The recruitment company searching for David Davies'
replacement at Dunedin Venues Management Ltd was paid $40,500
for its work, new figures confirm.
The fee to Optima Global Talent, represented the bulk of the
$51,307.45 bill for the recruitment drive paid for by DVML.
The search concluded with last month's appointment of DVML
operations director Darren Burden as chief executive, but
only after 109 candidates - 90 of them from outside New
Zealand - were sifted through.
DVML chairman Sir John Hansen first released details of the
overall bill to the Otago Daily Times earlier this
However, he declined to release a breakdown of DVML's bill at
the time, despite an ODT request for one made under the Local
Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.
Yesterday, following a request from a member of the public,
the company released a breakdown.
It showed DVML paid $40,500 for the recruitment service, as
well as $3577.65 for advertising, $537.52 for federal and
criminal checks and $6692.28 in GST.
Mr Burden was in Wellington and not available for comment
yesterday, a DVML spokeswoman said.