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Finance Department (payments area)

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ClarkeAndDawe 7 May 2014

Clarke and Dawe – Some steadying words on the current situation
“Robin Peter, Payments Officer with the Australian government.” Originally aired on ABC TV: 08/05/2014

[Quote: ‘Remind you of anything? DVML, DVL… Liu & Woodlouse… Very timely!’]

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A Simple Idea for PSF (Farry’s Folly)

ODT 8.5.14 DCC DAP In Brief (page 13)ODT 8.5.14 In Brief (DCC DAP) – page 13

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Highlanders “Buy Us” entertainment: Obnoxious, noxious PROFESSIONAL RUGBY —stay away DCC !!!

One other possible investor could be Dunedin Venues Management Ltd as a shareholding in the Highlanders would keep the side playing at Forsyth Barr Stadium for the foreseeable future. –Steve Hepburn

### ODT Online Wed, 11 Dec 2013
Rugby: ORFU keen to be stakeholder in privatised Highlanders
By Steve Hepburn
The NZRU said yesterday the Highlanders were being considered for privatisation next year. The Otago Rugby Football Union is keen to be a stakeholder in the southern franchise, but whether the union has the financial muscle to get involved is still open to question although any discussion is months away.
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DVML is drowning in debt and is on shaky management ground (there is more to say about that in coming days).

ORFU is the entity DCC has continually ‘helped’ to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars over a considerable number of years without qualification, openly, illicitly — without the required checks and balances in place to conservatively and prudently manage ratepayer funds — DCC has been the unsanctionable open chequebook of assistance to a fraudulent sporting regime.

No doubt Mr Mayor Rugby-is-Us Cull (with ex Cr Brown and the like pulling strings), the DVML Boys, and the money-laundering GOBs of Dunedin… will want to buy a rugby team. Because the GOBs/ORFU sure as hell did not buy the stadium – they connived and deceived to have it gifted by all ratepayers and residents such that the city council’s consolidated debt is $623 million and rising. They haven’t raised the (conditional) $45 million in private sector funding they promised to the stadium construction project. And now, they want MORE.

Disgusting.

█ ODT 11.12.13 A levelled playing field – the end of Carisbrook

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DCC: Outsourcing water and wastewater network maintenance

Updated Post 3:45pm – The Dunedin City Council is consulting with staff over a proposal to outsource its water and wastewater network maintenance. Read media release here.

City operations general manager Tony Avery confirmed a proposal was delivered to staff on Thursday. He declined to elaborate until a public release today, although he was swift to clarify it was ”definitely not” privatisation.

THEN WHAT IS IT, IF NOT PRIVATISATION, MR AVERY ?

The council decided last year not to proceed with creating a council-controlled organisation (CCO) to run the city’s entire water and waste service, following a recommendation from a councillor working party that deliberated for more than 18 months. An external financial consultant had recommended creating a CCO.

WHICH COUNCILLORS ARE PUSHING THIS ? NOONE ? BROWN ?

The working party chairman, Cr Andrew Noone, said on Friday he understood the review focused largely on operations and maintenance, as recommended.

### ODT Online Mon, 6 May 2013
DCC may outsource water and waste
By Debbie Porteous
Proposals to outsource Dunedin City Council water and waste maintenance and operations are expected to be announced today, potentially affecting dozens of jobs. In 2011, 71 staff worked in maintenance and operations, which is part of the council’s water and waste services business unit. The service costs $19.5 million a year.

A member of the public contacted the Otago Daily Times on Friday after council staff repairing a leaking pipe near his property told him their work was being privatised from November.

City operations general manager Tony Avery confirmed a proposal was delivered to staff on Thursday. He declined to elaborate until a public release today, although he was swift to clarify it was ”definitely not” privatisation.
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● The council is to release the results of the water and waste services review at 12.30pm.

DCC homepage portrait nightmares 6.1.13 (screenshot)

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Dunedin: your water

“. . . it does need to be asked why the so-called efficiencies that a CCO would bring cannot be achieved within a highly disciplined semi-autonomous council business unit.”

### ODT Online Wed, 19 Jan 2011
Editorial: Future proofing Dunedin’s water
In September 1860, the first public water pump was commissioned in Dunedin but it was not long afterwards that New Zealand’s first major water supply project was initiated . . . Today, as a report to the council to be considered at this week’s 2011-12 pre-draft annual plan hearings makes clear, water services in the city are the purview of the water and waste services business unit, a department of the DCC.
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Just when DCC thought no-one was watching

Evidence Jim’s last hurrah . . .

SAY NO TO THE CCO – SAY NO TO THE CCO – SAY NO TO THE CCO – SAY NO TO THE CCO – SAY NO TO THE CCO – SAY NO TO THE CCO – SAY NO TO THE CCO – SAY NO TO THE CCO – SAY NO TO THE CCO – SAY NO TO THE CCO – SAY NO TO THE CCO – SAY NO TO THE CCO – SAY NO TO THE CCO – SAY NO TO THE CCO – SAY NO TO THE CCO – NOOOOOOOOO DCC

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Dunedin City Council
Media Release

DCC Water and Wastewater Services – A Council Controlled Organisation?

This item was published on 14 Jan 2011.

Following a series of workshops and reports over the past two years, the Dunedin City Council will next Thursday consider creating a new Council Controlled Organisation to run water and waste utility services on behalf of the city.

A Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) is one that is owned by and reports to Council, but operates independently, governed by a board of directors appointed by the Council. It would be commercially disciplined while being funded by the same mix of rates and charges currently funding the services.

About 100 existing Council staff would be directly affected by the change if the CCO is established after consultation. Their positions would be transferred on existing terms and conditions to the new organisation.

Two years ago the Council asked outgoing Chief Executive, Jim Harland, to report on how best to deliver water and waste services into the next 50 years, making it clear that privatisation was not an option as it would be contrary to the existing policy (W101/7) which states that; “Water and sewerage systems should remain in the ownership of the Council either directly or as part of the Council’s operations or through an entity owned by the Council and that the Council is opposed to the privatisation of the city-wide water and wastewater services”.

After consideration of three options – the enhanced status quo, a CCO or a Council Controlled Trading Organisation (which would be required to provide a return on capital) – staff and consultants have recommended the CCO as being the most efficient option. It is expected long-run reduced costs to ratepayers for water services would be about $20 million over 10 years.

This would be achieved through more efficient, commercially focused, processes along with reduced overhead and financial efficiencies.

If the Council approves, the community will be consulted using a special consultative procedure, as defined in the Local Government Act 2002, in the first half of this year. If finally approved, the CCO would be established with a three-year transition period during which it would continue to use Council services such as IT, finance and HR, for example.

Water and wastewater services are currently provided to about 47,000 Dunedin homes and businesses, operating on a budget of about $58 million in 2010/11, a capital budget of $31 million and managing water assets valued at $1.6 billion.

For more information, please contact:

* Dave Cull, Mayor of Dunedin City Council
* Cr Andrew Noone, Chairman Infrastructure Services Committee
* Cr Syd Brown, Chairman Finance, Strategy and Development Committee

Contact Mayor Dave Cull on 477 4000.

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DCC – will there be a “corporate grab” of water infrastructure!?

### ODT Online Sun, 26 Dec 2010
Water for discussion
By Chris Morris
A report on the future management of Dunedin’s water infrastructure, which could lead to the formation of a new council-controlled organisation (CCO), will be considered by city councillors next month. The report, outlining three options for water management in Dunedin, would be tabled during next month’s draft 2011-12 annual plan meetings, Dunedin City Council water and waste services manager John Mackie confirmed yesterday.

An Otago Daily Times request for a copy of the report – under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 – was declined because it would be released next month.

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