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Ombudsmen’s office . . .

“Justice delayed is justice denied and people are already distressed when they approach the office.” -Beverley Wakem

### ODT Online Thu, 16 Feb 2012
Ombudsman snowed under
The Office of the Ombudsmen is in “crisis”, with a bulging backlog of cases due to lack of investigators and existing staff underpaid and in some cases being worked to death, Ombudsman Beverley Wakem says. Appearing before Parliament’s government administration committee yesterday, Ms Wakem said the office was under “considerable pressure” in terms of staffing and funding and had been for the past three years. Ms Wakem said the office’s baseline funding had been established on the basis it would be actively working on 800 to 1000 cases at any one time. However, actual case numbers had been far higher than that for some time and been close to 2000 at one point last year. It was currently handling about 1854.
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### ODT Online Tue, 21 Feb 2012
Editorial: Watching the watchdog
A disconcerting report on the Ombudsman’s office emerged quietly last week. For those unfamiliar with its tasks and responsibilities, this is the office to which people can turn when they feel they have been wronged or disadvantaged by a government department or any other office or organisation of state.
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DScene – Local body elections, David Davies & Port merger(?)

### DScene 14-10-09
Cold deck (cover page)
Several hot issues face Dunedin in the years ahead, such as the stadium project, the future of the wharves, how to deal with the city’s waste and transport issues. But councillors are playing their cards close to their chests about whether they will stand in next year’s local body elections. See pages 4-5.

Vague elections (page 3)
By Mike Houlahan, editor
A year out from the next local body elections, it is concerning many councillors are uncertain if they will stand for re-election. What next year’s ballot paper will look like is anyone’s guess. The fear is that inertia means Dunedin lacks people with vision for the future of the city – which would be a sorry state of affairs.

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Candidates for 2010 elections emerging (pages 4-5)
By Michelle Sutton
Indecision has gripped Dunedin’s local body politicians, with large numbers still uncertain whether to stand in next year’s election. This week D Scene has asked the politicians currently stewarding the resources of Dunedin and Otago if they will be putting themselves up for re-election.

Superward appealed (page 4)
Dunedin’s “superward” has been appealed by six members of the public. Appeals close tomorrow.

Possibles and probables (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Most Otago Regional Councillors claim they haven’t given next year’s local body elections much thought and remain undecided on standing.
Standing: Sam Neill, Stephen Woodhead, Michael Deaker (tentatively), Gretchen Robertson
Undecided: Louise Croot, Stephen Cairns, Gerry Eckhoff, David Shepherd, Bryan Scott, Duncan Butcher

No conflict found for Cairns, office says (page 6)
By Michelle Sutton
Otago regional council chairman Stephen Cairns is a shareholder of Colliers Dunedin but has no conflict of interest, the office of the Auditor-General says. The official scrutiny into Cairns’ position was sought by the ORC chairman himself. The [Auditor-General’s] letter was dated July 30, prior to concerns raised by Crs Bryan Scott and Gerry Eckhoff at an ORC meeting in August.

The Insider: Big questions answered (page 10)
For love of the game
Welshman David Davies arrives in the city next month to manage Dunedin’s $198 million stadium. It is among other ratepayer-owned facilities he will be responsible for, as CEO of Dunedin Venues Management Ltd. Davies tells DScene of his love for rugby, why he’s backing Wales against the All Blacks at Carisbrook next year, and how he hopes to put Dunedin’s stadium on the same footing as Manchester Arena – Europe’s largest indoor arena.

Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin: Your say
Asking about salary by Gavin McDonald (page 9)
What is the salary of Welshman David Davies, head hunted to manage the Forsyth Barr Stadium?

Port merger discussed (page 17)
By Alan Wood
Lyttelton and Otago’s ports are in the midst of “quiet” discussions that could lead to a merger but any such argument will first face tough competition issues.


Previous magapaper editions:

### D Scene 7-10-09
Cairns investigated (page 2)
By Michelle Sutton
Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Cairns has been investigated by the office of the Auditor-General – at his own request. Concerns have been raised by some in Dunedin’s real estate industry about DTZ’s valuation of Carisbrook Stadium, which DCC bought as a property package from the Otago Rugby Football Union for $7 million.


### D Scene 30-9-09
Ratepayers hold out (page 9)
More than 100 Dunedin City Council ratepayers have withheld rates payments because of the controversial stadium. DCC financial controller Maree Clarke says 71 ratepayers have withheld part of their 2008/09 payment in protest of the stadium, and so far 37 people have withheld rates payments for 2009/10.

News Grabs (page 9)
Delta Investigation
The Ombudsman continues to investigate DScene’s complaint against Dunedin City Council-owned company Delta Utilities. Delta wants to charge about $1200 to answer questions surrounding its purchase of 100 sections at Jack’s Point, near Queenstown. Acting assistant Ombudsman John Haynes says he has requested a report from Delta chief executive Grady Cameron on the issue.

Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin: Your say (page 11)
Powers-that-be have lost the plot by NR Middendorf, St Kilda
Dunedin ratepayers have been hit with a double whammy in stadium costs.

Council rates by Adriaan Jansen, Port Chalmers
I am disgusted with the Otago Regional Council. Last year I paid $82.70 in rates; this year $103.16. The ORC are the parasites of Dunedin. They have the gall to put the contribution to the new stadium as a capital-value based rate.

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Bev Butler to ORC Public Forum

“A psychologist once said to me that all people intrinsically know the difference between right and wrong. I believe that today you should be making a conscience vote.

“June last year when the ORC voted for the project, those who voted against the stadium made informed speeches with good arguments based on the facts at your disposal. It was blatantly obvious that the arguments for the stadium were in fact weak and after the meeting one of you even admitted to those who voted against the stadium that their arguments were far stronger. Why then did the majority vote for the stadium when the evidence was so overwhelming to stop the stadium in its tracks?”

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