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unGreater Dunedin blisters on #CouncilConsolidatedDebt #DCC

‘Next council should consider placing higher priority on asset maintenance and renewal.’

richard-thomson-odt-files-tweaked-by-whatifdunedin-bw### ODT Online Tue, 6 Sep 2016
Time for debt rethink, councillor says
By Vaughan Elder
A departing Dunedin city councillor has called for a fresh look at how quickly the city pays off debt as the council continues to eclipse repayment targets. In the wake of the council’s better than expected debt position, Cr Thomson said the new council should look at rethinking its financial strategy and discuss what an “appropriate level of debt would look like”.
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“[Thomson] said the council had outperformed its debt targets for a range of reasons….”

Not the Cull council – rather, the assiduous work of former DCC/DCHL GCFO Grant McKenzie and his disciplined finance staff.

No politicians can take credit.

Especially not ex Greater Dunedin moonbeams such as Cull, Staynes, Thomson and their young swaddling ‘babe in the woods’.


1. Health Board car park. “How could Swann drive a Lamborghini into the DHB’s car park and: “Park it next to the District Health Board Corollas,” without any questions being asked?” Link

2. Citifleet and Citipark. Considerably more than +152 council fleet vehicles “missed” from DCC in a much longer timeframe than ten years (2003-13).

3. Delta Utility Services Ltd – staff vehicles. [Today] See numbers of Delta vehicles everywhere you shouldn’t, inside and outside work hours, not in connection with programmed work or emergency.
Why ? Pray to god, why is DCC governance MIA ?

Undisciplined lowlights treating Public Funds like chickenfeed.

Spendthrift mayor Cull and the motley majority of councillors (Greater Dunedin crackpots, as well as in their ghoulish afterglow…. with support from greenies Hawkins and Peat, and doughboy Benson-Pope), who in shambolic attendance to ‘governance’ have enormous trouble with accountability, prudence and transparency – sold Ratepayers down the “Swannee” again very recently in deciding a deal for Delta.

Without an ounce of diligence, councillors (except Crs Vandervis and Calvert – Cr Hall removed himself from the vote for some reason) accepted to rush the Delta decision for no reason, thanks to Cull, Thomson and Crombie, on Monday, 1 August 2016 – in so doing Cull’s council lost Ratepayers a further +$25million. No conscience.

If Cull is returned as mayor in 2016, Thomson’s replacement as chair of the Finance Committee is rumoured to favour Mike Lord (if indeed he himself is returned).

Note: Mike Lord sensibly left Greater Dunedin earlier than some.

Cr Thomson was inspired to make his parting comments after Cr Jinty MacTavish said the council should look at the possibility of reinvesting the money from asset sales into parks and recreation as opposed to automatically repaying debt.

“This is an excellent result and I think council can take considerable pride [from it],” Mr Cull said.

Did I mention the replacement cost of metal BTF tanks at Tahuna.
Another post….

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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

*Image: odt.co.nz – Richard Thomson, tweaked by whatifdunedin


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Daaave Cull keeps SPENDING on #impulse

…. “impulse” is the polite word for CRAP

The Laughing Stock With The Ermine, Clanking Gold Chains And Camel Shackles looks more and more RIDICULOUS as the Mayor of Dunedin.

There are screeds and screeds of cartoons to draw for —
Daaave’s definition of SUSTAINABILITY : Read STADIUM.

Try your very hardest not to laugh at the soft-arsed plonker – do you know what ANOTHER subcommittee costs to run, in terms of councillor, staff and politically appointed rank outsider* time and pay. It’s an outrage – and, for WHAT.

Daaave IS the “lunatic fringe”.
NEWS: He has a date with public stocks in the Octagon. Or we do it cleanly, and VOTE HIM OUT next election. Though how many of us can’t wait and would want to drive a bus erratically.

### dunedintv.co.nz February 11, 2015 – 7:20pm
Nightly interview: Dave Cull
A new subcommittee of the Dunedin City Council has been established, and will meet for the first time this week. The Sustainability Audit Subcommittee involves several councillors as well as Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull. And he joins us to talk about its purpose.

Sustainability Audit Subcommittee Meeting
When: 12 Feb 2015 3:00pm (been and gone)
Where: Otaru Room, Civic Centre

Agenda – SAS – 12/02/2015 (PDF, 27.9 KB)

[Rort] Sustainability Audit Subcommittee Membership:
Janet Stephenson* (Chairperson), Mayor Dave Cull, Councillors David Benson-Pope and Jinty MacTavish, Gael Ferguson* and Brett Tomkins*

Related Post:
25.12.14 Daaave stole Christmas from #DUD
[re: Citifleet insurance scam/coverup, losing +152 vehicles and untold cash is REALLY sustainable]

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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Daaave stole Christmas from #DUD

Grinch-Stole-Christmas [images4.fanpop.com] 1

ONE person did it —he said. Six feet under @ Whoville. No fringe.

“Pooh-pooh to the Whos!” he was grinchily humming.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Image: images4.fanpop.com – Grinch (re-coloured by whatifdunedin)
Excerpts: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, 1957

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