Monthly Archives: March 2016

DCC: Infrastructure report 2 pending —Mudtanks & stormwater drainage #SouthDunedinFlood

Douglas Field Published on Mar 30, 2016 | Updated Jul 30, 2016
busy doin’ nonth’

Comments from Lyndon Weggery:

2016/03/31 at 11:12 am
Newsflash!!! – According to my DCC source the long awaited MudTank report will be tabled on Tuesday 26 April 2016 to the Infrastructure Services Committee. That’s nearly 11 months after the infamous event.

2016/03/31 at 3:34 pm
Elizabeth – aside from our patient waiting for the Mudtank report we are also waiting for any progress on a Council formal resolution dated 30 November 2015 requesting staff to implement a work programme etc to alleviate the flooding dangers to South Dunedin. So far nothing has happened and in the course of a polite discussion with Councillor Aaron Hawkins on Facebook on related matters I have asked him to check on progress. To his credit he has agreed to do so.

● ODT 5.3.16 New contractor for mud tanks
● ODT 25.1.16 April date for report on flooding

Council meeting 30 Nov 2015

Minutes – Council – 30/11/2015 (PDF, 121.8 KB)

Report – Council – 30/11/2015 (PDF, 553.9 KB)
Infrastructure Performance During June 2015 Flood Event [report 1]


A report from Water and Waste Services provided an overview of the extreme rain event of 3 June 2015, its impacts and the performance of the drainage infrastructure. It focused primarily on the impact of the events that were experienced in South Dunedin, as that had been an area of particular public interest.

The analysis presented in the report was based on a flow balance model that had been developed for the purposes of assessing the impact of pumping station performance. The flow balance model had also been used to assess the relative impacts of the high groundwater levels in South Dunedin that significantly increased the amount of runoff generated by the rainfall.

The rain event significantly exceeded the capacity of the stormwater system in South Dunedin. The post event analysis had identified some opportunities to improve the performance of the existing infrastructure in large scale rain events, but would not prevent serious flooding in a similar future rain event.

Work was already underway to redesign the screens at the Portobello Road pumping station to make it easier to keep them clear during large events and was expected to be completed during the current financial year.

The planned infrastructure improvements would slightly reduce the impact of future flooding. However extensive flooding of low lying areas in large scale rain events or long duration rain events remained highly likely, particularly if the rain event coincided with high groundwater conditions.

The General Manager Infrastructure and Networks and Group Manager Water and Waste commented on various aspects of the report and responded to questions from Councillors.

Councillor Thomson left the meeting from 3.52 pm to 3.55 pm and Councillor Staynes left the meeting from 3.54 pm to 4.35 pm during the course of questions. Councillor Vandervis left the meeting from 4.36 pm to 4.38 pm and Councillor Peat left the meeting at 4.38 pm.

Following questions it was moved (The Mayor/Wilson):

“That the Council:

a) Notes the report on Infrastructure Performance during the June 2015 Flood Event.”

b) Notes the serious implications and consequences of rising ground water levels in parts of Dunedin.

c) That staff investigate and report back on a work programme to address the issues caused by rising ground water levels in South Dunedin and other parts of the city.

d) Notes that the report should include:
i) Possible responses to a range of sea level and climate change scenarios.
ii) Budgetary, infrastructural and community implications of both scenarios and responses.
iii) Catchment wide stormwater systems, ownership and effective management.

e) Notes that Council’s long term aims, as much as possible, are:
i) that the environment of affected parts of Dunedin is improved to an acceptable level.
ii) that no Dunedin citizen, ratepayer or householder is seriously disadvantaged as a result of any measures taken to deal with the challenges of ground water and rising sea levels.”

Councillor Peat returned to the meeting at 4.42 pm.

During discussion the work of staff was acknowledged during the time of the flooding.

Following discussion Motion (a) was put and carried on a division 14:0 with one abstention.
For: Councillors Benson-Pope, Bezett, Calvert, Hall, Hawkins, Lord, MacTavish, Noone, Peat, Staynes, Thomson, Whiley, Wilson, The Mayor
Council minutes – 30 November and 14 December 2015 7
Abstention: Councillor Vandervis, on the grounds that the motion did not identify the major flood causes as he understood them

Motions (b) – (d) were put and carried on a division 13:1 with one abstention.
For: Councillors Benson-Pope, Bezett, Calvert, Hall, Hawkins, Lord, MacTavish, Noone, Peat, Staynes, Thomson, Wilson, The Mayor Against: Councillor Whiley Abstention: Councillor Vandervis

Motion (e) was put and carried on a division 12:2 with one abstention.
For: Councillors Benson-Pope, Bezett, Hall, Hawkins, Lord, MacTavish, Noone, Peat, Staynes, Thomson, Wilson, The Mayor Against: Councillors Calvert, Whiley Abstention: Councillor Vandervis

It was moved (The Mayor/Staynes):
“That the meeting adjourns for ten minutes.”
Motion carried

The meeting adjourned from 5.35 pm to 5.47 pm.
[Item 17 ends]

Dunedin City Council Published on Dec 7, 2015
Dunedin City Council – Council Meeting – November 30 2015
Agenda Item 17 from 1:09:50

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Ratepayers achieve for Kaipara District —what Dunedin counterparts fail to do for spurious ‘pet projects’

Link + message received.
Thu, 31 Mar 2016 at 8:24 a.m.

█ Message: Maybe time to revisit Jacks Point and Luggate? …

The Mangawhai wastewater scheme cost about $63.3 million. Overall costs were not just financial, the Auditor-General’s report said. “They included a failed council, councillors replaced with commissioners, the departure of a chief executive, a severely damaged relationship between the council and community, an organisation that needed to be rebuilt, and much more.”

### Last updated 17:21, March 30 2016
Dispute settlement sees Auditor General pay nearly $5.4 million to Kaipara District Council
About $5.375 million will be paid to the Kaipara District Council by the Auditor-General’s office now that a dispute between the two has been settled. Mediation of the dispute over audit issues around the controversial and costly Mangawhai wastewater scheme was held by retired High Court judge Rodney Hansen QC, without any admission of liability and for each party to cover their own litigation costs.

Auditor-General Lyn Provost’s scathing inquiry report to Parliament in December 2013 outlined “a woeful saga” surrounding the community wastewater scheme, managed by the then-council between 1996 and 2012. It covered roles played by other agencies, including the Controller and Auditor-General’s office. The inquiry found the council failed to adequately perform its responsibilities to the community in connection with the wastewater scheme. The council itself alleged the Auditor-General did not identify these failings in a timely manner and take appropriate steps to bring them to the council’s attention. It also alleged some of the poor decisions it made could have been averted if the Auditor-General’s office had performed its responsibilities appropriately.

The Auditor-General offered an unreserved apology in the report to the Kaipara district community for the office’s failings in some of its work, but disputed the council’s damages claim. In particular, the Auditor-General considered the council had the responsibility to comply with its statutory obligations, and its failure to do so is not attributable to the Auditor-General’s office. The dispute was settled with neither party admitting liability but the Auditor-General’s office agreeing to pay $5.38 million to Kaipara District Council.

A rates revolt began as costs were included in Mangawhai rates, with some properties connected to the new scheme now paying around $3000 annually in rates. Kaipara District Council commissioner John Robertson said the council was pleased to see a positive outcome from the High Court action it took against the Auditor-General in 2014. “If we hadn’t got an outcome we would be back in court and facing all the risks of whatever judgments go on these sorts of things.”

The Kaipara District Council has two more court battles pending with Mangawhai ratepayers.
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RNZ in Absolutely Great Form [broadsheet carks it, who? where?]


### RNZ National about 1 hour ago
Toby & Toby on …. The newspaper apocalypse and Sonny Bill Williams’ incredible new look
OPINION: Toby Manhire & Toby Morris

RNZ 30.3.16 Disappearing-newspaper - Toby Manhire and Toby Morris

“Newspaper apocalypse” is hyperbolic tabloidese, granted, but there’s a grain of truth there. In the UK, the final Independent newspaper was printed a few days ago, and the title now exists online only, with a much smaller, and less well paid, reporting staff. Hundreds of newspapers around the world have similarly folded, and many more are staring down the barrel, all since the Great Change.

The Great Change? Is this the bit about Sonny Bill Williams’ incredible new look?
No. That was shameless and misleading clickbait. Sorry.
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█ A CIRCUMSPECT(ish) weekly column published every Wednesday, by graphic artist Toby Morris and journalist Toby Manhire. CLEVER RNZ, WOOP !!!

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DCC: Snow White cause of substantial loss + DRAFT Annual Plan

snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs [] 1Vestiges of Purity for ALL [ethical cleansing HITS town]

‘Some of the unfavourable variance because of divestment losses’

### ODT Online Wed, 30 Mar 2016
City pays cost for divesting
By Timothy Brown
Some of the Dunedin City Council’s divestment decisions have cost the city, it was revealed at yesterday’s council finance committee meeting. […] The council voted last May to scrap any investments the [Waipouri] fund had in the munitions, tobacco, fossil fuel extraction, gambling or pornography industries and to bar future investment in those industries. […] The fund had produced $783,000 in profit during the eight months to February 29. However, this was $1.657million down on the budgeted $2.44million profit.
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Agenda – FIN – 29/03/2016 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
This agenda includes the reports


1 Public Forum [page 4]
2 Apologies [4]
3 Confirmation of Agenda [4]
4 Declaration of Interest [5]

PART A REPORTS (Committee has power to decide these matters)

5 Financial Result – Period Ended 29 February 2016 [6]
This report provides a commentary of the financial performance of Council for the period ended 29 February 2016 and the financial position as at that date. The net deficit (including Waipori) for the eight months to February was $5.878 million or $381k worse than budget.

6 Financial Result – Period Ended 31 January 2016 [31]
This report provides the financial results for the period ended 31 January 2016 and the financial position as at that date. The net deficit (including Waipori) for the seven months to January was $6.668 million or $36k worse than budget.

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  • Dunedin City Council – Media Release
    Annual Plan consultation begins

    This item was published on 24 Mar 2016

    Should we be spending more on economic development in Dunedin and/or boosting funding for community grants? These are some of the questions the Dunedin City Council is asking residents as part of its 2016/17 Annual Plan and budget consultation, which opens today.

    Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull says recent changes to the law mean the Council is taking a different approach to how it seeks feedback from residents on what should be included in the 2016/17 Annual Plan: “Just last year we went through a rigorous process developing a 10 year Long Term Plan (LTP), which sets out the city’s financial and strategic path. This year we are asking the community to comment largely on things we are proposing to add or change.” Some of the proposed changes are things that have already been discussed with the community and agreed on, but were either not funded in the LTP or not funded beyond the current 2015/16 year. Examples include the funding proposed for GigCity, UNESCO City of Literature and Dunedin’s Arts and Culture and Environment Strategies.

    Mr Cull says the planned increase in economic development resourcing is effectively a return of funding taken out several years ago because of budget constraints: “The proposed $790,000 increase in funding is largely community driven. One of the consistent messages emerging from residents is that job creation and business encouragement are vital for Dunedin. Our business sector is also telling us we need to market the city better to visitors and businesses.”

    Funding has also been provided for investigations into South Dunedin groundwater/ sea level rise issues [WHAT ISSUES – WHERE IS THE SCIENCE ?], and to investigate coastal erosion in other areas. Other proposed funding includes an extra $120,000 for community grants because there are always more requests than money available.

    These suggested changes can be achieved within the proposed 2.9% rates rise.

    The consultation document is now available at Public consultation on the Annual Plan closes at 5pm on 20 April. People are encouraged to provide their feedback early and, if possible, use the online form.

    A snapshot of what is proposed, presented in a map fold newsletter, will be delivered to every Dunedin household. Information will also be available at DCC service centres and libraries and at the Customer Services Agency in the Civic Centre. There will also be a public meeting and workshop, and six drop-in sessions with the opportunity for face-to-face discussion with Councillors. These will be held around the wider city during the consultation period.

    █ Comments on the DCC Facebook page and tweets to @DnCityCouncil using #DunedinAP will also be considered as feedback. The consultation period will be followed by hearings and deliberations in May and a final Annual Plan will be adopted by the Council in June.

    █ A range of supporting documents and an online submission form are available at

    Contact The Mayor of Dunedin on 03 477 4000.
    DCC Link

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    *Image: – SW + dwarves, tweaked by whatifdunedin
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    DPAG April #exhibition arrivals

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    DPAG April 2016

    The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection
    9 Apr 2016 – 14 Aug 2016
    This exhibition explores the relationship between artworks and the domestic context by delving into the personal collection of Jim Barr and Mary Barr. Light switch and conduit focuses on their recent period of collecting and brings together works by key figures in the rising generation of contemporary New Zealand artists, alongside more established New Zealand artists and several international artists as well. This exhibition includes work by Dan Arps, Fiona Connor, Simon Denny, Oscar Enberg, Glen Hayward, Kate Newby, Campbell Patterson and Luke Willis Thompson. Link

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    *Michael Parekowhai Canis Minor 2016 (detail), Axminister carpet, brass, bronze, c-type photograph | Photo: Max Bellamy


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    The Kills x4 +1 #music

    Domino Recording Co. Uploaded on Dec 10, 2007
    The Kills – U R A Fever (2008)
    Video for U R A Fever, first single to come off the band’s third album, out March 2008.

    organicunity Uploaded on Jul 20, 2009
    The Kills – Superpowerless
    Homemade video of Superpowerless by The Kills.

    Domino Recording Co. Uploaded on Jan 18, 2012
    The Kills – The Last Goodbye
    The Kills celebrate their ten year anniversary this poignant and playful video for ‘The Last Goodbye’, taken from their album ‘Blood Pressures’. Directed by the Oscar nominated actress Samantha Morton, who made her directorial feature debut with the critically acclaimed ‘The Unloved’, this is her first music video. Shot in monochrome on crisp, silvery 35mm, the video reflects the beautiful simplicity of the track, with an old-school photo booth providing an intimate backdrop for Mosshart’s intense and heart-warming opening performance followed by a series of touching to-camera poses reflecting the musicians’ longstanding, spirited friendship.

    TheKillsVEVO Published on Mar 1, 2016
    The Kills – Doing It To Death (Official Video)
    Taken from “Ash & Ice” — the brand new album from The Kills, out June 3rd 2016. Directed by Wendy Morgan.

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    The Kills – I Put A Spell On You (Screaming Jay Hawkins Cover) audio

    Wikipedia: The Kills
    The Kills are an indie rock band formed by American singer Alison Mosshart (“VV”) and British guitarist Jamie Hince (“Hotel”). Their first four albums, Keep On Your Mean Side, No Wow, Midnight Boom, and Blood Pressures, have garnered critical praise. Ash & Ice, their fifth and most recent studio album is set to be released on June 3, 2016. Wanting to cut themselves off from their pasts, Mosshart and Hince renamed themselves “VV” and “Hotel”, respectively. Hince said that he and Mosshart “got drunk one day and named each other off the top of our heads as a stupid romantic ode to the pop art scene.” Later, after each wrote multiple band name ideas on typewriters, Mosshart and Hince decided on a new name, The Kills. Together, they began writing sparse, minimalist songs with the aid of a drum machine.

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    Dairying, Housing : More on Resource Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

    Water resource management [] 1Irrigation []

    █ Interpretation of the existing RMA has led to dairy intensification destroying waterways and threatening public health and welfare, in large measure.
    A bit of a tour….

    ### Last updated 14:29, March 23 2016
    Canterbury rumbly-gut outbreak linked to dairying
    By Pat Deavoll
    An outbreak of “rumbly-gut” among communities in Canterbury has Waikato veterinarian and agri-ecology consultant Alison Dewes concerned. She thinks the outbreak is the result of dairy intensification and irrigation contaminating public drinking water. Thirty per cent of the region’s shallow wells have already experienced an increase in nitrogen and pathogen levels after 10-15 years of irrigation on shallow lighter soils, she says. “We have the highest rates of ecoli diseases in the world, and the highest rate of campylobacter, cryptosporidia and giardia in communities in the Hinds region. We have the highest rates of zoonoses (disease spread from animals to humans) in the world in some of the irrigated/dairy catchments like Selwyn and Hinds and the government is promoting a further 40,000ha of irrigation in an already allocated and at risk catchment. Economics and dairy intensification are trumping public health and welfare.”
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    ### NZ Herald Online 8:42 AM Wednesday Mar 9, 2016
    40pc of farms fail to lodge consents
    By Zaryd Wilson – Wanganui Chronicle
    Forty per cent of dairy farms required to lodge a resource consent application with Horizons Regional Council have not done so. A total of 229 dairy operations were required to have lodged an application by January 1 this year under the regional council’s One Plan, which aims to limit nitrogen pollution of waterways. The One Plan – adopted by the council in 2014 – limits nitrogen leaching by intensive farm operations, namely dairy, commercial horticulture, cropping and intensive sheep and beef farming. Figures released to the Chronicle under the Official Information Act reveal that only 137 of the 229 dairy operations which came under new rules have lodged consent applications. The new rules took effect on July 1 last year, and farms had six months – up until January 1 – to apply.
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    26.11.15 NZH: Resource Management Act reforms to be introduced
    The Government will introduce its long awaited Resource Management Act reforms to Parliament next week after securing the support of the Maori Party. The reforms to the country’s main planning document stalled two years ago when National’s support partners refused to back them because of their potential impact on the environment.

    Ministry for the Environment

    About the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
    This page has information on the amendments proposed in 2015 to the Resource Management Act 1991.

    Resource Legislation Amendment Bill [New Zealand Legislation website]
    The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill (the Bill) was introduced to Parliament on 26 November 2015.


    Leading New Zealand law firm Chapman Tripp say:
    OPINION Most of the provisions in the Bill have been telegraphed in advance so there is little to surprise. If passed as drafted, it has the capacity to reduce costs and speed up planning processes – but probably only at the margins. For more radical and meaningful change we may have to await the results of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into urban planning (see Chapman Tripp’s commentary here, dated 2.11.15).

    RMA Reform Bill – busy with change but less than National wanted
    Chapman Tripp 26 November 2015
    OPINION The ‘phase two’ RMA reforms, initially to have been passed in 2014, have now finally been introduced to Parliament as the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. The Bill is a busy piece of legislation running to more than 200 pages, and aims to help streamline planning and consenting processes. But National has had to abandon its proposals to remove the “hierarchy” some saw as enshrined in the existing Part 2 of the RMA, promoting environmental values ahead of economic development in sections six and seven. After the loss of the Northland seat to Winston Peters in March, it does not have the votes to get the wider and more far-reaching changes through. We look at the Bill:
    Major changes
    ● Requiring councils to follow national planning templates (once such templates are available) with standardised provisions across the country.
    ● A range of measures aimed at producing faster, more flexible planning processes. These include: tighter timelines for plan production and the introduction of two new tracks – a collaborative track and a streamlined track.
    ● Reduced requirements for consents – allowing councils discretion not to require a resource consent for minor changes, creating a new 10 day fast-track for simple consents and eliminating the need for an RMA consent when consenting is provided for in other legislation.
    ● Stronger national direction – especially in relation to hot-button issues like providing for new housing or addressing dairy stock in rivers.
    Read more

    Blue skies review for urban planning – the take-off
    Chapman Tripp 15 January 2016
    OPINION The blue skies review into urban planning has now left the runway, with the release by the Productivity Commission before Christmas of an issues paper seeking feedback on possible directions for change.

    Continue reading


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    Dunedin: Erosion issues at St Clair and Ocean Beach

    Received from Paul Pope
    Fri, 25 Mar 2016 at 3:01 p.m.

    █ Message: I filmed this short video the other day and spliced in some information on how the erosion at St Clair actually happens. I don’t often use video, but it looks very compelling. I put it into the Beginners Guide to Coastal Conservation on Facebook yesterday and it’s had more than 7000 views, so people are interested in what’s going on.

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    Paul Pope Published on Mar 24, 2016
    The Physics of Erosion
    The erosion issues at St Clair Beach and the whole of Ocean Beach in Dunedin have become more and more serious in recent years. Understanding the reasons behind what people see at St Clair is very important. The community need to be able to make informed decisions about these damaging processes.

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

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    New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 —Section 14

    █ The Act (government legislation):

    About the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (Guidelines) Link

    The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 [NZBORA] was enacted to affirm, protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in New Zealand. The Act also affirms New Zealand’s commitment to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) on which the rights and freedoms it contains are based.

    When it was enacted, the Bill of Rights Act did not create any new rights but merely confirmed existing common law rights. The Act does not reflect all ICCPR rights; however, section 28 provides that, just because a right or freedom is not expressly provided for in the Act, that does not mean that the right or freedom does not exist or is otherwise restricted. The right or freedom is given effect by other legislation and by common law. For instance, while the ICCPR contains a right to privacy, the Bill of Rights does not. Nonetheless, the Privacy Act 1993, together with the common law tort of privacy, provides for rights of personal privacy.

    The rights and freedoms
    The Bill of Rights Act affirms the following rights and freedoms:
    ● the right not to be deprived of life (section 8)
    ● the right not to be subjected to torture or cruel treatment (section 9)
    ● the right not to be subjected to medical or scientific experimentation (section 10)
    ● the right to refuse to undergo medical treatment (section 11)
    ● electoral rights (section 12)
    ● the freedom of thought, conscience, and religion (section 13)
    ● the freedom of expression (section 14)
    ● the right to manifest religion and belief (section 15)
    ● the freedom of peaceful assembly (section 16)
    ● the freedom of association (section 17)
    ● the freedom of movement (section 18)
    ● the right to freedom from discrimination (section 19)
    ● rights of minorities (section 20)
    ● the right to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure (section 21)
    ● the right not to be arbitrarily arrested or detained (section 22)
    ● rights of persons arrested or detained (section 23)
    ● rights of persons charged with an offence (section 24)
    ● rights to minimum standards of criminal procedure (section 25)
    ● the right not to be liable to retroactive penalties or double jeopardy (section 26), and
    ● the right to natural justice (section 27).

    The Bill of Rights Act is designed to protect individuals (natural persons) and legal persons (such as corporations) from the actions of the State (section 29). The Act applies to any acts done by the legislative, executive or judicial branches of the government, or by any person or body performing a public function, power or duty conferred or imposed by or pursuant to law (section 3).

    The rights and freedoms contained in the Bill of Rights Act are not absolute but may only be subject to reasonable limits that are prescribed by law and can be “demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society”. If a limitation does not satisfy this test then the legislative provision, policy or practice is inconsistent with the relevant section of the Bill of Rights Act.

    The Bill of Rights Act does not have the status of supreme law. This means that the Courts cannot use the Act to repeal, revoke, or invalidate other legislation. In the event of an inconsistency between the Bill of Rights Act and another enactment, the other enactment must prevail (section 4). The Bill of Rights Act, however, includes two important safeguards to help protect human rights.

    Permission to speak [Douglas Field 25.3.16] 1Douglas Field 25.3.16

    The Guidelines on the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990: A Guide to the Rights and Freedoms in the Bill of Rights Act for the Public Sector

    Introduction to sections 12 – 18: Democratic and Civil Rights Link
    Sections 12 – 18 of the Bill of Rights Act concern the fundamental rights and freedoms that are essential to an individual’s effective representation and meaningful participation in the public life of a democratic society.

    Section 12 Electoral Rights
    Section 13 Freedom of Thought
    Section 14 Freedom of expression*
    Section 15 Manifestation of religion and belief
    Section 16 Freedom of peaceful assembly
    Section 17 Freedom of association
    Section 18 Freedom of Movement


    Section 14 – Freedom of expression Link
    Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.

    What every policy analyst needs to know about section 14:

    ● There are very few activities that will not be protected by the freedom of expression because most human activity has an expressive element (including political, artistic and commercial expression).
    ● Speech or an expression that is considered important to the ability of individuals to participate in core democratic processes, for example in elections, and political and social speech, is likely to enjoy a very high degree of protection.
    ● A fundamental aspect of the right to freedom of expression is that it extends to protecting all information and opinion, however unpopular, offensive or distasteful.
    ● The right generally protects all expression that conveys or attempts to convey meaning except expressive activity that takes the form of violence.
    ● Even though the right extends to all types of opinions, certain categories of expression (e.g., advertising, pornography or speech that incites racial violence) are more likely to be subject to reasonable limitations than others (e.g., political and social speech).
    ● The scope of section 14 means that as all forms of expression except those that take the form of violence are protected by the right, any restriction on expressive activity will be considered in the context of section 5 of the Bill of Rights Act.
    ● Freedom of expression includes the right to say nothing or the right not to say certain things.
    ● The opinions or views do not have to be held by that individual – the protection broadens out to include anyone else who subsequently communicates or disseminates those ideas or opinions.
    ● The right to seek and receive information may involve consideration of other statutory frameworks such as the Official Information Act 1982 or the Privacy Act 1993.

    █ In Brief: Your rights under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act (PDF)
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    Ministry of Justice Your rights under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act

    █ Enter the terms *removed*, *post removed* or *video animation removed* in the search box at right.

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    Proposed Auckland waterfront stadium stupidity

    Stadiums before affordable housing, again (Dunedin, Christchurch, Auckland) – the Nuts striving to build ‘ball park’ ASSETS quickly develop own shallow pockets.

    In 2006 Auckland considered building a national stadium on its waterfront, but abandoned the idea —the stadium was the Labour government’s choice for the Rugby World Cup 2011.

    Auckland 2006 proposed waterfront stadium [David White - Fairfax via]Auckland 2006 proposed waterfront stadium [Nigel Marple - Fairfax via]David White (top) & Nigel Marple / Fairfax Last updated 08:02, March 21 2016
    Government won’t pay for Auckland waterfront stadium, John Key says
    A proposed waterfront stadium in Auckland would not be funded by the Government, Prime Minister John Key has indicated. Calls to build a CBD sports stadium have been backed by several high profile business people, including New Zealand Warriors boss Eric Watson who has offered to help pay for the project. Key told the Paul Henry Show on Monday he personally thought the waterfront stadium was a good idea, but that it shouldn’t be government-funded. “I don’t think we’ve got a great appetite for pouring money into that,” he said.
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    █ Paul Henry Show | NewsHub TV3
    Full interview: John Key, March 21, 2016 [Video]

    [click to enlarge]

    NBR 24.3.16 OPINION Tim Hunter (page 2)
    NBR 24.3.16 Tim Hunter - Please lord, save us from stadium enthusiasts p2 (1)

    NZ Herald – the extra SORRY tales
    23.3.16 Opinion: Brian Rudman: Fans too thin on ground for waterfront stadium
    23.3.16 Auckland’s waterfront stadium: Look to Australia for tips, says architect
    22.3.16 Iwi joins supporters of new stadium as gateway to city
    21.3.16 Vodafone backs Auckland waterfront stadium
    21.3.16 Opinion: What kind of stadium does Auckland need?
    21.3.16 John Key: Government won’t be paying for Auckland waterfront stadium
    20.3.16 Eric Watson offers to help fund downtown stadium project
    20.3.16 Eric Watson: Build it and the Warriors will make it their home
    19.3.16 Visions for a new national stadium
    18.3.16 For and against: Waterfront stadium
    18.3.16 Editorial: New stadium dream needs reality check
    18.3.16 Auckland waterfront stadium could cost more than $1b project…
    15.3.16 Opinion: Chris Rattue: Auckland’s waterfront stadium has to happen
    15.3.16 Stadium debate: Is it time to build downtown?
    15.3.16 Warriors’ boss backing waterfront stadium
    15.3.16 Renewed push for new football stadium in Auckland’s CBD

    Related Post:
    24.7.15 Stadiums: Auckland works to limits —Dunedin, never

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    NZ flag is the NZ flag is the #NZflag [beach towel selection in context]

    RNZ Toby Morris 'Make Your Own Flag' eight_col_DIY-FLAG (1)RNZ/Toby Morris — eight_col_DIY-FLAG

    RNZ: On the Inside
    OPINION: Flag failure – Where did it go wrong?
    By Toby Morris
    Well, that’s that. The votes are counted and at last the shambolic flag saga is finally over, banished to eternal life as a series of pub quiz trivia questions. An embarrassing phase best forgotten like a national bad haircut.
    As much as I’ve always wanted a change, in the end I think we made the right choice. So why do I feel so rotten?
    I had a bad feeling about it from the start, and I wasn’t alone. This time last year, anyone who has ever worked on any kind of corporate creative brief took one look at the chosen panel and their proposed process and saw that it would result in a mediocre, safe choice. It was creativity by committee, with no designers involved, and a process that allowed no room for development or refinement.
    So we expected the worst, but like George W Bush said, we ‘misunderestimated’ them. Things went from worst to ‘worster’ as they lurched from one disastrous step to another. An inane and vague campaign to engage people about what they stood for led to the saddest road trip ever as the panel toured the country for public meetings with record low turnouts. No one was interested.
    By the time the public was able to submit entries, the mood became more evident…. In large numbers, we were treating the flag process as a huge joke.
    Read more + Cartoons

    RNZ: How the world saw NZ’s flag decision
    RNZ: Kiwis have their say; flag’s here to stay
    RNZ: NZ flag result – how it happened
    RNZ: MPs split down party lines on flag vote

    NZ Herald
    ‘Wasteful vanity project’ ….How world reacted to flag result
    Defeated PM defends $26m flag vote as critics round on him
    Andrew Little: PM’s pet project has cost NZ $26m

    Related Posts and Comments:
    29.2.16 Jonkey a flag!
    14.11.15 New Zealand Flag: 1000s of public submissions ignored by panel…
    25.9.15 New Zealand Flag —symbolism
    28.2.15 Campbell Live | TXT POLL: Does NZ need a new flag?

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    TV3 The Nation —Interview: Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier

    TV3 The Nation. Interview Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier 19.3.16

    Interview: Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier
    Saturday 19 Mar 2016 10:56 a.m.
    The new Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier speaks to Lisa Owen about his plans to overhaul the office and how he expects the Government to deal with public information.
    View the TV3 Video (11:25)

    Twitter: The Nation @TheNationTV3

    Who is the Ombudsman?
    There are currently two: Judge Peter Boshier and Professor Ron Paterson.
    Judge Boshier began his term as Chief Ombudsman on 10 December 2015.
    Ron Paterson was appointed an Ombudsman on 4 June 2013.

    Ombudsman —Fairness for all

    Wikipedia: Office of the Ombudsman (New Zealand)

    █ 22.1.16 Stuff: New chief ombudsman promises to be a fearless operator
    New chief ombudsman Judge Peter Boshier plans to be a fearless operator, with every intention of using his title and its “spectre” to draw attention to unacceptable practices. “I’m not going to resile from saying things publicly in a considered, measured way when I think that’s justified. That’s what I did as the principal court judge and that’s what I’ll bring to this job,” he said.

    █ 16.1.16 RNZ: New Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier (with Kathryn Ryan)
    Former Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier was one of our highest profile judges during his eight years in that role, and intends to bring the same openness to his new role as Chief Ombudsman.
    Audio | Downloads: Ogg MP3 (24’39”)

    Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

    *Image: TV3 The Nation – screenshot by whatifdunedin

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    Quake felt strongly at Dunedin 24.3.16 #eqnz

    2:06 a.m.
    My Pitt Street apartment went CRACK at its northeast corner as I watched TV. Nothing in the room moved except a miniature pohutukawa potplant, its long branches were swaying. Heard not felt, was it a quake ? Opened up GeoNet on my smartphone, confirmed. Completed GeoNet (felt) report.

    [click to enlarge]
    QuakeMap NZ 24.3.16 at 2.06 am

    New Zealand Earthquake Report
    Magnitude 4.3, Thu, Mar 24 2016, 2:06:11 am (NZDT)
    25 km west of Oamaru, Depth 15 km, Moderate

    [click to enlarge]
    Geonet 1 - 24.3.16

    Geonet 5 - 24.3.16

    Geonet 2 - 24.3.16

    [Felt Reports]
    Geonet 4 - 24.3.16

    Geonet 3 - 24.3.16GeoNet maps – screenshots by whatifdunedin

    █ David Seymour is wrong –Dunedin gets quakes reasonably frequently.

    ODT 23.3.16 (page 9)

    ODT 23.3.16 'Call to exempt Dunedin from quake rules' p9 (1)

    Image: Paul Le Comte (via Twitpic). Source: ODT
    [original tweet]

    Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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    Dunedin [video animation removed]

    Updated post Thu, 24 Mar 2016 at 12:26 p.m. | Last updated at 8:19 p.m.


    The video animation by Douglas Field published at YouTube on 20 Mar 2016, entitled ‘The witless witch-hunt’, has been removed from this post where it was embedded; due to a complaint received from Dunedin City Council [voicemail received 10:19 a.m.; message cleared 12:07 p.m.].

    The part text (after the break) was supplied by Mr Field to accompany the animation. The video can be viewed at the Douglas Field channel on YouTube (enter video title in the YT search box).

    Reasonably, fairly, the text and video may be regarded as democratic political thought and free expression, a public commentary concerning well-documented events from world history. The text and video are not deemed to be upsetting or offensive to any local party.

    Although some associated Comments at this thread have been moderated or removed as a caution and protection to the site owner, any attempts to unfairly ‘influence’, harass or threaten the site owner and contributors to What if? Dunedin will not be tolerated.

    [Douglas Field]

    The Spectator
    The slow death of free speech
    How the Left, here and abroad, is trying to shut down debate — from Islam and Israel to global warming and gay marriage
    Mark Steyn 19 April 2014

    The examples above are ever-shrinking Dantean circles of Tolerance:
    At Galway, the dissenting opinion was silenced by grunting thugs screaming four-letter words. At Mozilla, the chairwoman is far more housetrained: she issued a nice press release all about (per Miss Alcorn) striking a balance between freedom of speech and ‘equality’, and how the best way to ‘support’ a ‘culture’ of ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusiveness’ is by firing anyone who dissents from the mandatory groupthink. At the House of Commons they’re moving to the next stage: in an ‘inclusive culture’ ever more comfortable with narrower bounds of public discourse, it seems entirely natural that the next step should be for dissenting voices to require state permission to speak.

    Douglas Field's room with Easter Egg []

    [public domain]

    Mon, 21 Dec 2015
    ODT: Contract fraud call at DCC
    Dunedin city councillor Lee Vandervis’ actions will form part of a fresh fraud investigation inside the Dunedin City Council, after he claimed to have paid a backhander to secure a council contract. […] The move came after Cr Vandervis, speaking at last Monday’s full council meeting, sparked a furious exchange after claiming he had given “personal evidence” of his backhander to Mayor Dave Cull.

    Vandervis statement around the 1.25 mark

    Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

    *Image: Douglas Field’s room with Easter Egg [] tweaked by whatifdunedin


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    Dame Patsy Reddy to become newest Governor-General

    Dame Patsy Reddy with Sir Jerry Mateparae []Dame Patsy Reddy with Sir Jerry Mateparae []

    ### 1 hour ago
    Reddy to be new governor-general
    Source: NZ Newswire
    New Zealand will have its third female governor-general after Dame Patsy Reddy was named to replace the outgoing Sir Jerry Mateparae. The lawyer and company director will succeed Sir Jerry when his five-year term ends in August, Prime Minister John Key announced on Tuesday. The governor-general is appointed on the recommendation of the prime minister. Dame Patsy, who is also a chief negotiator for Treaty of Waitangi settlements, worked with Sir Michael Cullen on the recent review of the security agencies. The 63-year-old is chairwoman of the Film Commission, deputy chairwoman of NZ Transport Agency, and was a former law lecturer at Victoria University and partner at law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. She was previously on the board of blue chip companies Telecom, SkyCity, NZ Post and Air NZ.
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    Uber travel

    1 day ago
    MSN Motoring: The incredible rise of Uber

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    Uber founders: Garrett Camp (left) and Travis Kalanick

    What started out as a simple idea seven years ago to get a ride around the city is now a business worth $62.5 billion (£44.6bn). In October 2010, UberCab changed its name to Uber and went live on the Android smartphone operating system. In mid-2011, Uber went live in New York City. Since then it’s provided 80,000 rides per day! In July 2012, Uber unveiled Uber X. Using hybrid vehicles like the Prius, rides are 35% cheaper than Uber’s original black car service. In late 2014 Uber launched UberPOOL, which gives users the option of splitting the ride and cost with another person on a similar route. There’s so much more….


    Uber – a mobile service where passengers can book rides – has become popular in Auckland and Wellington, and use of ride sharing apps is expected to become more common in the future.

    ### Last updated 19:01, December 14 2015
    Uber set to face tighter rules, but not in-car cameras, Govt recommends
    By Hamish Rutherford
    Uber could be forced to check drivers’ log books and vehicle safety, after the Government recommended forcing it to become an approved transport operator. However drivers which use the mobile platform to find passengers appear set to continue to operate without being forced to install in-vehicle cameras, which are required in taxis. A review of regulations covering small passenger services, released on Monday [14.12.15], acknowledged that the existing rules, developed in the 1980s, had not kept pace with changes in technology.

    Uber, the US-based company which was recently valued at around US$62.5 billion (NZ$93.2b) slammed the Government’s proposals as counter to its role to “open up” the economy, and did nothing to reduce regulation.

    ….The emergence of Uber has raised a global battle with taxis, which tend to face more rigorous regulations. Uber maintains that it is not a taxi service, but instead simply a technology platform, linking passengers with drivers who are private contractors. On Monday the Government released a consultation paper recommending that instead of maintaining a two-tier system for taxis and private hire providers, it would create a new single class system, where operators are responsible for safety and compliance. It comes almost a year after Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss announced a review of the rules.
    Read more


    Wikipedia: Uber (company)
    Founded: March 2009; 7 years ago
    Services: Taxi, vehicles for hire
    Slogan: Where lifestyle meets logistics

    Uber Technologies Inc is an American multinational online transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California. It develops, markets and operates the Uber mobile app, which allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars. As of May 28, 2015, the service was available in 58 [today: 60] countries and 300 cities worldwide. Since Uber’s launch, several other companies have copied its business model, a trend that has come to be referred to as “Uberification”. Uber was founded as “UberCab” by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009 and the app was released the following June. Beginning in 2012, Uber expanded internationally. In 2014, it experimented with carpooling features and made other updates. Klout ranked the San Francisco-based company as the 48th-most powerful company in America in 2014. By late-2015, Uber was estimated to be worth $62.5 billion. Cont/

    █ The legality of Uber has been challenged by governments and taxi companies, who allege that its use of drivers who are not licensed to drive taxicabs is unsafe and illegal.


    ### ODT Online Sun, 20 Mar 2016
    Residents on board with petition
    The wider Green Island community is jumping on board in its support for changing the controversial Concord bus routes. A petition will be presented to the Otago Regional Council next Wednesday.
    Greater Green Island Community Network co-ordinator Lynda Davidson said the petition, which has more than 300 signatures, asked the ORC to consider returning the Concord bus system to its original route through South Dunedin, while also keeping some of the express services direct to the University of Otago. […] Without the direct routes, people wanting to get to South Dunedin had to bus into the central city and then catch another bus south, which was taking longer and also costing people more.
    Read more

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    RNZ: ‘Is the ODT going OTT?’ #paywall

    ODT 15.3.16 'ODT Online relaunching with paywall' p3 (1)Mediawatch: ‘The ODT not exactly over-selling the “exciting relaunch” of its website in last Tuesday’s paper.’ –ODT 15.3.16 (bottom, page 3)

    ### Sun, 20 Mar 2016 at 2:40 pm
    RNZ National – Mediawatch
    Will NZ’s biggest paywall plan yet pay off?
    By Colin Peacock
    New Zealand’s biggest locally-owned news publisher is set to make readers pay for its online news. Mediawatch asks the editor of the Otago Daily Times if it will pay off, and what the paying punters will get in return.
    Audio | Download: OggMP3 (11′34″)

    [excerpts from Mediawatch article]

    The two big news publishers in this country – Fairfax Media and NZME – still give away their best stuff for free online.

    ….this week the biggest publisher outside of the two main companies announced time will soon be up for its free-loading readers. Dunedin-based Allied Press told The NBR (ironically in an article behind the NBR’s paywall) Otago Daily Times had been “giving away our content free for long enough.” Fighting talk. The publication’s paywall plan is a bold move by a paper which does not often chop or change. Its design is conservative and it carries some distinctly old-fashioned local content. […] From next month, a digital ODT subscription will cost $27 a month – the same as a print subscription. Subscribers of the paper will get online access for nothing. […] But readers leaving comments on the ODT site weren’t supportive. One said he thought it was a joke: “I’m guessing the paywall starts on the 1st of April?”
    ….Writing for The Spinoff website, [former NZ Herald editor-in-chief] Tim Murphy said because subscribers to the paper also had digital access, a big chunk of the total audience might stick loyally with the website too. But Mr Murphy added: “It will need to have content that you can’t get anywhere else, in a voice and character and feel that you want to support because it is ‘your ODT’.”
    Full Article

    Fishnchip paper []!!! ……yesterday
    Mediawatch looks critically at the New Zealand media – television, radio, newspapers and magazines as well as the ‘new’ electronic media. It also examines the performance of the agencies, corporations and institutions that regulate them. It looks into the impact the media has on the nation, highlighting good practice as well as bad along the way – and it also enquires into overseas trends and technological developments which New Zealanders need to know about. It aims to enlighten everyone with an interest in the media about how it all works, how quickly things are changing – and how certain significant stories and issues are being covered. It’s also intended to be essential listening for those who work in the industry itself – as well as those who simply enjoy well-produced and lively radio.

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    Takes the Cake | What Dairy Crisis ? #DUD #PropertySpeculation

    Updated post – audio links added below
    Mon, 21 Mar 2015 at 7:48 p.m.


    Syd Brown Mosgiel sign 1

    Real estate across the city is suddenly booming for the first time since 2007.

    ### 8:05 am on 18 March 2016
    Is Dunedin out of the doldrums?
    By Ian Telfer – Otago reporter
    Dunedin has been economically stagnant so long that no-one is brave enough to declare the gloomy times over. But all the signs say it is out of the economic doldrums it has been in for 10 years.
    The city is enjoying booms in real estate, tourism and niche technology industries such as video gaming. A report from economic monitoring company BERL shows 1770 new jobs have been created in the city in the past two years and Dunedin’s economy is now growing at 1.3 percent a year per capita.
    […] An example of the city’s turnaround is Highland Park in Mosgiel, Dunedin’s first major housing subdivision in many years. Today, 100 tradespeople are on site, building 25 homes.
    The subdivision’s developer Syd Brown said they set themselves a decade to sell 225 sections, but the demand is so strong they are two-thirds sold and three years ahead of schedule. “It’s racing ahead for us. Sometimes you wake up in the morning and think ‘is this real?’, but that’s the market at the moment, and the demand is here,” Mr Brown said. Mr Brown said 60 percent of the people buying were from out of town, mainly from Christchurch and other South Island locations, such as Ashburton and Timaru.
    Read more

    ### 8:49 am on 18 March 2016
    RNZ National – Morning Report
    Dunedin out of doldrums for the first time in a decade
    8:36 AM. Dunedin’s economy is sailing out of the doldrums for the first time in 10 years.
    Audio | Download: OggMP3 (4′13″)

    QUESTIONS : What did Syd Brown have to do to convert rural zoned land to residential zoned land ? How did a position on council enable zone changes, new roading and infrastructure services to benefit these properties ?

    [the blurb]

    Highland Park is an exciting new community located in the heart of the Taieri and is set to redefine living standards in the Otago region. Seamless integration with Mosgiel’s rich Scottish tradition, Highland Park properties express qualities of modern urban living right on the doorstep of Dunedin city. With a high level of amenities and land and home packages to suit all, Highland Park offers a unique lifestyle defined by openness, green spaces, and a nurtured sense of community.

    All section packages are designed to take the hassle and stress out of building a new home. Every section with Highland includes:
    • Quality Timber Fences
    • Professionally Installed Vehicular Crossings
    • Storm Water Discharge Connections
    • All Services To The Boundary … Including Fibre
    Sections are priced with services as above and with flexible land and home packages available to suit all lifestyles, there has never been a better time to move out to the Taieri.

    [click to enlarge]

    Highland Park Subdivision Mosgiel - Sections for sale

    DCC Webmap - Highland Park Subdivision, Mosgiel JanFeb2013DCC Webmap – Highland Park, Mosgiel JanFeb 2013

    GROAN – #ImpoverishedSubdivisionDesign #UrbanSprawl
    Shades of 1940s-style cul de sac living without neighbourhood amenity, includes migration from central Dunedin to flat sections (urban drift). It looks bad, and is. ‘Browning’ the greenfields.

    Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

    *Image: whatifdunedin – Syd Brown + Mosgiel sign


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    Invitation to the Otago Peninsula Community #DCCAnnualPlan

    Received from Paul Pope
    Thu, 17 Mar 2016 at 2:38 p.m.

    DCC Annual Plan poster Paul Pope 17.3.16

    DCC Otago Peninsula Community Board
    This page lists profiles of Otago Peninsula Board elected members plus minutes and agendas and the Community Plan.

    Paul Pope on the Peninsula
    My life and issues on the Otago Peninsula Community Board [blog]

    Paul is Deputy Chair of the Otago Peninsula Community Board.
    He is also on Facebook.

    Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

    *Image: Design by Paul Pope

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    Cr Andrew Whiley easily points up Greenie Hawkins’ inadequacy #SouthDunedinFlood

    LOUD Applause for Cr Andrew Whiley —whom Cr Hawkins thought he could sting with a little pop gun that blows bubbles. Greenie Hawkins is particularly keen was it(?) to stand in Waikouaiti Coast-Chalmers Ward at the next election, if that is his game in moving to Port Chalmers recently.

    ODT 16.3.16 (page 14)

    ODT 16.3.16 Letter to editor Hawkins p14 (1)

    █ VIDEO Dunedin City Council – Council Meeting – November 30 2015
    Published on Dec 7, 2015

    ### ODT Online Tue, 8 Mar 2016
    South Dunedin needs some love from city
    By Andrew Whiley [Councillor]
    OPINION It is amazing how the future of South Dunedin has become such a political issue since the flood of June 3, 2015. […] It is a great community, with a vital shopping area, wonderful schools and proud citizens. It is a valuable area that just needs attention with the appropriate investment in services and maintenance. In my opinion, the flood of June 3 was exacerbated by the poor maintenance of the mud tanks and the issues around the Portobello Rd pumping station. The mud tank report has yet to come to the council but any resident in the area will tell you there was an issue with maintenance.
    Read more


    SOUTH DUNEDIN FLOOD | Stormwater Infrastructure Failure
    After the DCC chief executive’s non-technical response to Neil Johnstone’s independent peer review of the DCC Water and Waste Services report 30 Nov 2015 [see too Neil Johnstone’s response to the chief executive’s letter]…. if I was Cr Andrew Whiley I wouldn’t put too much faith in DCC Transport’s forthcoming mudtank / stormwater drainage report —due for public release in April.

    Remember that in advance of the two VERY LATE infrastructure performance reports was the DCC’s media statement that its lawyers and insurers had determined that the city council had no liability in connection with the [majorly devastating] flood event at South Dunedin on and about 3 June 2015.

    █ 27.11.15 ODT: Council ‘not liable for flood damage’
    “The Dunedin City Council says it is not liable for private property damage caused by the South Dunedin flood, despite admitting problems with its pumping network prolonged the pain for residents. […] The issue had been considered by the council’s lawyers and insurers, but the advice from both was the council was not liable, Mrs Stokes said.”

    12.10.15 ODT: Floods not expected to affect premiums
    8.7.15 ODT: $2.75m flood bill for city
    10.6.15 ODT: Mud-tanks did not worsen floods: DCC
    9.6.15 ODT: Stream of complaints over mud-tank maintenance
    8.6.15 ODT: Drains blocked, residents claim



    ******Failed LGOIMA Request lodged by Elizabeth Kerr

    From: Elizabeth Kerr
    Sent: Monday, 25 January 2016 9:24 p.m.
    To: Sandy Graham; DCC LGOIMA Information Request
    Cc: Kristy Rusher; Elizabeth Kerr
    Subject: LGOIMA Request – Ref No. 531420

    Further to my use of the online form at DCC website:

    Dear Sandy

    LGOIMA Request – South Dunedin mudtanks and stormwater drains
    Reference No. 531420

    I request the following information:

    1. Can Dunedin City Council tell me if all mudtanks and stormwater drains in the South Dunedin catchment have been physically cleared in the time elapsed since the 3 June 2015 flood?

    2. How many times have these mudtanks and stormwater drains been checked and cleared since the 3 June 2015 flood?

    3. Which contractor / subcontractor has been responsible for this monitoring and clearance work since the 3 June 2015 flood?

    4. Who (name and staff position) at Dunedin City Council has been directly responsible for checking the contractor / subcontractor work since the 3 June 2015 flood?

    5. Are there any items of stormwater infrastructure in the South Dunedin catchment that are known to be blocked or cannot be cleared (if for any reason), since the 3 June 2015 flood?

    I look forward to your reply in digital format by email.

    Kind regards, Elizabeth


    From: Kristy Rusher
    Date: 26/01/2016 8:36 am (GMT+12:00)
    To: Elizabeth Kerr, Sandy Graham, DCC LGOIMA Information Request
    Subject: RE: LGOIMA Request – Ref No. 531420

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Thank you for your LGOIMA request. I have forwarded your questions to our Group Manager, Transport [Ian McCabe -Eds] for a response. As you are aware, a decision on your request will be made within 20 working days.

    Kristy Rusher

    Kristy Rusher
    Manager Civic and Legal, Civic
    Dunedin City Council

    Notice of Extension 1

    From: Kristy Rusher
    Sent: Tuesday, 23 February 2016 5:47 p.m.
    To: Elizabeth Kerr
    Subject: LGOIMA request – Mudtanks number: 531420

    Hi Elizabeth,

    The DCC is extending your request for information for 5 working days as meeting the time limits for the original request would unreasonably interfere with the operations of the Council (section 14(1)(a) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987).


    Kristy Rusher
    Manager Civic and Legal, Civic
    Dunedin City Council

    Notice of Extension 2

    ——– Original message ——–
    From: Kristy Rusher
    Date: 02/03/2016 8:29 am (GMT+12:00)
    To: Elizabeth Kerr
    Subject: Re: LGOIMA request – Mudtanks number: 531420

    Hi Elizabeth,

    The DCC is currently extending your information request for a further 15 working days (section 14(1)(a) LGOIMA 87). This is because meeting the timeframes would unreasonably interfere with organisational priorities.


    Sent from my iPhone


    From: Kristy Rusher
    Sent: Monday, 14 March 2016 8:21 a.m.
    To: Elizabeth Kerr
    Subject: Information Request – Mudtanks.

    Dear Elizabeth,

    Your information request concerning mudtanks in the South Dunedin area has been declined, as this information will soon become publicly available in a report to Council in coming months (section 17(d) Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987).

    As we have declined your request, we are required to advise you that you may have this decision reviewed by the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman may be reached on the following contact details:

    Email: info

    Free phone: [numbers deleted -Eds]

    Kristy Rusher
    Manager Civic and Legal, Civic
    Dunedin City Council

    While the above correspondence was in play the following letter to the editor by John Evans (ODT 17.2.16) received reply from Mr Ian McCabe. Hmm.

    ODT 17.2.16 letter to editor Evans p12 (1)

    And further, Ms Ruth Stokes declared (ODT 5.3.16) that CityCare had been awarded the contract to clear South Dunedin mudtanks:

    New contractor for mud tanks
    The companies responsible for keeping South Dunedin’s mud tanks clean, and stamping new markings on the city’s cycleways, are set to lose $15 million worth of contracts with the Dunedin City Council. The decisions were confirmed yesterday, as it was also announced City Care – a Christchurch City Council-owned company already working in Dunedin – would clean all 1500 mud tanks in South Dunedin over the next month.
    Read more

    Related Posts and Comments:
    ● 8.3.16 Johnstone independent review of DCC report…
    ● 2.3.16 DCC compels extensions on LGOIMA requests #SouthDunedinFlood
    26.2.16 Mudtanks and drains + Notice of Public Meeting #SouthDunedinFlood
    ● 21.2.16 DCC infrastructure report (30.11.15) subject to ‘internal review’ only…
    ● 13.2.16 South Dunedin Flood (3 June 2015): Bruce Hendry via ODT
    4.2.16 2GP commissioner appears to tell Council outcome… #hazardzones
    4.2.16 Level responses to Dunedin mayor’s hippo soup #Jun2015flood
    30.1.16 DCC Rates: LOCAL CONTEXT not Stats —Delta and Hippopotamuses
    25.1.16 DCC: South Dunedin Integrated Catchment Management Plan (ICMP)
    19.1.16 Listener 23.1.16 (letter): South Dunedin #Jun2015flood
    16.1.16 NZ Listener 16.1.16 (letter): South Dunedin #Jun2015flood
    10.1.16 Infrastructure ‘open to facile misinterpretation’…. or local ignore
    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 terms *flood*, *hazard* or *south dunedin* in the search box at right.

    Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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    Cr Vandervis co-operates with investigators #mediaslant

    Updated post
    Thu, 17 Mar 2016 at 4:50 p.m.

    ███ [Deletions at the behest of Dunedin City Council – instruction by recorded voicemail received from Communications and Marketing Manager on Thu, 17 Mar 2015 at 4:24 p.m.]

    Received from Cr Lee Vandervis
    Mon, 14 Mar 2016 at 3:48 p.m.

    █ Message: Please feel free to print all of the emails and attachments below, as at least some of the Dunedin public should know what they actually contain.


    —— Forwarded Message
    From: Lee Vandervis
    Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:06:18 +1300
    To: EditorODT, Nicholas George S Smith, Julian Smith, Vaughan Elder
    Conversation: My job is to represent ratepayers’ concerns and allegations…. [words deleted]
    Subject: My job is to represent ratepayers’ concerns and allegations…. [words deleted]

    Dear Editor,
    Your ‘reporter’ Chris Morris has [word deleted] in the article below [word deleted] claimed:

    – “The ODT understands Cr Vandervis has also refused to co-operate with investigators examining his latest claims.”

    This is provably untrue as evidenced by some of my communications with Crowe Horwarth through my lawyer as attached. [It also slurs my previous claims, especially regarding Citifleet almost all of which have been publicly proven.]
    All it would have taken to get the reported co-operating truth would have been for your reporter to call Crowe Horwarth and establish that I have been responding to their inquiries and have gone to some trouble to supply them with an affidavit and supporting email showing how wrong again Mayor Cull was to claim that I had not provided evidence to him, the DCC CEO or our previous CEO. As well as evidence I have provided verbally, I have included my affidavit and one example of an evidential email, parts of which must remain redacted for obvious reasons.

    My previous 19/9/15 complaint of Chris Morris ‘reporting’ which may be of interest to you is also below. There have been many others, yet Morris has wondered why I will not talk to him.

    [paragraph deleted]

    Kind regards,
    Cr. Lee Vandervis

    Vandervis inquiry ongoing
    Home » News » Dunedin
    By Chris Morris on Sat, 27 Feb 2016
    News: Dunedin
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    The outspoken councillor levelling fraud claims at the Dunedin City Council is remaining tight-lipped as the investigation continues.

    Cr Lee Vandervis, speaking at a full council meeting in December, claimed to have paid a backhander to council staff to secure a council contract.

    The allegation prompted a furious exchange with Mayor Dave Cull and an investigation by the council’s internal auditors, Crowe Horwath, which was continuing.

    Cr Vandervis has repeatedly refused Otago Daily Times requests to produce his evidence and has not responded to fresh requests for comment this week.

    The ODT understands Cr Vandervis has also refused to co-operate with investigators examining his latest claims.

    That followed a series of allegations levelled against council staff by Cr Vandervis in recent years, only for the councillor to then refuse to co-operate with council staff by providing evidence to back his claims, emails released in December showed.

    Council group chief financial officer Grant McKenzie, contacted this week, would only say the latest investigation was continuing with no set date for completion.

    Asked if Cr Vandervis had been spoken to, or provided evidence, Mr McKenzie would only say: “The investigators are still working through their process, which includes hearing from Cr Vandervis.”

    Crowe Horwath was expected to provide a report to the council on its findings but subsequent steps – and the timeframe to complete the inquiry – depended on what was discovered, he said.

    “We’re waiting on some information. Once we know what that information says, that will then drive where the next step is in the investigation.”

    Mr Cull was reluctant to comment while the investigation continued but hoped any evidence would be forthcoming.

    “Clearly, it’s in everyone’s interests for any allegation, or any wrongdoing, to be brought to light and dealt with.”


    {Link: -Eds}

    From: Lee Vandervis
    Date: Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:06:12 +1300
    To: EditorODT, Nicholas George S Smith, Julian Smith
    Cc: Chris Morris, David Loughrey
    Conversation: Reporters reporting gossip instead of serious Council issues
    Subject: Reporters reporting gossip instead of serious Council issues

    Dear Editor,

    Your reported Chris Morris has [again] seriously misrepresented me in today’s ODT story “Information requests irk Councillors”.
    In this story where Council chairs Benson Pope and Thomson are fully indulged, reporter Morris fails to find balance or grasp the real issues [again].

    Minimal quotes from my emails [fully published on What If] should have included:

    “Do you not realise that most of my LGOIMA request arise from questions and allegations from members of the public that I represent?”

    “don’t you dare suggest that my approach has failed to identify fraudulemt behaviour, as you similarly do not know what has gone into, for instance, Citifleet…. [words deleted].

    Additional insightful material from my emails that has been ignored includes:

    “If all my 2011 LGOIMA requests for Citifleet information, including all credit card information had been made available as requested under LGOIMA, think how many subsequently stolen vehicles would have been saved and perhaps even the life of a bent manager. Put a price on that David and make sure to request the full cost thereof.
    The horrendous cost of not having required relevant information on which to make decisions is the reason we have LGOIMA.
    In my opinion, not using the LGOIMA process suggests that you are not doing your job as an elected representative.”

    “if rate-paid reports like the $300,000 Deloitte investigation information were made available to us who need to make related decisions, none of this tedious LGOIMA process would be necessary. It is a shame that I have to go to so much effort just get basic information, and that so few others can be bothered.”

    There is real meat in what my emails reveal here [you should take 4 minutes to read them in full] Morris’ gossip columnist treatment of the non-issues, making me look perverse in the process, is the main reason I no longer risk talking to him.

    Ditto Loughrey who recently reported mainly Thomson’s comment re sale of Wall st. ignoring Cr Calvert’s excellent questions and debate, and completely failing to report the much bigger Finance Committee discussion issue of $15 million per year interest costs on DCC debt and the urgent need to investigate the sale of DELTA and Aurora to deal with DCC debt.

    Perhaps you might be interested in meeting to discuss?

    Kind regards,
    Cr. Lee Vandervis

    (6) Attachments:

    CCE03152016_0001 Affidavit of L Vandervis 1/3/16
    CCE01212016_0003[1] GA Paine, Barrister – letter to L Vandervis 21/1/2016
    CCE12212015_0016 GA Paine, Barrister – letter to L Vandervis 21/12/2015
    CCE12182015_0005 GA Paine, Barrister – letter to L Vandervis 18/12/2015

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

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    Delta #EpicFail —Noble Subdivision : [rephrased] Conflict of Interest

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

    Received from Christchurch Driver [CD]
    Sun, 13 Mar 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

    Dear Readers and What –if Mobsters

    Your correspondent is given to understand there are several of you who enjoy his posts, which is certainly gratifying to him, if not to the DCC. However readers are taxing mistresses, they demand fresh and current material for their reading pleasure.

    Discerning readers of taste and sophistication, of which you are without exception, are firmly of the view that there is nothing as old as yesterday’s news, and tonight’s post is indeed recycled and somewhat elderly. But wait, as Noble Investments Ltd said to the Judge Osbourne, I can explain why I have reneged on my obligations….

    This week Mr Graham Crombie did more than re-release Delta CEO Grady Cameron’s press release. He advised What if? that he considered this post below “defamatory” to Mr McKenzie. And said that in effect he will soon have a letter from his lawyers about this. Although, What if? hasn’t actually seen the letter yet. We think it is in Mr Crombie’s other pocket, tangled up with some minties wrappers and the latest Harcourt’s update on the Noble Subdivision mortgagee sale process. Yes, that document has gone missing too.

    This Correspondent was cut to the quick. Him ? Defamatory ? A Tom Kain Klone ? Forsooth, he faints at the sight of his own blood !

    Friends, Romans, Dunedinites, I come not to bury Mr McKenzie but to praise him. (Eventually).

    Here is the post, with all traces of defamation removed…. for Mr Crombie’s reading pleasure….


    Certain of you, have commented how in recent Council meetings DCC GCFO Grant McKenzie has several times now said he has a “conflict of interest”, when the question of the DCHL financial performance is raised by Councillors. He does not look comfortable in those situations.

    OK, so what is this conflict of interest ? Mr McKenzie is the financial eyes and ears of the DCC. He is employed to preserve and maintain the financial stability of the DCC. This includes managing the hundreds of millions of debt that the DCC and its DCHL companies have; and having full oversight of the DCHL companies, which are in theory meant to be significant revenue generators for the DCC. (But, as Mr McKenzie admitted to Cr Lee Vandervis recently, DCHL companies will generate ZERO income (ie dividends) to the DCC for the next three years at least). However, despite the lack of dividends, they are still very significant DCC assets and it is completely right that Mr McKenzie should know in detail what is going on at DCHL.

    This correspondent does not see how a conflict of interest can arise.

    DCHL companies, owned by DCC, are for the sole purpose of generating a financial return to ease the rates burden. The historical amount of contributions provided by DCHL is shouted from the rooftops at every available opportunity by DCHL boosters. To this correspondent, there are only two ways in which Mr McKenzie could have “a conflict of interest” as he describes it. One is if the actions of the DCHL companies exceeded the risk profile that Mr McKenzie felt was appropriate for a DCC owned entity. The other is if the DCHL Companies were not in fact providing full or accurate information about their activities or intended activities to DCC or the elected representatives, and placing DCC at risk that way.

    Readers, and Mr McKenzie, need to remember that Mr Larsen said in his report that the DCC needed to have a very low threshold for commercial risk, and much better communication. Mr McKenzie is there to make sure that DCHL doesn’t exceed a very low risk threshold and to tell us what he has found there. Tick the boxes for those items.

    But who is paying Mr McKenzie ? The answer is the DCC. Therefore Mr McKenzie does not have a conflict of interest. He has a clear obligation to disclose to Council and ratepayers anything that is of concern at DCHL. He is not paid by council to shuffle from one foot to the other and claim a conflict of interest when asked questions of DCHL financial performance.

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    We should spare a thought for Mr McKenzie. He is the senior DCC staff member that has to represent the DCC’s interests. Those interests, first and foremost are to ensure that those DCC owned DCHL companies operate with a very low threshold for commercial risk. On the other hand, against him are legions of DCHL directors, who, if nothing else, appear extremely good at sugar coating bad news, or cloaking it in such a way as to make discerning the facts extremely difficult. (Mr Crombie, please read the Auditor-General’s report before you go reaching into your pocket). Add that to the subtle and not so subtle peer pressure, and it is easy to see Mr McKenzie has a tough job safeguarding the interests of ratepayers in respect of DCHL.

    Refer to the video record (Part 1 and Part 2) for the full council meeting of 22 February 2016. This correspondent believes there is a (very) high possibility Mr McKenzie has not been told the full facts about Delta at Noble, or it has been spun to him with a few key, inconvenient facts omitted. If this is in fact correct and he acknowledged this, and then advised the city what he does know and provided an accurate assessment of the actual risk to ratepayer funds against the allowable “very low risk” threshold, he would have the support of DCC upper management and probably a job for life – if he wanted it.

    Mr McKenzie would not have to look too far to find inspiration or a precedent in Dunedin. Just a couple of blocks away at the Hospital in fact. In 2008 the recently appointed Health Board Chief Financial Officer, Robert Mackway-Jones, discovered some unusual transactions that was of course the $16.9M Michael Swann fraud. Mr Mackway-Jones didn’t let up, pushed the issue and found that neither the Board Chair, Mr Richard Thomson, nor the Board CEO, knew of the transactions. Mr Mackway-Jones was the hero of the Swann case; and Mr McKenzie only has to present the facts to Dunedin ratepayers to achieve the same status.

    This correspondent understands Mr McKenzie is already well regarded within DCC upper ranks. But if he did this he would be so popular with Dunedin ratepayers he could run for Mayor next time around….

    Dunedin ratepayers just need Mr McKenzie to represent their interest, and forsake the tea and cakes, and mutual backslapping with DCHL Directors.

    This will mean clashes with the DCHL directors at times……..

    Tis food for thought, mobsters (as the Clash would say…. Revolution Rock, London Calling, 1979).

    Related Posts and Comments:
    ● 11.3.16 Delta peripheral #EpicFail : Stonewood Homes & ancient Delta history
    ● 6.3.16 Delta #EpicFail —Noble Subdivision : Tea & Taxing Questions
    ● 6.3.16 Delta #EpicFail —Nobel Subdivision : A Neighbour responds
    ● 5.3.16 Delta #EpicFail —Noble Subdivision —Epic Fraud
    ● 4.3.16 Delta —Noble Subdivision #EpicStorm Heading OUR WAY
    ● 4.3.16 Delta #EpicFail Noble Subdivision : Councillors know NOTHING
    ● 2.3.16 Delta #EpicFail Noble Subdivision : A Dog, or a RAVING YAPPER?….
    ● 1.3.16 Delta #EpicFail… —The Little Finance Company that did (Delta).
    29.2.16 Healthy views Monday midnight to 6:00 p.m.
    ● 29.2.16 Delta #EpicFail Noble Subdivision : NBR interested in bidders
    ● 28.2.16 Delta #EpicFail Noble… If I were a rich man / Delta Director
    ● 27.2.16 Delta #EpicFail Noble Subdivision Consent : Strictly Optional
    ● 27.2.16 Delta #NUCLEAR EpicFail —Noble Subdivision : Incompetent…
    ● 25.2.16 Delta #EpicFail: Mayor Cull —Forced Sale Fundamentals 101
    ● 24.2.16 Delta #EpicFail —Noble Subdivision: Cameron, Crombie & McKenzie
    ● 23.2.16 DCC: DCHL half year result to 31 December 2015
    19.2.16 Delta: Update on Yaldhurst subdivision debt recovery
    15.2.16 Delta / DCHL not broadcasting position on subdivision mortgagee tender
    30.1.16 DCC Rates: LOCAL CONTEXT not Stats —Delta and Hippopotamuses
    ● 29.1.16 Delta #EpicFail —Yaldhurst Subdivision ● Some forensics
    ● 21.1.16 Delta #EpicFail —Yaldhurst Subdivision
    21.1.16 DCC LTAP 2016/17 budget discussion #ultrahelpfulhints
    10.1.16 Infrastructure ‘open to facile misinterpretation’…. or local ignore
    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

    ● Gold Band Finance Prospectus No. 31 Dated 22 April 2015
    View this 126pp document via the NZ Companies website at: — go to Prospectus uploaded 23 Apr 2015 14:33

    ● 14.5.14 (via DCC website) Larsen Report February 2012
    A recent governance review of the Dunedin City Council companies was conducted by Warren Larsen.

    ● 20.3.14 Delta: Report from Office of the Auditor-General
    Inquiry into property investments by Delta Utility Services Limited at Luggate and Jacks Point

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

    Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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    Delta peripheral #EpicFail : Stonewood Homes and ancient Delta history

    Stonewood Homes - Chow Bros []

    Received from Chrsitchurch Driver [CD]
    Fri, 11 Mar 2016 at 1:35 a.m.

    Your correspondent is going to meander down some tangential subdivision side streets tonight (not the main collector road, the excavator won’t fit on those….) and consider the curious case of Stonewood Homes.

    It was probably inevitable given the very shallow gene pool that South Island companies fish in for independent directors, that a name would pop up that had also had some previous form with Delta.

    However, before we excavate that particular trench, let’s consider why the shoring gave way on Stonewood, why the temporary support from the bank buckled and the subsequent structural failure – (the engineering metaphors are flying thick and fast tonight….)

    Your correspondent is very bemused at the vast sums that a large number of building and engineering companies seem to be able to generate – in the negative. An internet search shows a long and regular list of failures. (Delta Civil Division would doubtless have joined them had it not had ratepayer funds to prop it up). Hartner Construction in 2001, about $20M, Wellington Construction in 2012 (unknown), Mainzeal Construction in 2013 (between $60-130M, dependent on if related party transactions can be unwound) and, closer to home, Southland’s own Amalgamated Builders (also with a branch in Dunedin) who managed to lose $20M in just two years when they bought a reputable Auckland company, Goodall Construction, renamed it Goodall ABL and then proceeded to destroy it in 2001.

    There is some illuminating information online that shows the insane amount of risk that companies in the construction sector assume for what appears to be very little reward.

    In the ABL Goodall case, property commentator Bob Dey described Goodall ABL as “a victim of trying to win market share on no margin, with a maximum guaranteed price contract in place”. Quite why anyone would seek to perform somewhere between $60-80M of work in two years for no return sounds like Delta-level stupidity, and certainly, the result was the same : ABL Goodall went so comprehensively broke, mainly with subcontractors’ money, that it was a major catalyst for the Government of the day to introduce the Construction Contracts Act in 2002 which provided some protection for Subcontractors. Proof that Southlanders do have some uses other than milking cows (readers, I jest).

    Delta may yet provide compelling evidence for the Government to remove the “power of general competence” that Territorial Authorities received from the Government in 2002 that started many down the path towards illusory piles of gold that vanished in a mirage, along with a lot of public funds.

    Memo To Mr Crombie : The CCC have admitted defeat and are trying to sell their Delta equivalent, City Care : why not join up and make it a two-for-one deal ?

    But back to Stonewood. A trio of heavy hitters arrived in February 2014 to help fix the Stonewood Homes brand. In the press release it was noted that in 2013, Stonewood had consented 407 homes, had a turnover of $133M, and was aiming for 500 consents in 2014.

    Your correspondent now will do something unheard of – making excuses for Delta…. as follows :

    Building houses is not the same as civil contracting or commercial building. Those sectors all indulge in unique one off projects, with different specifications, different designers and engineers who have different standards. Lots of risk with ground conditions, legal disputes are legion.

    But “group” housing is just different variations on the same cookie cutter. Standard designs, tweaked a little here and there, flat sites, lots of repetition, production line type processes. Houses started and finished around 14-16 weeks. Deposits before you start, a sales force to keep the numbers flowing. Any amount of back costing and analysis off repetitive designs to check what the numbers should be. It’s all been done before, lots of other companies are doing it so “benchmarking” your company against your competitors is easy.

    Stonewood weren’t building difficult or expensive homes : Their average house cost around $325,000 in 2013. (Turnover of $133M for 407 homes).

    Receivers KordaMentha confirmed that Stonewood had built up “significant” debt since the earthquake. Let us assume that Stonewood’s losses began in 2012 continuing in 2013, 2014, 2015. The loss is currently $30M. Your correspondent understands that the ASB is owed $5M and that typically, of the 110 houses underway at any one time, only 30 were profitable, and this was known within the company.

    That Stonewood were unable to make any money at all, but instead went deeper into debt over a four-year period of huge demand is certainly testament to some Delta-level management deficiencies. One, or one and a half years of losses is grave but understandable, two to three is indefensible, and four years just plain carelessness !

    Assuming an average turnover of about $115-120M per year (ie a peak turnover of $133M in 2013), this means that each year they lost $7.5M on average. (It was probably less in 2012, a lot more in 2015).

    Put another way, on every house they built, over a four-year period, they lost around $21,000. Yes, they can definitely have a seat at the Delta table. And one Stonewood Director has sat at that table before, and that is Mr Jim Boult.

    Jim Boult [Stacy Squires -] bwNow Mr Boult, while no Tom Kain in terms of litigation, certainly knows his way to his lawyer’s office, so this correspondent shall confine his comments to the facts :

    Mr Boult, you may recall, had a 50/50 Joint Venture (JV) with Delta on the failed Luggate Development, where Delta lost $5.9M. Delta’s terms there were similar to Noble : A $5M advance to cover the subdivision work, payable only when the sections were sold.

    Mr Boult utilised a valuer on behalf of the JV who had previously valued the land for his company. The valuer, in calculating the value of the land assumed a figure of $55,000 per section for Development costs. The actual cost was $105,000 per section. The valuer assessed the value of the land Delta bought a 50% share in, at $10.7M. There were potentially 172 sections that could be developed on the land. Six of the 172 sections were sold. The remaining land, with (a relatively small amount of) Delta’s improvements, was eventually sold…. for $1.5M. This information is all contained in the Auditor-General’s Report (14 March 2014).

    A small but noteworthy detail included in the Auditor-General’s report was that the terms of the Joint Venture meant that Delta staff were not paid for any time they spent on the JV or the project, unless it was directly related to the Civil Work. A Project Management firm, Signal, was employed to manage the project. However Mr Boult sought and received $5,000 per month “for his time” spent on the Luggate JV.

    Back to Stonewood, it turns out that Mr Boult was unable to make any difference to turn around Stonewood’s fortunes in 2015. Mr Boult’s enthusiasm for Stonewood : “I am truly delighted to be the chair and help guide the company in its future direction” lasted just 12 months. Nonetheless he obviously saw something he liked at Stonewood as he confirmed last week that he had quit as a Director of Stonewood on 1 February 2016, because, in concert with some employees of Stonewood and some franchisees, he was trying to buy Stonewood. This seems unusual behaviour for the chair of a large company, but then your correspondent is not a member of the Institute of Directors, and is uncertain of the usual directorial protocols about directors or chairmen of the board trying to buy a company they just resigned from last week. Perhaps a reader experienced in such matters could provide enlightenment.

    Yes readers, I can sense your impatience : Join the dots you say ! This correspondent’s opinion, and it is only an opinion from the outside looking in, is that Mr Boult, was looking to buy not only Stonewood, but is most likely involved with a mortgagee sale bid to purchase the Noble Subdivision at Yaldhurst. The intention being that Stonewood would be the builder of the subdivision, both effectively controlled by Mr Boult.

    Mr Boult knows the subdivision business, and he now has an inside view of how housing companies are run (or more accurately, how not to run one).

    Despite Mr Boult’s defeat at the hands of the Brothers Chow in respect of Stonewood, a bid for Noble may well be attractive to him.

    Now given Mr Boult’s history with Delta, it would seem highly likely that if this were the case, there would have been some contact between Mr Boult and his people and Delta.

    Can Delta or its Directors or Mr Crombie confirm ? And of course as is the refrain, that no more public funds will be put at risk ?

    New Zealand Companies register: Delta Utility Services Limited (453486)

    █ Directors: David John Frow (appointed 25 Oct 2012), Trevor John Kempton (01 Nov 2013), Stuart James McLauchlan (01 Jun 2007), Ian Murray Parton (25 Oct 2012)

    More: Historic data for directors

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    ● 10.3.16 Noble Subdivision next on the shopping list !!! You couldn’t…
    ● 6.3.16 Delta #EpicFail —Noble Subdivision : Tea & Taxing Questions
    ● 6.3.16 Delta #EpicFail —Nobel Subdivision : A Neighbour responds
    ● 5.3.16 Delta #EpicFail —Noble Subdivision —Epic Fraud
    ● 4.3.16 Delta —Noble Subdivision #EpicStorm Heading OUR WAY
    ● 4.3.16 Delta #EpicFail Noble Subdivision : Councillors know NOTHING
    ● 2.3.16 Delta #EpicFail Noble Subdivision : A Dog, or a RAVING YAPPER?….
    ● 1.3.16 Delta #EpicFail… —The Little Finance Company that did (Delta).
    ● 29.2.16 Delta #EpicFail Noble Subdivision : NBR interested in bidders
    ● 28.2.16 Delta #EpicFail Noble… If I were a rich man / Delta Director
    ● 27.2.16 Delta #EpicFail Noble Subdivision Consent : Strictly Optional
    ● 27.2.16 Delta #NUCLEAR EpicFail —Noble Subdivision : Incompetent…
    ● 25.2.16 Delta #EpicFail: Mayor Cull —Forced Sale Fundamentals 101
    ● 24.2.16 Delta #EpicFail —Noble Subdivision : Cameron, Crombie & McKenzie
    ● 23.2.16 DCC: DCHL half year result to 31 December 2015
    19.2.16 Delta: Update on Yaldhurst subdivision debt recovery
    15.2.16 Delta / DCHL not broadcasting position on subdivision mortgagee tender
    30.1.16 DCC Rates: LOCAL CONTEXT not Stats —Delta and Hippopotamuses
    ● 29.1.16 Delta #EpicFail —Yaldhurst Subdivision ● Some forensics
    ● 21.1.16 Delta #EpicFail —Yaldhurst Subdivision
    21.1.16 DCC LTAP 2016/17 budget discussion #ultrahelpfulhints
    10.1.16 Infrastructure ‘open to facile misinterpretation’…. or local ignore
    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

    ● Gold Band Finance Prospectus No. 31 Dated 22 April 2015
    View this 126pp document via the NZ Companies website at: — go to Prospectus uploaded 23 Apr 2015 14:33

    ● 14.5.14 (via DCC website) Larsen Report February 2012
    A recent governance review of the Dunedin City Council companies was conducted by Warren Larsen.

    ● 20.3.14 Delta: Report from Office of the Auditor-General
    Inquiry into property investments by Delta Utility Services Limited at Luggate and Jacks Point

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

    Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

    Election Year. This post is offered in the public interest.

    *Images: (top) – Chow Bros | – Jim Boult by Stacy Squires


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    Wed, 10 Mar 2016 at 4:40 a.m.

    The post ‘Delta #EpicFail —Noble Subdivision : Conflict of Interest for Dummies’ by Christchurh Driver [CD], published early morning 9 Mar 2016, has been removed following an email received from DCHL.

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    Professor Robert “Bob” Carter RIP

    Robert Merlin “Bob” Carter (9 March 1942 – 19 January 2016) was an English palaeontologist, stratigrapher and marine geologist who is perhaps best known as a prominent Australian climate change skeptic. He was professor and head of the School of Earth Sciences at James Cook University from 1981 to 1998.

    Gurglars emailed me on Sunday about the Obituary:

    ODT 5.3.16 (page 32)

    ODT 5.3.16 Obituary Robert Carter p32[click to enlarge]

    Then I heard from Mick (Douglas Field) on Monday:

    You will have read the obituary (ODT Saturday) to Bob Carter who died in January this year. As you know he was a prominent sceptic re climate science and was more or less bannished from James Cook University in Queenslamd. You wll also know of his strong connection to the University of Otago.
    Chris Monckton (The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley) has written a rather charming piece of music that he has called Bob Carter’s Peal. It was originally written for piano but it has been modified by the clever people at Edinburgh University (Chris lives in Edinburgh) who made a version with the sound of the bells of Ghent Cathedral.

    Go to: Article + Audio

    “Professor Robert Carter of James Cook University, who died in January 2016, has been immortalised in a clock-tune written by one of his friends in the manner of a Turmuhrglockenspielsonatine by the Baroque German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. This poignant but merry tune has been described as “the loveliest bell-tune ever written”. Traditionally, the Classical composers wrote clock-tunes to commemorate the weddings or funerals of their friends.

    Professor Robert Carter, a geologist, became internationally famous in the last two decades of his life because he was one of the very few scientists who had the courage publicly to question some of the more extreme claims made by advocates of the apocalyptic theory of global warming. As the reported rate of global warming (even after much ever-upward adjustment of the linear-regression trends on all of the principal global-temperature datasets) continues to be very considerably below the rates that had been predicted, his polite but incisive questioning of what has become a substitute for true religion in the academic world will one day be seen to have been prescient.
    Bob Carter was personally distressed by the extent to which the academic world had abandoned the scientific method in the rent-seeking pursuit of ever-larger grants from governments panicked or profiting by the climate scare. His university, which makes much money out of global warming by this questionable method, felt threatened by its leading professor’s heresy. Shoddily, the vice-chancellor, to his eternal shame and to that of his university, presided over the abandonment of all pretense at academic freedom: the university took various frankly malicious steps to Bob Carter’s detriment, the last of which was the withdrawal of his right as an emeritus professor to continue to use the library of the university that he had served so long and so well.
    He was deeply distressed not so much by his university’s mistreatment of him in the closing years of his long and distinguished life as by its totalitarian rejection of the essential and formerly sacrosanct principle of academic freedom to dissent from profitable orthodoxy. Despite the university’s petty-minded and self-serving misconduct, he remained cheerfully and determinedly active to the last, attending the UN climate summit in Paris in December 2015.”

    Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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