Continuing and planned underspend on DCC drainage renewals

This is the graph I showed to Councillors at our last meeting and the facts it portrays came from DCC records.
I repeatedly asked CEO Bidrose to confirm the accuracy of the graph which she finally did confirm as “roughly right” on the 20th of February last year as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 20 February 2018 at 7:49 AM
To: Lee Vandervis <>
Cc: Sandy Graham <>, Tom Dyer <>, Dave Cull <>
Subject: RE: confirmation of accuracy of graphs attached

Hello Lee

With regards to the graphs – they are not information we hold, so requesting a response is not an LGOIMA requiring us to simply pull and provide documents (not that you made a LGOIMA request, just letting you know) but it required staff time to look at the graphs, work out what they meant, find the numbers and see if we could match.

The response from the water team is that the graphs look roughly right. However since XXXX did not include a label for the y axis of his graph it is difficult to know precisely.


At this same meeting I acknowledged that since then a $30 million new capital spend had been ‘brought forward’, but that to my knowledge the renewals budget remained woefully inadequate and far below the renewals signaled in the 2015 Long Term Plan. This has not been an appropriate response to the devastation of the 2015 Flood that caused much misery and near $175,000,000 of property damage.
Denials of continued underspending and planned future underspending on drainage renewals by CEO Bidrose and Mayor Cull look rather sick next to CEO Bidrose’s “Roughly right” as above.


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:
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