The company running Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium paid
nearly $90,000 to two departing chief executives, but is
refusing to detail a third payment to another former senior
Figures released by Dunedin Venues Management Ltd yesterday
showed former chief executive David Davies received
$54,591.32 in entitlements, together with a portion of his
at-risk salary, following his departure in September 2011.
His replacement, Darren Burden, received $29,377.77 in
entitlements only - but no performance-related pay - when he
quit, just over a year into his new role, in December last
The figures were released to the Otago Daily Times
yesterday following a request under the Local Government
Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.
DVML board chairman Sir John Hansen, speaking from
Australia, stressed the payments to Mr Burden included only
contractual entitlements for outstanding salary and holiday
The fact Mr Burden did not receive any of the at-risk portion
of his salary was a consequence of his early departure, Sir
''It was a reflection of the fact he left at quite short
notice and after a very short time in the job, and, as far as
the board was concerned, he had not met the criteria
necessary to earn any of it.''
The payment of a portion of Mr Davies' at-risk salary
reflected his role in the successful launch of the stadium
operation in time for the Rugby World Cup in 2011, Sir John
''I'm comfortable with the amount of at-risk [salary] we
paid him,'' he said.
However, DVML staff refused to disclose the details of a
third payment, to former DVML commercial manager Guy
Hedderwick, after he accepted a role as a part-time
contractor based in Adelaide last year.
Staff would confirm only he did not receive any payment
''extra to his entitlements'', which included holidays owed
and a final salary payment, but withheld other details,
Sir John, asked about the decision, initially said he was
unsure why details of Mr Hedderwick's payment would not be
released, unless there was legal advice against doing so.
''Off the top of my head, I can't see what difference
there is between a commercial director and a CEO. I don't
understand why two are OK and one isn't.''
However, later in the day, having checked with DVML staff,
Sir John said DVML was obliged only to release payment
information relating to its chief executives.
That was based on advice from the Dunedin City Council, and
''I'm quite happy with that advice'', Sir John said.
''He [Hedderwick] is entitled to his privacy in his job.''
Asked if there was not a public interest in the payment from
a council-controlled organisation reliant on ratepayer
funding, Sir John would only reiterate: ''We were following
the advice we were given. I've got nothing further to say on