Bazley lashes Christchurch City Council

June 8th, 2013 at 10:32 am by David Farrar

Rachel Young at Stuff reports:

Environment Canterbury boss Dame has launched a blistering attack on the , slamming “staff who tell lies and… a totally incompetent organisation”.

The stinging rebuke prompted a handwritten apology from Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker for the “unacceptable delays” on public transport upgrades.

The city council-ECan relationship has been strained of late, but the criticism is an unprecedented attack from one of New Zealand’s most respected public servants.

It is almost unprecedented. So what lead to it?

Documents obtained by The Press under the Official Information Act show the tension between the two councils over the delivery of transport infrastructure, particularly the city council’s delay in building a bus “superstop” at Northlands mall.

ECan chief executive Bill Bayfield wrote to his city council counterpart Tony Marryatt on December 10 last year saying it was “extremely disappointing” the superstop was not ready for a December 3 deadline.

The city council’s “inadequate provision of infrastructure” was undoing his staff’s work, Bayfield said.

A council staff member replied, accepting responsibility for the Northlands problems, saying: “Rather than offer excuses, I can confirm that the new infrastructure will be in place in Northlands by the end of February 2013.”

When this deadline was also missed, Dame Margaret weighed into the debate: “I have monitored the performance of the Christchurch City Council on the provision of these facilities… and have built up a picture of staff who tell lies, and of a totally incompetent organisation,” she wrote to Parker on April 16.

“Our staff have at all times worked collaboratively with your officers and have been given assurances that everything was in order, and progress was on track, when this was obviously not true.”

It was a “sad reflection on our supposed partnership” that even building a bus stop on time seemed beyond the city council, she said, and asked Parker to intervene.

There is a pattern here. Recall also the abysmal failure on the Council in regards to fixing its own housing stock.

What should scare people is that one particular party has spent several years claiming that the major problem in Christchurch is that the Council doesn’t have authority, and they should be in charge of more stuff, and CERA less stuff.

Can you imagine how bad things would be, if they had their way.

To be fair to the Council, they just simply are not resourced to cope with a crisis of this magnitude. But the fact they seem to be struggling with even basic stuff such as infrastructure for a bus stop is damning.

Parker told The Press a staff member in charge of the superstop project had led them to believe everything was on track. However, when the employee left the council, their replacement discovered the problems.

Yep, but there should be systems to check.

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42 Responses to “Bazley lashes Christchurch City Council”

  1. NK (1,259 comments) says:

    Sounds like the old system in Auckland, where the Auckland Regional Council and the seven district councils were always at war with each other and suing each other. Thank goodness Rodney Hide fixed that mess. Time for the same in ChCh.

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  2. markm (117 comments) says:

    it all comes back to Marryatt.
    Parkers to weak and lets Marryatt run the show , when clearly he isnt up to it

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  3. iMP (2,457 comments) says:

    The Council is moribund and paralysed by party rivalries. Some are actually committed to failure to embarrass political rivals. We need a new Council of people who will work together. Lianne Dalziel would only greatly intensify the polarisation. She is already in the public record for lying professionally and was sacked for it. Why would we want her in Chch?

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  4. Tauhei Notts (1,688 comments) says:

    I think that Mayor Parker should get his man Marryatt to bring the V Eights to Chch.
    That will enable the Chch City Council to waste even more money.
    Marryatt knows more about the V Eights than any other administrator.

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  5. lazza (401 comments) says:

    A few more local government fiascos like this (try Kaipara while you are at it) and then maybe people will wake up to how poorly our Councils (by and large and contrary to the usual BS Lawrwnce Yuill and LGNZ put about) … are (NOT) performing.

    My life’s work, to date an abject failure to give these issues a profile in the face of general apathy/powerlessnes may slowly be about to “see the dawn’. Here’s hoping. Dame Maragaret says it all with her scoring of CCC and gives credibility to what many have started to believe … about how crap our local government sector performance is.

    And Oh BTW Slim Dave, they do not in general have systems to measure their performance or if they do these are just PR based BS. Also where the “F” are the auditors in all of this?

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  6. tvb (4,560 comments) says:

    Bazley is a very confrontational person. This is entirely in character. Her career is littered with her having a go at someone. I cannot fatham what a anyone sees in that woman.

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  7. peterwn (3,338 comments) says:

    Sounds like Novopay and the Leningrad tractor maintenance plant all over again – those reponsible for both projects reported that everything was hunky dory when either the project was a shambles or had not even started.

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  8. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    We deserve better than this fucked up dysfunctional ” council ” ..Marryatt and Parker simply have to go , craps gone on far too long , even before the earthquakes the city council was a wreck and it always comes back to those 2.
    Elections cant come soon enough.

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  9. gazzmaniac (2,306 comments) says:

    It will only get worse if DPF’s regional parliaments wet dream ever comes to pass.

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  10. toms (209 comments) says:

    How many votes did Margaret Bazley get last election? Oh that’s right, she is Gerry’s appointed dictator. History is littered with tinpot dictators criticising democractic organisations. If she doesn’t like she should run for mayor and see how far her arrogant attitude gets her with the voters of Christchurch. Only she won’t, because that particular old fish wife has never been elected to anything by anyone ever.

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  11. mavxp (483 comments) says:

    Fuck the politicians and “CEO”‘s like Parker and Marriot – they dont do anything except soak up rate-payer money on their bloated salaries.

    Who is the Chief Engineer in the Christchurch City Council? Why isnt s/he in the firing line? Perhaps the role doesnt exist? Maybe that’s our problem – the technocrats don’t run the council and are hamstrung by the bureaucrats and politicians. The council exists to provide technical services – water, roads, public transport, parks, planning for developments, waste management. These are all technical services. Sack the CEO’s and Mayors and policy wonks and bring in the engineers.

    The problem is organisations such as these do not attract the best kind of staff. People who give a damn generally tend to work in the private sector. They ought to contract more tasks to project managers and engineering consultants. If/ when they don’t perform sack ‘em and hire their competitors, and downgrade their rating for future proposal applications. The best performing engineers/ project managers (usually Fellows of IPENZ and the like) in the industry could then be hired as FT staff in the sunset of their careers (when they are seeking a legacy) to manage the contracts on the councils behalf. So I ask again, who is the Chief Engineer in the Christchurch City Council?

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  12. PaulP (156 comments) says:

    Us Wellingtonians are prepared to help out Christchurch and offer you Celia Wade-Brown to run your city.

    Only condition is that you keep her!

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  13. Mike Readman (353 comments) says:

    Wrong, because Labour would get rid of Marryatt. I’m surprised you seem to have defended him in the past.

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  14. Viking2 (11,686 comments) says:

    CHCXH doesn’t have this shit on their own.Tga has it as well.

    The real question is why the fuck are councils and ebops and ecans and never do can’s get involved in spending ratepayers money providing bloody bus services?

    For everytrip on Ebop’s bus the rate payer (you know the stupid bastard that owns a bit of dirt inside the territory) pays 80% of the cost. The bus travellor pays just 20%. Why?
    I drive my own car and pay 100%.
    Stuff the poor and their wimpy sociayst councillors et al.

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  15. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    The first and major purpose of every city council employee in the whole of Godzone is “Arse Protection”.

    All other functions are secondary to this.

    Good on Dame Margaret for exposing it! :)

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  16. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    If you don’t believe me watch the unfolding saga of the slip in Wellingtons suburbs and the the water leak that went before! :) :)

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  17. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    Here it is for you out of towners! :)

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/8771245/A-Wellington-problem-that-won-t-go-away

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  18. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    All I can say is “Never trust a Greek bearing platitudes” :)

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  19. nasska (12,111 comments) says:

    You people don’t realise how lucky you are….the Masterton District Council jobsworths,incompetents & featherbedders would make Marryatt & Co seem supermen by comparison.

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  20. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    City Councils are riddled with incompetent time servers who have been there all their lives and have been promoted far beyond their capability.

    Not only that but they tend to recommend their useless cuzzies and offspring for jobs if one comes up.

    If vacancies have to be filled that cuzzies etc. cannot handle they tend to hire old worn out builders, draughtsmen, plumbers, mateys etc. that have fallen on hard times.

    Dame Margaret needs to delve far, far deeper in the slough that is local body government! :)

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  21. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Why do people continually have a go at David Garret over stuff that happened thirty odd years ago. ? Bazley is living proof that you can forget stuff from many years ago and have your head up your arse and not know whats going on in your own house

    She’s pretty good at making accusations with no proof to.

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  22. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    Have you found employment with your local council then Eastbay? :)

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  23. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    Not that I would even suggest that you may be an old worn out wanker that is desperate for a job of course! :)

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  24. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    No JB, never had the luxury of a job for life for doing fuck all, I’ll look at it if the eye sight and hearing gets any worse and I’m lobotomized.

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  25. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    As they say JB you obviously have much experience at being a worn out old wanker and from where I’m sitting I’m not liking what I’m seeing so I’ll try and avoid that for as long as I can.

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  26. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    I thought that particular operation had already been carried out! PEB.

    It was more a question of if it was prefrontal or the whole shebang? :)

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  27. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    Sorry if I have offended you EB. (sulk as long as you like. :) )

    It’s just that councils tend to be riddled with old time servers….many of whom who have served time in the armed forces/police etc.!

    I just think it is time for a complete overhaul of the whole bloody lot of them.

    If Dame Margaret was given her head I am sure she could deal to them all.

    It won’t happen of course! :)

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  28. bringbackdemocracy (429 comments) says:

    After the Napier earthquake in1931 the government appointed a commissioner to oversee the rebuilding of the city and his name wasn’t Parker.
    If National weren’t asleep at the wheel they would have done the same. Let Parker and the clowns oversee a sandcastle competition and get out of the way.

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  29. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    And I thought Gerry was in charge.

    Perhaps he is prioritising rebuilding at all the pie shops and fast food restaurants first! :)

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  30. MT_Tinman (3,322 comments) says:

    The appointed E-Can works well, the elected City Council doesn’t.

    Is there a lesson there?

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  31. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    JB

    Bazley is no different from all of the time servers, the only difference is she was annointed by Clark and has never really been put under any pressure.
    How long has she been at this ChCh gig? and wanking on about a bus stop is the best she can do. That’ll learn them.

    I’m in Chch three to four times a month and every trip the same piles of shit are still sitting there unmoved. A much as I put the boot into the place the people at least deserve a concerted effort to get the place cleaned up. Nothing is more depressing than seeing nothing physical change day after day.

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  32. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    Once the Cathedral is rebuilt the spirits of the Cantabrians will rise with it’s spire! :)

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  33. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    I worked with Bazley many years ago..She was one seriously strange person..then there are the things in her background..Her criminal husband..her involvement in the deep sleep programe whilst a psychiatric nurse in CHCH.
    It was always unbelievable to me how she rose to such a senior position in the public service.

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  34. wiseowl (980 comments) says:

    Whilst Bazley may be correct with her observations and criticism of the CCC I think the fact she is an appointee means perhaps she should keep it to herself.
    We have a strange and unfortunate situation in this country where local government is continually under threat from central government pollies ,many of whom have no idea what local government is all about.
    The most critical cog in the local government wheel and one that needs to be left to turn in its own circuit ,is regional councils.These have functions that need to be kept separate from terratorial authorities ( and I believe that the transport functions throughout NZ need to be run by a separate org).
    There are too many celebrities and ex MP’s and ex Mayors involved in local bodies in this country.
    The killing of ECAN by the National Government was an appalling decision and unfortunately it looks like we are going to see the demise of local government in NZ and a move to Regional Government which will give rise to a new range of problems.
    Local Government should be just that…………..local government.

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  35. gravedodger (1,575 comments) says:

    @ joanna, you are clearly a graduate of the Peters school of innuendo and vague accusation. WTF has a discarded husband from history got that might be relevant, it is Dame Margaret Bazely c 2013 we are talking about

    Yes sometimes if you throw enough rocks one might break a window.

    I also know Dame Margaret and she is very good at what she does , the thought of Sir Kerry Burke getting another chance to make Canterbury in his image fills me with dismay.
    As Tinman pointed out, we now have a functioning regional council and strange as it seems to the intellectually challenged often elected councilors pandering to noisy ignorants intent on manipulating the electorate do not managers or governors make.
    They often trip over their inflated idea of what is good for the people.

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  36. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Her involvement in the deep sleep programe should have disqualified from any position..She should have done jail time..Just another NZ coverup.

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  37. Floyd60 (95 comments) says:

    On cue: but the issue with Dunne is not done yet.

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  38. UglyTruth (4,554 comments) says:

    According to Greg Hallett:

    Dame Margaret Bazley is one of the highest-ranking New Zealanders. She was, however, Margaret ‘Lillian’ Bazley, bag lady for the Mr Asia heroin syndicate, transporting drugs and money, and married to James Frederick ‘Steve’ Bazley – jailed for triple murder.

    Margaret Bazley also ran Operation DEEP SLEEP for the CIA, killing (physically, mentally, and psychologically) over 2,000 people.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Sex-Collectors-Vol-Stitch/dp/B007TO2Z7Q

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  39. Lloyd (125 comments) says:

    Quoting Greg Hallett? Puleeeease.

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  40. Lloyd (125 comments) says:

    We have a broken city and a broken council. One councillor, Yani Johansen is in charge of organising the rebuild of Council housing. Out of several hundred damaged properties, a couple of dozen have been fixed. After years of slagging off anyone on council who disagreed with him, this non-entity has proven he can’t organise the application of a stamp to an envelope, let alone fix properties…
    Bring in the commissioners to take over. Please!

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  41. Lindsay Addie (1,342 comments) says:

    It’s not appropriate that I elucidate personal opinions about this topic (I’m certain DPF probably knows what I’m talking about!). But I’ve got to say some of the comments posted are unintentionally very funny……

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  42. lazza (401 comments) says:

    Lindsay Who?. Who he? Why not … be rash and enlighten us poor plebs … who are not in the DPF/LA “loop”. Why your hilarity too over some “comments”, which ones?

    If we plebs don’t know which ones you find “funny”/HaHa?/ Peculiar?/Personal? … your point is … ??? Gimmee a break!

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