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Rattling the Chains Interview

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Mayoral Announcement

Affordable, responsive government for all of us – A revitalised Dunedin.

Four-term Councillor Lee Vandervis has announced that he is standing for the Dunedin Mayoralty in October.

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“In recent years, we have suffered from indifferent leadership and a lack of vision. Dunedin has stagnated with unemployment 40% higher than the NZ average”, says Mr Vandervis. “There are basic and obvious things we need to do, and I’m intending to start on them from my first day as Mayor.”

“My vision is a city that works for all of us,” says Mr Vandervis. “We need to begin wise, careful investment for the future, reduce DCC debt, and make sure Dunedin is once again a wonderful place to live and work, with reasonable rates and good prospects for residents from all walks of life. We can only achieve that with leadership that listens closely to ratepayers, by collaborating as a Council on the basis of robust, open debate and mutual respect, and by making transparent decisions which adhere strictly to best practices,” says Mr Vandervis.

“I will work tirelessly to provide every resident of this city with an environment that promotes economic wellbeing, financial and environmental sustainability, and a high quality of life on an affordable basis.”

“I intend to release policy details over the weeks leading up to the election,” says Mr Vandervis. “I will begin with a back-to-basics review of how Council spends money and Staff time, and the value these resources deliver to city and to rural ratepayers. I will also provide parking improvements, climate change resilience in the low-lying areas that need it most, and actively manage the performance of Council companies, and get better value from our stadium.”

Mr Vandervis has extensive private sector and local government experience. “Born in Balclutha, I have spent my life learning and working in Dunedin, and I like nothing better than doing useful work.

“I spent five years overseas in electronics engineering, followed by two decades restoring heritage and farm buildings while running Dunedin’s largest lighting hire business. I have worked four terms as a Councillor, and I have both the business understanding and local government experience to lead a Council that will make Dunedin a better place for all of us – vibrant, inclusive, sustainable and energetic.”

“On Council, I have persistently asked the hard questions, voted against fickle spending, and pushed issues like debt, drainage and parking that directly affect the daily lives and financial health of ratepayers,” says Mr Vandervis. “I have exposed Council waste and vanity projects, demanded explanations for rates rises and staff costs, and called out closed-door decision-making and deviations from proper local government processes.

I have always pursued sensible, practical approaches rather than group or party ideology, and I have consistently advocated for better value from Council rates and fees. I am ready for the change from hard-questioning Councillor to respectable Mayor who will work hard here to lead a revitalised Dunedin. ”

“I am asking Dunedin to back my vision and my policies, so that our city becomes a better place for all of us. And I look forward to serving Dunedin as Mayor”, says Mr Vandervis.

ENDS

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Queens Drive Parking

DCC lost Commuter Parking that I have long complained of but might be regained with social media pressure…

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Parry Street Parking Space

DCC Parking Manager claims “DCC does not have space to create 200 temporary parks…” – ODT today…

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More Unitary Council Misinformation

Again Mayor Cull shuts down appropriate questions asked at the appropriate time.

Email received yesterday as below, again well outside the legally required date to answer a question under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act, again no answer as to WHY this motion received low priority for over 2 years, and again another version of ‘NO copy of the draft Unitary Council report was SENT to the ORC’ – it now appears that DCC CEO Bidrose HAND DELIVERED the draft Unitary Council report herself to the ORC but it was NOT COMPLETELY VIEWED BY ORC CEO Bodeker!

The now suppressed draft Unitary Council report that I have belatedly been allowed to view runs to 14 pages and sets out all the procedural steps for the formation of a Unitary Council plus some sparse redacted staff comment.

From: Sandy Graham <Sandy.Graham@dcc.govt.nz>
Date: Thursday, 4 July 2019 at 5:06 PM
To: Lee Vandervis <lee@vandervision.co.nz>
Cc: Sue Bidrose <Sue.Bidrose@dcc.govt.nz>, “Council 2016-2019 (Elected Members)” <council.2016-2019@dcc.govt.nz>, Official Information <officialinformation@dcc.govt.nz>
Subject: RE: Urgently required answers to Unitary Council report related questions
Dear Lee
I refer to your e-mail of 27 May 2019 which is attached below and I apologise for the delay in responding. I have copied your questions and provided responses to each question using your original numbering.
The responses are as follows:
1, why have you still not said why this particular report received such low priority? Does your answer to 4 imply that this low prioritisation decision was the CEO’s? Why “was no date aimed for, for the report to go to Council.”? These remain pivotal and unanswered questions.
Questions 1 and 4 were answered at the Council meeting on 28 May 2019 and so in LGOIMA terms the information is now publicly available pursuant to section 17 (d) of LGOIMA. The link for the recording is below and discussion that provides the answer to your questions begins at 1.25.03 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ46R_RZ36w&feature=youtu.be
4 does not answer the obvious question as to why the work was not done prior to August 2018. Please answer, as a more specified LGOIMA question, why this work was not done for 20 months prior to August 2018.
As advised in my response to question 1, there were other major projects which impacted on staff time, and after speaking to Committee Chairs in 2017, the report was scheduled for completion in 2018. Then the PGF work, requiring close collaboration with ORC, began.
8 – Was the draft version of the Unitary Council report viewed by, or sent to, anyone else other than senior DCC staff? Specifically was it viewed by, or sent to, the Mayor or any DCC Councillors?
No
9 interim equivocal answer not accepted by me, as a reliable source of information confirms that a copy of the draft Unitary Council report has been viewed by senior ORC staff.
10 Please confirm unequivocally whether or not the draft Unitary Council report was shown by DCC staff to ORC staff, whether officially through the proper channels, or unofficially without any DCC record of the transfer of information?
Questions 9 and 10
The report was never shown to any ORC staff member or elected member.
The DCC CEO and the ORC’s CEO of the time (Peter Bodeker) did discuss the Unitary Council process and his views on process. This was at a regular meeting between them, held on 30 March 2017. The former CEO of the ORC did not receive a copy of the draft report, although Dr Bidrose had an early draft of the “process of becoming a unitary authority” with her at that meeting among a selection of other papers. The draft report, which on 30 March 2017, was a high level outline focussed on process, was physically on the table during their discussion, along with a range of other papers. It was therefore technically shown to Mr Bodeker. However, he did not read the report although he did view the outline of what he referred to as “a table of contents”. Mr Bodeker has further confirmed that neither Dr Bidrose or any other staff member gave him or sent him a copy of the draft report. The current CEO of the ORC (Sarah Gardner) has also confirmed that she never saw or was sent a copy of the draft report.
I have cc’ed the reply to those recipients of your original email and to the LGOIMA team for noting the reply.
Regards
Sandy

On 27/05/2019, at 9:39 PM, Lee Vandervis <lee@vandervision.co.nz> wrote:
Thank you for your answers as below Sandy.
Regarding question
1, why have you still not said why this particular report received such low priority? Does your answer to 4 imply that this low prioritisation decision was the CEO’s? Why “was no date aimed for, for the report to go to Council.”? These remain pivotal and unanswered questions.
2 & 3 are answered by your attachment thank you
4 does not answer the obvious question as to why the work was not done prior to August 2018. Please answer, as a more specified LGOIMA question, why this work was not done for 20 months prior to August 2018. Your suggestion that “In August 2018 Councillors gave feedback agreeing to the work being done after the PGF (especially waterfront) work was completed “ is untrue in my case at least. I never gave feedback or agreed that the work be done after the PGF informally or otherwise. I did agree that the release of the report could be delayed at that time because of some suggested extreme ORC sensitivity while a Waterfront property deal was being negotiated.
This decision was in any event outside our proper decision-making framework. Having the CEO sidling up to individual Councillors over a cuppa suggesting the convenience of a delay in releasing the report in no way authorises staff to not do the work of duly confirmed resolution of Council.
5,6,&7 answers accepted
8 interim equivocal answer accepted, given time constraint, but an unequivocal answer is still sought under LGOIMA within LGOIMA time frames.
9 interim equivocal answer not accepted by me, as a reliable source of information confirms that a copy of the draft Unitary Council report has been viewed by senior ORC staff.
10 new LGOIMA request. Please confirm unequivocally whether or not the draft Unitary Council report was shown by DCC staff to ORC staff, whether officially through the proper channels, or unofficially without any DCC record of the transfer of information? I accept that this new LGOIMA request can only reasonably be actioned within normal LGOIMA 21 working day timeframes.
Looking forward to getting all the answers sought within 21 working days.
Kind regards,

Cr. Lee Vandervis

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BUDGETED BILLION$ DUNEDIN DEBT.

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