital into it then you are dreaming. Patronage is the proof in the pudding. It never has reached anything like a feasible level, and is actually in decline at the principal activity, rugby. It is being intravenously dripped to the maximum by around $8 million pa by Aurora now, and we are served notice that this could be in jeopardy due to DCHL’s situation. You have already upped the ratepayers’ input to $2m pa to supposedly shorten the payback period. The rent to DVL is heavily subsidised due to DVML’s inability to generate enough to pay out of revenue. If you look at the DVL reports it is treading water furiously. It has reduced its stadium debt from $146.6 million over four years to $138.586 million, and at the same time brought forward a ($13.656m) deficit. To me that looks like $5.642m backwards. That is notwithstanding capital call ups of the $2 million from the shareholder for the attempt to shorten the loan period. The directors of DVL have comfort in the knowledge that when DVL was established it was capitalised on the basis of 245,000,000 $1 shares, of which to date only 79,688,931 have been called and fully paid up. So you can see that 165,311,069 shares are still available to be called. Dave, you just don’t seem to realise the predicament which the ratepayers (shareholders) are in. That you believe that the FB Stadium can ever crawl out of the financial swamp is tantamount to your understanding of the position.

So, I wonder just how many good folk will be taken in by your ‘glib’ summary as outlined in the FYI bulletin? My guess, not many.

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Heritage New Zealand RA Lawson Lecture 2014 — Wed 8 October

Proudly brought to you by Heritage New Zealand (formerly known as New Zealand Historic Places Trust) in association with Southern Heritage Trust and University of Otago, a free public lecture.

Lost Gold – Archaeology and research in the New Zealand Goldfields
Presented by Dr Peter Petchey
The New Zealand goldfields stretch from Southland to Coromandel, and were an important part of the development of modern New Zealand. They are archaeologically very rich, with mines, stamper batteries, tramways, miners’ huts and ghost towns scattered through the hills. Less well known, but essential for the interpretation of this evidence, are the remnants of the old School of Mines libraries that contain the books that the mining engineers actually used. The most important library of all was at the Otago School of Mines, which is forgotten but not quite lost. This talk will explore both the archaeology of the goldfields and the significance of these lost libraries.

When: Wednesday 8 October 2014 at 5.30pm
Venue: Archway 2 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago (cnr Union Street East and Leith Walk) [map item 44]
ALL WELCOME

Lawson Lecture 2014 (detail)

█ Peter Petchey is a Dunedin based archaeologist who has a particular interest in the archaeology of the New Zealand goldfields and in industrial archaeology. His recent research has been on the archaeology of the stamper battery in New Zealand. He has also worked on research projects in Thailand and Papua New Guinea.

Biography: Lawson, Robert Arthur (1833–1902), Architect
This biography was written by Jonathan Mane-Wheoki and was first published in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography Volume 2, 1993

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