Daily Archives: April 16, 2009

Who? Hawkins Construction Ltd

### Contractor Vol 31 No 6 July 2007
Hawkins Construction: Sixty the new forte
By Gavin Riley
Founded in 1947, Hawkins Construction is at the top of its game as it powers past its diamond jubilee.
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Hawkins Construction: Building a lasting impression
Our People
Excellent project delivery is achieved through total team commitment, early detailed planning and outcome definition, supported with strong execution and monitoring. These are the fundamentals that guide every Hawkins Interiors project. Getting it right, first time, eliminates re-work and saves everyone time and money.
Involving the entire team in the improvement process develops a great depth to our skill base and experience from which our clients benefit.

New Zealand’s major innovative and dynamic commercial construction company of choice, capable of building value and delivering mutually rewarding project solutions. Hawkins Construction Ltd has built a solid reputation for market excellence, drawing on a rich history and a strong heritage of quality, stability and innovative leadership in the marketplace for over six decades.

New Zealand is standing at the dawn of a new era of infrastructure development. With the Government’s commitment to infrastructure spending set to stimulate the economy in the current climate and over the longer term, there is real impetus and resolve to drive the future growth of the country. Hawkins Infrastructure is well placed to service this new agenda.

Hawkins has long taken great care to manage the impacts of its work on the environment, consistently seeking new ways to improve both its performance and its commercial offering in this important area. This has led to several major company developments. Firstly, Hawkins made use of an ideal opportunity to set up a dedicated, multi-disciplinary Environmental team to provide Hawkins divisions and external clients with solutions to environmental issues that they face in their work across a range of industries.

Hawkins Interiors – specialists in commercial interior fitout and architectural design for public and commercial buildings. With offices throughout the North and South Islands, we have worked for a range of commercial and public sector clients throughout New Zealand. Our approach is focused on our clients – we work collaboratively with you to come up with innovative solutions that will best support your objectives.

Hawkins Maintenance will tailor a schedule to suit your budget and building maintenance requirements. We look after all commercial buildings – single level, multi-story, complexes, motels, hotels.


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The Star: Social Housing + Caversham Public Meeting

### The Star April 16, 2009 (page 5)
Housing not cut to pay for stadium: Chin
By Bruce Munro

Mayor Peter Chin has vigorously rebutted claims the Dunedin City Council’s social housing budget is being stripped to pay for the planned Otago Stadium.

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### The Star April 16, 2009 (page 5)
Meeting to proceed: organiser
By Brenda Harwood

The organiser of a public meeting on the Awatea St Stadium, set for this Sunday night, plans to go ahead despite three Dunedin city councillors declining the invitation to attend.


Not sure Rob Hamlin is the best choice since he uses humour that some confuse as truth or fact. If you don’t get irony don’t say anything.

Cr Dave Cull is the best choice.

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Public Notice

Things heating up…

### ODT Apr 16, 2009 Public Notices (page 32)



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The StS has been accused or many things over the course of this fiasco, and denial of freedoms of opinion or free and frank debate has been at the heart of it. Don’t ever be fooled into thinking that the StS has open debate at the heart of its intentions.

I can now confirm that the StS engages in full censorship. I have recently been silly enough to think that their website is in some way a forum to debate the issues that terrifies them so, but this indeed isn’t the case.

At the post http://www.stopthestadium.org.nz/index.php/2009/04/12/councillors-reject-stadium-meeting/ I made the following comment:

#2 Paul Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.April 14th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

“it wasn’t a debate set up for that”
and that is the point exactly there never has been a debate about the stadium, there have been entrenched opinions with sod all consideration for the facts or considered opinion…

But go to the web site today and comment number 2 is indeed not mine but:

#2 matty_S Says:
April 14th, 2009 at 9:28 pm
Even I, as a stadium proponent, have to agree with you on this one Peter..

So the MtM show, decrying the death of democracy and freedom of speech are the height of hypocrisy, and as per usual unless you are singing from the same hymn book, your opinion is worthless and must be silenced. This is of course no foundation for a free and frank democracy. Unlike this site, in which a conscious decision was made to invite Elizabeth a prominent and intelligent Anti-Stadium campaigner, if you are madly following the ‘low-risk’ Bev Butler there is no way on god’s clean earth that you are getting a balanced and open view of the stadium development. The Media needs to wake up to her arrogant stupidity and expose her for the frothing mad confused thing she is.

Another sad consequence of this typically dreadful decision is that people can make bloody fools of themselves. Take for instance the comment by Ian Smith:

#8 Ian Smith Says:
April 1st, 2009 at 6:14 pm
Oh dear! ‘Just when we thought it was safe to go in the water again’, he’s back, with bells-on. Paul, you’ve surely inflicted your endless tedious semantics and voluminous…

Two things, my previous comments had been deleted, but not before Ian Smith attacked me (if you want to see voluminous try boring yourself to sleep with Ian Smith’s rants about how it was done in the good old days – great cure for insomnia). I of course could try and counter his bollocks, but then that too would be deleted. So Ian Smith ends up looking like a school bully calling names at people from the behind the back of mummy.

I wonder how the so called webmasters of the StS feel about their job description. I wonder how roots membership feels about it’s organisation partaking in Censorship? What was in the job description, “Editor and Censor of website”?

This isn’t something new for the StS, previously under Anne’s control I was even banned from their web site.

This is of course the height of hypocrisy, and every time Bev or any in the MtM decry the lack of debate on this issue, all we have to do from now on is come back with “but you delete views you don’t agree with“.

If like most agree that free and open debate is at the heart of democracy, then kiss good-bye to any thought that the StS wants to protect your democracy.

And if you ever hear bloody Bev Butler bleat on about the lack of debate on the stadium, tell her to SHUT UP!


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ODT: Letter to editor

### ODT Online Thu, 16 Apr 2009
False claims in stadium letter

By David Loughrey

An attempt has been made to use the Otago Daily Times letters to the editor column to spread misinformation about the planned stadium at Awatea St.

A “letter to the editor” received this week claimed the Carisbrook Stadium Trust spent $1.5 million in March to buy audio-visual equipment from the United States.

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Government Funding Secured

Silencing those who have claimed all manner of conspiracy theories (and this didn’t surprise us) it was announced yesterday that the Government’s funding contribution is a NO STRINGS attached capital investment.

This of course is a good thing unless you are MtM (Mad to Madder – Butler and Witherow). The Government is doing what it should have been doing all along, financing massive infrastructure developments which will have a positive effect in the regions.

I have always thought from the start that this money should have come earlier and in greater amounts, but then $15m is no small amount and will go a long way to Gold lining Farry’s corporate box, or that’s what the MtM conspiracy theorists will have you believe.

I’m guessing it doesn’t hurt having so many elected National MPs more or less based in and around Dunedin and Otago. Well done to Mayor Chin and Chairperson Collins for their ‘secret squirrel’ letter(s) to the government asking for funding, all those conspiracy letters to the editor and cries of resignation amounted to more fantasy and shrieking from the MtM circus. Well done to the CST for their continual hard work.

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Dave Cull points to Council fudging and massive debt burden

### ODT Online Thu, 16 Apr 2009
Opinion: Council has broken assurances and evaded truth: councillor

By Dave Cull

Before Monday’s council vote on signing a binding contract for construction of the proposed Awatea St stadium, persistent critic and councillor Dave Cull argues that in its support for the project, the council has fallen out of step with its community.

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ODT credits Dave Cull as a Dunedin City Councillor.

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Free handout from government

### ODT Online Thu, 16 Apr 2009
‘No strings attached’ to stadium $15m

By David Loughrey and Dene Mackenzie

The Government confirmed yesterday the $15 million it plans to provide for the planned stadium in Dunedin will come with “no strings attached”. The promise came yesterday from Finance Minister Bill English during a visit to Dunedin, at the same time as Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin discussed the funding with Minister for the Rugby World Cup Murray McCully.

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