DCC contractor Black Power president Albert Epere and his crew all in jail

News came from ‘associates’ last week that all members of Mauri Kohatu Incorporated – contracted by Dunedin City Council to maintain some city greenspaces – were now in jail, including Black Power president Albert Epere.


The mayor and his council acolytes had previously put themselves on the record saying “the council supported social contracting”. Meaning Dunedin ratepayers were paying the gang members to continue their usual nefarious lifestyles.

Epere made at least four court appearances during the contract(s) period.

We note there has been no public statement from the city council since the jailings.


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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

This post is offered in the public interest.


Filed under Business, DCC, Dunedin, Hot air, Name, New Zealand, People, Perversion, Pet projects, Police, Politics, Project management, Property, Public interest, Travesty

7 responses to “DCC contractor Black Power president Albert Epere and his crew all in jail

  1. Gurglars

    What is blindingly obvious is this.

    We do not elect councillors for their good looks, because if we do we have made an obvious error to all but the blind.

    We do not elect them so that they can avoid the dole, because clearly such incompetence would lead them to penury.

    We do elect them in the hope that they will exercise good judgement in decision making and that they will ensure good administration by their governance.

    It is clear from three situations at least that we the electors have got our electoral choices wrong.

    1. Climate change caused the 2015 floods of South Dunedin.

    2. Black Power members will automatically become Little Lord Fauntleroy if we give them legitimate incomes.

    3. The council will choose wisely its CEO and he/she will employ geniuses at inordinately well judged and appropriate salaries!

    So not on the balance of probability, but on the facts set out before us in raw exposure with judgement obvious we can say-

    – Lack of good management practices and oversight caused the 2015 floods- compensation is due to the poor people of South Dunedin.

    – Black Power members are incorrigible.

    – The councillors could not find competency if their only choices were Einstein or Madame Curie.

  2. Elizabeth

    Even the chairman of DCC’s finance and council controlled organisations committee didn’t reply to Cr Vandervis on 27 June.

    • Gurglars

      Those companies are so far removed from the reality that the ratepayers own them as to be almost totally irresponsible to governance. The letter to the ODT by Mr. Evans explaining the almost larcenies that have been perpetrated in the mission statements and articles of DMVL and DSHL demonstrate this absolutely.

      {Mr Evans’ letter will be scanned later today for publication here. We reject the notion of ‘larceny’ – what there is is lack of good governance, accountability and transparency. -Eds}

    • Diane Yeldon

      Questions and answer sessions at the council are often adversarial, even sometimes gladiatorial, and I find it extremely interesting to watch the body language and facial expressions of those who, from time to time, think they have scored a point or even seem to believe they have won the ‘contest’. Especially noticeable when two staff members are answering questions together and so supporting each other. Not a good time for them to be exchanging smirks or even knowing smiles. A higher standard of staff decorum and more rigorous chairing insisting on genuine questions only from councillors (rather than disguised speech-making) would much improve the DCC’s meeting performance in this respect.
      Financial questions seem to me to too often get ‘deferred’ answers (non-answers) something which can appear like ‘evasion’. However, this may be because financial reports always refer to a limited time and a limited scope of council operations, especially with regards to the financial accounting separation between the DCC and its companies.
      But I would rather councillors asked too many penetrating financial questions than too few because a local body can, without limitation, use the assets of local property owners to guarantee its borrowing without their agreement or even their knowledge. Something which, if anyone else tried to do it, would be a crime!

      • pb

        This reminds me of those whom cuddle up to the religion of peace. It would seem a suicidal urge. Who is accountable? The feedback loop is broken. They risk everything, our society, on our behalf. We pay the consequences, yet their self destructive urges go unpunished.

  3. Diane Yeldon

    I remember when the DCC’s new Procurement Policy (Contracts and Tenders) came up at a meeting of the full Council. Because the whole thing had been undertaken by the Audit and Risk SubCommittee in non- public. Then, with the statutory requirement of a mere two working days’ notice, the issue was put on the meeting agenda and decided on during that meeting, with no possibility of public input on the currently topical issue of social contracting. Cr Calvert raised a question about this and CE Bidrose said social contracting would come to the council at a later date. I don’t think it ever has, despite there having been a public forum submission that DCC should help deserving members of the local community with employment challenges. Social contracting should be a governance decision ie made by the elected reps, not a management (staff) decision, as in the past and presumably currently. I am still waiting for this issue to come back on a Council agenda, as promised. DCC has not handled this issue in a transparent, inclusive and accountable way.

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    Social contracting, yes, there’s a place for it. That place is not a grandstand for politicians. Gangs are high profile, most of the “deserving poor” aren’t, they’re poor buggers whose access to profits from crime is close to zero. Often they are solo, in the sense of having no ready-made brotherhood/sisterhood so it’s more difficult to hire them, the rest of the work team have to be hired separately one by one. But these are the people I’d love to see given a chance at proper, regular, above slave wages jobs, the kind of jobs where you can rely on income week after week and therefore budget for the week instead of hoping you’ll still have lunch on the last day of it. Poor people are bad at budgeting? Bull! can’t budget too little, too unpredictably.
    True social contracting – not soft, make full use of the 90 days trial because there are too many other people needing that real job to be soft on anyone who doesn’t shape up fast – would give real work-seekers opportunity to live with the dignity of planning for upcoming bills and put some aside for unexpected repairs as well as car rego instead of facing the ritual degradation involved in going to WINZ for help with extra necessities.

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