Tag Archives: Chairships

Calvert on DCC, ‘We could have a much more democratic and transparent operation of council’

leunig-cartoons-%e2%80%8fleunigcartoons-%c2%b7-aug-21Leunig Cartoons ‏@leunigcartoons · Aug 21

### ODT Online Thu, 8 Sep 2016
Scope for more democracy with checks and balances
By Hilary Calvert
OPINION In the past three years Dunedin City Council has functioned just as central government does, with a government and an opposition. But the problem is that in Dunedin it means central government-style politics without the checks and balances. Because the mayor of the day is allowed to choose the chairs of the council committees, if the mayor anoints those who are similar in their views to him or her, effectively a “government” is formed. Those on the “government” side support each other, forming a version of the “cabinet”, with meetings between themselves alongside senior council staff to discuss the issues of the day. Those who are not part of this grouping are obliged to form a loose “opposition”, because this is the only place where any public challenges and questions are likely to come from.
In Dunedin […] the chairs of committees forming the “cabinet” meet secretly and without any minutes which can be accessed. They may be part of working parties with other groups, which never report back to the council, for example groups meeting with NZTA about cycleways. They may have information either before the rest of the council or outside the rest of council papers, never to be seen by council. […] In Dunedin, the ODT describes what happens in council meetings, talks to the chairs of the meetings, and prints press releases, having clarified the situation with a relevant staff member. There is little chance for any challenge of prevailing views unless a major debate happens during meetings, or unless the issues raised are ones which the ODT chooses to follow up in an in-depth way.
Read more

● Hilary Calvert is a Dunedin City councillor, who is not standing for re-election.

luenig-political-substance-8-9-16Leunig Cartoons ‏@leunigcartoons · Sep 8

****

B L O W N ● O U T ● O F ● P R O P O R T I O N ● B Y ● C U L L

If, for example, the solutions involved “massive urban renewal or massive pumps” then Government help could be sought.

### ODT Online Fri, 9 Sep 2016
Work on South D issues
By Vaughan Elder
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says it is too early to make a formal approach to the Government for help with the problems facing South Dunedin. Mr Cull made the comments while outlining the council’s response to its vote last month to “immediately engage” the Government over the threat groundwater and sea-level changes pose to the low-lying area. Mr Cull said that in recent weeks he and chief executive Sue Bidrose briefed local MPs on the situation in South Dunedin and in the past he had spoken to ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett about the possibility of “collaboration” between local and central government in addressing South Dunedin’s issues.
Read more

Animal Cognition @animalcog · Mar 27 [Birdie Cull, the wrecker]

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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

13 Comments

Filed under Business, Climate change, DCC, Democracy, Dunedin, Economics, Finance, Infrastructure, Media, Name, New Zealand, OAG, Ombudsman, People, Perversion, Pet projects, Politics, Project management, Public interest, South Dunedin, Travesty, What stadium

Cr Whiley on offensive at Build Dunedin #fb

Updated post

It’s naïve and self-promoting —Cr Andrew Whiley is after the new chairship Mayor Dave Cull might establish to meet a particular contingency (as sourced from council staff a few weeks back).

Facebook.com | BuildTheHotel <<< …
Sat, 8 Aug 2015 at 3:30 p.m. [screenshot]

Build Dunedin facebook - It's Vandervis versus the Council yet again - 3.30 pm 8.8.15

█ For more, enter the terms *citifleet*, *vandervis*, *conduct*, *long term plan* or *mosgiel* in the search box at right.

Ode to Whiley…. Pick me Pick me

LennyKravitzVEVO Uploaded on May 6, 2011
Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way
Official video of Lenny Kravitz performing Are You Gonna Go My Way from the album Are You Gonna Go My Way. Directed by Mark Romanek.
Music: “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz (Google Play • iTunes)

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

7 Comments

Filed under Business, Carisbrook, Citifleet, Construction, CST, Cycle network, DCC, DCHL, DCTL, Delta, Democracy, DVL, DVML, Economics, Enterprise Dunedin, Hot air, Hotel, LGNZ, Media, Name, New Zealand, NZRU, NZTA, OCA, Offshore drilling, ORFU, People, Pics, Police, Politics, Pools, Project management, Property, Site, Sport, Stadiums, Tourism, Town planning, Transportation, Urban design

McLauchlan replies! #handsalloverit #UoOteamofthree

ODT 1.7.14 Letter to the editor (page 8)
ODT 1.7.14 Letter to editor Dickie p8

****

### ODT Online Fri, 20 Jun 2014
Dunedin is ‘the laughing stock of the country’
By Vaughan Elder
Dunedin is a “laughing stock” over a proposal to launch an independent airline, Dunedin International Airport Ltd chairman Stuart McLauchlan says. Otago Air had no chance of getting off the ground, he said.
Read more

### ODT Online Fri, 20 Jun 2014
City’s mentality praised
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council and the Otago Regional Council should get together to underwrite air services to Dunedin, an aviation expert says. Former University of Otago air transport research director Dr David Duval said Otago Air was a great Dunedin idea, but not one anybody should go ahead with.
Read more

[steering/connected/influential ??]

Related Posts and Comments:
20.5.14 Tim Hunter on Ward, McLauchlan, Hayne #Highlanders
15.5.14 Stadium (fubar): cringe
31.3.14 Audit services to (paying) local bodies #FAIL ● AuditNZ ● OAG…
25.3.14 Delta blues . . . and Easy Rider
20.3.14 Delta: Report from Office of the Auditor-General
27.2.14 Stadium: a conversation
10.2.14 University of Otago major sponsor for Highlanders
2.10.13 Greater Dunedin caucus arrives
6.8.13 Busted hacks! Media rates Cull and shiny-arsed suit brigade
15.7.13 Leave Otago white collar criminals ALONE, and other unfairness
[comment] 6.5.13 Elizabeth re ‘consultants and dunedin city council and sfc’
15.12.12 Perspective: stadium turmoil outweighs arts festival failure
10.12.12 Proposed hotel, 41 Wharf St – “LEARNING FROM LAS VEGAS”
20.11.12 DCC vs Anzide Properties decision: The road “has no legal basis”
12.11.12 Delta purchases | Vandervis OAG complaint accepted
26.10.12 DCHL: New directors for Aurora, Delta, City Forests
12.10.12 DCHL, subsidiaries and DCTL
30.8.12 DCC seen by Fairfax Business Bureau deputy editor Tim Hunter
14.6.12 Silence on debt run up at ORFU black-tie dinner
9.6.12 City Property to compete more obviously in the market…
8.5.12 Owners of neglected buildings
29.3.12 Dunedin City Council company sponsors Highlanders
15.3.12 Message To ORFU Creditors, if you want to see your money
4.3.12 Tartan Mafia
17.2.12 Does the insolvent ORFU deserve any more community support?
28.10.11 DVML, DVL and DCHL annual reports
16.10.09 Highlanders news

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

11 Comments

Filed under Business, Economics, Highlanders, Hot air, Media, Name, New Zealand, ORFU, People, Politics, Project management, Property, Site, Sport, Stadiums, Tourism, University of Otago, What stadium

DCC: First meeting, tidy or not

### ODT Online Tue, 29 Oct 2013
First test for Cull as council meets
By Chris Morris
Support for Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull’s appointments will be put to the test when councillors take their seats for the first time in public today. The new council – featuring seven new faces compared with the last term – will hold its inaugural meeting this afternoon. One of the first orders of business, after councillors are sworn in, will be to consider reports outlining Mr Cull’s appointments to positions of responsibility and changes to the committee structure.
[The] largely-procedural meeting will include reports from Mr Cull on the council’s revamped committee structure, membership and appointments to outside organisations.*
The meeting will also mark the contributions of two long-serving city councillors, Paul Hudson and Teresa Stevenson, after both stood unsuccessfully for another term.
Read more

Information on the new Councillors will be available at the DCC website from 8 November 2013.

Excerpt. See page 3 of the council report ‘Committee Structure and Membership’ listed below:

DCC Chairs and Deputy Chairs for Council Committees

*We note from the following reports that Cr Lee Vendervis has been given NO appointments to outside organisations. Mayor Cull is being punitive, if not impolitic and absurdly petulant.

Dunedin City Council
INAUGURAL MEETING, 2013-16 TRIENNIUM

Tuesday, 29 October 2013, 1.00 PM
Council Chamber, Municipal Chambers

Agenda – Council – 29/10/2013 (PDF, 82 KB) – View as HTML
Inaugural Meeting

Report – Council – 29/10/2013 (PDF, 71 KB) – View as HTML
Appointment to Outside Organisations

Report – Council – 29/10/2013 (PDF, 228 KB) – View as HTML
Committee Structure and Membership

Report – Council – 29/10/2013 (PDF, 100 KB) – View as HTML
Legislation

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

23 Comments

Filed under Business, DCC, Economics, Media, Name, People, Politics, Project management, What stadium

DCC: The new council emerges

### ODT Online Fri, 22 Oct 2010
Staynes likely to be deputy
By Chris Morris
Dunedin’s next deputy mayor looks set to be Cr Chris Staynes, with his appointment expected to be confirmed at a Dunedin City Council meeting next week.
Details of any changes to the structure of council committees, and who will hold the chairmen and deputy chairmen positions for each, will be confirmed at Tuesday’s meeting.
Read more

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

95 Comments

Filed under People, Politics