Busi­ness case

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

I re­fer to a let­ter that I placed in the Taupo¯ & Tu¯rangi Week­ender on Novem­ber 21 re­gard­ing the Cul­tural Precinct Project.

On the ba­sis of an ar­ti­cle pub­lished else­where I had in­di­cated in my let­ter that the busi­ness case con­sul­tant com­pany, Davies Howard Group (DHG), had been com­mis­sioned by the cul­tural precinct project team to un­der­take busi­ness cases on the al­ter­na­tive sites for the sit­ing of the coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.

I have been in­formed that DHG was not hired by the cul­tural precinct project team but was com­mis­sioned by coun­cil. This cer­tainly raises the con­cern that im­par­tial­ity of the busi­ness cases, with re­gard to the al­ter­na­tive sites, may be com­pro­mised and bi­ased in favour of the cul­tural precinct project. Im­par­tial­ity of the busi­ness cases very much de­pends on the scope and bound­aries laid

down by coun­cil. We will ask for this in­for­ma­tion from coun­cil in or­der to sat­isfy our­selves one way or the other. TONY LUDBROOK Taupo¯ Res­i­dents Group Com­mit­tee

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