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

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

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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.
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DCC in firing line

Again, what is public consultation – it’s not a desktop exercise…

### ODT Online Tue, 28 Jul 2009
Editorial: Losing the plot

Seldom has the Dunedin City Council been under such sustained opprobrium as at present. Every move seems to bring a torrent of criticism. While the fiercest and most bitter attacks have come through opposition to the Forsyth Barr Stadium, a series of other matters have also raised ire, protest or disquiet.
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Carisbrook purchase by borrowing

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### ODT Online Fri, 19 Jun 2009
Carisbrook difficult to value
By David Loughrey
It emerged this week [Carisbrook] will be sold to the Dunedin City Council in the next few weeks for $7 million, and while he was unwilling to confirm the figure, council finance and corporate support general manager Athol Stephens said yesterday the money would have to be borrowed.
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### ODT Online Fri, 19/06/2009 – 1:48pm.
Comment by russandbev on Life membership for Harland and Chin
Let’s just track what is going on here. The ORFU owe the City $2m and this is overdue for repayment. The ORFU also owe the BNZ something like $4m but it could be a little more. The ORFU run at a yearly loss. The DCC borrows $7m to give to the ORFU for a property that will not be used for its current purpose. The ORFU then give $2m of the borrowed money back to the DCC and $4m to the bank…
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DCC's funding line continues…

### ODT Online Thu, 14 May 2009
Council will carry on with stadium
By David Loughrey

The Dunedin City Council plans to carry on with its funding of the stadium, despite the two court cases being taken against the project.
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Stop the Stadium’s notice of appeal has been received by the Court of Appeal in Wellington. The case has a six-month time-frame in which to be heard.

Basil Walker’s High Court challenge against the Otago Regional Council’s funding of the project, has a hearing set down for June 4.

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Mayor Chin: ‘Aspects of letter may seem patronising’

More of the circus in your town…

### ODT Online Wed, 13 May 2009
Dunedin | Annual Plan 2009-10 | Stadium
Letter explains city council’s actions
By David Loughrey
A nine-page letter explaining the Dunedin City Council’s actions on the stadium got a thorough page-by-page, line-by-line grilling from councillors yesterday, before its expected release after June 2.
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The article reveals the Otago Rugby Football Union has a 35-year venue-hire agreement with a licence to use the stadium…

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Cr Walls: Some "extra-ordinary" calculations of costs in stadium blogs

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### ODT Online Tue, 12 May 2009
DCC promises answers on stadium submissions
By David Loughrey

A reply to residents who presented submissions to the council opposing the Awatea St stadium has become “half the size of The Forsyte Saga”, as the council tries to clear up what Mayor Peter Chin says are factual errors and wrong assumptions.
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The budget will not be finalised until approved at a full Dunedin City Council meeting next month…

### ODT Online Tue, 12 May 2009
DCC trims probable rates rise
By Chris Morris

Ratepayers could be spared a proposed 7.8% rates increase, after Dunedin City Council staff yesterday announced they had shaved nearly $1.3 million off roading budgets.
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Linked story…
Council delegation to meet opponents

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### ODT Online Tue, 12/05/2009 – 11:49am.
Comment by Baxter on The DCC’s time…

The DCC’s time would be better spent actually listening to what we want; not writing “detailed reports” telling us what they want us to want.

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### ODT Online Tue, 12/05/2009 – 3:03pm.
Submitted by ro1 on de-confusing

By “de-confusing” Mr Harland clearly means “reasserting the spin”. People who oppose the stadium aren’t confused; they are simply not comforted by the spin.
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### Channel 9 News May 12, 2009 – 8:04pm
Annual Plan Still Under Deliberation

Today’s main topic was the Stadium, and given the number of responses it prompted, everyone who put forward a submission will receive the same rebuttal from Council.
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