The Dunedin City Council has hired an independent financial
consultant to review activities in its vehicle fleet and
The information came after the Otago Daily Times asked
whether the council had instigated a formal review of the
That query followed speculation there were concerns regarding
financial issues within them.
Council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose said a review was
being done ''as part of a wider review of key accounting
practices within the organisation''.
''The wider internal review was initiated last year and
covers areas such as a review of the risk management
framework, the development of a contracts register, asset
disposal and changes to tender processes that provide more
The review was just beginning and it would be ''inappropriate
to release further details at this stage''.
Once the review was concluded, Dr Bidrose said she would
determine what, if any, action was required.
A council spokesman said Deloitte had been hired to provide
''independent eyes'' on the departments.
There were no details yet about a possible time frame.
The spokesman confirmed Brent Bachop, who died suddenly on
May 21, had been team leader of Citipark and Citifleet, the
council units that oversaw the city's vehicle fleet and its
Dunedin police said Mr Bachop's death was referred to the
Citipark manages three car park buildings and all council
on-street and off-street car parks, including parking meters
and payment machines.
It has a listed income in the council annual plan for this
financial year of more than $3 million.
Citifleet owns and runs the council's vehicle fleet.