Daily Archives: July 1, 2009

NZRU swings governance of Highlanders


Notice the DCC connection…bloody hell, what did I say about DCC having its own rugby franchise. Sick dogs.

### Channel 9 News July 1, 2009 – 6:50pm
Highlander’s board to be restructured
The Highlander’s Board is to be restructured, following a review by the New Zealand Rugby Football Union. The ORFU board will now consist of three Independent Directors appointed by the NZRU, one Independent Director appointed by the Dunedin City Council, and three Directors to be appointed by the Provincial Unions within the Highlanders region. NZRU CEO Steve Tew says the changes should assist both organisations improve the on-and-off-field performance of the Highlanders, and ensure that the Franchise is operating in a sustainable way. The new board structure is to be regarded as a transition Board for the next two years.
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### TVNZ News Published: 4:51PM Wednesday July 01, 2009
NZRU come to Highlanders rescue
Source: NZPA
The Highlanders franchise has agreed to change its governance and operation, which will include assistance and greater involvement from the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU). The NZRU will underwrite the financial performance of the Highlanders for the next two financial years.
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### ODT Online Wed, 1 Jul 2009
New structure for Highlanders
A new-look board will be required to assess existing business strategies at the franchise and adopt a recovery plan. The NZRU reserved the right to appoint a chairman at any time. The Highlanders have been the least-successful New Zealand franchise in recent years.
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Wed, 01/07/2009 – 8:52pm.
Comment by russandbev on But how about telling us the whole story?
Some amazing elements to this story which have not yet reached the light of day…Not many would know that The Trusts Charitable Foundation Inc granted the ORFU a sum of $888,577.49 between the 1st April last year and the 31st March of this year. This grant was the single biggest grant that this interesting pub charity granted this last financial year and carried on its support for rugby activities in this city. Cont/

Wed, 01/07/2009 – 6:55pm.
Comment by gplusa on Flogging a dead horse
First we had to buy a new football stadium in order to keep the rugby team. Then we had to buy the old stadium in order to pay off the rugby team’s debts. Now we are having to buy the team itself. Does this sound a bit like Chrysler and General Motors? Propping up a false economy is only delaying its demise. Doing it with public money is downright irresponsible.


### stuff.co.nz Last updated 15:27 01/07/2009
Highlanders get bailout
By Marc Hinton
The NZRU say the package agreed “reflects our commitment to rugby south of the Waitaki”. It also takes into account the dire situation the southerners have found themselves in.
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NZRU’s Steve Tew said the Highlanders franchise “has quickly become the runt of the New Zealand rugby litter”…

### ODT Online Thu, 2 Jul 2009
DCC to get role on Highlanders board
By Hayden Meikle
Dunedin City Council chief executive Jim Harland says it is “entirely appropriate” the council will appoint a director to a new-look Highlanders rugby board.
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### ODT Online Thu, 2 Jul 2009
Rugby: McLauchlan defends Highlanders board
By Hayden Meikle
The Highlanders chairman Stuart McLauchlan is confident he will keep his job despite the looming changes to the franchise’s board. McLauchlan was defiant yesterday when asked to comment on his own future and the performance of a board that has essentially been taken over by the New Zealand Rugby Union.
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In December 2008 the University Council elected Dunedin accountant Stuart McLauchlan as its new Pro-Chancellor. The role of the Pro-Chancellor includes chairing the University Council in the Chancellor’s absence and serving on committees on behalf of the Chancellor. Mr McLauchlan has been a member of the University Council since 2004. He is a member of the Investment Committee, the Finance and Budget Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee. He is also a Director of the University of Otago Foundation Studies.

Mr McLauchlan began his new role in January 2009.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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Town Hall Dunedin Centre architecture for a What if? second

Today DCC and its project team presented the “new proposal” for the Dunedin Centre’s redevelopment to stakeholders and interested people at the Glenroy Auditorium.

In previous days I’d heard very positive murmurs about the design. Indeed, today’s reaction to the plans was almost uniformly positive. Councillors have received the same presentation.

Channel 9 news coverage speaks to the main drivers of the project.

### Channel 9 Online July 1, 2009 – 6:42pm
Town Hall Redevelopment Plans Announced Today

Official plans for the redevelopment of the Town Hall were announced today by the Dunedin City Council.
Video Link

The redevelopment will ensure the old Town Hall building meets contemporary user needs and compliance requirements, as well as protecting heritage values throughout.

The changes are predominantly to the building interior, improving wayfinding and incorporating several level changes between the Town Hall building, which incorporates the Glenroy, and the Municipal Chambers.

A “glass cube” entranceway that only lightly touches the Town Hall’s classical façade to Moray Place is a new addition, one which allows an uncluttered reading of the old building’s scale and detail.

A new square is created on Moray Place, serving as a gathering and flow space for events attracting large crowds of between 3,000 – 4,000 people, such as graduations and rock concerts.

The Glenroy will be gutted to create a new multipurpose hall and conference facility. According to the independent business plan, conference use will help fund community function of the building.

Harrop St (to be incorporated into the square) will be closed to through traffic, to provide an access way for pedestrians and service vehicles. This to my mind is a reasonable compromise, ensuring the District Plan’s protection of the vista is upheld. Landscaping of the square will include stair access to St Paul’s Cathedral gardens, independently due to undergo new landscaping work.

The $45 million Town Hall project goes to Council for approval next week. It is hoped that construction will begin at the end of this year.

The project will be staged to work around user bookings and the continuing operation of the Dunedin Visitor Centre* on the ground floor of the Municipal Chambers. Closure of the Glenroy during gutting and construction will be necessary; as will closure of the Town Hall during programmed upgrades. The council indicated datelines for these today.

*The Visitor Centre will be moved temporarily; the Metro will be closed for about four months, and then intermittently. The council’s property department would have to shift from the Municipal Chambers to the Civic Centre permanently.


The proposed plans will result in a strong, contemporary architectural solution that successfully complements the existing building.

We couldn’t hope for more. The budget is tight and the design brief is manifestly tough – the internal solution is unbelievably complex, but has the right firms, Opus Architecture and Octa Asscociates, to deliver on the programmes.

Opus architect Jeff Thompson correctly identifies the project as an “urban design problem”. He has been working alongside architect Eqo Leung from Opus Architecture in Auckland.

I maintain we really need some new “design edge” in central Dunedin, the conceptual designs for Moray Place and Harrop St ‘square’ achieve this. Thanks to both architects for their innovation. I look forward to seeing the developed design if today’s presentation is any indication.

One of the most pleasing aspects of this project has been the consultation process as it evolved through 2008 and leading up to and including today, in no small part due to the facilitation process guided by Dunedin consultant Liz Rowe. Some real “listening” to public concern has informed directions and architectural solutions, admirably.

The contrast between this project and the handling of the stadium project, in terms of meaningful and respectful consultation process can be summed up as WORLDS APART.

The Dunedin Centre Redevelopment project exemplifies the way forward for local authority consultation processes; the maintenance of loyalty and respect between the council, stakeholders and interested parties should be celebrated.

It’s not a speedy process, deliberations can be lengthy and protracted – nevertheless, keeping the faith can deliver great results and significant architecture projects.


I turned up to the presentation with an open mind, having had a short email exchange with art historian Peter Entwisle last week.

Peter isn’t easily convinced about the use of contemporary glazing in making new additions to heritage buildings…and would prefer that the original detail of the Harrop Street façade is restored to remove picture windows that were added in the 1980s.

I replied that under the ICOMOS Charter of New Zealand the use of glass is acceptable but it obviously depends on how it is used. I said there could be a cost issue in seeking the restoration of the Harrop Street façade within the current project budget, and suggested this could be staged in at a later date… We left it there and looked forward to the presentation.

Not surprisingly, Peter raised these matters with the project team today. His could be a lone voice on the matter of using glass, I suspect. It will be interesting to gauge wider public reaction in the next few days. Peter may have supporters. No doubt he will use his fortnightly newspaper column or other media comment to underline his views. I noticed Radio New Zealand gave him some recording time today… [but this didn’t go to air]

As it turned out, retired architect Ted McCoy, with whom I don’t always agree on design matters, echoed in greater detail my congratulatory comments to the project architects today.

Hands off Harrop president Judith Medlicott also offered her congratulations to the project team.

I’d say the project team has cracked it. I hope the councillors will sign this through with no regrets. The budget has been held in the council’s annual plans for last year and this.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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D Scene: What Cr Eckhoff believes

### D Scene 1-7-09 (page 3)
You be the judge
By Ryan Keen, Editor
Not often you get a councillor coming out and pouring scorn on the decision-making of another council. But that’s just what outspoken Otago Regional councillor Gerrard Eckhoff has done in D Scene today (see p10). In a scathing opinion piece he calls into question Dunedin City Council thinking with regard to its $7 million agreement to purchase debt-ridden Otago Rugby Football Union assets – namely Carisbrook, first revealed in D Scene.

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Pile tests: Stadium site results
Sinking feeling (page 6)
By Michelle Sutton
One of the test piles driven into Dunedin’s stadium site turf sank lower than pre-modelling indicated, the project’s development boss [Darren Burden] admits…just one of the test piles in the corner of where the north stand will sit went lower than the 18 metres to a depth of 22 metres. “There are no stability issues that I’m aware of.”


Your say: What Dunedin thinks (page 9)
Aw, shucks Letters by Carol Sawyer and Lee Vandervis
Getting real by Peter Attwooll
House of drain Letters by Dennis Dovey and Brian Miller
*In reply to Mr Miller the editor supplies a table from Horwath HTL’s feasibility report (February 2007), assessing possible funding scenarios for a new stadium and showing the item: Carisbrook sale – $3 million.


DCC playing pretend game (page 10)
By Gerrard Eckhoff
“DCC are now also in a game of “pretend” with the public of this region”
After D Scene’s revelations that a $7 million agreement has been struck for the purchase of Carisbrook, Dunedin City Council should be seen as personal bankers for the Otago Rugby Football Union.


On the ball: The problems with our national game
More rugby for dwindling fanbase (page 15)
By Joseph Romanos
What about the Rugby Union taking some responsibility and providing a quality product?


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CST now clearer it might be 530 piles

### ODT Online Wed, 1 Jul 2009
Stadium work going to plan
By Chris Morris

Carisbrook Stadium Trust officials are encouraged by the results of early piling work at the site of the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
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Apart from any that sunk without trace…see the safety tape on site…

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DCC not talking to ORFU Debt, yet

More about DCC’s new rugby franchise…

### ODT Online Wed, 1 Jul 2009
Council says little as $2m ORFU loan expires
By David Loughrey

The term of the Otago Rugby Football Union’s $2 million loan from the Dunedin City Council ran out yesterday, but the sale of Carisbrook to the council appears to have taken care of the debt.
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