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Ugly mug raised from Lakes retreat

Who is liable for this situation?

A letter to the editor by Russell Garbutt appears in the Otago Daily Times today, he asks [excerpts]:

• Who takes responsibility and accountability within council for ignoring the very specific warnings from a large number of ratepayers that the whole “private funding” model now described by Mayor Cull as “stupid” was exactly that?

• Finally, who takes responsibility and accountability within the DCC and the CST for not knowing that their close business partner, the ORFU, was insolvent and had been living on pokie funds and hope for many years?

Read the full letter here.

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Stadium trust’s negotiations and contracts soundly based

Malcolm Farry, chairman of Carisbrook Stadium Charitable Trust endeavours to “clarify the issues” [excerpts]:

• At 4.54pm on Thursday, February 5, 2009, the CST signed a venue hire agreement with ORFU and the Highlanders.

• The negotiations had been a drawn out affair and the CST was forced to take a very tough, uncompromising position. The ORFU and Highlanders naturally resisted this position, so eventually, we engaged an accounting consultant to consider the position of all parties. He provided recommendations, a model for the future and a compromise as to the costs of the required seats.

• These proposals were accepted by all parties.

• Jim Harland, then chief executive of the Dunedin City Council, took over all future discussions and negotiations with the ORFU and Highlanders.

• The private sector fundraising was clearly stated to be based on the sale of membership seats and corporate suites, sponsorship and the sale of naming rights. This programme was first outlined at the first public presentation held at the Southern Cross Hotel on August 11, 2006. The CST has never moved from this position.

• The CST lost the role of operator, so it was never to apply its passion, expertise, local knowledge and commitment to the operation and management of the completed stadium. That role fell instead to the new company DVML.

• The CST has now completed what it was asked to do by the Dunedin City Council and the Otago Regional Council. Many people love the results, some continue to oppose. There is no doubt, however, that, after the passage of time, all will eventually unite as one in support for this remarkable addition to our city and region.

Read the full reply here.

What can we make of this, the full opinion piece? Mainly, we see an effort by Mr Farry to rewrite history, shift blame, and spice up the reader’s day with new information for further discovery, thrown in for worse effect. How interesting.

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DCC Chief Executive resigns – timing is everything!

Updated 30.10.10

### ODT Online Sat, 30 Oct 2010
Harland quits after decade at helm
By Chris Morris
The clean-out is complete at the top of the Dunedin City Council, with council chief executive Jim Harland yesterday announcing his decision to quit after more than a decade at the helm.
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### ODT Online Fri, 29 Oct 2010
Dunedin City Council CEO Jim Harland resigns
Dunedin City Council chief executive Jim Harland has resigned today after 11 years in the job. Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull announced the resignation in a statement this afternoon. Mr Harland is to take up a position as Southern Regional Director of the NZ Transport Agency.
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Dunedin City Council – Media release
Chief Executive Resigns But Not Lost To Dunedin

Last reviewed: 29 Oct 2010 2:45pm

Mayor Dave Cull announced today that Dunedin City Council Chief Executive Jim Harland has resigned his position.

“Mr Harland leaves the Dunedin City Council to take up a position as Southern Regional Director for the NZ Transport Agency, commencing in January 2011. This is a unique opportunity for Mr Harland and one that utilises his strengths in strategic planning, organisational leadership and relationship management”, said Mayor Cull.

NZ Transport Agency Chief Executive Geoff Dangerfield said that as Southern Regional Director Mr Harland would work between NZTA’s Christchurch and Dunedin offices so would not be lost to Dunedin. “This is a key position within the NZTA and Jim will play an important role in advising South Island councils regarding their regional land transport strategies.”

As part of his new role, Mr Harland will retain his position on the Stadium Project Delivery Team because of the synergy between the Stadium, the realignment of SH88 and his knowledge of the project. He will also be involved in national projects as part of the NZTA’s Senior Leadership Team.
Read more [DCC has removed the link]

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Facebook. The DCC has lost the plot.

Discussion Board Topic:
The selling of the stadium since 2006
Compiled by Justin Miller. {Page no longer available. – Eds}

Worth a read. Remind yourself of the weird and wonderful claims made by the stadium project makers, when they don’t have a PR company to control runaway tongues or egos.

[The Facebook page might have gone but listen to this: https://soundcloud.com/christopherkeogh/the-dcc-has-lost-the-plot%5D

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Jim Harland: “The council isn’t broke.”

He scotched rumours there would be cuts to core services, and that the council was in financial difficulties […] councillors also needed to be aware of ratepayers on fixed incomes.

### ODT Online Tue, 22 Dec 2009
DCC looks at spending
By David Loughrey
As Dunedin ratepayers face an 8.7% rates increase for the next financial year, and an even steeper increase the following year to pay for a list of multimillion-dollar projects, a four-person team has interviewed every manager at the Dunedin City Council, asking them to justify their spending.
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Mr Harland… (on strife?!)

Updated post.

Following this comment at ODT Online there’s an interesting observation.

The Budget doesn’t mean a thing
Submitted by russandbev on Thu, 04/06/2009 – 1:25pm.

[last paragraph] I also note – just to rub salt into the wound – that our DCC CEO will be addressing a Local Body conference in Wellington in a month to tell them how to communicate with the divided community on the stadium issue. I’d be delighted to write his speech for him. I look forward to reading his version of it.
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Jim Harland will be speaking at this New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) forum:

2009 Local Government Communication Forum
Communicating in Challenging Economic and Political Times

Dates: 16-17 July 2009
Venue: The Duxton Hotel, Wellington

Programme Day 2 (includes)
Communicating Across a Divided Community – Dunedin City Council

Jim Harland, Chief Executive, Dunedin City Council
Deborah Simes, Marketing and Communication Manager, Dunedin City Council

Jim and Deborah will talk about their communication strategies for the publicly divided Awatea Street Stadium. They will outline how the Dunedin City Council along with the Carisbrook Stadium Trust and other stakeholders, managed to provide balanced communication in an environment of division amongst the community.

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The wrath of gods should descend on this pronouncement, “the Dunedin City Council along with the Carisbrook Stadium Trust and other stakeholders, managed to provide balanced communication”. Disgusting. This load of complete crap deserves some letters to the CEO by offended citizens and ratepayers, surely.

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Contract signed

### Radio New Zealand News Updated at 4:08pm on 27 April 2009
Dunedin mayor signs contract to build stadium
Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin has signed a contract for the construction of the city’s stadium. The $165 million contract with Hawkins Construction means work can start at the Awatea Street site in May.
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### Channel 9 News April 27, 2009 – 7:24pm
Legal Contract of the Forsyth Barr Stadium signed
The legal contract between the Dunedin City Council and Hawkins Construction for the construction of Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza was signed this afternoon. Mayor Peter Chin put pen to paper during a DCC Extraordinary Meeting today.
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Construction Contract for the Proposed Forsyth Barr Stadium at the University Plaza – Chief Executive Jim Harland’s report to Dunedin City Council (dated 20 April 2009).

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OH, dummy contracts…

### ODT Online Tue, 3 Mar 2009
Stadium contracts questioned
By Mark Price

A Dunedin city councillor has suggested the amount of private funding for the new $198 million Otago Stadium has been boosted by “dummy contracts”.

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