Southern View: October 30, 2018

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Chowing down on ratepayers’

Fire rages, homes at risk

money

WHAT HAS BEEN SPENT

ON FOOD:

• By Anan Zaki

COMMUNITY board members

have chomped through just

over $49,000 of biscuits, candy

and savouries since they were

elected.

The biggest spender was

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

Community Board.

The nine members have

eaten food to the value of

$10,000.

That is the catering bill

ratepayers have funded for

community board meetings since

the election in 2016.

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

Community Board chairman

Mike Mora defended the

expenses.

He said

catering at

meetings is a

“necessity.”

Community

boards meet

every two to

three weeks,

Mike Mora

but take a

recess from

January to December.

“I don’t think it’s right for

people sitting for two or three

hours with hunger pains,” Mr

Mora said.

Mr Mora said the food was

also available to city council staff

members and members of the

public who attended meetings.

“Personally, I think it’s for

the wider benefit of everybody

who attends the meeting to

be able to have a sandwich, a

savoury or a bit of fruit,” Mr

Mora said.

Board deputy chairwoman

Helen

Broughton

was “shocked”

to learn her

board was the

top spender.

She said the

Helen

Broughton

board will

discuss the

food expenses

in two weeks.

“We’re going to have to have

a serious discussion – does it

continue at all or does it continue

at a lesser level?” Ms Broughton

said. “It’s far too much to be

spending,” she said.

Ms Broughton also said the

board never made it clear to

members of the public attending

meetings they could share in

the food. Fendalton-Waimairi-

Harewood

Community

Board spent

the least on

catering.

The board

only caters

for meetings

Sam

MacDonald

which have a

“substantial”

agenda or if

it is combined with other

boards.

Chairman Sam MacDonald

said the board decided early into

its current term that catering

meetings was not a good use of

ratepayers’ money.

“I think the reality is that in

any workplace, [catering is] not

something that’s readily available

or readily offered.”

Mr MacDonald said the food

that’s usually provided are

biscuits and lollies.

“We were just cognisant of

the fact that in the end, we

represent the community and

are outcomes focused

and we need to be mindful

with ratepayers’ funds,” Mr

MacDonald said.

A variety of caterers are used

by the community boards, and

sometimes the food is purchased

from supermarkets, city council

head of community support,

governance and partnership John

Filsell said.

Banks Peninsula

Community Board

2016/17: $3399.56

2017/18: $3709

2018/19: $1092.98

Total: $8201.54

Coastal-Burwood

Community Board

2016/17: $3668.53

2017/18: $3687.73

2018/19: $1647.76

Total: $9004.02

Fendalton-Waimairi-

Harewood Community

Board

2016/17: $1616.78

2017/18: $742.57

2018/19: $363.73

Total: $2723.08

Halswell-Hornby-

Riccarton Community

Board

2016/17: $4495.46

2017/18: $4515.04

2018/19: $1061.75

Total: $10,072.25

Linwood-Central-

Heathcote Community

Board

2016/17: $2634.90

2017/18: $4574.60

2018/19: $1429.64

Total: $8639.14

Papanui-Innes

Community Board

2016/17: $2371

2017/18: $2606

2018/19: $331

Total: $5308

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2017/18: $2484.44

2018/19: $900

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