The Kāpiti Improvement Society (KIS) says the Te Uruhi Gateway at Paraparaumu Beach is shaping up to be a financial disaster.
KIS, which claims 3,000 supoorters, says it has exposed a number of fundamental flaws in the process for Te Uruhi.
In a media release from its chair, Sharon Hunter, it says the tender process for the Gateway must be stopped immediately.
“The The Kapiti improvement Society (KIS), representing over 3000 petitioners opposing the Gateway [Te Uruhi], is shocked and dismayed to see that KCDC has thrown away the rulebook and has let tenders for the Kapiti Gateway.” it says.
“The Mayor and Six Councillors have decided to steamroll this project and are defying legal requirements. This is an appalling abuse of process.
“We have been advised the RMA (Resource Management Act) consent should come first.”
“Cart before the horse”
But, says KIS, “The KCDC has put the cart before the horse.
“Council seems to be trying to coerce and influence the independent assessor to approve the application.
“What chance is there that Council’s Regulatory Services Department will turn down an application after KCDC has already started tender work and working drawings?
“KCDC has spent over 18 months trying to get this project approved, that has multiple problems with non-compliance issues within the Operative District Plan and the Reserves Act.”
“Stop this tender process immediately“
“We urgently request that our elected representatives step in and stop this tender process immediately,” says the society.
“By starting the project the Council is forcing its Regulatory Services Department to grant consent. In other words the whole consenting process has been corrupted by KCDC’s actions.
“There is a second major problem. The KCDC Press release says: “Council is using an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) agreement which involves the preferred contractor providing constructability and innovation advice into the detailed design process.” It would appear KCDC has already chosen, without any competitive tender the building contractor.
“Four major problems”
We have obtained advice from experts. They say The ECI has four major problems:
1. There is no fixed price so the costs can soar exactly like the Aquatic Centre did. It went from $6 million to $22 million.
2. It is non-competitive so the price can go as high as the parties agree.
3. It requires high quality management and oversight by KCDC. The Aquatic Centre blow out, the closure of the Waikanae library for failed management, and closure of the Community Centre reflect levels of incompetence that should preclude KCDC from even considering using this type of contract.
4. It is only suitable for large scale projects, and this is not one.
“KCDC’s press release indicates ECI is the cost effective way to proceed. It is not. The NZ Governments own procurement procedures say this method of getting a contract must only apply to large and complex ($15 million plus) projects where there is significant new technology used.
“It is anticipated there will be spin to suggest that making the building relocatable fits the complexity criteria.
“It is not complex”
“There are thousands of relocatable buildings in NZ. It is not complex.
“They have abandoned getting the most effective price for the build by (not)putting it out to competitive tender.
“Growth fund told this was shovel ready”
“KCDC told the Provincial Growth fund this was shovel ready and sent in costings with the application.
“The Mayor and his support councillors have reassured us all that the costs are firm.
“Mayor Gurunathan stood on the ticket of transparency and was voted in on that commitment. WE ask he keep to that commitment.
“Stop the process. Allow the proper rules to apply, and give up the non-competitive ECI process.”