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DCC non compos mentis

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### ODT Online Fri, 6 Nov 2015
Hope for closure over Citifleet fraud
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council hopes to turn the page on the $1.5 million Citifleet fraud after taking a public hammering in the eyes of ratepayers. Council chief executive Sue Bidrose expressed that hope after the police yesterday released their final report into the Citifleet investigation, which concluded no charges would be laid over the fraud.
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I don’t accept from Ms Bidrose that everything is now in the past. She was GM for Citifleet and Citipark, and latterly CE when this all started to unfold, and ultimately responsible for staff —in that the risk of loss of life as a possible outcome once DCC started (much belatedly) its internal investigation should have been better managed.

Related Post:
24.4.15 DCC re Dr Bidrose’s time as most senior Citifleet Manager
[via LGOIMA request initiated by Cr Lee Vandervis]

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DCC: South Dunedin flood | higher learning for chief executive

ODT health reporter Eileen Goodwin looks at the welfare of those adversely affected and speaks to health authorities about what they are doing to help.

### ODT Online Tue, 27 Oct 2015
It’s been ‘a constant battle’ since flood
By Eileen Goodwin
Months of stress and insurance hassles are taking a heavy toll on some people long after most have moved on from the June flood. […] The flood response lacked co-ordination, and [Aurora Health Centre GP Dr Jill McIlraith] says the likes of the health board and city council should have considered appointing a flood ombudsman or similar position as a central clearance point for three to six months.
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Dr Bidrose said she had also faced a “pretty rough” first year in the role, grappling with the fallout from the Citifleet fraud.

### ODT Online Tue, 27 Oct 2015
Council boss’ UK trips supported
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council has spent $36,000 sending chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose to leadership training courses at England’s prestigious Oxford University. Details of the four trips, which were supported by Mayor Dave Cull, were confirmed by Dr Bidrose last week, in response to Otago Daily Times questions.
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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.
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In brief: STS AGM (Sunday 30 Aug)

[not that it matters!!!!!!]

FURTHER UPDATES

Mon 5:48pm Channel 9 News hosts an interview with STS president Dave Witherow. Rebecca Meek leads in by claiming there are big changes ahead for STS, that it will move it in a new direction with the new committee.

Not quite right, folks. As recent posts to ODT Online and What if? reveal.

Indeed, Mr Witherow says: “This is a bit premature. We want to refocus but can’t change direction without consulting the membership. So this is a mooted change in direction. I suspect it will be fine with the membership.”

He doesn’t believe the stadium can be stopped, but thinks the stadium is “destined to be half constructed…it will stand there and decay”.

The last six months had been “very disillusioning” for the STS membership.

“We thought we had a council of human beings,” he says.

Dave Witherow is certain there will be a surge in STS membership in the next year “if we change direction”.

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Mon 5:15pm. Have only just picked up the ODT print edition. (see page 1) The new STS committee is:

Dave Witherow (president)
Gavin MacDonald (vice-president)
Pat Johnston (treasurer)
Carol Sawyer (secretary)
Darryl Ostrer
Rolf Feitscher
Lyndon Weggery

Unless I’m mistaken, Mr MacDonald is is a regular contributor of letters to the Otago Daily Times. Lyndon Weggery is well known for his active interest in council affairs and has been commenting recently on Dunedin’s water. Mr Ostrer and Mr Feitscher appear to be new names (to us anyway).

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UPDATE

Sun 22:07pm. Bev Butler and husband Peter Attwooll have resigned from the STS committee.

Dave Witherow is the new STS president.

Pat Johnston continues as treasurer.

Carol Sawyer, wife of Dave Witherow, continues on committee taking up the role of secretary.

Dave Witherow wants the society to morph into a society to campaign for a new council… But it was accepted that this meeting couldn’t get the authority for that.

No resignations of any former members were notified and accepted by the AGM.*

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On Newstalk ZB news this morning, Dave Witherow was cited as saying STS could avoid paying any money owing… Then we get the ODT report:

### ODT Online Mon, 31 Aug 2009
Stop the Stadium to target councillors
By David Loughrey

Stop the Stadium has a new president and a new mission, with major changes to the organisation following its annual meeting yesterday. The organisation’s direction could not be changed without consulting members.
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### ODT Online Mon, 31/08/2009 – 8:39am.
Comment by ro1 on Stop the Stadium does not have a new direction

As a member who was at yesterday’s meeting, I would like to correct this report – Stop the Stadium does not have a new direction.
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### ODT Online Mon, 31/08/2009 – 11:23am.
Comment by anneeliot on No new mission

I was also at yesterday’s meeting and I can assure readers that while Mr Witherow went on at length about his aspirations for Stop the Stadium (STS), no decision was made or able to be made about the future direction of STS at yesterday’s meeting.
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