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Site Notice #DunedinHospital

This afternoon David Benson-Pope requested an unreserved apology from the website owner following publication of an image and various comments at a now deleted post concerning the Save Our Hospital campaign that was highlighted in a newspaper story published on 25 March 2017.

The website owner unreservedly apologises to Mr Benson-Pope for the publication of this material and any resulting discomfort or distress it may have caused.

An apology will be emailed to Mr Benson-Pope shortly, copy Sandy Graham, DCC.

Elizabeth Kerr
Site Owner

Reference:

### ODT Online Sat, 25 Mar 2017
Woodhouse blasts DCC
By Eileen Goodwin
National list MP Michael Woodhouse has lashed out at the Dunedin City Council over its hospital rebuild campaign, implying it is a front for the Labour Party. And Mr Woodhouse said the council’s stance was “confusing” — on the one hand it wants a central city rebuild, but it granted the Accident Compensation Corporation the right to consider buying the Frederick St car park. ACC has a 12-month timeframe to look at development options for the site. […] Mr Woodhouse is also ACC Minister, and he made it clear he was speaking as a local MP.
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Greater Dunedin…. ALERT from party (un)faithful #HoHo

Text received Sat, 05/12/2015 6:47 pm
GD’s marketing man has a letter in today’s ODT [page 30]. Kind of reads as an implied crit of DC et al???

Holly-with-berries [colourbox.com] + ODT 5.12.15 Letter to editor Crick p30 (1)

Old comments at What if? Dunedin:

Tony Crick, Julian Smith and Dave Cull set up and recruited the original nucleus of ‘Greater Dunedin’. Who do you think has run Dave and GD’s advertising campaigns since?
Calvin Oaten 2014/02/28 at 10:44 pm

“Mr Cull told the ODT that the higher spending reflected a decision to make more use of Dunedin-based marketing company Creative Advertising.” Huh? Creative Advertising IS Greater Dunedin and vice versa. Just ask CA’s Mr Crick. Are we plebs all adjudged stupid by this omnipotent Great One?
Calvin Oaten 2013/12/04 at 10:29 am

Philippa@cre8ive = Philippa Crick = http://greaterdunedin.co.nz/who-are-we/ [website expired]
Anonymous 2013/10/02 at 11:17 pm

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25.7.14 Greater Dunedin: developing image
13.10.13 Pressuring Cull and his GD Party . . .
2.10.13 Greater Dunedin caucus arrives
29.9.13 Cull’s political party caucuses ‘in term’. Lost best chief executive…
22.4.11 Current … Dunedin City councillors will never create a ‘Restorative City’

Media stories:

### ODT Online Wed, 2 Oct 2013
Grouping claim dismissed as lie
By Debbie Porteous
Accusations of lies are being thrown around on the issue of councillor groupings in the Dunedin local body elections. A former council staff member says he saw members of Dunedin’s only ticket, Greater Dunedin, meet behind closed doors before council and committee meetings.
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### ODT Online Tue, 7 Sep 2010
Mayoral Profile: Dave Cull
By David Loughrey
(page 2) Who do you see as your supporters? You’ve got an organisation behind you?
We’ve set up a group, an incorporated society, called Greater Dunedin Inc. We incorporated it mainly to protect the name, the brand; it’s very small. There’s 11 members, and nine are standing for council, and the object of Greater Dunedin is to get good people on to council.
Read more

### dunedintv.co.nz Wed, 2 Dec 2009
Three Dunedin City Councillors form an incorporated society
Three Dunedin City Councillors, Dave Cull, Kate Wilson and Chris Staynes, have formed an incorporated society, called Greater Dunedin, in preparation for next year’s Local Body Elections. Greater Dunedin’s stated purpose is not to rigidly dictate policies, but to promote ‘good quality candidates’ onto Council. According to Cull, only new blood can change the direction Dunedin is currently heading. He says the trio want Council to be more transparent and financially responsible, as he thinks irresponsible decisions have led to ballooning debt.
Ch39 Link [no video available]

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Greater Dunedin Incorporated 2356351 (other registers) 1

Policies
● Fiscal responsibility
● Environmentally friendly
● Economic development
● Reduce compliance costs
● Preserving heritage infrastructure
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Dunedin

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DCC financial position | DCC reply: “$20M cash on hand” #LGOIMA

### dunedintv.co.nz May 5, 2015 – 12:27pm
DCC’s financial position better than expected
The Dunedin City Council is finishing the financial year on a high, with an operating surplus of almost $8m. Its finance committee has just analysed the latest accounts, which show the council’s in a better position than expected. It’s received more money through its invested Waipori Fund, and saved on asset maintenance. The council’s got less debt to pay than what was initially budgeted for, and has deferred some work. But it’s received less than expected from the New Zealand Transport Agency for roading projects, and it’s lost some money on the sale of a Dukes Road property. The financial year ends in June.
Ch39 Link

As tabled at the DCC Finance Committee meeting on 4 May 2015:

Report – FC – 04/05/2015 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Financial Result – Nine Months to 31 March 2015

Report – FC – 04/05/2015 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Financial Result – Eight Months to 28 February 2015

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WHERE DID DCC’S $20M “CASH ON HAND” DEMATERIALISE TO ?????

From: Elizabeth Kerr
Sent: Tuesday, 23 September 2014 11:13 p.m.
To: Sandy Graham [DCC Group Manager Corporate Services]
Subject: LGOIMA request

Dear Sandy

Re: Cull warns debt still hurdle for council (ODT 15.9.14)
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/315949/cull-warns-debt-still-hurdle-council

Within the news item it says:

“The forecast had included about $22 million in “cash on hand”, but, since Mr McKenzie’s arrival, the decision had been made to slash the amount to about $2 million, he said.

“The cash was instead used to pay for capital projects, avoiding the expected need to borrow for the work, which reduced the council’s need to borrow by $20 million, he said.”

6.5.15 This paragraph goes unexplained in Ms Graham’s reply below;
a further clarification has been sought on WHICH CAPITAL PROJECTS

I would like the DCC to precisely itemise the way(s) in which the city council has spent this $20 million of “cash on hand”, to include the capital projects by name or other reference; the name(s) of the relevant council department(s) and or committee(s) that incurred this expenditure; the dates of expenditure; the spending delegations attributable to which, by name, formal signatories on account; and any other information in legible form that would assist the city council to meet my request in a forthright, full and transparent manner.

I look forward to reply.

Thanks, kind regards

Elizabeth Kerr

* My LGOIMA request was made on 23 September 2014.
** Dunedin City Council was legally required to reply within 20 working days.
*** Dunedin City Council finally replied on 29 April 2015.

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From: Sandy Graham
Sent: ‎Wednesday‎, ‎29‎ ‎April‎ ‎2015 ‎1‎:‎36‎ ‎p.m.
To: Elizabeth Kerr
Subject: RE: LGOIMA request [DCC expenditure of $20M cash on hand]

Dear EJK

I do appear to have sent this on Friday. I’m resending. Can you confirm receipt?

Regards
Sandy

From: Sandy Graham
Sent: Friday, 24 April 2015 1:40 p.m.
To: Elizabeth Kerr
Cc: Carolyn Allan; Grant McKenzie
Subject: RE: LGOIMA request [DCC expenditure of $20M cash on hand]

Dear Elizabeth

We have considered your questions and now provide the following response which we hope finally answers your enquiry. Apologies for the delay in providing this clarification.

First I want to background a couple of things to give context to both the question and our response. In our budget (the Annual Plan), the Council ensures that there is enough money to meet its financial obligations. This means that the Council has budgeted money in order to pay for a liability if and when it falls due over the course of the financial year.

While the budget provides for the necessary money to meet the various financial obligations that fall due over the course of the financial year, it is not financial best practice to have large sums of money sitting in the bank at the same time as the Council has debt. This is because the cost of borrowing is generally at a higher rate than the return on money invested in the bank.

With that background I want to deal with the specific situation referenced in the ODT on 15 September 2014 which forms the basis of your enquiry. For clarification, the article in the ODT on 15 September 2014 referred to a decision to “slash” the amount of cash on hand from $22 million to $2 million. To clarify, the $22 million was a budgeted amount of cash based on the Annual Plan for 2014/15. It was never physically in the bank – it was simply a budgeted figure.

The reference to “slash the amount” to about $2 million simply means that the Council (which had intended to borrow this money following the completion of certain capital expenditure projects) did not borrow it. It wasn’t spent on anything – the debt wasn’t raised. If it did borrow the money, then the Council would’ve had the money sitting in the bank. As outlined above, the current practice is to have a minimal amount of money in the bank but access to money if and when required.

The Council is currently consulting on a draft Financial Strategy which formalises this approach and incorporates it into the budget from 1 July 2015 onwards. I have attached a copy of the draft Financial Strategy for your information.

Regards
Sandy

Attachment: Finance-Strategy

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From: Elizabeth Kerr
Sent: Friday, 24 April 2015 1:56 a.m.
To: Sandy Graham
Cc: Carolyn Allan
Subject: Re: LGOIMA request [DCC expenditure of $20M cash on hand]

Dear Sandy

Please can you have the information requested since 23 September 2014 to me within 5 working days. Appreciated.

Regards, Elizabeth

Sent from Windows Mail

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From: Elizabeth Kerr
Sent: Thursday, 9 April 2015 11:49 a.m.
To: Sandy Graham
Cc: Carolyn Allan; Elizabeth Kerr
Subject: Re:RE: LGOIMA request [DCC expenditure of $20M cash on hand]

Dear Sandy and Carolyn

The draft LTP has recently been signed off by the Council and is now available for public consultation.

Further to your last email, Sandy, if you can, please provide timeline for delivery of the information promised to me regarding DCC’s use of the $20M cash on hand, as referred to in the Otago Daily Times on 15 September 2014 (refer correspondence below).

I look forward to your update and following, prompt receipt of the information kindly requested last year.

Best regards, Elizabeth

█ The rest of the oh so tiresome email trail can be found at this thread:
3.11.14 DCC: What happened to $20 million cash on hand? #LGOIMA

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Today at DCC in pictures

Updated post Wed, 29 Apr 2015 at 12:07 p.m.

Meeting of the Dunedin City Council on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 at 1:00 PM, Council Chamber, Municipal Chambers

Agenda – Council – 28/04/2015 (PDF, 96.6 KB)

Report – Council – 28/04/2015 (PDF, 172.7 KB)
Conduct Committee Report to Council

Resolutions passed at meeting of Dunedin City Council 28.4.15 (14. Conduct Committee Report to Council)

█ Download: Conduct Committee Resolution 28 April 2015

AFTER ALLOWING COUNCIL TO SPEND ONE AND A HALF HOURS DEBATING TWO ROCKS AT WARRINGTON THAT MUST BE REMOVED – OTHERWISE THE COUNCIL WILL BE ACTING UNLAWFULLY….

WHEN IT CAME TO CR VANDERVIS’ CONDUCT AND COUNCIL SANCTIONS, WELL….

DAAAVE PROMPTLY FORGOT DUE PROCESS AND LOST IT FOR DEMOCRACY IN A VERY OBVIOUS MANNER THEN WAS SEEN TO LOOK LIKE A STUNNED MULLET, SUDDENLY

[SHOW TRIAL] HOWEVER, DAAAVE DID MANAGE A RESOLUTION (AMBUSH DOCUMENT) TO SANCTION CR VANDERVIS, HE PUT IT TO THE VOTE WITH ONLY CRS CALVERT, HALL AND LORD AGAINST.

ultra vires maxresdefault [ytimg.com]Justice- I can't breathe  tumblr_ng1j9u4squ1qgiurvo1_1280 [tumbler.com]

IN SUMMARY, CR VANDERVIS WAS SANCTIONED IN HIS ABSENCE AND WE WOULD SAY DAAAVE’S FUTURE AS MAYOR OF DUNEDIN IS DISSOLVED OR WAS IT CRASHED
UNLESS DEAR OLD ODT CAN FIGURE SOME NEWS STORY TO SAVE HIM.

Approach [acting-man.com] 2.3

Received from Lee Vandervis
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 at 8:06 p.m.

█ Message: Below is the statement I gave to [Chris] Morris as I left the meeting today. Be interesting to see what he does to it. —I also gave him a copy of my initial apology.

I completely reject the claim that I misled the Audit and Risk committee, and that I was not open and honest.

– What I did do was voice my concern that the investigation into DCC Citifleet fraud was narrowed down to a single category of fraud, and that the blame has been narrowed to a single deceased individual.

– Since then I have seen no hard evidence of the DCC fraud investigation being widened.

– Accusers should have had hard evidence of a widened investigation as was continually promised but not delivered, before even considered accusing me of acting in bad faith – never mind now considering sanctions against me.

– I am still hopeful that the DCC Citifleet fraud investigation that I began in 2011 will be actually widened, seek my offered evidence, and fully investigate the whole range of fraud, including Citifleet.

Regarding complaints of loudness, due process has not been followed to allow me to defend anonymous claims that go beyond loudness, so I’m not in a position to recognise them.

Cr. Lee Vandervis

From: Lee Vandervis
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:22:32 +1300
To: Sue Bidrose, Sandy Graham, Andrew Noone, Andrew Whiley, Chris Staynes, Doug Hall, Hilary Calvert, John Bezett, Jinty MacTavish, Kate Wilson, Lee Vandervis, Mayor Cull, Mike Lord, Neville Peat, Richard Thomson, David Benson-Pope, Aaron Hawkins
Cc: Chris Morris [ODT], Debbie Porteous [ODT]
Conversation: Apology for hallway loudness
Subject: Apology for hallway loudness

Dear Sue, Sandy and Councillors.

If it was thought that my Council hallway questioning of CEO Bidrose yesterday was considered to be too loud or inappropriate, I unreservedly apologize to those who thought so, especially if that included Dr. Bidrose.

I recognise today that I had become increasingly frustrated with the lack of CEO response to my earlier emailed governance complaints, and that an unacceptable Council agenda item was imminent as a result.

Happily some time was subsequently allowed for possible resolution of the Governance issues I complained of.

To prevent a recurrence of overheard unpleasantness, I undertake to make any future complaints of staff or elected representatives in a recorded medium.

Kind regards,
Cr. Lee Vandervis

For more, enter the terms *vandervis*, *cull*, *bidrose*, *citifleet* or *deloitte* in the search box at right.

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Before Council meeting tomorrow at 1:00 PM

Kangaroo Court [gangasudhan.com] 1

Meeting of the Dunedin City Council on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 at 1:00 PM, Council Chamber, Municipal Chambers

Agenda – Council – 28/04/2015 (PDF, 96.6 KB)

Report – Council – 28/04/2015 (PDF, 172.7 KB)
Conduct Committee Report to Council

For more, enter the terms *vandervis*, *cull*, *bidrose*, *citifleet* or *deloitte* in the search box at right.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Image: gangasudhan.com – Kangaroo Court (tweaked by whatifdunedin)

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Delta, Carisbrook, Fubar Stadium —Councillors “weak”, or worse

ODT Letter to the editor 15.7.13 (page 8) 1ODT Letter to the editor 15.7.13 (page 8)

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29.6.13 Audit NZ and OAG clean bill of health —Suspicious!
27.6.13 State of the City —DCC or Dunedin?
20.6.13 Stadium: DVML, DVL miserable losers! #grandtheftdebt
8.6.13 Stadium: Insurmountable debt but gosh, look at our numbers!
28.5.13 Carisbrook: Auditor-General #fails Dunedin residents and ratepayers
27.5.13 Carisbrook and Leith flood protection
23.5.13 Carisbrook: Calder Stewart to demo Dunedin’s historic stadium
11.5.13 Stadium: Truth, usual whitewash or prosecution ?

*Use search box at right to find out more.

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