‘It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good’
Travel restrictions may have a small silver lining for Dunedin ratepayers, as DCC staff discover that most travel is unnecessary…
From: Sharon Bodeker <Sharon.Bodeker@dcc.govt.nz>
Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019 at 3:45 PM
To: Lee Vandervis <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: LGOIMA information request. CEO travel.
Dear Cr Vandervis
I am writing in response to your LGOIMA request below about CEO travel.
There were 150 days of the 365 days prior to and including 25 October 2019 where the CEO did not work in her office or other DCC premises. Please note that this total includes weekend days, statutory days, annual and other leave days, and working days away from DCC.
The CEO visited two counties in these 365 days – China and the USA.
The trip to China was a ‘project China’ visit which was paid using Project China budget, and the CEO’s portion of that trip was $8,160.14. There were visits to three cities, and the purpose was to celebrate to 25th anniversary of the Shanghai Sister City agreement, the 150th anniversary of Otago University with Chinese alumni, to farewell the Mayor and to sign an MOU for deepening education collaboration, and to open the NZ-Shanghai Film Festival.
The CEO is on the International City Managers Association (ICMA) and their International Ethics Board. The cost from the DCC CEO’s budget for this board participation and for ICMA conference attendance in the USA was $7,425.35. The CEO also travelled within New Zealand for work purposes, and the total cost was $5,540.69. Together, these total $12,966.04 of the CEO budget spent on travel over this period. (Note, there were no costs of any kind for ‘tours’ as mentioned in your LGOIMA request).
I trust this answers your request for information.
TEAM LEADER CIVIC
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Dunedin City Council, 50 The Octagon, Dunedin
PO Box 5045, Dunedin 9054
From: Lee Vandervis <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, 25 October 2019 4:19 p.m.
To: Sharon Bodeker <Sharon.Bodeker@dcc.govt.nz>
Subject: LGOIMA information request. CEO travel.
Can you please tabulate how many days our CEO has been away from her DCC office in the last 365 days from today.
Can you also forward a list of countries our CEO has visited, the main reason for each visit, and what our CEO’s total national and international travel budget: flights/connections/ tours/accommodation etc. has cost during the last 365 days
I gather this can be shared on What If, right?
What is Project China budget? A euphemism for rates funded? Freebie from China?