Author Archives: Lee Vandervis

About Lee Vandervis

My name is Lee Vandervis and I was born in Balclutha 60 years ago to Dutch immigrant parents who ran a successful building contractor business. I have been passing Dad nails since I can remember and I learned to swing a hammer usefully early in life. My parents always pushed the values of thrift and a broad education. At Otago University I gained a BA in Philosophy before going to London for 5 years overseas experience, working in electronics manufacturing and rising to Production Manager of Midas Audio UK, building mixing consoles for musicians like Stevie Wonder, Supertramp and Pink Floyd. I returned to Dunedin in 1981 to have a family and set up Vandervision Lighting Audio and Video, making it Dunedin’s largest lighting hire business, and restoring heritage buildings like Dundas st Church and 401 Moray Place along the way. I sold most of my business interests when first elected to the DCC in 2004. Dunedin City Councillor profile:

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Transport Strategy: Is this responsible local government?

The following comment was posted on What If? Dunedin… BlueBottle September 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm Lee Vandervis was very impressive at the transport strategy hearing on Monday. Lee challenged all the ridiculous assumptions that the strategy is based on. … Continue reading

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Council firms must get back to basics

Delta management pay Employees’ remuneration $100,000-$110,000 … 18 $110,000-$120,000 … 7 $120,000-$130,000 … 9 $130,000-$140,000 … 4 $140,000-$150,000 … 4 $150,000-$160,000 … 2 $160,000-$170,000 … 1 $170,000-$180,000 … 1 $200,000-$210,000 … 3 $210,000-$220,000 … 1 $220,000-$230,000 … 1 $240,000-$250,000 … … Continue reading

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On the move

Posterous is closing its website so the Vandervis Blog has moved to its new home here at WordPress. My address has now been updated to redirect you to this site. Kind regards Lee For more information about the changes … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor

Otago Daily Times • Tuesday, 30th November 2012 Continue reading

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Settlement a ‘gutless climbdown’

The decision to settle a defamation claim against Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull by two former Otago Rugby Football Union officials is a “gutless climbdown”, a Dunedin city councillor says. Read the article here including links to ODT Online and the lett… Continue reading

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Councillor on the warpath

The D Scene approaches the issues raised in “Councils should stay away from business” (refer previous post) by Fairfax business editor Tim Hunter. Read the full story here. Continue reading

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