Author Archives: Lee Vandervis
Wasted rates and Taxes
I have long advocated leaving Local Government NZ for the reasons Brown gives but also because they have degenerated into excusing Central Government excesses like forcing 3 Waters ‘reform’ on Councils when 60 of 67 Councils voted to opt out … Continue reading
Dunedin lags NZ on many economic indicators.
“Vandervis’ growth comparisons draw criticism” ODT 9/3/23 A more informative headline would have been ‘Councillors in denial as Vandervis lists lagging economic indicators’ From our factual Infometrics agenda I quoted a long list of graphically highlighted facts showing Dunedin lagging … Continue reading
Disability Politicking clarified.
It appears that Mr Ford, “kaituitui, or community connector for the Disability Issues Advisory Group” had not consulted Group representatives before making a personal complaint to Council about my appointment as Chair of the Disabilities Group as reported in the … Continue reading
I accepted Mayor Radich’s suggested extra role of Chair of the Disabilities Group because of my 18 years experience as the father of a severely disabled autistic son and being part of the disabled support organisations community. This seems not … Continue reading
This FB post got 66 shares in one day.
Lee Vandervis Shared with Public We may never know what made Jacinda jump or who emptied her tank, but Chris Trotter’s 3 Waters insights hint at part of what has been going down. Chris Trotter: Blowing off the froth – … Continue reading
Before and after pics of our vintage Hillside-built cooler carriage restoration Christmas holiday project that we milled the macrocarpa for…
No doubt Tremain will inflame, but he is insightful all the same.
69th Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
Who would have dreamed that a hundred+ year old American 14 litre fire-engine could be rebodied into a 100mph+ racing car, and today took off from our Octagon for the 69th Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Run? Thanks to all … Continue reading
DCC Planning and Spending based on Presumed Growth
Against DCC modeled predictions, a net loss of 2,000 people voted with their feet to leave Dunedin for other parts of NZ last year, when the rest of NZ population is growing at 1%. We need to know why: to … Continue reading
From today’s Economist magazine:
The world of long-predicted rapidly rising interest rates and inflation is upon us… Opportunities to reduce Dunedin City Council vulnerability are still available. – my personal view.
Still no media coverage of the extraordinary content of the DCC ‘updated’ Maori Memorandum of Understanding.
The vast majority of Council voted for the new revision of the DCC 2006 Maori MoU. In my view the vast majority of Dunedin citizens would not have approved had they been given the chance to know what this new … Continue reading
Inaugural Council meeting.
The Inaugural Council meeting went like a well-scripted Coronation, with the only departure being an embarrassing motion from Cr. Laufiso and the now gang of four wanting to modify Councillor pay rates to a different unequal range on a claimed … Continue reading
Solar Electrical System for home.
Lithium is the lightest metal, but lithium batteries are still damn heavy. This one is from a Nissan Leaf weighing near 300kg and being repurposed for our house solar electrical system.
Mayor Radich Landslide
Mayor Radich’s Landslide is our best hope now for reversing some of the DCC damage done over the Hawkins/Benson-Pope years https://www.odt.co.nz/…/radich-announces-senior-council…
DCC Election result with 90% votes counted:
This result is based upon the counting of approximately 90% of the returned voting papers. The progress result does not include some special votes and voting papers returned today that are still in transit to the processing centre. The outcome … Continue reading
How long must Dunedin suffer its DCC Companies?
DCC Council Companies to remain in the too-hard-basket? Seven years. It has been seven years since our Dunedin Council-controlled Companies have provided us with a dividend from profits. Many decades of many millions invested in our Council Companies have given … Continue reading