Marryatt on leave, crown manager appointed

July 3rd, 2013 at 1:58 pm by David Farrar

The Press reports:

Chief Executive Tony Marryatt is taking leave.

The council has issued a statement announcing Marryatt was taking leave “pending further discussions with the council”.

General manager city environment Jane Parfitt will be acting chief executive.

I’ve not been a long-term Marryatt hater, like some people. I thought the issue around his salary was a beat up. However he has on a number of occassions demonstrated judgement not up to the job – in my view.

The decision to give an extra day’s leave per month to all staff, without even informing Councillors, was one example.

The consenting failure has to be his responsibility – both the lack of capacity, the inability to improve enough, and the downplaying of the seriousness of it.

This afternoon’s planned meeting with four Government ministers has been cancelled.

Instead, councillors have been called to a special meeting of council at 12.45pm tomorrow when a resolution will be put to invite the local government minister Chris Tremain to install a Crown manager to oversee the council’s consents department.

Following the meeting, councillors will meet with the minister who will discuss the terms of reference for the Crown manager.

Mayor Bob Parker said it was “crucial that the community and the Government have complete confidence in the robustness of the consents process”.

This is a smart move by the Council – a crown manager, just for the consenting function. This should mean that the Council can be assisted to get its processes and resources sorted out, so they can regain the ability to authorise consents.

As a sign of how bad it may be, the Insurance Council says:

Christchurch buildings constructed using faulty council consents may have to be demolished, the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) says.

International Accreditation New Zealand () this week said it would revoke the council’s consents accreditation on July 8, prompting a council and Government scramble to ensure consents can continue to be issued in the rebuilding city. 

The council had granted consents that Ianz found ”did not meet the requirements of the Building Code”.

ICNZ insurance manager John Lucas said today that the Ianz revelations were ”quite startling”.

Recently consented buildings should be audited on a case-by-case basis by an independent authority, he said.

”If insurers have started work on developing a new property, rebuilding a house or repairing a house, and then partway through that construction period there’s a delay because they find out later the building consent was issued incorrectly, then that’s going to stop that project,” Lucas said.

”It may cost the parties a lot of money because the project may have to be demolished and rebuilt, or there may be some very expensive remediation costs involved.”

Non-compliant foundations were the most likely to be an issue, he said.

Now who is it that has been calling for the Govt to be more hands off in Christchurch?

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20 Responses to “Marryatt on leave, crown manager appointed”

  1. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    Christchurch buildings constructed using faulty council consents may have to be demolished, the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) says.

    Tony Marryatt – L’Oreal man – because I’m worth it!

    The salary, the bonuses, the extended holidays, all worth it, because he’s SO GOOD.

    Jesus wept.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson (1,886 comments) says:

    But where are the facts? It’s all “maybe”s. Are there inadequate foundations or just inadequate documentation or inspections?

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  3. flipper (4,197 comments) says:

    RRM (7,489) Says:

    July 3rd, 2013 at 2:03 pm
    Christchurch buildings constructed using faulty council consents may have to be demolished, the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) says.

    Tony Marryatt – L’Oreal man – because I’m worth it!

    The salary, the bonuses, the extended holidays, all worth it, because he’s SO GOOD.

    …………………

    GOOD COMMENTS , RRM.
    May Mr Marryatt RIP…. well, sort of.

    But…
    1. The Insce Council comment seems like pre-ejaculation, given that no details have been provided, and the faults” could be with Ch CC rather than applicants/designers/builders…. In other words, box ticking … paper work, as A Wilk… suggests.

    2. Marryatt…Does his package exceed that of Auck CC’s Doug McKay? (850,000 odd) ?

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  4. s.russell (1,646 comments) says:

    Hell! This could bring all construction in Christchurch to a stop overnight. IANZ needs to URGENTLY clarify the situation with regards non-compliant consents, and there needs to be maximum priority on confirming consents for current construction. I am aghast to imagine the bill that could be laid at council’s door for all construction delays or modifications that result from this. Building ownwers should be able to sue for all costs.

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  5. Lindsay Addie (1,588 comments) says:

    Like DPF I’m not a Marryatt hater either I just happen to think the guy is very incompetent……..

    This is interesting:

    IANZ chief executive Lou Richards told RNZ his staff had found consents granted to a number of buildings where there was no evidence they met the building code.

    “In other words consents granted that there was no evidence that those consents for buildings built to them would comply with the building code or the Building Act.”

    from: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10894501

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  6. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    Yes, one would hope buildings have been designed and built to the same formula throughout, and it is only the Council’s recording and paper trail that is not up to scratch.

    That’s bad enough though, when you ask yourself why else is the council involved in building consents and licensing at all..?

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  7. peterwn (3,300 comments) says:

    Surely, any significant building would have been properly designed and construction supervised by the project architect and engineer, so any shortcomings in Council processes would be irrevelant. The only instances the Insurance Council can be alluding to are dwellings and other minor buildings where there is a significant dependence on Council consenting and inspection processes.

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  8. Lindsay Addie (1,588 comments) says:

    I hope your right peterwn!

    Re Marryatt getting a boot up his bum from Parker. I have to wonder out loud how come he had this sudden epiphany and becomes action man?

    I’d suggest perhaps Brownlee is behind this?

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  9. Sideoiler (74 comments) says:

    “Surely, any significant building would have been properly designed and construction supervised by the project architect and engineer, so any shortcomings in Council processes would be irrelevant.”
    Like the CTV building maybe

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  10. Rick Rowling (815 comments) says:

    Time after time we’re told that CEOs need those salaries and bonuses because otherwise we couldn’t retain such quality people.

    And time after time we get these quality people being golden-handshaked out because, well, they suck.

    If you’re over it, here is some refreshment http://search.dilbert.com/comic/Executive%20Compensation

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  11. Ed Snack (1,925 comments) says:

    I’m completely with Rick on this, local government CEO’s are grossly overpaid. Time after time we get incompetents paid very large salaries, for useless performance. If you really must pay large sums ” to attract the good candidates” , then make it risk pay, that is they don’t perform and by rigorous standards, then they don’t get the money !

    Sadly the same is often true of private enterprise, I’ve seen a number of piss-poor managers paid a lot, then again, I’ve also seen some bloody good managers, not all of whom were paid all that much… Usually (but not always) there’s more pressure on performance in the private sector.

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

    Just leave Marryatt…you are out of your depth. We , the ratepayers of chc have had a gutsfull of your incompetence.

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

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8873496/Christchurch-City-Council-CEO-takes-leave

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  14. Richard Hurst (870 comments) says:

    Even now Mr Marryatt will be reaching for his lawyer…. as a chch ratepayer I get the horrible feeling I’m about contribute to a large resignation payout….

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

    Surely Marryatt is subject to regular performance appraisals and reviews and has KPI’s he must reach?

    Obviously he hasn’t been meeting them.

    Has this been pointed out to him?

    Who does he report to ?

    Has he had the chance to rectify?

    Why wasn’t he put on notice a long time ago?

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  16. nasska (11,788 comments) says:

    I can see one bright spot here. If the incompetent glorified town clerk of Christchurch gets sacked it will fair put the wind up the rest of the overpaid bludgers who hold up progress in most of the local bodies throughout NZ.

    Time for councils to be reined in & their jurisdiction limited to what they are barely qualified to do…..talk crap, design fountains, build useless ‘twin city’ relations with far distant cities & print rate demands. Anything else is beyond them.

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  17. thedavincimode (6,869 comments) says:

    But, but, but … what about democracy????

    Is this a sign of things to come – the fuckwit Brown next?

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  18. wf (464 comments) says:

    I hope someone from the Taupo District Council is paying attention .

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  19. Warren Murray (313 comments) says:

    Unbelievable!

    I dont know the guy, but it appears that his sole motivation is to prolong if not protect his obscene salary. Yet his (in)actions are inexplicable. Even an incompetent manager would, with the resources at his disposal, have engaged expertise to satisfy IANZ to protect his position. IANZ gave the Council plenty of time to get its house in order.

    Is there anyone who can say anything positive about the guy?

    Accepting that Christchurch is faced with certain challenges, it is not unique. Smaller neighbouring authorities seem to be coping OK.

    It suggests seriously defective leadership, both at the council table and in senior management. Marryatt is gone, he should go with the minimum of fuss, but others who are culpable should also bow out.

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  20. lazza (382 comments) says:

    Christchurch City at one time (around 2002 2003) earned the respect of commentators and their peers. They were first with fully integrated desktop IT performance monitoring (and employment/payment) systems. Oh how the mighty have fallen. 40th out of 67 NZ Councils in the 2013 TLA League Table … next year … they are headed for the basement!

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