Fee debate in private

Debate over the amount of money allocated for Dunedin City Council company directors' fees was deemed non-public at the last minute yesterday.

A proposal to allocate $785,879 for directors' fees - spread across the council's group of companies - was expected to be debated in the public part of yesterday's full council meeting.

However, that changed when Cr Kate Wilson warned holding the debate in public would prevent her from raising related issues that had first been discussed in previous non-public council sessions.

She recommended the debate be moved into the non-public part of yesterday's meeting, and won support for the idea from other councillors without further debate.

The report they were to consider, prepared by Dunedin City Holdings Ltd chief executive Bevan Dodds, recommended a sum of $785,879, split into lump sums allocated to each company.

The exact amounts allocated to each director would be decided by each company board, reflecting individual workloads, his report said.

Councillors were also to consider two new appointments to the boards of DCHL subsidiaries City Forests and Taieri Gorge Railway in the non-public part of the meeting.

Appointments to the boards of Dunedin Venues Management Ltd and Dunedin Venues Ltd were also to be discussed.

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