We are broke

The Octagon ‘artwork’ briefly acquired a complete and timely message highlighting Dunedin’s $800,000,000+ debt in the last RWC week of its $50,000 rate-paid rental. My most recent advice is that the DCC and Ngai Tahu are still trying to cobble together an after-the-fact ‘ownership’ agreement for the artwork, even though all of its internal screens and video players and sound system have been returned to the hire business that provided them.

The ODT photographer took photos similar to below, but management apparently decided that it was better that most Dunedin people never get to see what was on the Occupy Facebook site as below.

Perhaps it was all a bit too much…




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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