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DCC / DCHL shake up !!!

Bevan Dodds [odt.co.nz] 1### ODT Online Wed, 24 Jul 2013
Top job to go at DCHL
By Chris Morris
Dunedin City Holdings Ltd chief executive Bevan Dodds is to lose his job as the Dunedin City Council tightens its grip on the financial affairs of its companies. The change – and the recruitment of a new group chief financial officer to oversee both organisations’ finances – was part of management restructuring unveiled yesterday by council chief executive Paul Orders. The new recruit would be part of the council’s executive management team, but would work closely with the council and DCHL to ensure a ”unified” understanding of the finances of both, Mr Orders said.
The change would help avoid surprises like the multimillion-dollar shortfall in dividend payments from DCHL to the council, which sent shockwaves through the council in 2011. It would also mean Mr Dodds’ role would be disestablished later this year, DCHL chairman Denham Shale confirmed. Mr Dodds would continue in his role in the meantime, but would not comment yesterday or say whether he planned to apply for the new role.
Mr Orders said the changes also represented a move away from an older ”silo-based approach to financial management” that split the council from its companies.
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DCC corporate management structure: (via ODT)

Chief executive Paul Orders

Infrastructure and networks general manager Tony Avery, overseeing:
• Economic development and property (group manager Robert Clark)
• Water and waste (group manager [name removed 27.12.15])
• Transportation (acting group manager Graeme Hamilton)
• Parks, recreation and aquatics (group manager Mick Reece)

Services and development general manager Sue Bidrose, overseeing:
• Community and planning (group manager Nicola Pinfold)
• Arts and culture (group manager Bernie Hawke)
• Regulatory services (group manager Kevin Thompson)
• Customer Services Agency (manager Adrian Blair)

Corporate services group manager Sandy Graham, overseeing:
• ICT, communications, governance

Group chief financial officer (vacant)

Organisational development and performance manager (vacant)

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Dunedin City Council – Media Release
New Management Structure Announced

This item was published on 23 Jul 2013.

The Dunedin City Council has put in place a new senior management structure to help strengthen the organisation so it is better equipped to face future challenges.

DCC Chief Executive Paul Orders says, “Following consultation with affected staff, the General Managers and I have set out a new structure we believe will address some of the ongoing challenges facing the organisation in the years ahead.”

A key change is the introduction of a new position of Group Chief Financial Officer (GCFO). This will replace the Council’s Chief Financial Officer (currently a vacant post), with the role expanded to include the provision of financial advice and support to the Board of DCHL. As part of that process, the position of Chief Executive of DCHL will be disestablished and the GCFO post will be publicly advertised.

Mr Orders says the management restructuring will mean little change for staff roles, but will change some reporting lines.

“My primary objective with this structure is to ensure a set of management arrangements which are fit for purpose. But they will also deliver a net saving of about $100,000 for the DCC. This is over and above the managerial savings previously delivered.”

The new structure includes a streamlining of functional areas and Group Managers reporting through to General Managers. To achieve this, a team of eight Group Managers has been established and will mostly be filled from existing activity managers from within Council.

The new structure also includes a new Organisational Development and Performance Manager. This will give more focus to the work being done on staff performance and development, and to enhance the reputation of the DCC as an employer of choice.

The new structure is designed to strengthen the co-ordination of financial management between the DCC and Dunedin City Holdings Limited (DCHL) and improve the DCC’s ability to respond in the areas of change management, performance management and organisational development.

A public recruitment process for new posts will begin shortly.

Contact Communications and Marketing Manager on 477 4000.

DCC Link

Related Posts and Comments:
12.7.13 Hudson, DCC (ex DCHL)
7.7.13 DCHL changes lack transparency —where’s the report, Shale?
30.10.12 DCHL ‘run by a bunch of fools’ -agreed
13.8.11 Ridding DCHL of conflicts of interest, Otago business monopoly ‘by director’, and other ghouls

For more, enter *dchl* or *dcc* in the search box at right.

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*Image: odt.co.nz – Bevan Dodds

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DCHL changes lack transparency —where’s the report, Shale?

Calvin Oaten draws attention to this advertisement appearing in the Business section today:

SST 7.7.13 DCHL advert for directors (page D7) 1

Earlier comment:

Elizabeth
Submitted on 2013/06/20 at 5:44 pm

Calvin, I note the DCHL ‘shake-up’ restructuring plan is very slow to surface. Why? Perhaps Mr Denham Shale and Mr Bill Baylis are not aware of the need for public accountability and transparency. We have been waiting MONTHS and MONTHS for their information.

In August 2011 the Dunedin City Council voted to accept radical recommendations in the previously confidential Warren Larsen Report (released 11.8.11) that slams governance of Dunedin City Holdings Ltd (DCHL), the council’s holdings company.

Warren Larsen Report (PDF, 3.9 MB)
Governance review of all companies in which Dunedin City Council and/or Dunedin City Holdings Limited has an equity interest of 50% or more.

Related Post and Comments:
27.6.13 State of the City —DCC or Dunedin?
22.5.13 Dunedin mayoralty and the Q-town heavies
13.8.11 Ridding DCHL of conflicts of interest, Otago business monopoly ‘by director’, and other ghouls

For more, enter *dchl*, *dcc*, or *dvml* in the search box at right.

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DCC: Outsourcing water and wastewater network maintenance

Updated Post 3:45pm – The Dunedin City Council is consulting with staff over a proposal to outsource its water and wastewater network maintenance. Read media release here.

City operations general manager Tony Avery confirmed a proposal was delivered to staff on Thursday. He declined to elaborate until a public release today, although he was swift to clarify it was ”definitely not” privatisation.

THEN WHAT IS IT, IF NOT PRIVATISATION, MR AVERY ?

The council decided last year not to proceed with creating a council-controlled organisation (CCO) to run the city’s entire water and waste service, following a recommendation from a councillor working party that deliberated for more than 18 months. An external financial consultant had recommended creating a CCO.

WHICH COUNCILLORS ARE PUSHING THIS ? NOONE ? BROWN ?

The working party chairman, Cr Andrew Noone, said on Friday he understood the review focused largely on operations and maintenance, as recommended.

### ODT Online Mon, 6 May 2013
DCC may outsource water and waste
By Debbie Porteous
Proposals to outsource Dunedin City Council water and waste maintenance and operations are expected to be announced today, potentially affecting dozens of jobs. In 2011, 71 staff worked in maintenance and operations, which is part of the council’s water and waste services business unit. The service costs $19.5 million a year.

A member of the public contacted the Otago Daily Times on Friday after council staff repairing a leaking pipe near his property told him their work was being privatised from November.

City operations general manager Tony Avery confirmed a proposal was delivered to staff on Thursday. He declined to elaborate until a public release today, although he was swift to clarify it was ”definitely not” privatisation.
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● The council is to release the results of the water and waste services review at 12.30pm.

DCC homepage portrait nightmares 6.1.13 (screenshot)

Related Posts and Comments:
24.8.12 Dunedin’s 3 waters, no CCO
16.8.12 Dunedin water assets
30.12.11 DCC Water and Waste Services
20.8.11 Your City What Future $$$$$$$$$$ ? (broke Council means corporatising OUR water doesn’t it)
22.1.11 Our water assets
19.1.11 Dunedin: your water
26.12.10 DCC – will there be a “corporate grab” of water infrastructure!?
30.1.10 ODT on “fiscal creep” + the 3 Waters bonanza

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Dunedin water assets

CAN CITIZENS TRUST DUNEDIN CITY COUNCIL ???

“It’s a major decision for the council. It involves a big chunk of the operation, not only in monetary terms but in staff terms as well, and we want to make sure we get it right.” -Cr Andrew Noone

### ODT Online Thu, 16 Aug 2012
DCC prepares to unveil water plan
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council faces a “pretty major” decision when plans for the management of the city’s $1.6 billion water network are finally revealed, Cr Andrew Noone says. Cr Noone is the chairman of a council working party that has – since January last year – been scrutinising alternative proposals for the future of the network. Options included the creation of a council-controlled organisation (CCO) to manage the network, as well as a bid late last year by another council company, Delta, to provide the council’s water services instead.
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Comments by Rob Hamlin:

27.6.12 Insuring infrastructure assets
https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/dcc-long-term-plan-201213-202122-and-more/#comment-25123

29.5.12 Assets: city water and sewage system
https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/asset-sales-would-daves-council-sell-us-up/#comment-24332

2.11.11 SCF, DCHL, threat to council assets
https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/dunedin-city-holdings-limited/#comment-19561

19.10.11 Feral ‘Great and the Good’ (G&G) motives
https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/your-city-what-future-broke-council-means-corporatising-our-water-doesnt-it/#comment-19308

19.10.11 The Delta CCTO/CCO option
https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/your-city-what-future-broke-council-means-corporatising-our-water-doesnt-it/#comment-19301

26.9.11 DCHL and the Companies Act
https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/private-sector-funding-donations-to-stadium-construction/#comment-18931

13.4.11 Water and sewage are natural monopolies
https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/our-water-assets/#comment-16612

13.3.11 Stadium, no slowdown in DCC spending
https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/stadium-funding/#comment-16118

24.1.11 Water, as a basic necessity
https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/our-water-assets/#comment-15358

16.1.11 Dear Richard… “the primary responsibility of Council”
https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2011/01/15/just-when-dcc-thought-no-one-was-watching/#comment-15185

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Dunedin City Holdings Limited

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

New Start For DCHL

This item was published on 01 Nov 2011.

In keeping with the recommendations of the [Larsen] Report on the membership and operation of DCHL, the following measures have been endorsed by the Council at its meeting yesterday.

    • Membership of DCHL board precludes membership of the boards of subsidiary companies
    • Elected members and senior DCC staff not eligible for board membership
    • There will be no multiple directorships
    • The DCHL board will be reconstituted with three directors only.

The Council expects these measures to be implemented immediately.

To this end:

    • DCHL board have all resigned or been removed.
    • Two new DCHL board members announced today are Denham Shale and Bill Bayliss.
    • They will be assisted by Warren [Larsen] who will act as a consultant to the DCHL board.
    • There will be a further appointment to the board determined by Messrs Shale, Bayliss and [Larsen].
    • The new/interim board will guide the implementation of the restructuring of the subsidiary companies’ boards.

Contact Dave Cull, Mayor of Dunedin on 477 4000.

DCC webpage

*Name correction in square brackets by What if? editors.

Larsen Report via this DCC weblink – published 11 August 2011.

Related Posts:
28.10.11 DVML, DVL and DCHL annual reports
16.9.11 DCHL and subsidiaries: shuffling, no real clean out?
2.9.11 Dunedin City Council is buggered
13.8.11 Ridding DCHL of conflicts of interest, Otago business monopoly ‘by director’, and other ghouls
9.8.11 CRITICAL Dunedin City Council meeting
3.8.11 D Scene broke the news
29.7.11 WE ALL SAID IT #DunedinCityCouncil #SHAME
9.2.11 DCC and DCHL, was there ever any doubt?

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Audit New Zealand requires DCC to write to DVML

“DCC here, about the advances . . .”

### ODT Online Fri, 18 Feb 2011
DVML to get ‘letter of comfort’
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council has been required to write a “letter of comfort” to Dunedin Venues Management Ltd, the company set up to run the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The letter, to the directors of the council-controlled organisation, has been called for by Audit New Zealand. Both Audit NZ and council acting chief executive Athol Stephens said yesterday the requirement was not uncommon, and Mr Stephens described it as a “formality”.
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Report – Council – 21/02/2011 (PDF, 57.5 KB, new window)
Audit New Zealand Requirement for a Letter of Comfort

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Dunedin: your water

“. . . it does need to be asked why the so-called efficiencies that a CCO would bring cannot be achieved within a highly disciplined semi-autonomous council business unit.”

### ODT Online Wed, 19 Jan 2011
Editorial: Future proofing Dunedin’s water
In September 1860, the first public water pump was commissioned in Dunedin but it was not long afterwards that New Zealand’s first major water supply project was initiated . . . Today, as a report to the council to be considered at this week’s 2011-12 pre-draft annual plan hearings makes clear, water services in the city are the purview of the water and waste services business unit, a department of the DCC.
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Related Posts:
15.1.11 Just when DCC thought no-one was watching
26.12.10 DCC – will there be a “corporate grab” of water infrastructure!?

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