The fixer

September 10th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Press reports:

The man charged with fixing the ’s consenting crisis could be kept on to sort out other issues after impressing the city’s two leading mayoral contenders.

Crown manager was appointed by the Government in July to restore the council’s building consent accreditation, which was stripped after repeated threats to withdraw it were not responded to by council management.

He is paid $2000 a day, with his travel and accommodation costs extra. He is contracted until the end of the year but and Paul Lonsdale are keen for him to stay longer.

His swiftly delivered and concise action plan has received plaudits from within the council but has also not gone unnoticed by the mayoral front-runners, who both see merit in using him to tackle other problems facing what will be a new-look council after next month’s local body elections.

Dalziel said she was “very impressed” with Martin’s thoroughness, expertise and skill in delivering a simple, yet effective action plan.

“That ticked a lot of boxes for me when I saw that,” she said.

If Martin could get to the heart of a serious problem that effectively, she saw potential for him to help the new council look at other issues she suspects it will face.

Doug is a former boss of mine. He is one of the most competent people I have ever known. His company (Martin Jenkins) has an excellent reputation at being able to analyse how a company or organisation is working, and how to improve it.

Lonsdale said Martin’s next project should be a full review of the council’s entire management structure, which he (Lonsdale) described as “bureaucratical constipation”.

That would be a very good idea.

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18 Responses to “The fixer”

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

    Does he want the mayoral role…please take the mayoral role..pleeeease….

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  2. rouppe (971 comments) says:

    $2000 a day times 5 days a week times 52 weeks a year is $520,000 plus expenses pa. Nice…

    I wonder what the incompetent people were paid.

    I would would have thought that you should be able to get a competent person for less than $200,000pa

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  3. anonymouse (716 comments) says:

    @Rouppe, well they were/are paying the current CEO Tony Marryatt over 500K and look how that worked out for them , so to get someone that actual solves the problems for the same price sounds like a bargain…

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  4. Nigel Ng (13 comments) says:

    @rouppe (11:30) – Nope. Not all jobs equal. You can get a competent cleaner for way way under 200k pa. But for fixing the shitpile at CCC you would want a decent one with of course comes with a decent pay :)

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  5. Ed Snack (1,873 comments) says:

    Yes, I can often see the point about excessive remuneration, but sometimes, when a person delivers that much value, then what may look excessive at first glance is a bargain in real terms.

    Now, will the council actually accept and implement his advice. Accept, by the sounds of it, yes, implement, by the same bunch of obstructive clowns who brought you this problem in the first place….

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  6. Colville (2,268 comments) says:

    rouppe.
    He of course gets nothing like $520K.
    His company may charge him out at $2K/day but by the time you take out holidays,sick, downtime and those trivial things like overheads and profit he wont be on that much.
    Makes him look like a bargin after they were paying that totaly useless cu*t Marryatt $500K + /yr

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  7. wreck1080 (3,917 comments) says:

    I’m still amazed christchurch hired Tony maryatt (SIC?).

    On what possible basis could they have hired him? He has been a disaster in everything he touches.

    So, why feed a disaster money?

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  8. vto (1,131 comments) says:

    So what has he fixed? Do any of you numpties know? What a bunch of tools, dribbling at Farrar’s lies.

    Ask anyone with a consent application in Council now or since his appointment – aint nothing changed. Nothing, nada, zip. Everything disappears into the black hole of the Council in an even worse manner than before his appointment. Fact.

    Fools

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  9. mavxp (483 comments) says:

    Consulting companies operate typically a 3x salary as charge-out rate to cover overheads (accountants, lawyers, HR, secretaries, office rent, power + telecoms, IT support, stationary, proposals they don’t win, marketing etc.) and profit. That would put him on a salary of around $170k, but as a partner it would likely be topped up by profit share from the performance of the business as a whole.

    Another way of looking at it, is multiply Marryatt’s $500k/yr salary by 3x and you get *his* equivalent cost to the rate-payer.

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  10. PaulL (5,981 comments) says:

    $2,000 sounds very cheap for that kind of skill. I’ve seen contractors on $3,000 a day or more for specialist technical skills, let alone the more strategic skills that we’re talking here. I’ve seen McKinsey and the like on $10,000+ per day (they’re not contractors, so that’s not salary but it is charge out rate).

    Mavxp is on the right track when he points out that the rate you are charged for someone like this covers all their on-costs, their HR etc. Most companies would have at least 60% loading in addition to salary if they’re considering the true “cost of ownership” of an employee. So Marryatt’s cost to the council including on-cost would be far more than $500K.

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  11. MT_Tinman (3,187 comments) says:

    vto (1,102) Says:
    September 10th, 2013 at 12:03 pm
    So what has he fixed? Do any of you numpties know? What a bunch of tools, dribbling at Farrar’s lies.

    Ask anyone with a consent application in Council now or since his appointment – aint nothing changed. Nothing, nada, zip. Everything disappears into the black hole of the Council in an even worse manner than before his appointment. Fact.

    I’ve asked, in fact I’ve asked two people over the last week. One involved with glass, one with roofing.

    Both emphatically stated things have been seen to improve markedly in recent times.

    “Fact”? vto, you wouldn’t know a fact if it bit you on the arse!

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  12. hj (7,023 comments) says:

    Could be seeing the privatisation of politics?

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  13. hj (7,023 comments) says:

    So Jenny Shipley’s $1000/ day (not including scones and lunches) to oversee CERA wasn’t enough oomph to deal with consenting delays? So what has she achieved?

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  14. hj (7,023 comments) says:

    Dalziel said she was “very impressed” with Martin’s thoroughness, expertise and skill in delivering a simple, yet effective action plan.

    Someone commented”
    Surely this is what competent senior managers do? – sort out the council and its pitiful internal structure, culture of inflated staffing levels.
    …………….
    I got a call once, they wanted members of the public to help brain storm how to get a safety message out around the red zone (Or something – it was obtuse) . There was going to be an $80 payment (I was told). I think it was to cover transport – unfortunately I came on my bike so I didn’t get paid and I’m still at a loss as to what it was about.
    ……………
    why can’t we have efficiency with good urban design?

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  15. Viking2 (11,471 comments) says:

    Just got a pumbers bill to fix a couple of taps. $3.30 each for the washers.
    Makes this guy look like a learner.

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  16. OneTrack (3,107 comments) says:

    Rouppe is right, they should have only paid that guy three times the most lowly paid council employee ( the cleaner? ) so they should have being paying him around forty dollars an hour. What could go wrong?

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  17. OneTrack (3,107 comments) says:

    Vto – “So what has he fixed? ”

    What do you reckon? Chc should just accept that is the way that it is? Hired more cardigan wearers to move paper around? That has worked so well up until now.

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  18. vto (1,131 comments) says:

    OneTrack, those cardigan wearers, as you so disparagingly and erroneously describe them, were as competent as fuck and would get things through and done like you wouldn’t believe. They have all left now – imo thanks to the corporate natter and nana-knitters like Key-prick and most of the commenters on here who have obsessed on this thread not about the work required but the pay rates this man demands. Yep, the competents have left and all we are left with are people like this. The fact that Farrar ranks him speaks volumes.

    As for MT-tinman further above… it is noted that you describe only what you have had others tell you and that you have no direct experience yourself. Says it all.

    The Council have been vilified for the National Party’s political purposes, and that has cost us here in Christchurch. This is merely one example of that. The previous Council people were verygood and those who disparage them describe only themselves and their inability to get along with others and get things done.

    Useless cunt prick nigger bastard fucktard farrar cunt.

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