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Southern Region, serving itself —or professional rugby (and Sky TV)

### ODT Online Tue, 1 Jul 2014
Opinion
Fresh thinking needed in local government
By Ciaran Keogh
Perhaps it is time to look at a far-reaching reform of the way local government functions at both local and regional level. There are substantial efficiencies to be gained from integrating many council functions across the councils within the region. More than 10 years ago I did away with all IT functions at the Clutha District Council and merged these with Invercargill City. This model would work for all of the councils across all of Otago and Southland for little more than it currently costs Dunedin City Council to run its IT services.
Some fresh thinking needs also to be applied to the stadium and the first of these should be the monopoly that rugby has over it and the grass surface.
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● Ciaran Keogh is a former chief executive of the Clutha District Council, Wakool Shire in the Riverina region of New South Wales, and Environment Southland. He now lives in Dunedin.

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Crowds had been down right across the five New Zealand franchises but that was a worldwide trend, with fewer people attending events.

### ODT Online Tue, 1 Jul 2014
Rugby: Crowds can’t fall any further – Clark
By Steve Hepburn
The Highlanders met budget for crowds this year but have warned they cannot dip any lower if the franchise is to remain viable. In the eight games the Highlanders hosted at Forsyth Barr Stadium this year, 98,326 people came through the gate, an average crowd of 12,291 per game. […] A crowd of 11,070 attended the last home game, the win over the Chiefs, a figure that did not exactly delight Highlanders general manager Roger Clark.
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Mr Orders, sir! About your staff expertise…


“We don’t need consultants to tell us the time.”

### ODT Online Sat, 18 Aug 2012
Consultants cost DCC $32m
By Chris Morris
After spending more than $30 million on consultants in three years, Dunedin City Council staff are under pressure to slash spending on outside help, it has been confirmed. Figures released to the Otago Daily Times this week show the council spent $32.59 million on consultants, within Dunedin and further afield, over the past three years. Annual spending was dropping steadily, down from $13.34 million in 2009-10 to $8.66 million in 2011-12, a trend council chief executive Paul Orders was keen to see continue.
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Comment at ODT Online:

The skills are there
Submitted by topsy on Tue, 21/08/2012 – 7:09pm.

One of the major weaknesses within the DCC organisation is the lack of a central skills database. All too often, department managers reach out to consultants because the required skill does not exist within their own department. That same skill, meanwhile, is sitting unused within a neighbouring DCC department, usually within the same building.
The DCC currently has qualified project managers, quantity surveyors, valuers, etc. The problem today is that no-one outside of that employee’s department knows that the person exists. Often that person is not employed in a role which uses their specialist skill, making it even more difficult for other department managers to identify that skill from within the DCC ranks.
I would recommend that Mr Orders conduct an in-depth staff skills survey – not amongst the managers, but directly with the staff. He may well find that he already owns the solution.

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