They act out

Channel 9 forewarned there would be an on-site media opportunity today.

The “opportunity” featured on ONE News at Midday. Luckily, hardly anyone saw it at that screening time.

### ONE News Midday Update Monday, 25 May 2009 (23:40)
Follow the link, select Chapter 2, the item is near the end of Sports coverage.
TVNZ ondemand


Here’s the local version of said news propaganda:

### Channel 9 Online May 25, 2009 – 8:25pm
Demolition Work First Stage In Stadium Construction

With a demonstration of confidence that the Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza will go ahead, Mayor Peter Chin and Stadium Head Malcolm Farry donned hard hats and did some demolition work today.

The photo opportunity giving a strong message to the public that eleventh hour attempts to thwart the Stadium’s progress are unlikely to succeed.
Video Link


### STS website May 25th, 2009 at 1:29 pm
Comment by Ian Smith on DCC reminded of social duty

It’s happened, and every bit as stomach-churning as expected, (TV-One News, approx 12.25pm today). Those who didn’t see this unsavoury spectacle might also be interested to know that our Mayor, looked straight into the camera and assured viewers nationwide that the people of Dunedin were ‘behind’ it, as well as the nation, while his offsider sat in the cab of a wrecking-device grinning inanely at something off-camera.
Read more


### Radio New Zealand National Monday, 25 May 2009
Checkpoint with Mary Wilson
Work to make way for Dunedin’s new stadium begins

Demolition work has begun in Dunedin to make way for the construction of the city’s new $198-million enclosed sports stadium, after more than three years of planning.
Audio Link (duration: 2′43″)


[Simon Cunliffe] Tomorrow’s ODT “takes a tongue-in-cheek look at what happens when you put a mayor on an excavator”.


Filed under CST, Geography, Politics, Site, Stadiums

8 responses to “They act out

  1. VIVA la Propaganda!

    Let there be much digging and rejoicing!

  2. Peter

    I’m surprised they let Peter Chin operate demolition equipment so close to the old Art Gallery!

  3. Phil

    I’m sure they will have received approval for the demolition consent application ? I wonder about the ORC consents though for discharging to air and disturbing contaminated soil. Is the area listed on either the DCC or ORC natural hazards registers ? They could always try the approach adopted at the old gas works site and simply lay 50mm thick asphalt over it. Avoid the need for any consents. Out of sight, out of mind.

  4. Elizabeth

    Public online access to council registers of natural hazards and contaminated sites is not available.

    The Otago Regional Council has a Database of Selected Land Uses, which was established for the purpose of the Council performing its functions under the Resource Management Act 1991. The database identifies sites where activities have occurred that are known to have the potential to contaminate land. The record of a property in the database does not necessarily imply contamination. Similarly, the absence of available information does not necessarily mean that the property is uncontaminated; rather no information exists on the database.


    In general, the ORC differentiates between natural hazards and contaminated sites.

    ORC information on natural hazards, with supporting links is available here.

    Explanation: Natural hazards are naturally occurring events such as earthquakes, floods, landslides which potentially damage property and threaten human life. The main natural hazards affecting Otago include river and lake flooding, earthquakes, landslide, coastal flooding and coastal erosion.

    Note upcoming projects for ORC include:
    * Developing a Natural Hazards Strategy for the Otago Region
    * Developing a hazards information database for the Otago Region available to the public.


    Contaminated sites come under the Regional Plan: Waste for Otago (the Waste Plan). The Council publicly notified the Waste Plan in May 1994. Link

    See Chapter 5 Contaminated Sites:

    For the purpose of this Plan, a contaminated site is a site at which hazardous substances occur at concentrations above background levels and where assessment indicates it poses, or is likely to pose an immediate or long term hazard to human health or the environment. This Chapter of the Plan considers the discharge of hazardous substances or wastes onto or into land or water, and issues associated with remedying or mitigating the adverse effects of those contaminant discharges.

    Contamination can occur as a result of industrial agricultural or commercial activities, by accident, and at sites used for the processing, storage or disposal of hazardous substances or hazardous wastes.

    Sites can be contaminated some distance from the source as a result of the discharge of hazardous wastes.

    Contaminated sites can include land used for timber treatment, tanning, waste disposal, agricultural chemicals, gasworks facilities, mining, paint and pharmaceutical manufacturing, hydrocarbon storage and distribution and railway yards.

    Over 300 contaminated sites were identified in Otago in a survey completed in 1992 by Worley Consultants (“Potentially Contaminated Sites in New Zealand: A Broad Scale Assessment”).* Of those sites, seventy-seven were existing or closed timber treatment plants.

    Potentially a further 200 contaminated sites are identifiable. These include sites where hazardous substances have been stored, such as service stations and gasworks. There are undoubtedly other sites which have not yet been identified.

    The environmental effects associated with contaminated sites can include loss of vegetation and habitat, and threats to local communities and ecosystems. The value of land and its potential for rural, urban or recreational uses can be markedly reduced by the adverse environmental effects of contaminated sites.

    Other concerns associated with contaminated sites arise from groundwater contamination, residential development of former industrial, commercial or agricultural land, and the abandonment of industrial land or waste disposal sites. Such sites need to be assessed prior to development for other uses, especially for residential or agricultural purposes.

    *Worley’s survey of Otago sites is not available online.

  5. Elizabeth

    Early this morning, the STS president received some earplay on Newstalk ZB (Dunedin news). This in response to the “media opportunity” Malcolm Farry and Mayor Chin created on Monday morning.

    The president indicated the fight isn’t over. The two radio personalities joked about Bev lying down in front of bulldozers.


    ### Channel 9 Online May 26, 2009 – 7:38pm
    Stop the Stadium claim there is still more to come before the Stadium’s up and running

    Yesterday’s ground-breaking exercise at the site of Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza is being called premature by stadium opponents.

    Stop The Stadium President Bev Butler says yesterday’s media photo opportunity by Mayor Peter Chin and Carisbrook Stadium Trust Chairman Malcolm Farry was nothing more than a ‘little boys’ demolition derby dream’.

    She described the demolition as ‘an arrogant, premature display, showing a total disregard of the pending legal action’.
    Read more

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