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Community board (Mosgiel-Taieri) clandestine meetings

“The key principle of LGOIMA [Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act] is about transparency and openness.” –Sandy Graham, DCC Corporate Services manager

Bill Feather### The Star Thu, 14 Nov 2013
Board warned off private meetings
By Tim Miller
A catch-up over coffee nearly landed the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board in hot water after members of the public complained it was meeting in secret.

Read more (page 3) at http://digital.thestar.co.nz/olive/ode/str_daily/

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### dunedinty.co.nz November 11, 2013 – 7:11pm
Nightly interview: Bill Feather
One group of Dunedin’s elected officials do their work often under the radar of the media. They are the members of the city’s six community boards, which each have six members, plus one councillor appointed by the DCC.
Video

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QUESTION
Cr Kate Wilson is the DCC appointee to the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board; and Cr Mike Lord, to the Strath Taieri Community Board.
The two councillors are required to travel to community board meetings outside their own constituencies, for which they may now claim a travel disbursement.
Is Mayor Cull ensuring (more) money for friends? Surely not.
Shouldn’t Cr Wilson and Cr Lord stay on their own home turf, reducing the impost on DCC ratepayers?

Profiles for new councillors were supposed to be available at the DCC website from 8 November. It hasn’t happened.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Image – dcc.govt.nz Bill Feather

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In brief: STS AGM (Sunday 30 Aug)

[not that it matters!!!!!!]

FURTHER UPDATES

Mon 5:48pm Channel 9 News hosts an interview with STS president Dave Witherow. Rebecca Meek leads in by claiming there are big changes ahead for STS, that it will move it in a new direction with the new committee.

Not quite right, folks. As recent posts to ODT Online and What if? reveal.

Indeed, Mr Witherow says: “This is a bit premature. We want to refocus but can’t change direction without consulting the membership. So this is a mooted change in direction. I suspect it will be fine with the membership.”

He doesn’t believe the stadium can be stopped, but thinks the stadium is “destined to be half constructed…it will stand there and decay”.

The last six months had been “very disillusioning” for the STS membership.

“We thought we had a council of human beings,” he says.

Dave Witherow is certain there will be a surge in STS membership in the next year “if we change direction”.

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Mon 5:15pm. Have only just picked up the ODT print edition. (see page 1) The new STS committee is:

Dave Witherow (president)
Gavin MacDonald (vice-president)
Pat Johnston (treasurer)
Carol Sawyer (secretary)
Darryl Ostrer
Rolf Feitscher
Lyndon Weggery

Unless I’m mistaken, Mr MacDonald is is a regular contributor of letters to the Otago Daily Times. Lyndon Weggery is well known for his active interest in council affairs and has been commenting recently on Dunedin’s water. Mr Ostrer and Mr Feitscher appear to be new names (to us anyway).

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UPDATE

Sun 22:07pm. Bev Butler and husband Peter Attwooll have resigned from the STS committee.

Dave Witherow is the new STS president.

Pat Johnston continues as treasurer.

Carol Sawyer, wife of Dave Witherow, continues on committee taking up the role of secretary.

Dave Witherow wants the society to morph into a society to campaign for a new council… But it was accepted that this meeting couldn’t get the authority for that.

No resignations of any former members were notified and accepted by the AGM.*

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On Newstalk ZB news this morning, Dave Witherow was cited as saying STS could avoid paying any money owing… Then we get the ODT report:

### ODT Online Mon, 31 Aug 2009
Stop the Stadium to target councillors
By David Loughrey

Stop the Stadium has a new president and a new mission, with major changes to the organisation following its annual meeting yesterday. The organisation’s direction could not be changed without consulting members.
Read more

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### ODT Online Mon, 31/08/2009 – 8:39am.
Comment by ro1 on Stop the Stadium does not have a new direction

As a member who was at yesterday’s meeting, I would like to correct this report – Stop the Stadium does not have a new direction.
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### ODT Online Mon, 31/08/2009 – 11:23am.
Comment by anneeliot on No new mission

I was also at yesterday’s meeting and I can assure readers that while Mr Witherow went on at length about his aspirations for Stop the Stadium (STS), no decision was made or able to be made about the future direction of STS at yesterday’s meeting.
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