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Council putting the
heat on its CCOs
By AMY JACKMAN
Councillor Helene Ritchie
Councillor John Morrison
Wellington city councillors
anger at the way some council-
controlled organisations are
being run has bubbled over.
Councillors have raised their
concerns at Strategy and Policy
meetings and have also com-
plained to The Wellingtonian.
The nine council-controlled
organisations will be paid more
than $30 million by the council
in the coming financial year.
Councillor John Mr Morrison
said he had concerns about the
direction many organisations
were taking and more needed to
be done to bring them back in
line with council.
They are public organis-
ations, spending public money,
said Mr Morrison.
In a Strategy and Policy meet-
ing he read out excerpts from an
email he received from one
organisation s chief executive.
It said the chief executive did
not believe the company had to
operate within the council man-
date and that it was a separate
It is of great concern that one
of them thinks they are separate
from the council, Mr Morrison
After the meeting he said it
was time to take a closer look at
It is time to blow the whistle
and have a team talk, he said.
If there s nothing to hide,
then they have nothing to fear.
If there s something wrong, then
they need to be held accountable
to the public.
CCOs manage council facili-
ties and services. Their plans for
next financial year will be pres-
ented to the council next month.
Councillor Helene Ritchie,
who sits on the Council Con-
trolled Organisation Perform-
ance Subcommittee, said some
organisations had a lot of work
to do on their plans before they
could be considered by council.
Wellington Waterfront pre-
pared their draft statement of
intent just before the Variation
11 court case. Within that state-
ment of intent they made an
assumption, without any risk
analysis, that they would receive
heaps of money from the site.
They didn t even recognise
that there was a chance they
would not get approval from the
courts to build there. As it is,
their statement of intent would
not pass through council.
Ms Ritchie and Mr Morrison
said a review of the organis-
ations was needed.
It s time for a review of the
role and function and the appro-
priateness of the CCOs. Not a
restructure necessarily, but a
review, Ms Ritchie said.
There needs to be a tidying
up. Some are set up to make a
profit and I don t know whether
they should be set up in that
Others are getting too much
money and others are not
Ms Ritchie will propose a
review of the council-controlled
organisations and trusts at the
Strategy and Policy meeting
today. She wants the terms of
reference put to council at the
May 24 meeting and the report
presented to the Strategy and
Policy in September.
What CCOs cost
Proposed council funds for council-controlled organisations in the
draft long-term plan for 2012/13 to 2021/22:
Wellington Waterfront: $10.756m
Basin Reserve Trust: $1.8m
Wellington Zoo Trust: $27.990m
Wellington Museums Trust: $80.103m
Positively Wellington Tourism: $67.9m
Capacity: $57m (estimate, based on $5.7m per year)
Wellington Regional Stadium Trust: Does not receive council
Cable Car Company: Not included because it returns a dividend to
Positively Wellington Venues: Figures unavailable at time of publi-
Basin Reserve Trust: $3.749m, includes funding for earthquake
Positively Wellington Venues: $4m to refurbish TSB Arena and
Wellington Zoo Trust: $5.355m
Total amount proposed for council-controlled organisations in the
next 10 years: $258.653m
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