Public Excluded Rugby Park

Posted: October 23, 2014 by cracker666 in Uncategorized

And Kylie has covered it here, but I’d like to thank the Part Time Mayor for supplying his non-scientific poll results to assist us in helping him make a decision on whether the Kremlin should “inherit” Rugby Park (and its massive debt):

Tim's poll result - that's 60% saying "no"

Tim’s poll result – that’s 60% saying “no”

Let’s recap:

  • Rugby Southland/Southland Outdoor Stadium Trust has made no effort to create new income streams since the Stadium was rebuilt over a decade ago
  • It owes shitloads
  • It will be a drain on ratepayers
  • It was shifted to the Stadium Trust to help get Rugby Southland out of potential bankruptcy (gee, where have we heard the words “Rugby Southland” and “potential bankruptcy” before?)
  • It is not a particularly attractive asset or setting
  • There is a shitload of overdue preventative maintenance and strengthening work required running into the millions.

Mind you, the Part Time Mayor has been banging on about it so much in his columns, he’ll have to stand aside from any decision.  As will Al Bundy as chair of the major funder of Rugby Southland which is in reality the deus ex machina behind the paper Trust.

If the Kremlin take this on, they are going against all the faux public consultation through several Annual Plans that came back with a resounding no.

Spell Fiasco. I-C-C.

Posted: October 23, 2014 by cracker666 in Uncategorized

The fish n chipper gave the Kremlin a fist up the back passage this morning, but, as is my wont, I don’t think they went far enough.  They probably only just reached the Invercargill Shitty Council’s stomach.

This whole process has so many procedural failings, one has to call into question the capability of the director of finance and the town clerk to carry out their roles in a manner suitable for their positions and responsibilities.

One also has to wonder about the governance procedures at the Kremlin.

In my experience, when elected members (or Board members, for that matter) have a conflict of interest, they are expected to remove themselves from the room – not just from the table.  Every Board I have been on or worked with has had that rule.

Mark von Dadelzen’s excellent textbook, “Member’s Meetings” sets it out clearly:

Such decision-makers are usually excluded from meetings of the statutory entity while it discusses, considers anything relating to, or decides, the matter in respect of which such decision-makers have an interest.

Even if the legislation does not exclude such people from meetings, good practice suggests they are better to leave to avoid any suggestion of influence.

If, however, the meeting is open to the public and reporters it may not be necessary for them to leave the room, but they should still move away from the table.

He then goes on to refer to Standing Orders for Local Authorities, and here’s what they say:

Members who have declared a non-pecuniary conflict of interest in matters to be discussed should consider leaving the meeting room for the full duration of discussion on such matters if they have a fixed position leading into the decision making process as a result of the declared non-pecuniary conflict of interest.

Now The Aged Al Bundy might argue he didn’t have a fixed position, but this suggests otherwise.

I personally don’t think any Councillors should be on Council-owned company boards unless i) they have particular skills the Board can utilise (being able to call someone a C U Next Tuesday doesn’t count, because any C U Next Tuesday can do that, Al) and ii) they are a member of the Institute of Directors and have gone through that body’s extensive training scheme(s).  I wonder if the Councillors collecting thousands from their seat-warming prowess realise that they aren’t indemnified for any potential cock-ups under section 43 of the Local Government Act?

I certainly don’t believe a Council employee should be the chief executive of the Council’s holding company.  That mistake has been proven over and over during this current sorry saga.

And finally, with such a massive undertaking, when was the last time the Council’s Audit and Risk committee met?  Perhaps the chair was too busy scoffing at the plebs to arrange a get-together on something as important as the uncalled capital proposal:

Cr Graham Lewis chooses to interpret the paucity of public feedback on the uncalled capital proposal to date as indicative of both apathy and contentment to trust the council. He often highlights the importance of just trusting experts – enough to raise the question of whether he is the ideal personality type to chair the council’s audit and risk committee.

The Kremlin had a great opportunity to re-jig their appallingly poor (that’s being nice) governance structure when they were about to appoint a brand new CEO in early 2013.  But The Man With Too Much To Lose fudged his vote, the rest folded, and we’re left with the local government’s equivalent of a double facepalm.

Something has to change.

The Aged & Bewildered Have No Manners

Posted: October 23, 2014 by cracker666 in Uncategorized

Watch from 10 min 30 seconds in.  Have to disagree with Hunter on one thing though, Cllr Dennis is too old and decrepit to be a bully.  He’s more an elderly, X-rated version of Al Bundy

The professionalism and ability to resolve conflict at the Kremlin never ceases to amaze.

Yes, But

Posted: October 22, 2014 by cracker666 in Uncategorized

Thanks to all those people who emailed and texted today asking why I wasn’t getting into the Kremlin after what was in the paper this morning.

Firstly, it seems Louise covered it pretty well (apart from missing out the bit about the old bloke screaming at the slightly less old bloke in the Councillors’ tearoom so everyone could hear).

Secondly, having worked with the extremely capable Jonathan Salter in the past, when he says

“I am acknowledging that there is more than a negligible risk here. Let the resolution sit on the table.”

you know that that says it all.  He’s been brought to Invercargill without being made all the information.

Thirdly, there are some very serious issues that I have – such as work and children and life.  Not as serious as the chief executive of Holdco having to justify his existence and potentially choke on more than a few dead rats, but serious enough to mean I will have to get to this later….

Off campus and after hours.  Wonder what they are up to?

reg

It’s a(n) (ir)regular old staff meeting.  Thanks to the people all over Invercargill keeping us up to speed with their comings and goings.

I got a very interesting affadavit in the letterbox today too.  Dunno who’s dropping them off, but keep ‘em coming.

This Place

Posted: October 20, 2014 by cracker666 in Uncategorized
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Has meaning.

Falling Out Of The Woodwork

Posted: October 20, 2014 by cracker666 in Uncategorized

The Sadford posts have certainly shaken the tree.  Received lots of emails, including this email today (I’ve redacted the names on legal advice even though I have had it tearfully confirmed that this occurred): Read the rest of this entry »