DCC suckered by Black Power leader

blackpower2 [3news.co.nz] 1Photo (detail) by Ross Setford via 3news.co.nz

Received from Gavin Bartle
Tue, 6 Oct 2015 at 10:51 a.m.

On 6/10/15 10:20 am, “Gavin Bartle” wrote:

Dear elected representatives, [DCC]

Today I read with horror an ODT article that DCC is channeling ratepayer funds to an active senior member of an organised criminal group.

I’m not sure what kind of game you all think your playing, but is an absolutely unacceptable use of rates money.

This man, Albert Epere, is a current and active member of a vile violent group of thugs that prey on honest Dunedin citizens, he is in no way reformed or renounced his criminal associations.

This funding must be stopped and the contract terminated, the staff who allowed this must be instructed not to be so foolish again.


Gavin Bartle

From: Lee Vandervis
Date: 6 October 2015 at 10:44
Subject: Re: rates money funnelled to organised crime
To: Gavin Bartle

Hi Gavin.

That I agree with you, is suggested by my request for information today as below.

Kind regards,

—— Forwarded Message
From: Lee Vandervis
Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:29:43 +1300
To: Sue Bidrose, Sandy Graham, Andrew Noone, Andrew Whiley, Chris Staynes, Doug Hall, Hilary Calvert, John Bezett, Jinty MacTavish, Kate Wilson, Lee Vandervis, Mayor Cull, Mike Lord, Neville Peat, Richard Thomson, David Benson-Pope, Aaron Hawkins
Conversation: Gangster’s DCC Contract – LGOIMA requests for information
Subject: Gangster’s DCC Contract – LGOIMA requests for information

Dear Sue, Sandy, and Mayor Cull,

Who made the actual decision to award a $52,500 DCC Contract to a gang leader outside of the contractual requirements specified in our DCC Procurement documents?
Will the gang leader Mr Albert Epere be contracted to do the work personally himself, or is he contractually free to ‘arrange’ others to do the actual Contract work?
Why did Councillors not get the opportunity to debate and decide on this clearly political departure from DCC Procurement process?
Have the Audit and Risk Subcommittee given their stamp of approval to this risky departure from best Contracting practice?
Please forward a copy of the full original contract awarded to Mr Epere.

Regarding Mongrel Mob and Black Power access to DCC contracts Mayor Cull is quoted by TV3 as saying “The work is on a trial basis and the gangs would have to “satisfy” the chief executive and show they were up to the job before being awarded a contract, Mr Cull says.”

Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/mongrel-mob-and-black-power-bid-for-council-lawn-contracts-2015030913#ixzz3nj6k6e77

What has Mr Epere, leader of Black Power, done to satisfy our CEO that he is up to the job under the terms of our Procurement and Audit and Risk procedures?

Cr. Vandervis

—— End of Forwarded Message

█ 6.10.15 ODT: Gang boss secures council contract
A Black Power kingpin with multiple prison stints behind him has won a $52,500 Dunedin City Council contract to maintain several areas of the city’s public land. […] The contract was signed yesterday and covers land in Opoho, St Leonards, Abbotsford, Logan Park, Caversham Bypass and Bridge St.

Albert Epere, a patched Black Power leader has served prison terms for assault and grievous bodily harm.

Rebecca Williams [DCC] said she did not know “anything about becoming a Black Power member” and confirmed the council had not looked into what it took to become a patched gang member as part of its due diligence for the contract.

Douglas Field rebecca and mad hatter cull with black power memberRebecca and Mad Hatter Cull with Black Power member. Douglas Field (6.10.15)

█ 8.5.12 ODT: Five sentenced over Dunedin gang clash
With Epere, Ryan and Witehira, the judge acknowledged they had all been out of serious trouble since about 2003 and Epere and Witehira were now involved in organisations putting something back into the community. And Ryan had moved away from Dunedin and was taking steps to sort out his life.

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9.3.15 DCC patched: How NZ Herald sells our “story” #gangs
8.7.14 DCC: Mayor Cull and council staff consort with criminal gangs

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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16 responses to “DCC suckered by Black Power leader

  1. Cars

    Someone send this to the US comedy shows.

    Imagine the US government, local or Federal awarding contracts to the US equivalent, The Mafia.

    Funding through rates and taxes other criminal schemes that such Black Power and other gang confreres spend their whole lives scheming up.

    Including enslaving women.

    • Elizabeth

      Please send donations to Women’s Refuge.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Very effective at debt collection, those chaps. May have used their natural eloquence to persuade someone that it’s better to earn an honest wage than go to – just by way of an example, sir – your home/rental investment – and smash things to emphasise our message.

  2. That’s interesting. I was at the DCC Service Centre this morning asking very similar questions to Cr Vandervis’ questions. Specifically: what is the current Procurement Policy for contracts and tenders? Why was the new Procurement policy ( currently being worked on) moved from the Audit and Risk Management Subcommittee to the Sustainability Audit Subcommittee where it was discussed in non-public? When will this new Procurement Policy become public? What process was used to give this contract to this group with current gang affiliations? The Customer Service staff considered at some length who I should speak to and decided Grant MacKenzie would be the man. So I asked his designation (I’ve actually seen him at meetings) – Chief Financial Officer (wow! – looking forward to it!) Then I asked the designation of Council employee, Ms Williams, mentioned in the ODT article, learning that she is Events and Community Development Manager. Now that seems a very strange job description to be involved in contracts.
    But seriously, this is a very unwise, unfair and improper move on the part of the DCC. I am not against gang members rehabilitating themselves but, first, IMO, they need to leave the gang. Can’t play on two teams at the same time. And anyway, social rehabilitation is not a local government responsibility – it would be impossible to do it to even a limited extent without favoritism. And tenders processes should be fair to all applicants, with sufficient information in the public domain so the public can see that the processes are fair.

  3. Elizabeth

    Douglas Field illustration added to post at top of thread.

  4. Elizabeth

    I refuse to link to the ODT drivel appearing late this afternoon, as gathered from the dickheads that frequent ODT’s Facebook page – who are all over the Epere with PC love and kisses. FO

    Totally with Diane and others out there that say get rid of gang connection/presidency and patch before being considered for the contract. And yes, let them tender against other vulnerable and or low income community groups who are most likely MORE deserving and not interested in brutality or grievous bodily harm – or indeed drug trafficking and debt collection – in the slightest.

  5. Gurglars

    It seems that few of you have watched US TV shows or movies featuring “The Mafia” see Black Power etc. crime consortiums whatever.

    Leaving the Mafia is only achieved by three possibilities.

    Jail (not certain), death by natural causes, death by assassination.

    So imagining that Epere or others will leave Black Power will only be achieved by him tripping over a lawn mower. The first option clearly did not change the status quo.

  6. Elizabeth

    Tomorrow’s ODT editorial will tackle the pros and cons of DCC contracting a Mongrel Mob leader. Given all the PC positivity crap at ODT’s Facebook page, guess which way the editor will bend ?!

    Who wrote the Facebook comments, non rate paying students ?
    Same swinedom who will vote Jinty MacTavish in as Daaave’s deputy mayor – that’s JM with no grip on finance, or any business experience to save herself.

    If you want nappies you get nappies, and a scarf at neck.

  7. Elizabeth

    As foreseen…………. pc………….

    ### ODT Online Fri, 9 Oct 2015
    Editorial: Chance to show true leadership
    OPINION The Dunedin City Council’s decision, revealed this week, to award a contract to a company set up by Black Power leader Albert Epere to maintain some of the city’s green spaces is significant, but the jury is likely to remain out for some time. […] The $52,500 contract for those seven and a-half months certainly stacks up well, given Dunedin’s annual median income of $23,300 (according to the most recent census).
    Read more

  8. Pip

    You don’t need a grip on finance or business when you’ve got a grip on the Mayor.

  9. More negative fodder from “Lock em up and throw away the key” ppl. What a great oppurtunity to slam the council. What is it with change that scares you all so much?? At least give it a chance. We wouldn’t have the stadium here which most of the haters have been to now. We need a new four to five star hotel too , however you have killed the first attempt of building one already. Get over yourselves and let Dunedin Grow Please.
    David C.

    • Diane Yeldon

      David Chalker: No problem with change – as long as it is democratically arrived it. Which is what proper council processes and planning law is intended to do.
      The ‘you’ who ‘killed’ the application to build Jing Song’s “hotel” (not just a hotel but an apartment complex) in an industrial zone which would “have comprised 27 floors and a basement, 215 hotel rooms, 164 apartments, two restaurants, two bars and a swimming pool” (see reference below) were the people of Dunedin who participated in the creation of the current District Plan, because this use was not permitted as of right on this land. The applicants knew that. There were 500 plus Dunedin residents opposing who participated in the planning process with submissions, wanting the District Plan to be upheld, which the council has a legal responsibility to do. The council cannot just say yes or no to any application just because they feel like it at the time. What planning commissioners have to determine is whether or not the application complies with the District Plan. In this case, it clearly did not.
      If you (or anyone else) thinks Dunedin needs a four to five star hotel, they just had their chance to make a submission to the Dunedin District Plan Review. It wouldn’t be fair to wait until someone wanted to build a hotel because in practical terms they have to be able to buy the land first. So they have to know in advance what they can do with it. And so do the neighbouring land-owners. People who participate in the future of the city through planning submissions are acting in the public interest by participating and not attacking anyone with a different view. Why call them (all?) ‘haters’. How do you know what they are thinking? For example, like hundreds of other submitters to the council Annual Plan at the time, I never ‘hated’ the stadium – I just believed that Dunedin couldn’t afford it. As well as objections, anyone has the opportunity to make submissions in support of any planning application which they approve of. There is a diversity of opinion on whether Dunedin needs a new hotel. If the city does need one, then where it should be located and how big it should be also needs to be decided. The council has to take all these different views and considerations into account.
      See the following news articles:

    • Hype O'Thermia

      We did, we do. We let Dunedin grow – the city’s debt is now grown to the size of a personalised millstone around every ratepayer’s neck.

  10. russandbev

    Change for changes sake is not only irresponsible, but it’s stupid. Change for a community needs community buy-in. As for the stadium, I really hope that you enjoy parting out your share of the $20m it’s costing you to have the thing each and every year. If you don’t like that, then toddle off to the rich coots in town – the pro rugby lot – and ask them to pay their share. Dunedin unfortunately has more than its fair share of incompetents running it one way or another and if you are happy with that, then good luck to you.

  11. Gurglars

    The only part of Dunedin that is growing is the DCC and employee numbers. The change we want is for some to be elected who will reduce staff numbers, reduce bureaucracy, reduce ratepayer debt and find out if this method allows Dunedin to grow sensibly within the old district plan, not the 2gp which is such a bureaucratic document aptly described as the Medusa, too much hair, too many heads. Not only is it unreadable, but its very complexity makes fighting it an impossibility.

    What part of numerous empty shops, a stadium that we cannot afford to keep much less run, non contributing DCC companies is difficult to understand. This council and its immediate predecessors should hang their collective heads in shame.

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