Christchurch City Council incompetence continues

July 12th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

The is unlikely to face consequences after a food-licensing blunder affected businesses, Local Government Minister Paula Bennett says.

All cafes, supermarkets and food manufacturers in Christchurch were left operating illegally for two weeks after food licences expired on June 30 and none were renewed by the council.

Bennett said the council would not face intervention as a result of the delay but would be under the spotlight and monitored for further botchups.

Delays in renewal were timing and administration, which the council said it had now fixed.

“The council has some unique challenges to manage on top of its core business requirements,” Bennett said.

“While I don’t believe this delay indicates the council has wider issues or that there is a need for intervention, I’ve asked officials to continue monitoring the council’s work to ensure all is on track.”

Hospitality NZ Canterbury president Peter Morrison said the blunder was “unbelievable”.

“It’s diabolical, considering all the trouble they’ve had with the building consents, that they couldn’t get a simple thing like this right,” he said.

Now consider Labour is vowing to abolish CERA in 2016 and make their mate Lianne’s council responsible for the entire rebuild.

Considering the Council lost its consenting accreditation due to incompetence, and now has failed to perform another statutory duty, can you imagine the chaos that would eventuate if they were in charge of everything.

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23 Responses to “Christchurch City Council incompetence continues”

  1. Southern Raider (1,831 comments) says:

    You can’t blame the fact some office dickheads at the Council did do a very simple job on the Earthquake.

    Renewing licences is hardly going to be affected by roads with holes in them, cracked pipes and abandoned properties.

    Why can’t this function be outsourced? Would be half the cost to ratepayers, licensees and twice more efficient

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  2. mjw (399 comments) says:

    Isn’t that rather anti-democractic? Would you rather everything was run by appointees of the Prime Minister? Personally, I don’t like that idea at all.

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  3. Southern Raider (1,831 comments) says:

    “Didn’t do”

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  4. nasska (11,756 comments) says:

    What will it take before we ratepayers realise that Local Government in NZ is totally incompetent & completely unable to run anything other than twin city relationships & the printing of rate demands?

    They are a bad joke that meddles with our lives & costs us huge amounts of money for the inconvenience.

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  5. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Did Lianne’s entourage of feminist leeches not do their overpaid jobs? How about exposing the extra wages bill these left-wing feminist leeches cost ratepayers.

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  6. David Farrar (1,900 comments) says:

    MJW: Local Government gets their competence from central Govt. They get to keep doing their jobs so long as they are competent (different to popular). But if they are so incompetent they can’t perform duties required to under law, then they get sacked – as happens to the odd Board of Trustees, Kaipara Council and ECan.

    Resource consenting and food outlet licenses are core responsibilities.

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  7. dog_eat_dog (788 comments) says:

    First act of Third Term Key Govt should be to scrap the Chch City Council and senior level management. Talk about being unable to organise an orgy in a knocking shop.

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  8. jp_1983 (225 comments) says:

    A good case for abolishing food inspectors. No one died right??

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  9. Swifty (26 comments) says:

    I have been involved in this activity for Auckland Council for the last two years and I must say it does have some ‘unique features’ which require careful management – as an example that the Council times the confirmation of the annual plan round, which set premises registration fees for the coming year, at a date later than when the registration renewal notices need to be sent to food premises owners.

    The sooner they summon the will to move the registration year to a later date the better for all concerned.

    Also, ‘delays in renewal were timing and administration’ is a meaningless statement. What the hell does that mean?

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  10. mjw (399 comments) says:

    dpf – sure, I agree. But the bigger picture is the erosion of democracy in Canterbury. The National government already broke its pledge to have elections for Environment Canterbury by the end of 2013. So I don’t buy the argument that we should have government appointees because they will run things better. That is literally a Napoleonic system. We should wind back these government appointed bodies and return to democratic systems.

    It is now six years without elections for ECAN. That is just shameful and anti-democratic.

    EDIT: And those ECAN commissioners are all white. Six of the seven are men. None look under 55. It is putative aristocracy, and as such it is revolting.

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  11. Henry64 (83 comments) says:

    As a Christchurch ratepayer being stung by the latest increase, there is no way CERA powers should handed over to the CCC. Plus Labour wants to add to that? Piss off. Homeowners are responsible for all costs on their home, including insurance. Your choice not to insure and bear the costs of that choice.
    The CCC under previous and current leadership are not up to the task of managing the Rebuild at all. It hasn’t been perfect by any means but, based on the glacial pace of decision making (aka dithering) by the current council, it would be a disaster. Manji and Gough are about the only ones with any clues.
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  12. big bruv (14,116 comments) says:

    See what happens when you elect a drunk as Mayor.

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  13. dog_eat_dog (788 comments) says:

    MJW is literally arguing in favour of exchanging one plutocratic level of government with another one, except one that he doesn’t oppose on skin colour or demographic grounds.

    What a bastion of human rights MJW is.

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  14. gravedodger (1,567 comments) says:

    Worked just fine when the council had a meeting . some nosh at a hostelry, a couple of ports or two and the people with dosh and a wish to invest it just got on with it.

    Of course those Councillors all did it for nothing, paid their own mess bills and the head honcho was a town clerk.

    AAH those were the days my friend, we thought they would never end,_____.

    Then along came Jones with wiff ‘is clof cap, and the rest is history, as they say.

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  15. mjw (399 comments) says:

    dog_eat_dog: I think that democracy is the opposite of plutocracy, actually.

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  16. RF (1,439 comments) says:

    My work involving the Earthquake recovery takes me to Christchurch on a regular basis and I have close connections with the Council. As to expected in the city there are hard core Labour activists in the council one being a very dangerous individual called Vicky Buck, the Deputy Major. She is a smiling knife as she is always laughing whilst plotting to turn the city Red.. Her ideas are very left wing and a backward step to progress. If Labour get in they will give the council powers to undo what National has put in place over the last 4 years. If this happens Christchurch will be finished.

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  17. MT_Tinman (3,249 comments) says:

    mjw (194 comments) says:
    July 12th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    EDIT: And those ECAN commissioners are all white. Six of the seven are men. None look under 55. It is putative aristocracy, and as such it is revolting.

    What’s shameful is your ageism, racism and sexism.

    Old white men can do a job just as good as young non-white women whether you like it or not.

    Evidence of that is, of course, that with the commissioners ECan works – something that could never be said when idiots elected by idiots ran the shower.

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  18. UrbanNeocolonialist (304 comments) says:

    One of the biggest problems is that councillors and mayors no longer have direct control over council organisations and staff, and no firing of incompetents, they are not allowed to interact with them directly – but only through the filtering layers of Sir Humphry like chief executives and other high level bureaucrats.

    Allows way too much empire-building within council staff as they are answerable to no-one but their own mandarins. The result is practices and operational policies that are not focused on delivering value to rate-payers, but rather focused on council workers growing their empires (head count), making their jobs easier and increasing their rewards.

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  19. UrbanNeocolonialist (304 comments) says:

    Ecan was diabolical – a Greenie chch urban political organisation that spent all of its time stomping on and erecting roadblocks to rural agricultural development. Leaving them in place would have cost quite literally billions of dollars over the last half decade.

    Fundamentally what is needed is devolution – where economically insulated and oblivious cities can’t override the interests and needs of rural areas. Centralising power inevitably grows bureaucracies and never deliver any savings (in spite of what management consultants will claim). Small locally based and administered councils that are politically answerable to their voters (and so more responsive to local needs) are far cheaper and more efficient than mega cities and fatty council hierarchies.

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  20. lolitasbrother (742 comments) says:

    I would like to see the Christchurch Council dissolved entirely and reconstituted, with a streamlined agenda of core activity

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  21. OneTrack (3,204 comments) says:

    And I would like to see the Auckland Council dissolved entirely and reconstituted, with a streamlined agenda of core activity.

    It appears the empire builders have been able to negate any economies of scale that were predicted by the architects of the “super” city.

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  22. Rufus (676 comments) says:

    so they spent $9 million sorting out the Building Consent mess (how do you spend $9 million on that?!!!! that’s a lot of money – it translates to a shed load of man-hours, even at consultant rates – honestly, $9 million – how?!), and it still takes months to get one.

    CCC should get their heads out of la-la land, Lianne should stop flitting off on overseas jaunts, and focus on core responsibilities. Roads. Sewers. Rubbish collection. Consents. Licensing (I guess).

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  23. RF (1,439 comments) says:

    Rufus. 10.07pm. Don’t forget visits to the bloody sister cities in timbucktoo. Plenty of air points to be gained going there.

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