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Tuesday
Mar042014

Turmoil in IT

Readers will be aware that I have drawn attention over a very long period to shortcomings in the IT area of Council. And I have been less than impressed with the comfortable arrangements entered into with local software suppliers that did not appear to me to allow the Council to comply with 'best practice'.

I have no idea whether this has anything to do with what has happened in the last 24 hours within the Castle.

It is stated (uncorroborated) that Day and another unnamed escorted the IT manager out of the building with roughly 5 minutes notice, Shock/horror is said to have erupted within the halls of the Castle - our gentle souls are not used to this kind of treatment, but there are generally good reasons before such action is taken.

I am not about to defend or attack the action without knowledge of what lies behind it. I would appreciate any information that can be provided confidentially - I think it is extremely important that justice prevails in all matters concerning staff discipline, but have to say that Hammond in particular has demonstrated a less than perfect approach to staff matters since his advent at the Council.

You have not heard the end of this matter - there are implications in all directions.

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (9)

This is not good. Trouble at the Council, everyone gets tainted. Wonder what Informed will have to say about this -' you got it wrong Bill' no doubt.
Some of my old work mates must know something. If this story is remotely true I feel sorry for everyone, especially my old friend. So pleased to be away from it all- at a place where I am appreciated. Somebody please put finger to the keyboard and let us all know

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterInside/Out

I agree Inside/out, my sentiments exactly. I also know it is the sentiments of many of the good staff that left in the last couple of years. It is really sad to see. I just hope that all the information surrounding this comes out, but I guess it never will. I suspect that it has some history that stems back to the beginning of some interesting projects with some interesting linkages. Sad times and very few "winners" in these circumstances. Any news would be welcomed and good on you Bill for waiting to hear the facts before you comment. Mind you, sometimes you also have to dig a little deeper to get the "facts" as often they are not the ones that you are given.

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVeni, vidi, abiit

It seems a bit rough what has happened given that Hammond (Edited - "is alleged to have")directed the IT Manager to use the systems to spy on other staff (well at least one that I am aware of) without their knowledge. Maybe his conscience got the better of him and he has paid the resultant price. Just me speculating but in the absence of further information all options are open.

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterInsider

No need for the editing Bill - it is a fact. The IT Manager confirmed to me that the CEO (Hammond) had directed him to copy all e-mails from a senior manager to him without that senior manager being made aware of it. Not sure if that fits the definition of spying but it must be close.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterInsider

Truely I am sorry for what was once a proud and forward thinking Council. I am so grateful to have put some distance between myself and the current Council. It has and will continue to unravel since Leach and et al disposed of Ruru. Whatever one may have thought or said about Steve none of this would have happened under his watch. What sort of place is it where staff have to look over their shoulder all of the time. Staff morale is ,I believe, at a level lower than the early 2000's and that is saying something. Rule by fear is not the best way to have harmony within the building. No matter how much Leach twists and turns, this has all ahppened under his watch - and the elected members are as just as much to blame.
Simple things like no more free bowls of fruit , bare minium of 10 minutes for morning/afternoon tea - no business should operate under such draconian rules. People need to get up and away from computors on the hour every hour for at least 10 minutes. Remember when TCDC had to advertise on TV 1 news for staff in 2002> - such was the Councils reputation that nobody would work there - now thanks to Leach and et al, the Council is heading down the same path.
Thank the Lord I am out of the place, working now with people who appreciate your worth and with whom you can enjoy the odd social moment, like the flower shows, pie contests of old.
Where there is smoke there must be fire- Heaven knows what happened with the IT manager but rumours abound [ and yes Insider I would classify that as 'spying' if the senior mamnager was unaware] - but the conection that Bill has alluded to in the past re Track 24 needs closer scrutiny. Somebody in or out of the building PLEASE let us know what has gone down - many years of my life was spent in Local Government and it hurts to have all this inuendo swirling around- that Council was my life, I dread to think that it has been driven into the ground by the elected members/CEO. This whole debacle needs to bought into the 'sunlight' - for we all know that the fourth estate [HH and CFM] are controlled by the Mayor/CEO/ Deputy CEO - anything slightly critical of the Council and the Mayor is demanding a copy of what was said, and that questions to be asked of these people are carefully scripted by staff beforehand- well that was what was happening whilst I was involved and I doubt whether anything has changed.
Sad, sad day for Council, and whilst I miss Council, I do not envy those staff still there, working under appalling rules and conditions.
Someone somewhere must know ---- get those fingers going- we need some 'sunlight' on the matter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterInside/Out

Insider - you clearly are deficient in the defamation area - I am not prepared to take responsibility for statement that you make while hiding behind a pseudonym. I retain the right to edit anything that appears on this blog.Your claim remains "alleged" no matter what evidence you claim to have, and I believe puts the blog at risk.But I am very interested in what you have to say. Is there any way that you can contact me on 8688138 so that I can work up a suitable post? - I absolutely guarantee confidentiality.

March 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

Apologies Bill I admit I am deficient when it comes to the rules regarding defamation - I will defer to your greater knowledge in this area. I don't enjoy "hiding" behind a pseudonym but I'm taking enough risks as it is. I will not comment further on this matter.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterInsider

If it is a Council system, I do not have a problem with the organisation keeping an eye what is being done on their system, however it is something that has to be done carefully, as respect and trust take a long time to build and only a split second to destroy. You do not have to like your boss, but you have to respect them, without respect you are not going to have a very healthy organisation. Steve had the respect of his staff and his staff would work hard for him. I fear that the situation and details that surround this incident is not going to help with the lack of respect around the place. Sad stuff as at the end of the day you are talking about peoples lives, their families and their health. It is not until I left that I finally understood how unhealthy that place was. I am just glad to have found out that the rest of the country is not the same. As for pseudonym's, NZ is a small place and the whistle-blower protections are not sufficient, just a shame the OAG did not come a sniffing.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVeni, vidi, abiit

as someone who work in TCDC is such a shame to see it in such tatters. as for the IT manager, gossip and those don't no or will never know the true story. I know all the arrangements made with 24 were made with David Hammond's and HR's knowledge and approval, people may not have liked it but it was done with full knowledge of the Council.

For those friends still TCDC, particularly those in the IT department, i really feel for now. Having senoir managers that are utter f**kwits must be so hard.

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngryScotsman

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