Tabled Docs

14 Sep

After submitting to council a few years ago about tabled documents not being easy to access, ICC started uploading them after the meeting to their website.  It is nice to effect some change but sadly it is erratic, at best.  The last full council meeting prior to the elections was yesterday.  Upon entering I collected six documents.  I see ICC have uploaded one, the Mayors’ Report.

Because I believe information should be shared, here are the others.






You will see the St John’s grant report there (second to last).  As my previous post said, they asked for $30,000.  Their budget showed $35,000 appx in fees to ICC.  Our council claimed to be showing leadership to other funders by giving $100,000.  I have tea to prepare because I am going out tonight but before I sign off I will point out that some councillors did (finally) suggest that fees be waived for St John’s build.  Sadly, no decision was made on that and they just decided on Option 2 and moved on.  As someone who struggles to pay their rates, I am not happy that ICC gave more of OUR money than was requested.  I do not believe that view demeans the worthy organisation that St John’s is but I do believe it is not necessary.  Council is funding more and more none local government related items.  It is of great concern to me.


St John and The Invercargill City Council

7 Sep

I was able to get along to the Finance and Policy meeting yesterday.  I had pre-read the agenda luckily (because none were available).  I was interested to see what the committee would decide with regard to the $2.2 million dollar St John’s hub.  St John’s were asking for a one-off $30,000 grant.



Most likely 2018, seemingly

St John’s are, of course, a worthy cause and discussion to that effect ensued.  It came up that the Coastguard got $50K and Thomas suggested that this was more relevant to the general population and a six-figure amount may be appropriate.  Boniface was very quick to suggest $30K from reserves.  It then followed that they could give $30K now and add more to the Annual Plan for consultation.  Monies allocated over two years was raised, etc.  In the end, it was decided that Mr King come back with a report about the reserve account and what they could spare.  They are all aware that $480K was just put in there by the way.

I do not consider reserve accounts as petty cash or slush funds.  I see them as an emergency ‘overdraft’.  For using when something comes up that they couldn’t have prepared for, or similar.  This funding can be delayed as they are not in an immediate need of the funds (they said that at the meeting).

What flabbergasts me is this


NO-ONE said, “how about we direct staff to waive ALL fees”?  OMG!!

Instead, they sat around claiming that giving reserve money would show leadership to the ‘other funders’.  Do CTOS and ILT and The Lotteries Commission make their decisions based on what ICC fund?  I doubt it.

And by the way, this project does not need ‘leadership’, it is being led by St John’s.  It is their project.  How about you support them?  The confidence in knowing that they will not have to worry about building fees will do just that.  That is how I see councils, as a support team.  When the Tour of Southland comes through, I see the many support vehicles.  Officials, making sure there are no obstacles in the way and vans alongside, or bringing up the rear, ready with water and the likes.  That is what I see the role of council as, providing support.  The limelight and leadership should not come into it.




Who Knows

6 Sep

There seem to be mixed messages at Council.  Some claim there is a new building planned yet others claim no knowledge.  I do find this interesting, too.

On Tuesday he said “it (the plans) has not really progressed any further because SoRDS are also looking at the site to do redevelopment in the inner city.” 

I am a little flummoxed as to how SoRD’s is to be implemented and how much money ICC will throw at it just to ensure it doesn’t fail.  ICC own the Esk Street properties.  So if SoRD’s have redevelopment plans for it, will ICC just do it?

Candidate Profiling

5 Sep

I see the Invercargill City Council have uploaded everyone’s profile statements.  I haven’t read all of them yet.  Enjoy.

More Golf At Queens Park

2 Sep

I am happy to see a very good proposal in the Infrastructure agenda from Disc Golf South.

They lay out three courses in Invercargill for various levels of play.


The recommendation includes a statement that the club fund it themselves – totally agree.  They are focussing on the family-friendly Queens Park one at present.  The $25K figure is not excessive in the scheme of things.  I would expect $3-$5K as a realistic figure from the Active Communities Funding Scheme.  We are so blessed in Southland to have CTOS and ILT and ILT Foundation (my family in Wellington are very jealous).  I would hope for at least $10K from them collectively.  Maybe $1,000 from Sport Southland (Kiwisport – priority #4).   There are many options, Lotteries Commission (time restrictive though), NZCT…Give-A-Little, maybe NRG would help out.  The possibilities are endless.

I am a big believer in groups funding a portion of their project.  I would possibly even put my hand up to help if they want it.  The demographics of Disc Golf are varied and that is why I think it is a great addition to the community.  I look forward to seeing how council treat this.


Where Is That Meeting?

31 Aug

Oral submissions on the Local Government Amendment Bill are tomorrow according to the Select Committee’s facebook


They are doing Wellington submissions in the morning and Christchurch in the afternoon


Should we be concerned that Invercargill City Council’s own press release claims they are flying to Wellington to present to the Select Committee at 3pm?  The Select Committee will be in Christchurch by then.  Houston, we have a problem.


UPDATE:  It seems ICC have realised (or been informed) that they made an error


I do wonder, did they just change a website entry or did they have to book new tickets?




To Jog The Memory

31 Aug

I am off to put up a couple of signs today.  The blue did not come out quite right but they will have to do.  If anyone has a fence they are willing to have one on let me know.

A reader has sent this link through and I think it is important to remember the elected member trip that took place soon after the Suqian trip.  This one was to Japan with five people paid for by council including three councillors and no intended outcome, except to be ‘friendly’?

The five-strong city council delegation leaves Invercargill on Friday night and flies to Japan early Saturday morning.

Members of the delegation are deputy mayor Darren Ludlow who will be the delegation leader, councillors Lindsay Thomas and 

Graham Lewis, works and services director Cameron McIntosh and Paul Horner, manager building assets and Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

Tom Sawyer, president of the Kumagaya Friendship Association will accompany the delegation, with the Kumagaya Friendship Association to  pay for his travel and accommodation.

While in Kumagaya, the delegation will meet with Mayor Tomioka, hold discussions with staff in the council’s Rugby World Cup planning section and tour the city’s facilities.  

They will attend the ceremony for the 10th anniversary of amalgamation, where Ludlow has been asked to make a speech.