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WCC’s free lunch for a car | Vandervis challenges DCC legal advice

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‎Tue‎, ‎26‎ ‎May‎ ‎2015 ‎at 8‎:‎10‎ ‎a.m.

### Stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00, May 26 2015
Editorial: Councillors don’t deserve a free lunch
OPINION: It is odd that Wellington City Councillors think the ratepayers owe them a free lunch. They don’t. Councillors say they don’t have time to go out and get lunch, so they must carry on working without it. “People have been getting grumpy,” explains Councillor Andy Foster. Therefore, the ratepayers must provide lunch. This argument is truly ridiculous. It means, apparently, that the politicians are incapable of doing what everyone else does, which is to have lunch within the usual times. They will say, of course, that they are busier than the other people. […] The councillors are in the difficult position that two years ago they scrapped free lunches, partly as a cost-cutting measure and partly as a sign that they were willing to share the pain. If those arguments were valid then, they are still valid now. So consider the cost-cutting argument. Officials are now recommending a 5.1 per cent increase in rates in 2015. Part of this will be $20,000 for councillors’ free lunches. This is about half of what the councillors’ free lunches used to cost before they scrapped them in 2013. Some will say this is a reasonable “compromise”. […] Councillors might now argue that $20,000 is a piffling amount in the context of the capital city’s budget, and of course it is. But suppose a burglar stole a car worth $20,000 from the city council’s fleet. This is also a trifling sum in the context of the city’s property assets. Would the councillors wink at that too?
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Tears, spats and squabbles (note ODT url for the following item)….

### ODT Online Tue, 26 May 2015
Vandervis ‘contesting voting ban’
By Chris Morris
Dunedin city councillor Lee Vandervis says he has begun a legal challenge to reclaim his lost voting rights, although senior council staff remain in the dark about the details. His move came as yesterday’s full council meeting descended into increasingly bitter exchanges, most involving Cr Vandervis, who told one councillor to leave town and was advised by another to “shut up”.
Cr Vandervis, speaking at yesterday’s meeting, maintained the voting ban was “ultra vires”, as a councillor’s right to vote was “sacrosanct”. He also took exception to the accuracy of meeting minutes purporting to record the decision to remove his voting rights, as well as subsequent committee meetings.
Read more at http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/343501/tears-spats-and-squabbles

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Cr Vandervis said the council’s real success in the Warehouse Precinct had been to “get out of the way” of private developers.

### ODT Online Tue, 26 May 2015
DCC approval for Exchange work
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council is to press ahead with a $1.1 million plan to revamp Exchange Square and create new car-free zones in the Warehouse Precinct. Councillors at yesterday’s full council meeting voted to approve both projects for public consultation over the next few months, which could be followed by construction later this year.
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ODT: Council may bring forward Exchange works
ODT: Jetty St pedestrian area proposed

Report – Council – 25/05/2015 (PDF, 1004.9 KB)
Renewal and Upgrade of Exchange Square

Report – Council – 25/05/2015 (PDF, 2.8 MB)
Proposed Restriction of Vehicles From Sections of Jetty Street

Other information:
Dunedin Central City Plan (all documents)
Exchange Square Upgrade
Urbanismplus: Dunedin Central City Framework (PDF, 9.7 MB)
This full report provides justification for a better city centre, a vision for the city centre, some strategic direction and finally an implementation plan. October 2011.

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Sunday Star Times Business News: Woops DCC

### Stuff Online Last updated 11:52 27/01/2013
Auckland councillors reveal interests
By Rob Stock
The shutters of secrecy around the personal commercial interests of elected councillors and local board members are beginning to lift at the country’s largest local council. In May last year Auckland mayor Len Brown pledged to the Sunday Star-Times that Auckland Council would work towards the establishment of a register of pecuniary interests of councillors, something other major councils have long provided to their ratepayers.
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Near the end of the article we love the reference to “the heavily indebted Dunedin City Council” being without a public register of pecuniary interests of councillors… Something “major councils have long provided to their ratepayers” (see Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga, and now Auckland).

It’s the remainder of the sentence about Dunedin that really amuses, but let’s reproduce the paragraphs which implicate DCC.

In fact, the lack of registers at some councils – the heavily indebted Dunedin City Council was another without a public register – seems in direct contravention of the Local Government Act that requires councils to operate “in an open, transparent, and democratically accountable manner”.

Local Government New Zealand told the Government it believes the model set by MPs needed to apply to local councillors, arguing that it would “strengthen public confidence in public bodies like local government”, and it turned out that Auckland City Council was supporting the call.

Best we demand a register of Dunedin City councillors’ interests well before the October 2013 local body elections – make the request via public submissions on the Draft Annual Plan 2013/14, and DCC public forums.

DCC homepage portrait nightmares 6.1.13 (screenshot)

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Wellington Towards 2040

Forming the “digital powerhouse”…

Wellington’s biggest assets are its compact form, its harbour setting and the quality of life. It also boasts a highly skilled population with the highest incomes in the country.

### idealog.co.nz 29 Sept 2011 @ 11:13 am
Wellington’s new 30-year vision
By Design Daily Team
Last night Wellington City Council unanimously agreed on a long term vision for the city, one that will have sustainability, digital saviness and innovation at its core. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the strategy, called Wellington Towards 2040: Smart Capital, would underpin and guide all Council strategies across economic, environmental, social, technology, transport and other key issues.

The four goals identified by the council are:

People-centred city – the aim is to be healthy, vibrant, affordable, resilient, have a strong sense of identity, and strong and healthy communities.

Connected city – this is connectedness in every sense: physical, virtual or social. Strategies like the Digital Strategy fall under this.

Eco-city – this is a response to all the environmental challenges the city faces over the coming decades, and the Council is confident [it] can lead the country by example.

Dynamic central city – this section largely deals with urban design aspects of the central city – making sure it’s still a great place to be where new ideas happen – and maintaining its role as the creative and innovative force to drive the regional economy.

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WCC Report (15 September 2011)

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So long as no-one thinks this is Art!

$350,000 could buy a work of public art that is prestigious, contemporary and in tune with our cultural identity going forward.

WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY

### ODT Online Mon, 15 Mar 2010
Weta unveils proposed RWC sculpture
Weta Workshop has unveiled a miniature of a sculpture, which has been proposed as a centre piece for Wellington’s hosting of the 2010 Rugby World Cup. The unveiling took place at Weta Workshop in Miramar in Wellington today. NZPA
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Just to hand, two Tweets…

@hamish_keith @CherylBernstein It is exactly the kind of sculpture Hitler would approve of

@hamish_keith Weta rugby sculpture might get Hitler’s approval unlike their sign http://bit.ly/9u0eae I had hoped we were over narrative crap like that

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Wellington issues

Thanks to James’ twitter feed…

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 02/01/2010
Wellington ratepayers bail out tourist attractions
By Dave Burgess and Emily Watt – The Dominion Post
Some of Wellington’s key visitor attractions are in dire financial straits, and it is ratepayers who will be asked for a bailout.
Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience has received another $2.3 million in a secret deal sealed behind closed Wellington City Council doors – and it now wants more money to set up a cafe.
Council documents reveal funding issues for other organisations, including the St James Theatre, which is so broke that it tends to avoid risky shows, the cable car, which might have to ask the council for more money to pay for safety upgrades, and the Basin Reserve, which cannot afford to maintain its LED replay scoreboard.

The Wellington Regional Stadium Trust is not controlled by the council but is included in the briefing papers, which warn that it may be unable to repay a $15m council loan due to ground upgrades ahead of the Rugby World Cup. The trust has also yet to renew the contract for the NZI Sevens from 2012 and beyond.

Mayor Kerry Prendergast and council chief executive Garry Poole refused to answer questions.
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Sorry saga of cost overruns, Kerr

### interest.co.nz February 11, 2009
Opinion: Don’t subsidise stadia or events without referenda
By Roger Kerr
Stadiums and events involving central and local governments are often controversial. The redevelopment of Carisbrook is a case in point.
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This piece by Roger Kerr first appeared in the Otago Daily Times, August 11, 2006. Roger Kerr (rkerr@nzbr.org.nz) is the executive director of the New Zealand Business Roundtable.

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See comment by Peter Entwisle at SkyscraperCity on the funding of Wellington’s Westpac Stadium (The Cake Tin) compared to the proposed Otago stadium.

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