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Busted hacks! Media rates Cull and shiny-arsed suit brigade

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Submitted on 2013/08/06 at 2:01 pm

I see Robin Charteris, former ODT editor, has written a letter to today’s ODT concerning the proposal for a regional political party of some description. What a woeful, intellectually light letter it is too. Unbelievable for a man who once was an editor of a city daily.
He would like Ian Taylor to head it and to include Stuart McLauchlan, Dave Cull, Peter McIntyre and Richard Thomson. Talk about a less than subtle plug for the election coming up. Sorry, Robin, you have overplayed this one.

ODT 6.8.13 Opinion page (detail) re-imaged

SMELL THAT SWEET SUCCESS
The stadium, ORFU, Delta, Hillside, lack of core infrastructure investment, St Clair seawall, +$650M council consolidated debt, storm damage, multimillion-dollar cycleways, ratepayer subsidy to DVML/attraction fund, NZ Post, SH88 realignment, Invermay, centralisation of health board jobs, on it goes . . . Cull drops out of the race to take up L(l)ama farming. [Thanks, Critic]

Ineffectuals like Cull lap up the current job-loss situation, grandstanding in the pre-election period wearing nothing but dull leaden boots. Where are Eion Edgar’s ‘men’? —are they really Sir J’s scrubby old team? The club armchairs have lost their stuffing.

### ODT Online Tue, 6 Aug 2013
Call to action goes out
By Rebecca Fox
A “call to action” has been issued to southern business, local government, agricultural and tertiary education leaders from Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull as part of the fight against job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus. Mr Cull has organised a “summit” meeting on August 14 to discuss the announcement proposing that 85 jobs are to go from Invermay by 2016. Mr Joyce confirmed in Saturday’s Otago Daily Times he was happy to arrange for the board and executives of AgResearch to meet local representatives and said he was prepared to meet a delegation of civic and business leaders to talk about regional development.
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Other ODT ‘bait’:
5.8.13 Call for South to form own party
3.8.13 Editorial: Time for South to fight

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2.8.13 DCC, Stadium —sorry picture
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22.5.13 Dunedin mayoralty and the Q-town heavies

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*Images: odt.co.nz – Opinion 6.8.13, critic.co.nz – Critic culls Cull 5.5.13

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DCC, Stadium —sorry picture

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Mr Orders’ report also noted core council debt – excluding that of its companies and the stadium – stood at $227 million, and was now expected to peak at $272 million before beginning to decline from 2015-16.

### ODT Online Fri, 2 Aug 2013
More cuts needed, council warned
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council is cutting its reliance on dividends from Dunedin City Holdings Ltd, but still fears being left exposed by another sudden drop in cash from its companies, chief executive Paul Orders says. The warning came as Mr Orders released his pre-election report, which also warned belt-tightening would continue as the council searched for extra savings by early next year. The council needed to cut at least another $3 million from annual expenditure to limit any rates increase to no more than 3% in 2014-15, Mr Orders said.

From the Office of the Chief Executive
Pre-election Report 2 August 2013 (PDF, 238KB)

However, the organisation also needed to brace for a dramatic hike in spending on water infrastructure renewals, which would have to rise from $8 million a year to $22 million a year by 2021-22, Mr Orders said. That was expected to come from cash, rather than borrowing, as was 90% of all council capital expenditure – helped by New Zealand Transport Agency subsidies – over the next decade, he said. That would help ease the financial pressure on the council as it worked towards reducing its debt to $200 million by 2021-22, he said. Despite that, the council could not expect to have “modest headroom” for new spending in its budget until then, meaning nearly another decade of frugality, he said.
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PwC had given the council “supplementary information” relating to $3.7 million of unauthorised spending on the stadium’s catering fit-out. However, the council’s legal advisers had concluded “that there was no individual culpability”.

### ODT Online Fri, 2 Aug 2013
Stadium cost may blow out to $260m
By Chris Morris
Heads will not roll over the Forsyth Barr Stadium budget blowout, but the total bill could rise again to more than $260 million, it has been revealed. Dunedin City Council staff have begun collating a “comprehensive” list of stadium-related costs, spanning almost the last decade, to be published later this year. The initiative was confirmed by council chief executive Paul Orders in his pre-election report, released to media yesterday.

The arrangements had made it “impossible” to identify individuals responsible “for anything that went wrong”, Mayor Cull said. “I’m sorry we can’t get the last answers, but we can’t.”

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said the list would include the cost of purchasing Carisbrook, bailing out the Otago Rugby Football Union and realigning State Highway 88, among other non-construction costs. It would be up to the public to decide whether the additional bills should be considered part of the cost of the new stadium, which officially stood at $224.4 million, Mr Cull said. He did not know exactly what the extra costs would amount to, but the Otago Daily Times understands if included they would push the stadium bill beyond $260 million.
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