Author Archives: Lee Vandervis

Grateful that ODT printed entire opinion piece today.

https://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/vandervis-hospital-car-parking-issues-loom-ahead

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ODT mislead on non-parking issues again

The Court case and the Appeal have been necessary to challenge the DCC bureaucracy’s public attack on an elected representative during an election process, to get rulings on unprecedented uses/abuses of Code of Conduct provisions, and to preserve elected representatives’ … Continue reading

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How much personal abuse and abuse of process should I take?

Yesterday’s abusive accusations included Cr. Benson-Pope calling me “crass”, “boorish” and falsely claiming I told untruths with Mayor Hawkins again failing to keep order. By late afternoon there was no point in my subjecting myself to more. See for yourself. … Continue reading

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ANZAC DAY Brighton Address

ANZAC DAY MEMORIAL 2021 Brighton                                                                                          My name is Lee Vandervis and as one of your DUNEDIN CITY COUNCIL elected Councillors I am honoured to address you on this ANZAC DAY MEMORIAL 2021, organised by the Brighton Club Incorporated.  My thanks … Continue reading

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MORE DAMAGING DCC SPEED HUMPS

Flagging away Brian Stewart’s immaculate Ford GT40 Replica which he built himself over many years, having been inspired at the age of 14 in 1966 when the GT40 trounced the Ferraris at Le Mans, using 3 NZ drivers – Denny … Continue reading

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$100 million DCC Waterworks RENEWALS BACKLOG…

finally admitted in ODT after my questioning, after years of refusing to print the renewals underspend graphs that I presented repeatedly. RENEWALS is what we should have been spending on, and should be spending on now instead of $60 million … Continue reading

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THE HITCH-HIKER’S GUIDE TO THE MAYORALTY – PART 1

The Hitch-hiker’s Guide is an invaluable aid for understanding our Local Government, and for reading between the lines of the ODT. VOGONS RUN THE UNIVERSE: ========================= Our George Street is about to be demolished for a planned cycleway, with just … Continue reading

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Judge Dismisses Code of Conduct Case

In an extraordinary series of High Court decisions Judge Gendall has legitimised new extensions of the DCC internal Code of Conduct process to now allow any member of the public or Council staff to take a Code of Conduct action … Continue reading

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Why lose the NZ Sports Hall of Fame?

My personal view for many years now is that all our publicly-funded Museums, the Chinese Garden and the Art Gallery should all be run and efficiently marketed as an integrated group of Dunedin attractions and facilities preferably with a single … Continue reading

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My Application to the Dunedin High Court against the DCC

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The case against George St pedestrianisation by stealth

Do you want the DCC to borrow $60 million on your behalf for pedestrianising George st to the Exchange?

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DCC DIGS DEEPER INTO DEBT DOO-DOO

Today some Councillors appeared surprised that the extremely expensive UNBALANCED ANNUAL PLAN BUDGET that they [except me] voted for in June has resulted in a $45 million increase in DCC debt that would next year breach our DCC-only $350 million … Continue reading

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ODT = Otago Denied Truth #3

ODT still refuses to report on the FIRST EVER DCC UNBALANCED ANNUAL PLAN BUDGET, and the exceptional circumstances claimed for the extra borrowings.Note – my mistake. The words ‘unbalanced budget’ do appear in an ODT article text that I had … Continue reading

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ODT = Otago Denied Truth #2

Today’s ODT ‘Firebrand Councillor’ article falsely claims that I accepted my loudness crossed the line. “Even Cr. Vandervis accepted his loudness crossed the line”. Not true – I never accepted crossing any line. It was falsely accusing Councillors that crossed … Continue reading

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ODT = Otago Denied Truth #1

The ODT have repeatedly published ‘Screaming’ and ‘Yelling’ claims last week that they know to be false because their own DCC reporter was talking with Cr. Radich less than 10 meters away, and the investigator’s report confirms they heard nothing. … Continue reading

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Sad departure forced from Otago Museum Board and Dunedin Licensing Committee.

I have considered the resolution of the Council and decided that I cannot in good conscience deliver the apology insisted on as it would be dishonest and insincere. I am disappointed that this means that I need to resign from … Continue reading

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My response to the DCC Code of Conduct process that I do not recognise as properly constituted or balanced.

From: Lee Vandervis <lee@vandervision.co.nz>Date: Tuesday, 27 October 2020 at 1:23 PMTo: Emma Perry <emma.perry@odt.co.nz>Cc: Hamish MacLean <hamish.maclean@alliedpress.co.nz>Subject: FW: Alleged breach of Code of Conduct Final Ta for your interest in this issue Emma, The response I hope to have the … Continue reading

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Another Code of Conduct complaint to smother my complaints.

From: Lee Vandervis <lee@vandervision.co.nz> Date: Thursday, 22 October 2020 at 4:59 PM To: Grant Miller <grant.miller@odt.co.nz>, Hamish McNeilly <hamish.mcneilly@stuff.co.nz> Subject: Latest CoC     Hi Grant,     Like all previous Code of Conduct complaints against me, this Mayoral A-team loudness complaint … Continue reading

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Dunedin Heritage Fund Resignation.

From: Lee Vandervis <lee@vandervision.co.nz>Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020 at 12:49 PMTo: Aaron Hawkins <aaron.hawkins@dcc.govt.nz>, Andrea Farminer <Andrea.Farminer@dcc.govt.nz>, Anna Johnson <Anna.Johnson@dcc.govt.nz>, Lauren McDonald <Lauren.McDonald@dcc.govt.nz>, ‘Andrew Barsby’ <ABarsby@heritage.org.nz>, David Benson-Pope <David.Benson-Pope@dcc.govt.nz>, Jane Macknight <JMacknight@heritage.org.nz>, Sandy Graham <Sandy.Graham@dcc.govt.nz>, Lisa Fitzgerald <Lisa.Fitzgerald@dcc.govt.nz>Cc: “Council 2019-2022 (Elected Members)” <council.2019-2022@dcc.govt.nz>Subject: The Dunedin … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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