Mayor Hawkins used his position to exclude non-compilant Councillors and my interview question despite my protest below:

On 16/09/2020, at 10:19 AM, Lee Vandervis <lee@vandervision.co.nz> wrote:

Dear Mayor Hawkins,

I have asked one question following a process inviting Councillor questions for CEO candidates to answer, as my only opportunity as a Councillor in this whole CEO appointment process to get a considered response from only the final cut of applicants.

This question was first left off the CEO applicant’s question list altogether, with a staff apology for somehow missing it, and now is still left off the list with your absurd suggestion below that “There was never an expectation that everything raised would be included verbatim.”.

When I ask a formal question for due consideration it is my express expectation that my question will be asked as I wrote it, and not some other related question.

My question which I insist you forward as written to the short list candidates for consideration is:

“What CEO experience do you bring to manage the restructuring required to deal with DCC CCO’s that have failed to perform for so many years despite some management changes?”

My question is precisely worded to flush out what experience of dealing with Council Companies the CEO applicant has, and what their awareness is of the state of our Council Controlled Organisations.
In your brief reign as Mayor, you have already excluded me from any Committee Chairmanship roles and from any other extra paid positions, as well as exclusion from the CEO appointment subcommittee. 
Excluding my one question of only the final cut of applicants is not acceptable.

Cr. Lee Vandervis


From: Aaron Hawkins <Aaron.Hawkins@dcc.govt.nz>
Date: Wednesday, 16 September 2020 at 8:40 AM
To: Lee Vandervis <lee@vandervision.co.nz>
Cc: Clare Sullivan <clare.sullivan@dcc.govt.nz>, “Council 2019-2022 (Elected Members)” <council.2019-2022@dcc.govt.nz>
Subject: Re: In confidence: Interview template 17 September

Kia ora Lee 

The suggestions people made for questions have been incorporated, amended, expanded, and in some cases left out completely for the sake of time.

There was never an expectation that everything raised would be included verbatim. 

I think the relationship between council and its companies is worth including, and thank you for the reminder to include it. It is a specific relationship to manage in the DCC context. 

Telling us whether or not they agree with your assessment is the opportunity candidates will have in responding to it. 

Ka mihi 

Aaron Hawkins

MAYOR OF DUNEDIN 
TE KOROMATUA O ŌTEPOTI

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1 Response to Mayor Hawkins used his position to exclude non-compilant Councillors and my interview question despite my protest below:

  1. KolA says:

    typical commie, what a shame of a mayor Dunedin has

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