Dunedin businessman Ian Taylor is heartened by the ''huge
support'' he has gained for his open letter to the Forsyth
Barr Stadium's board.
In the open letter, published in Saturday's Otago Daily
Times, Mr Taylor said he had on ''numerous occasions'' sought
answers from the Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML) board
about the awarding of the stadium's preferred supplier
contract for audio services.
He had since received dozens of supportive messages, and been
directly approached by many people, in a ''really, really
Otago ratepayers had funded the stadium and it was expected
''local companies would be the first to benefit''.
He was concerned the record of a company such as Strawberry
Sound had been ignored and the contract awarded to an
''outside company'' that did not exist before July, despite a
requirement for Strawberry Sound to show it had operated for
at least five years, the letter said.
DVML chief executive Darren Burden said it was ''strange to
say the least'' Mr Taylor had complained about a
''deafening'' silence from DVML.
Mr Taylor had had responses on several occasions and Mr
Burden had also discussed matters with him ''face to face''.
All requests for information such as queries from the ODT and
previous letters to the editor had been responded to within
time frames requested.
Mr Taylor had been told the procurement process was ''not a
tender, but a 'request for proposal' from interested parties
to become the 'preferred' provider''.
Based on information provided in proposals, parties were
measured against desired attributes, as well as the proposal
itself, and marked accordingly.
Attributes included proximity to Dunedin, financial history,
background and expertise of directors, equipment offered to
be installed in the stadium and commissions offered.
This arrangement was ''not exclusive and will not preclude
other organisations from providing these services''. The
promoter of November's rodeo had used an alternative
DVML had undertaken the ''appropriate legal checks'' not only
on DVAV, the company appointed as ''preferred supplier'', but
also on the process itself.