Monthly Archives: January 2016

DCC Rates: LOCAL CONTEXT not Stats —Delta and Hippopotamuses

Election Year : The following opinion is offered in the public interest. -Eds

Monopoly [rdc.govt.nz]

“On almost every measure we provide a more extensive range of services for less money.” –Sue Bidrose

### ODT Online Sat, 30 Jan 2016
Dunedin rates value defended
By Vaughan Elder
Dunedin ratepayers are getting some of the best value for money in New Zealand, Dunedin City Council chief executive Sue Bidrose says. In response to questions from Cr Mike Lord during this week’s draft annual plan deliberations, chief executive Dr Bidrose said its residential rates – which in the 2015-16 year averaged $1996 per household – were in the lowest quarter in New Zealand and “certainly” the lowest among large cities.
Read more

ODT: Mayor defends rates increase

WRONG

█ At Tuesday’s pre-Draft Annual Plan meeting Cr Hilary Calvert put a direct question – on the public’s behalf – to the group manager water and waste services about the mudtanks at South Dunedin, referring to these as “the hippopotamus in the room” (or some other water-based mammal)…. The question was circumnavigated and passed to the new group manager transport who similarly went sailing. Link

█ Delta in 2015 paid DCC a dividend of $2.5M. Without this in future years there will be significant rate rises each year. –Christchurch Driver Link

One for SB, Dave, Councillors and Staff…
shimmers, lightness, fairy-like proportion, ratings, foils to decorum, tens, the completely ethereal

EllieGouldingVEVO Published on Dec 9, 2015
Ellie Goulding – Army (Live from the Victoria’s Secret 2015 Fashion Show)
From the new album DELIRIUM [latest release]
When I’m with you, I’m standing with an army….

[We’re required to be wowed.]

Related Posts and Comments:
29.1.16 Delta #EpicFail —Yaldhurst Subdivision ● Some forensics
28.1.16 New Zealand local government T-shirt #haze #corruption
25.1.16 DCC: South Dunedin Integrated Catchment Management Plan (ICMP)
21.1.16 Delta #EpicFail —Yaldhurst Subdivision
● 21.1.16 DCC LTAP 2016/17 budget discussion #ultrahelpfulhints
19.1.16 Listener 23.1.16 (letter): South Dunedin #Jun2015flood
16.1.16 NZ Listener 16.1.16 (letter): South Dunedin #Jun2015flood
12.1.16 Stone the freaking crows #SurfsUp #SeawallNightmares #Dunedin
11.1.16 Un hôtel. Dunedin.
10.1.16 Infrastructure ‘open to facile misinterpretation’…. or local ignore
8.1.16 Jafas, come hither…. it’s alright here if warped
5.1.16 Hammered from all sides #fixit [dunedinflood Jun2015]
15.12.15 Noble property subdivision aka Yaldhurst Village | Mortgagee Tender
21.9.15 DCC: Not shite (?) hitting the fan but DVL
20.7.15 Noble property subdivision —DELTA #LGOIMA
1.4.15 Christchurch subdivisions: Heat gone?
24.3.15 Noble property subdivision —DELTA
23.3.15 Noble property subdivision: “Denials suggest that we have not learned.”
17.3.15 DCC —Delta, Jacks Point Luggate II…. Noble property subdivision

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

hoopla words….

TheWeekndVEVO Published on Dec 9, 2015
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face (Live From The Victoria’s Secret 2015 Fashion Show)

TheWeekndVEVO Published on Dec 9, 2015
The Weeknd – In The Night (Live From The Victoria’s Secret 2015 Fashion Show)

last word (valediction)

EllieGouldingVEVO Published on Dec 9, 2015
Love Me Like You Do – From “Fifty Shades Of Grey” (Live From The Victoria’s Secret 2015 Fashion Show)
From the new album DELIRIUM
Yeah, I’ll let you set the pace ’cause I’m not thinking straight

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Delta #EpicFail —Yaldhurst Subdivision ● Some forensics

Election Year : The following opinion is offered in the public interest. -Eds

Noble subdivision in Yaldhurst empty sites 2013 [Iain McGregor-Fairfax Stuff.co.nz]Noble subdivision in Yaldhurst 2013. Iain McGregor/Fairfax

Received from Canterbury Driver [CD]
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 at 1:01 a.m.

Subject: Delta and how to hide $10M

This correspondent was curious to know the extent of Delta’s exposure on their failed attempt at the Christchurch subdivision market. DCHL chairman Graham Crombie becomes more bashful than a teenage boy at his first disco when discussing the potential numbers in the media. Mr Crombie coyly advises that “millions” are owed and he is confident “millions” will eventually, in the fullness of time be received, albeit a few less million than is owed. Link

Of course, as John Maynard Keynes famously said, “in the long run we are all dead”, and this is also clearly the view of the financier (named by The Press last year as Southpac Property Investments) who has watched years roll by with no interest or repayments, and has called in the mortgage.

However much Mr Crombie wishes to hide in the corner, desperate to be ignored, clutching tight to his chest those precious numbers, he has been upstaged. His CEO Grady Cameron, has tantalised us with a peep of a disclosure in his opening statement in the 2015 Delta Annual Report on the DCC website. Mr Cameron confirms without being specific that Delta have “an outstanding debt” on a Christchurch subdivision and that the “fair value” of the secured debt is independently valued at $13.2M. He notes helpfully that this value was up from $12.8M last year. We can all relax now….

Thus we know that $13.2M is included as an asset somewhere in the Delta accounts. Delta says it has $59.705M of assets in its summary on page 15. But does it really ? Page 25 shows the breakdown of assets with $25.244M of the $59.705M being “trade receivables”. (The rest of the assets are basically plant, equipment and property.) At page 46, in “Note 23” safely buried far from public scrutiny, lies the smoking gun of Delta’s financial assets of $25.244M. There it is, a provision for “Less estimated doubtful debts” of $9.761M, that reduces the figure to $25.244M. This is a highly original description for bad debts, but desperate times call for desperate euphemisms.

So let’s be clear here – more than half of Delta’s financial assets ($13.2M) – amount to a bad debt in a failed subdivision, that is

a) now under mortgagee sale

b) has a third (or fourth) tier finance company as first mortgagee (because the banks would not lend on it)

c) that was built incorrectly, with the incorrect sized roads

d) faces ongoing legal action

e) cannot have titles released

f) has noisy 33KV powerlines running through it

g) has been completed since 2013 with no money received.

Continuing on, the news for the Owners (us) becomes more dire. The $9.761M “doubtful debts” included a carry over amount of $4.837M from 2014, which in turn included a $1.932M provision in 2013. The Yaldhurst (aka Noble) subdivision turned bad in 2012-2013, so it is very likely that the vast majority of the entire $9.761M is a bad debt provision for this heinously bad decision.

What it means is that Mr Crombie cannot possibly be “confident” of having a large proportion of the debt repaid. A large proportion has already been written off, it seems. This is not a “timing issue” as he claims. Delta has already written off up to almost $10M. That would put the total Delta exposure in excess of $20M.

Mr Crombie needs to identify how this proposal came to be put to the Delta board and which board members and executive staff supported it. Releasing board minutes on this item would be helpful for interested ratepayers to understand the history. Mr Crombie should also provide a comprehensive, clear and truthful report to Dunedin City Council with the full facts of Delta’s position and how the council-owned company got into this mess. This may be awkward for Mr Crombie as the people concerned will be well known to him but that is the price and the consequence of the position he chose to accept.

Under a worst case scenario, if Delta recovers very little of the $13.2M they say they will get, their solvency is threatened. Up to 80% of the Delta shareholders equity of $15.804M will disappear, with just $2-3M left. That would mean the shareholders equity to debt ratio would be out of this world. Delta has $26.852M of debt (to DCC). To build back up to the current equity position, which at $15.804M is not high, would mean years of retaining earnings within the company with no dividends to Council. Delta’s position would be so weak that the Council would either have to inject funds or DCC treasury would foreclose on its own company….

Delta in 2015 paid DCC a dividend of $2.5M. Without this in future years there will be significant rate rises each year.

That is bad enough but the bigger issue is how, after similar multimillion-dollar Delta debacles at Luggate and Jacks Point, was this allowed to happen. Dunedin ratepayers owe thanks to Cr Lee Vandervis. His has been one often lonely voice attempting to get to the truth of this matter. We must trust that he and any other like-minded councillors will be able to enforce some accountability onto Delta.

[ends]

Related Posts and Comments:
21.1.16 Delta #EpicFail —Yaldhurst Subdivision
15.12.15 Noble property subdivision aka Yaldhurst Village | Mortgagee Tender
21.9.15 DCC: Not shite (?) hitting the fan but DVL
20.7.15 Noble property subdivision —DELTA #LGOIMA
1.4.15 Christchurch subdivisions: Heat gone?
24.3.15 Noble property subdivision —DELTA
23.3.15 Noble property subdivision: “Denials suggest that we have not learned.”
17.3.15 DCC —Delta, Jacks Point Luggate II…. Noble property subdivision

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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New Zealand local government T-shirt #haze #corruption

white tshirt mickey mouse [aliexpress.com] tweaked by whatifdunedin

Whaleoil link received.
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 at 9:10 a.m.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT . . .
“in NZ is dodgier than a 10-month-old piece of rancid mutton.” –Slater

### whaleoil.co.nz January 28, 2016 at 8:30am
NZ drops in corruption ratings
by Cameron Slater
The Herald has asked the question of whether NZ is corrupt. Really? They don’t know? Are they surprised?
Of course NZ is filled with corrupt officials. Local Government is the worst.
Corruption is foolishly assumed by the Media Party to be extreme acts. Like someone getting paid off to make a decision that avoids due process. They have tried to lay the blame on top line government “scandals” but they are missing the point. Corruption comes in many forms.
Read more

27.1.16 Fairfax: NZ’s anti-corruption record slipping: watchdog
27.1.16 NZH: Stonewalling and strange deals: Has NZ become more corrupt?

Transparency International – Corruption Perceptions Index
First launched in 1995, the Corruption Perceptions Index has been widely credited with putting the issue of corruption on the international policy agenda.
https://www.transparency.org/research/cpi/

corruption defined [linkedin.com]

### radionz.co.nz 3 hrs ago
High-profile deals behind corruption slide – report
By Robert Smith
Controversies such as the Saudi farm deal and SkyCity’s Convention Centre mean New Zealand no longer sets the standard for integrity in the public service, as it slips down the world rankings for corruption.

New Zealand fell to fourth in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International released yesterday.

It has previously topped the index seven times, including as recently as 2012 and 2013, and fell two spots this year after losing the top ranking to Denmark in the 2014 list. Finland and Sweden have now overtaken it and are perceived to have less corrupt public sectors than New Zealand.
The SkyCity Convention Centre plan, the Saudi sheep deal and the Oravida affair have been cited by Transparency International as the primary reasons for New Zealand’s slide down the rankings.
The findings in the latest report have been backed up by the Public Service Association (PSA), with national secretary Glenn Barclay saying the group was not surprised by the drop thanks to a “growing lack of transparency” in the public sector.
Read more

Related Posts and Comments:
5.1.16 Hammered from all sides #fixit [dunedinflood Jun2015]
2.10.15 DCC Draft 2GP hearings panel lacks FULL INDEPENDENCE
20.9.15 Corruption serious threat to New Zealand #CAANZ
14.9.15 Screening tonight: Paradigm Ep2 Local Government Corruption in NZ…
4.8.15 Hundreds of DCC Staff receive fraud detection/prevention training #OMG
23.7.13 Publicise: laudafinem.com
13.7.15 Jeff Dickie: Edinburgh tough, Dunedin (DUD)
17.3.15 DCC whistleblowing —what is open government ?
15.1.15 New Zealand: Salmond on abuse of democratic freedoms
19.12.14 DCC: Limited Citifleet investigation about insurance
13.5.14 Stuff: Colin Espiner usefully defines Corruption
7.12.13 Corruption in NZ Sport: Where has John Key PM been hiding ???

█ For more, [sample] enter the terms *corruption*, *delta*, *flood*, *citifleet*, *hotel* or *stadium* in the search box at right. [there are other terms, Dunedin is a clear seat of fuzzy avoidances of accountability]

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Images: (top) aliexpress.com – tshirt mickey mouse fudged by whatifdunedin | linkedin.com – corruption

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DCC: South Dunedin Integrated Catchment Management Plan (ICMP)

Received from Lyndon Weggery
Monday, 25 January 2016 6:13 p.m.

█ Message: I did comprehensive research at the Library this afternoon and these are my findings. Councillors have clearly dropped the Ball!!!

From: Lyndon Weggery
To: Jinty MacTavish
CC: Andrew Noone
Subject: South Dunedin Flooding: ICMPs
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 18:10:14 +1300

Dear Jinty,

You will be aware of the widespread concern that despite the Mayor’s opinion the stormwater network infrastructure did play a significant part in the flooding of 3 June 2015. I would tend to agree with that opinion because a close study of the South Dunedin Integrated Catchment Management Plan (ICMP) attached to the 3 Waters Strategy conveys the same impression. The question I have asked myself is this: were Councillors aware of the potential problems before last year’s extreme weather event and could any of you have done more to check that South Dunedin ICMP recommendations were being followed through faithfully by staff with adequate funding by Council?

You will recall being part of the Infrastructure Services Committee that formally endorsed the 3 Waters Strategy in 2010 along with the 10 ICMPs that were attached. On 29 November 2011 I note from the minutes of the Infrastructure Services Committee in regard to Agenda item 6 (3 Waters Strategy Project – use of Integrated Catchment Management Plans) that you personally seconded a motion by former Councillor Syd Brown:

1. That it be noted that 11 stormwater ICMPs had been developed covering Dunedin’s urban-based reticulated stormwater catchments (including Mosgiel)

2. “that the approach proposed regarding the use and management of the information contained within the ICMPs be endorsed”

Motion carried

You may recall from the Staff Report prepared by Tracey Willmott that part of the approach that you seconded to be endorsed was “From an investment perspective – the ICMPs are a tool used to inform and justify the capital and operational investments made by WWS. They propose a series of recommendations over the short, medium and long term and suggest a costed and prioritised programme of work for each catchment comprising of: capital work options, planning options, operation and maintenance tasks or further study.”

So my question is why didn’t you (or any one of your colleagues) think to follow this up by using your right to put this important matter on future Agendas for a review? It is sad that a close inspection of subsequent minutes show no Councillor using the “Notification of Agenda Items for consideration by the Chair” option to formally check on progress with ICMP implementation and particularly the South Dunedin Catchment.

To be fair to Staff the next (and only time) this matter came up on the Agenda was 12 June 2012 under Agenda [item] 4 Stormwater Quality Update. Although this Report majored on quality discharge there were bold statements made eg “we will resolve all known cross connections between the foul and stormwater networks by 2015 etc” and particularly in the Conclusion – “Council has also committed significant funds to ensure that its strategic stormwater management objectives are met and is making good progress with implementation of these Plan”.

So in the light of these promises and the fact that a search of subsequent minutes of the ISC to date show no mention of this issue why wasn’t this most important issue followed up by you and your fellow councillors on the Infrastructure Services Committee?

Lyndon Weggery

[ends]

[The above email has been lightly moderated for style consistency.]

The chair of Infrastructure Services Committee is Cr Kate Wilson. Cr Jinty MacTavish chairs the Community and Environment Committee. Cr Andrew Noone is the past chair of ISC, and currently chairs the Hearings Committee.

Lyndon is wrong.
The 3 June 2015 Dunedin Flood was NOT an extreme weather event. This was easily confirmed by recognised experts in their fields including a hydrologist (hydrologists use a variety of computational, hydrological and scientific modelling techniques in the research, development and maintenance of safe and sustainable domestic or natural water management strategies) and a meteorologist (meteorologists predict the weather and study the causes of particular weather conditions using information obtained from the land, sea and upper atmosphere; they use computerised and mathematical models to make short and long-range forecasts concerning weather and climate patterns). Historical records have also been referenced to expose the Mayor of Dunedin’s erroneous claim that this was an extreme weather event.

King Edward St - South Dunedin Flood June 2015 [Stuff.co.nz]

South Dunedin flood June 2015 [stuff.co.nz]

Related Posts and Comments:
19.1.16 Listener 23.1.16 (letter): South Dunedin #Jun2015flood
16.1.16 NZ Listener 16.1.16 (letter): South Dunedin #Jun2015flood
5.1.16 Hammered from all sides #fixit [dunedinflood Jun2015]
24.12.15 Site notice: posts removed
3.11.15 South Dunedin Flood | Correspondence & Debriefing Notes released by DCC today #LGOIMA

█ For more, enter the term *flood* in the search box at right.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Images: Stuff.co.nz – South Dunedin Flood June 2015

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Ian Wishart: Ben Smart & Olivia Hope #murdercase

### NZ Herald Online 5:30 AM Sunday Jan 24, 2016
Wishart: Sounds case solved
Publisher Ian Wishart says a new book will finally solve the infamous Marlborough Sounds murder case. Wishart will next week publish the book, Elementary — The Explosive File on Scott Watson and the Disappearance of Ben and Olivia. The book looks at the disappearance of Ben Smart, 21, and Olivia Hope, 17, in the Marlborough Sounds on New Year’s Day, 1998. Scott Watson was convicted of their murders in May 1999 and remains in prison. He has denied any involvement in their disappearance and death. The remains of Smart and Hope have never been found.
Wishart said he was “pitching” the book as “solving the case”.
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iwishart Published on Jan 22, 2016
Elementary by Ian Wishart

****

● Wikipedia: Ian Wishart (journalist)
● Facebook: Investigate Magazine

THE BOOK
Author: Ian Wishart
Title: Elementary: The Explosive File on Scott Watson and the Disappearance of Ben & Olivia – What Haven’t They Told You?
Pre-order a copy from your bookstore because they will have guaranteed stock on day one. Orders can also be placed at Investigate magazine’s webstore.

Wishart - Elementary front cover

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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Zoning issues: Vogel Street activities

76 Vogel Street. Question to Dunedin City Council:
How did this activity happen without a publicly notified plan change?

The ‘warehouse precinct’ referred to in the restaurant’s marketing isn’t recognised by the current Dunedin City District Plan. The building is located within the LSR – Large Scale Retail Zone (see comparative district plan maps below), and the Vogel Street Heritage Precinct (TH13).

Vogel Street “remained zoned for large-scale retail uses, although it was proposed to become a mixed-use zone [the warehouse precinct] – allowing a wider variety of uses” – under the 2GP.

### ODT Online Sat, 23 Jan 2016
Objector to cafe’s licence slammed
By Chris Morris
A Dunedin businessman and his city councillor wife have been labelled “dinosaurs” amid claims they are deliberately standing in the way of the warehouse precinct’s regeneration. The criticism came after it was confirmed yesterday Alistair Broad, a commercial property owner and businessman, had filed an objection opposing the Vogel St Kitchen’s bid to renew its liquor licence.
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Vogel St Kitchen webpage banner [screenshot]

In a former life, the popular Vogel St Kitchen (VSK) was the McIndoe printery. The old brick building has been strengthened and given a new lease of life as a two-level coffee house and licensed eatery. Restaurant proprietor Riah McLean and property owner Lawrie Forbes commissioned a mural by London-based street artist Phlegm for the south exterior wall, visible from the street.

“Dunedin’s coolest destination cafe situated in the heart of the Warehouse Precinct. If you like your coffee and dining to have character and spirit come and check us out.” (publicity)

█ Website: www.vogelstkitchen.co.nz
76 Vogel Street, Dunedin 9016

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

Vogel St Kitchen exterior detail

District Plan Maps (2GP) – Compare existing and Second Generation District Plan maps:
District Plan Maps (2GP) - Compare existing and Second Generation District Plan maps

DCC Webmap - 76 Vogel Street, Dunedin [VSK]DCC Rates Information

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Davos WEF —common sense, not climate change

Received from Kleinefeldmaus
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 at 8:02 a.m.

DiCaprio 20.1.16 [breitbart.com][screenshot]

LMAO
James Delingpole 20 Jan 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio has flown by private jet to the World Economic Forum’s annual conference for sinister plutocrats and craven politicians in Davos, Switzerland, to attack the “greed” of the energy industry.
“We simply cannot afford to allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil and gas industries to determine the future of humanity. Those entities with a financial interest in preserving this destructive system have denied, and even covered up the evidence of our changing climate.”
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*Oct 23, 2015 – Learn about the Caprio Family Crest, its Origin and History … Caprio is a name for a goat, having derived its origin from the Italian word capra. That would be derived from the Latin. Link

Davos- FOR CARTOON 2 [Kleinefeldmaus 22.1.16]Kleinefeldmaus 22.1.16

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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