ORC or not ORC?

I have further pursued the Unitary Council process by talking with the Minister of Local Government Rodney Hide a few months ago. He agreed that a Unitary Council for Dunedin would be just a matter of time, but could probably take quite some number of years.
When I asked what could speed up the process as the ORC was bleeding us dry and incompetent to boot, Rodney Hide replied “Political will”.
I have that in spades, so if elected, especially if elected for Mayor, it could happen quickly, hopefully in less than a year in principle and probably another year to actually make it happen – with some cutting and pasting of boundaries and reassigning of environmental responsibilities.

I have been pushing the issue since before I got on Council in 2004, and found muted but consistent support for a Unitary Council from many elected representatives and even from CEO Jim Harland who sees the profits of Port Otago and Chalmers Property wasted in the ORC bureaucracy. [He would rather he wasted them in the DCC]
Interestingly, the only City Councillor to publicly support a Unitary Council with any consistency over the years has been Cr Richard Walls. He has been a long term solid advocate of a Unitary Council for Dunedin.
PM Pete Hogdson has rounded on the ORC for years for their tight ham-fisted bungling with our buses, but with little effect.
While I was on Council the DCC paid for a renowned expensive public transport consultant to come down from Auckland and advise both ORC and DCC what to do to improve our woeful bus service.
His first recommendation was to have the service run by one authority only, and that that authority should be the DCC.
Years later this recommendation has still not been seriously looked at.   

Nelson has a Unitary Council as does Blenheim.
ChCh recently had its regional Councillors fired for incompetence and replaced by some commissioners.
It has got to be our turn soon if we are to survive the DCC debt explosion.

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About Lee Vandervis

My name is Lee Vandervis and I was born in Balclutha 60 years ago to Dutch immigrant parents who ran a successful building contractor business. I have been passing Dad nails since I can remember and I learned to swing a hammer usefully early in life. My parents always pushed the values of thrift and a broad education. At Otago University I gained a BA in Philosophy before going to London for 5 years overseas experience, working in electronics manufacturing and rising to Production Manager of Midas Audio UK, building mixing consoles for musicians like Stevie Wonder, Supertramp and Pink Floyd. I returned to Dunedin in 1981 to have a family and set up Vandervision Lighting Audio and Video, making it Dunedin’s largest lighting hire business, and restoring heritage buildings like Dundas st Church and 401 Moray Place along the way. I sold most of my business interests when first elected to the DCC in 2004. Dunedin City Councillor profile: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/councillors/cr-lee-vandervis
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