Mon, 7 Sep 2015 at 9:47 p.m.
█ Message: Spot the difference – a Maori group gets the SFO while Dunedin Ratepayers get a lowly detective.
### NZ Herald Online 3:59 PM Monday Sep 7, 2015
Tertiary funding probe: SFO called in as centre agrees to pay back $7.5 million
By Steve Deane
A senior manager is dead and a Serious Fraud Office investigation has been launched following a probe into an agricultural college that uncovered millions of dollars of unjustified taxpayer funding.
The results of a Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) investigation into funding irregularities at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre were released this afternoon following investigations by the Herald.
Taratahi’s former chief executive, Dr Donovan Wearing, died suddenly in January – three months after the TEC confirmed it was undertaking a ‘targeted review’ of the organisation.
The Herald has been told Dr Wearing addressed staff at the sprawling campus just outside Masterton about the investigation on January 21. The 52-year-old father of six was later found in a critical condition in a shed on campus grounds. He was taken to Wellington Hospital where he died at 10.30pm.
Dr Wearing’s death has been referred to the coroner.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr
9 responses to “DCC Citifleet: Council steered off SFO investigation”
Let it be understood by all. There are MANY DCC employees guilty under law by the following terms:
1. Consorting with a known criminal
2. Receiving stolen goods
3. Conspiracy “to defraud”
4. Breach of Public Service regulations.
And this is on the completely mistaken impression that only Brent Bachop was guilty.
When you factor in the complicity of superiors, car detailers, staff involved in purchasing and the finance department it is clear this is a smelly, rotten, scabrous turnout that only a complete cleanout from mayor to council building cleaner can exorcise the organisation sufficient to re-establish tenuous confidence from the majority of ratepayers.
And then there is the $1 million dollar insurance claim that would be required to be completed and submitted by someone in authority at the DCC. Did the claim meet the disclosure standards required under all insurance policies or was this a case of telling the insurance company just enough to get it over the line for a payout and the threat of losing the DCC’s insurance business if it was rejected??
Tying up some more corrupt DCC loose ends, Assistant Property Manager Rhonda Abercrombie, has finally taken the hint and decided to jump ship. Hopefully this will bring to an end the incestuous relationship between City Property and Abercrombie & Associates. About 15 years too late, but I guess you can’t rush these things.
### ODT Online Tue, 15 Sep 2015
Property manager quits DCC
By Chris Morris
Dunedin City Council manager Rhonda Abercrombie has resigned abruptly, but nobody is prepared to say why. Mrs Abercrombie, the council’s assistant city property manager, handed in her notice last week but was no longer working at the council’s Civic Centre building.
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28.4.14 DCC loses City Property manager in restructuring
One day’s notice after twenty odd years, now that’s normal.
Silence of the Lambs above.
I hope they got a Frequent Flyer investigation deal from Deloitte.
The dcc world after Citifleet.
We’ve mentioned issues with City Property on several occasions.
A comment from July last year that’s bang on the nail.
Submitted on 2014/07/02 at 12:09 am
Word around the halls is that City Property is the next port of call. Relates partly to Sue’s mention of the rolling-over of contracts, together with the use of private sweetener deals. One of the main drivers behind the establishment of the centralised contracts database.
Phil again (2.4.14) Link to comment:
….Abercrombie and Associates did rather well out of the Wall Street project, again no surprises….
By next week’s Council papers, the directors of DVL will also have oversight of the city property portfolio.
Automatic rolling over of contracts? Like one in the Octagon? 6 years without a competitive tender?