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Jeff Dickie: Edinburgh tough, Dunedin (DUD)

Further to the contents of an email from Jeff Dickie last month, who was writing from a hotel on Orchard Road at the time:

Supplied. ODT 13.7.15 (page 6)

ODT 13.7.15 Letter to editor Dickie p6

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INVOICE FRAUD AND MORE

TWO corrupt council officials and two businessmen who supplied them with cash and hospitality have been jailed with a warning they face “significant” sentences.

### HeraldScotland.com Wednesday 17 June 2015
Corrupt Edinburgh council officials face lengthy jail term
[…] Former local authority employees Charles Owenson and James Costello were treated to dances and drinks in lap dancing bars as valuable Edinburgh City Council contracts were secured through bribery. Ex-directors of Action Building Contracts Ltd (ABC Ltd) Kevin Balmer and Brendan Cantwell provided the rewards over the allocation of work for public buildings including schools, care homes and cemeteries.
Following their earlier guilty pleas a sheriff told them that he would continue their case until tomorrow for sentencing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to consider the information he had been given. But Sheriff Michael O’Grady QC told the four men: “Having regard to the gravity of the offences, it is clear to me the sentences will require to be custodial and require to be significant.” He remanded all of them in jail ahead of sentencing.
Owenson and Costello were provided with hospitality, including corporate seats at Hibs and Hearts football grounds and meals out as well as cash, by Edinburgh-based construction firm ABC Ltd (Action Building Contracts). The contractors even submitted inflated invoices to the local authority for work carried out to cover the costs of the bribes they were paying council officials. Fiscal Keith O’Mahony earlier told the court: “In essence, the council was being charged for the cost of bribing its own officials.”
[…] Police began carrying out enquiries in 2010 as a result of complaints about the statutory notices system and were later informed that senior management had received “a whistleblower letter” alleging that Owenson was showing favouritism when allocating work to contractors. The Crown has raised proceedings to recover crime profits in the case.
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█ 18.6.15 BBC News: Four jailed over Edinburgh City Council bribes

Shades of the ‘Screaming Orgasm cocktails’ saga following Dunedin City Council’s decision to build the stadium. That evening, the board members of Carisbrook Stadium Charitable Trust went out to celebrate, booking their drinks at Alibi Bar & Restaurant to the Ratepayers.
Of course, there have been masses of local big-ticket ‘corruptions’: the stadium land purchases (including for realignment of SH88); the Carisbrook ‘deal’ with Otago Rugby Football Union, and further ‘Otago Rugby’ deals with Dunedin Venues (DVML); the Delta subdivisions and service contracts (Jacks Point and Luggate, and more recently Noble Village); the unravelling Citifleet fraud and insurance scam (substantially greater than 152 fleet vehicles lost off the inventory, allied to ‘traffic’ in car parts, tyres, service contracts, and fluid cash); the Dunedin Town Hall Redevelopment Project (via City Property) yet to be fully detailed; and field lights for Otago Cricket Association…….. et al.

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DCC financial position | DCC reply: “$20M cash on hand” #LGOIMA

### dunedintv.co.nz May 5, 2015 – 12:27pm
DCC’s financial position better than expected
The Dunedin City Council is finishing the financial year on a high, with an operating surplus of almost $8m. Its finance committee has just analysed the latest accounts, which show the council’s in a better position than expected. It’s received more money through its invested Waipori Fund, and saved on asset maintenance. The council’s got less debt to pay than what was initially budgeted for, and has deferred some work. But it’s received less than expected from the New Zealand Transport Agency for roading projects, and it’s lost some money on the sale of a Dukes Road property. The financial year ends in June.
Ch39 Link

As tabled at the DCC Finance Committee meeting on 4 May 2015:

Report – FC – 04/05/2015 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Financial Result – Nine Months to 31 March 2015

Report – FC – 04/05/2015 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Financial Result – Eight Months to 28 February 2015

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WHERE DID DCC’S $20M “CASH ON HAND” DEMATERIALISE TO ?????

From: Elizabeth Kerr
Sent: Tuesday, 23 September 2014 11:13 p.m.
To: Sandy Graham [DCC Group Manager Corporate Services]
Subject: LGOIMA request

Dear Sandy

Re: Cull warns debt still hurdle for council (ODT 15.9.14)
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/315949/cull-warns-debt-still-hurdle-council

Within the news item it says:

“The forecast had included about $22 million in “cash on hand”, but, since Mr McKenzie’s arrival, the decision had been made to slash the amount to about $2 million, he said.

“The cash was instead used to pay for capital projects, avoiding the expected need to borrow for the work, which reduced the council’s need to borrow by $20 million, he said.”

6.5.15 This paragraph goes unexplained in Ms Graham’s reply below;
a further clarification has been sought on WHICH CAPITAL PROJECTS

I would like the DCC to precisely itemise the way(s) in which the city council has spent this $20 million of “cash on hand”, to include the capital projects by name or other reference; the name(s) of the relevant council department(s) and or committee(s) that incurred this expenditure; the dates of expenditure; the spending delegations attributable to which, by name, formal signatories on account; and any other information in legible form that would assist the city council to meet my request in a forthright, full and transparent manner.

I look forward to reply.

Thanks, kind regards

Elizabeth Kerr

* My LGOIMA request was made on 23 September 2014.
** Dunedin City Council was legally required to reply within 20 working days.
*** Dunedin City Council finally replied on 29 April 2015.

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From: Sandy Graham
Sent: ‎Wednesday‎, ‎29‎ ‎April‎ ‎2015 ‎1‎:‎36‎ ‎p.m.
To: Elizabeth Kerr
Subject: RE: LGOIMA request [DCC expenditure of $20M cash on hand]

Dear EJK

I do appear to have sent this on Friday. I’m resending. Can you confirm receipt?

Regards
Sandy

From: Sandy Graham
Sent: Friday, 24 April 2015 1:40 p.m.
To: Elizabeth Kerr
Cc: Carolyn Allan; Grant McKenzie
Subject: RE: LGOIMA request [DCC expenditure of $20M cash on hand]

Dear Elizabeth

We have considered your questions and now provide the following response which we hope finally answers your enquiry. Apologies for the delay in providing this clarification.

First I want to background a couple of things to give context to both the question and our response. In our budget (the Annual Plan), the Council ensures that there is enough money to meet its financial obligations. This means that the Council has budgeted money in order to pay for a liability if and when it falls due over the course of the financial year.

While the budget provides for the necessary money to meet the various financial obligations that fall due over the course of the financial year, it is not financial best practice to have large sums of money sitting in the bank at the same time as the Council has debt. This is because the cost of borrowing is generally at a higher rate than the return on money invested in the bank.

With that background I want to deal with the specific situation referenced in the ODT on 15 September 2014 which forms the basis of your enquiry. For clarification, the article in the ODT on 15 September 2014 referred to a decision to “slash” the amount of cash on hand from $22 million to $2 million. To clarify, the $22 million was a budgeted amount of cash based on the Annual Plan for 2014/15. It was never physically in the bank – it was simply a budgeted figure.

The reference to “slash the amount” to about $2 million simply means that the Council (which had intended to borrow this money following the completion of certain capital expenditure projects) did not borrow it. It wasn’t spent on anything – the debt wasn’t raised. If it did borrow the money, then the Council would’ve had the money sitting in the bank. As outlined above, the current practice is to have a minimal amount of money in the bank but access to money if and when required.

The Council is currently consulting on a draft Financial Strategy which formalises this approach and incorporates it into the budget from 1 July 2015 onwards. I have attached a copy of the draft Financial Strategy for your information.

Regards
Sandy

Attachment: Finance-Strategy

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From: Elizabeth Kerr
Sent: Friday, 24 April 2015 1:56 a.m.
To: Sandy Graham
Cc: Carolyn Allan
Subject: Re: LGOIMA request [DCC expenditure of $20M cash on hand]

Dear Sandy

Please can you have the information requested since 23 September 2014 to me within 5 working days. Appreciated.

Regards, Elizabeth

Sent from Windows Mail

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From: Elizabeth Kerr
Sent: Thursday, 9 April 2015 11:49 a.m.
To: Sandy Graham
Cc: Carolyn Allan; Elizabeth Kerr
Subject: Re:RE: LGOIMA request [DCC expenditure of $20M cash on hand]

Dear Sandy and Carolyn

The draft LTP has recently been signed off by the Council and is now available for public consultation.

Further to your last email, Sandy, if you can, please provide timeline for delivery of the information promised to me regarding DCC’s use of the $20M cash on hand, as referred to in the Otago Daily Times on 15 September 2014 (refer correspondence below).

I look forward to your update and following, prompt receipt of the information kindly requested last year.

Best regards, Elizabeth

█ The rest of the oh so tiresome email trail can be found at this thread:
3.11.14 DCC: What happened to $20 million cash on hand? #LGOIMA

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South Link Health, hmm that name….

South Link / Southlink

A little more city council-contrived MESS !!

### ODT Online Wed, 25 Feb 2015
Church sold car park land forless (sic) for sake of public good
By Shawn McAvinue
A land deal between the Dunedin City Council and St Margaret’s Church in Green Island built on “good faith” was about $100,000 shy of another offer tabled but was accepted by the parish because it would create a community asset, former city councillor Colin Weatherall said. Mr Weatherall […] said that as a councillor, he was involved in negotiations when the church sold land about six years ago. The church agreed on a price with the council because the land would be used for a public car park. That price was about $100,000 less than an offer by a property developer wanting to build flats on the land.
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### ODT Online Wed, 25 Feb 2015
Support conditional on parking: Moyle
By Shawn McAvinue
A declaration of support for a proposed Green Island medical centre to be built on a public car park comes with conditions, businessman John Moyle said. Mr Moyle, the Green Island Business Association president and Saddle Hill Community Board member, said a Dunedin City Council letter declaring the association and board supported the sale of a public car park in Green Island to South Link Health Services Ltd was only half the story. The association and board supported the medical centre being built on the condition the car parks lost were found elsewhere, he said.
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### ODT Online Thu, 12 Feb 2015
Parking fears with new health centre
By Shawn McAvinue
The likely sale of a busy car park to make way for a new health centre in Green Island will leave motorists searching for parking, a former city councillor and a businessman say. Concerns were also raised that the Dunedin City Council would profit from a land deal brokered on community goodwill.
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● South Link Health Services: Green Island Medical Centre
South Link Group
South Link Health Services Limited (3162309) Registered

DCC Webmap - Green IslandDCC Webmap – Green Island [click to enlarge]

PREVIOUSLY

### ODT Online Thu, 20 Mar 2014
Settlement offer made by SDHB
By Eileen Goodwin
The Southern District Health Board tried to settle its dispute with South Link Health by offering to halve the more than $7 million interest bill, correspondence about the row shows. […] The offer is disclosed in former health board chief executive Brian Rousseau’s correspondence. Previously, Mr Rousseau has taken issue with public statements from other parties indicating the board never raised a red flag about the possibility of fraud in the dispute.
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### ODT Online Sat, 19 May 2012
Quiet agent of change
By Dene Mackenzie
From a top-floor corner office looking straight up Dunedin’s George St, Murray Tilyard is overseeing a medical group that is quietly changing the way health services are delivered to thousands of New Zealanders. That number is set to grow exponentially. […] The Helensburgh general practitioner is also the Dunedin School of Medicine Professor of General Practice and now the chief executive, or executive director, of a group of health entities revolutionising the delivery of some health services.
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Related Comments at What if?
18.5.14 Anonymous #comment-49610 [explicit connections]
1.3.14 Elizabeth #comment-46131
19.2.14 Elizabeth #comment-45597

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DCC: Street talk NEVER HAPPENED

In which Dunedin ratepayer Jeff Dickie is made out to be a liar?

ODT 3.1.15 (page 30)
ODT 3.1.15 Letter to the editor Dickie page 30

Saturday night thoughts on disgrace and dark forces.

When did Cull’s highly individualised chip-on-shoulder naysaying campaign start; this would be located well outside DCC Comms’ advice, wethinks.

Nowadays, how many Dunedin ratepayers and residents are “absolutely right” in how they view Dunedin City Council and the way it is operating. Citifleet is a mighty nail in the council coffin, surely.

ONE MAN alone is not the guilty PARTY.
ONE MAN is dead.

It’s disgusting, indecent and despicable that COUNCIL leaders are preying on the deceased, at their own convenience.

2015. Let individual histories and emerging evidence tell the real story against the mayor and chief executive’s ‘party line’ for Brent Bachop.

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26.8.14 DCC: Forensics for kids
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3.7.14 Stuff: Alleged vehicle fraud at DCC
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Hostel project loses Ngai Tahu, ChCh rebuild strains construction sector

### ODT Online Sat, 15 Nov 2014
Iwi pulls out of project
By Vaughan Elder
Ngai Tahu has withdrawn from a project worth tens of millions to build two student hostels in Dunedin, but says it remains keen on investing elsewhere in the city. Ngai Tahu’s exit from the Otago Polytechnic project does not signal its end, with the polytechnic looking at other options to get it off the ground. The original project had involved building an up to 235-room, $20 million hall of residence on surplus Dunedin City Council land on the edge of Logan Park, with a view to building another hall on adjacent council land if the first proved successful.
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Comments from another thread:

Elizabeth
February 7, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Daaave cunningly spots a deepish source of investment potential.
Mark Solomon and his board are no fools.

### ODT Online Fri, 7 Feb 2014
City-Ngai Tahu good partners
By Hamish McNeilly
The relationship between Ngai Tahu and the Dunedin City Council is “blossoming by the day”, as their respective leaders discuss regional economic development, including the benefits and risks of offshore oil and gas exploration.
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Elizabeth
February 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Ngai Tahu investment welcome (via ODT):
8.2.14 Ngai Tahu eyes second project
22.8.13 Public consultation on $20m hostel soon
21.8.13 $20 million student hostel planned

Comments profiling Sir Marc Solomon:
https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/unicef-nz-statement-on-child-poverty-monitor/#comment-43394 | https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/dvml-in-disarray/#comment-43144

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Whaleoil on “dodgy ratbag local body politicians” —just like ours at DCC

Whale Oil Beef Hooked logo### whaleoil.co.nz Fri, 31 Oct 2014 at 5:20pm
Why is there no law to rein in dodgy ratbag local body politicians?
By Cameron Slater
Former ARC Councillor Bill Burrill is not the first dodgy ratbag Councillor to trough from abuses of power to his own pecuniary advantage in recent years. A few years back in 2009 Council Watch was calling for a number of Councillors from the Canterbury Regional Council to be prosecuted and sacked from their positions after an investigation by the Auditor General Lyn Provost found that four individuals had broken the law by acting in conflict with their official role. Back then those Canterbury Councillors failed to declare a conflict on interest that [led] to a financial benefit for themselves by participating in discussion and voting on proposals before Council. Under investigation the Auditor General’s office chose not to prosecute stating that whilst the Councillors should have withdrawn as a matter of principle – they had each received and shared legal advice that they could participate. And here in lies the problem. The Auditor General and Office of the Ombudsmen publish clear guidelines for Councillors and council staff but the reality is that the law is erroneously filled with holes that are exploited and there is precious little oversight of Local Government leading to the Auditor General loathing to bother and the Courts uninterested.
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Emerson’s Brewery #Dunedin

Richard Emerson 2014-05-22_at_10_34_58_am [stoppress.co.nz]Founder Richard Emerson (via stoppress.co.nz)

█ Premium Craft Beer | Emerson’s Brewery Dunedin http://www.emersons.co.nz/

### NZ Herald Online 11:08 AM Wednesday Apr 10, 2013
Lion paid $8m for Emerson’s brewery
By Christopher Adams
Brewing giant Lion paid $8 million for Dunedin craft beer maker Emerson’s last year, according to documents filed with the Companies Office. At the time of the November takeover the Auckland-based company did not disclose the multi-million dollar price tag it paid for the South Island firm, which was founded in 1992, making it one of the most established and well-known craft brands in the country. But Lion is required to file its financial statements with the Companies Office due to its foreign ownership by Japanese brewer Kirin.
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Emerson’s Brewery On The Move
Monday, 20 October 2014, 3:22 pm
Press Release: Emerson’s

Dunedin, New Zealand – Emerson’s, with support from Lion, has today purchased a new site in Anzac Ave, Dunedin where they plan to build a brand new spiritual home for this iconic New Zealand craft brewery. The new site will allow Emerson’s to meet increasing demand for its high quality beers whilst continuing to bring new and interesting beers to beer lovers. This is the fourth move in the Emerson’s journey and Founder Richard Emerson says the new site will be a vast improvement on the place they currently call home.
“Moving brewhouses and tanks is not new to us but this time, we want to create a place where people can touch, smell, taste and experience more about Emerson’s and its story,” says Emerson.
Emerson’s, supported by Beca who will be project managing the development locally, are progressing well with the plans for the site which will house a new brewery, warehousing, retail store and bar area where visitors can enjoy a beer matched with good food. Improved staff facilities are also a key consideration for the new development.
Lion’s Managing Director, Rory Glass says today marks the start of another exciting chapter in Emerson’s history and Lion is delighted to be able to help them reach their full potential.
“We stand by our commitment of allowing Emerson’s to continue doing what they do well – experimenting and brewing great beer and we are genuinely excited about helping Emerson’s to build a new home in which they can realise their growth aspirations now and in the future” says Glass.
Work is expected to get under way on the site in December 2014 with a target completion date for the new Emerson’s Brewery in early 2016. Final plans for the site will be shared more widely in due course but Emerson’s have extended their current lease at Wickliffe Street to cover them until the new site is fully operational.
For now however, it is business as usual for Emerson’s and the team remain focused on creating great beers for Emerson’s fans to enjoy.
Link to Scoop

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DCC Webmap (Anzac Avenue 2006-07)DCC Webmap [click to enlarge]

Cr Hall had been in dispute with the council over access to his land for three years, after realignment of State Highway 88 during Forsyth Barr Stadium’s construction.

### ODT Online Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Brewery’s big plans revealed
By Vaughan Elder
An expanding Emerson’s Brewery is set to become a ”world-class” tourist destination now an agreement has been reached to buy a new site. The development – expected to cost in the millions – will be open for tours and house a new brewery, warehousing, retail store plus a bar and restaurant. The 22-year-old Dunedin brewery’s purchase of two adjacent pieces of land in Anzac Ave, belonging to the Dunedin City Council and Cr Doug Hall, also resolves a long-running access dispute over the land.
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The global environment in which we operate has always meant swings and roundabouts for New Zealand goods and services.

### ODT Online Mon, 27 Oct 2014
Editorial: Swings and roundabouts
It has been a tale of two fortunes for city businesses this month. […] And as one door closes [Donaghys], another opens. Dunedin’s Emerson’s Brewery last week announced it had bought land on Anzac Ave, and would move from its nearby Wickliffe St site to build a multimillion-dollar expanded operation with a new brewery, warehousing, retail store, bar and restaurant. The company envisaged it would become a “world-class” tourist destination and the expansion would create jobs.
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Emersons-1200 [3news.co.nz] 2 bwImage via 3news.co.nz

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