Daily Archives: June 5, 2009

If DCC had sustainability in its head

Dunedin buys a stadium it can’t afford. Dunedin is a city with a university embarking on nationally coordinated energy research, with a goal of securing a timely and efficient transition to a sustainable energy future for New Zealand.

The National Energy Research Institute (NERI) is a national network of universities and other research institutions. Current members are Otago University, Auckland University, Waikato University, Massey University, Victoria University, Canterbury University, Lincoln University, CRL Energy Ltd, Landcare Research, Crop and Food Research, Centre for Advanced Engineering, Industrial Research Ltd, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences.

Read more about the National Energy Research Institute, Otago Energy Research Centre, University of Otago.

What could Dunedin City communities be doing to enhance their self-sufficiency, if the city and regional councils weren’t culpably sinking ratepayer money into a non profit making stadium?



### Radio New Zealand National 7 June 2009
Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw

10:06 The Sunday Group: Transition Towns Taking Root
Transition Towns are spreading around New Zealand as communities face the prospect of dwindling oil reserves, an unstable climate and unpredictable food production. These are communities that are rolling up their sleeves and taking practical action to create a more self-reliant existence. The first Transition Town emerged on Waiheke Island at the end of 2007 and now there are over 40 Transition initiatives around the country.

Chris Laidlaw chairs a panel that includes: The co-founder of the Transition Network Rob Hopkins, who’s based in the UK; and from Waiheke Island James Samuel who’s the national co-ordinator for Transition Towns Aotearoa, and Gabrielle Young who is active in the movement on Waiheke.


The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins is published by Finch Publishing.


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Mr Harland… (on strife?!)

Updated post.

Following this comment at ODT Online there’s an interesting observation.

The Budget doesn’t mean a thing
Submitted by russandbev on Thu, 04/06/2009 – 1:25pm.

[last paragraph] I also note – just to rub salt into the wound – that our DCC CEO will be addressing a Local Body conference in Wellington in a month to tell them how to communicate with the divided community on the stadium issue. I’d be delighted to write his speech for him. I look forward to reading his version of it.
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Jim Harland will be speaking at this New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) forum:

2009 Local Government Communication Forum
Communicating in Challenging Economic and Political Times

Dates: 16-17 July 2009
Venue: The Duxton Hotel, Wellington

Programme Day 2 (includes)
Communicating Across a Divided Community – Dunedin City Council

Jim Harland, Chief Executive, Dunedin City Council
Deborah Simes, Marketing and Communication Manager, Dunedin City Council

Jim and Deborah will talk about their communication strategies for the publicly divided Awatea Street Stadium. They will outline how the Dunedin City Council along with the Carisbrook Stadium Trust and other stakeholders, managed to provide balanced communication in an environment of division amongst the community.


The wrath of gods should descend on this pronouncement, “the Dunedin City Council along with the Carisbrook Stadium Trust and other stakeholders, managed to provide balanced communication”. Disgusting. This load of complete crap deserves some letters to the CEO by offended citizens and ratepayers, surely.

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DCC and ORC rates – DROP the stadium, and more


Rate increase running beyond the rate of inflation…a bunch of city councillors show no mercy to citizens.

### ODT Online Fri, 5 Jun 2009
Incisive leadership

The sight of Dunedin city councillors wallowing in crocodile tears on Tuesday as they completed what is likely to be their last debate on the rates rise for the coming financial year was disappointing and disturbing.
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Basil Walker's strange day in court

Can Mr Walker score any relevant points, of a judicial sort…we’ll know in seven days.

### ODT Online Fri, 5 Jun 2009
Stadium challenge questioned
By David Loughrey
A Queenstown man trying to stop Otago Regional Council funding for the Forsyth Barr stadium in Dunedin came up against a High Court judge who questioned many of his arguments yesterday.
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