DCC | Emulate CCC ? #shredding

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 at 2:51 p.m.

untitled [summation.typepad.com] - the money or your life 1To: Dunedin ratepayers & residents —“The money or your life!?!” (who said that)

### Stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00, August 31 2015
The Press
Editorial: Proposals aim to make Christchurch council streamlined, efficient
OPINION The proposals announced by Christchurch City Council chief executive Karleen Edwards last week for far-reaching changes to the council’s administrative structure come as no surprise.
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) is beginning the process of winding down its functions. The council and many outside the council want it to be in best shape possible to stake a plausible claim for taking back all, or almost all, of the powers that have been wielded over the last four years by Cera. A fundamental reorganisation shows a seriousness of purpose that should improve that claim.

The proposals are far-reaching. They begin at the top, with seven executive leadership roles reduced to five. Overall, 175 administrative roles will be disestablished and 115 new ones created. The aim, according to Edwards, is to streamline the organisation to make it more dynamic and agile, as befits a city in the process of recreating itself.

Surveys, both of Christchurch citizens who the council is designed to serve, and of council staff themselves also show that, despite considerable efforts that have been made in the last couple of years, the council is still not functioning as smoothly and efficiently as it should be. One survey in particular in May, done after a reorganisation designed to focus the council’s operations on the rebuild, showed that many residents felt the council was operating below expectations. As Edwards said last week, the council had to respond to those concerns with significant changes in order to get it to where people expected it to be.
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One response to “DCC | Emulate CCC ? #shredding

  1. Elizabeth

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    Tues, 1 Sep 2015 at 8:24 p.m.

    █ Message: Auckland Councillors and staff smitten with the same disease as Dunedin. Ban council staff from attending conferences is the only way forward.

    Whale Oil: Raw sewage flows again in “the most liveable city”
    By Cameron Slater on September 1, 2015 at 5:00pm
    You’d think that services like sewage would be something to get right before you worry about more glamorous things like building a rail loop as a legacy to your disgraceful stint at being Auckland mayor.
    But no.
    Raw sewage on central Auckland beaches has outraged residents who walk and swim there. The pollution has been tracked to a blocked sewer network which overflowed into a stormwater drain.
    […] Council should focus on the basics and nothing is more basic in a modern city than sewage systems.
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    Tue, 1 Sep 2015 at 9:04 p.m.

    █ Message: Snap!

    Whale Oil: Auckland Council is wasting half a million bucks on external consultants
    By Cameron Slater on August 31, 2015 at 3:30pm
    Auckland Council is wasting half a million bucks on external consultants who will then provide a list of alternative funding mechanisms that Council can consider.
    [see ACC press release via Scoop] Cameron Partners and EY will be paid $245,000 each to provide advice to Council
    The problem I have with this, is that most – if not all – of the alternative funding sources are already known. They include:
    – Joint ventures;
    – PPPs (public private partnerships);
    – Iwi partnerships;
    – selling or leasing assets;
    – outsourcing work;
    – borrowing more money;
    – alternative charging mechanisms.
    I don’t want to criticise the consultancy firms – they are doing what they are requested to do. But Council should already know what options they have. Asking another party in the grim hope that they might come up with something clever and slippery is either stupid or desperate or both.
    Rather than do the responsible thing and manage costs – Auckland Council is basically proposing to sell off assets and is looking to justify that with external reports. Blame shifting to the consultants if it meets opposition from the ratepayers.
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