Monthly Archives: October 2009

Architecture ETA 2011

“While architects cannot solve all the world’s ecological problems, we can design energy efficient, socially responsible buildings and we can influence transport patterns through urban planning.”

What else is happening in 2011 besides an ETFE-roofed stadium at Dunedin? This project from Foster + Partners is the first in a series of international building projects What if? will highlight for completion in 2011.


Foster + Partners
National Arena Scotland
Glasgow, UK, 2005-2011
Scotland’s National Arena will be an exciting new addition to the expanding cultural and event hub at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. The new Arena will provide an outstanding indoor venue for concerts and performances. A highly flexible building, it is designed to accommodate a wide range of events – from pop concerts to grand theatrical shows.

Architecture and Planning
Foster + Partners’ architecture is driven by the pursuit of quality – a belief that our surroundings directly influence the quality of our lives, whether in the work place, at home or the public spaces in between. It is not just buildings but urban design that affects our well-being. We are concerned with the physical context of a project, sensitive to the culture and climate of their place. We have applied the same priorities to public infrastructure world-wide – in our airports, railway stations, metros, bridges, communication towers, regional plans and city centres. The quest for quality embraces the physical performance of buildings. Link

The way we work
To undertake consistently, in a decade, some of the biggest projects in the world, needs depth of resources. In that sense, ‘size matters’. The practice is more than one thousand strong, with offices in twenty-two countries and a highly talented team drawn from more than fifty nations. However, creativity and personal service are best nurtured by the compact group where ‘small is beautiful’. The resolution of these apparently conflicting ideals is mirrored in the practice’s structure. Link

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Local Government Act reforms


### TVNZ News 4:00PM Wednesday October 28, 2009
Proposed changes to Local Govt Act announced
Source: NZPA
Councils will in future have to pay much closer attention to their core functions and produce financial reports that ratepayers can understand, Local Government Minister Rodney Hide announced on Wednesday. He released proposed changes to the Local Government Act which have been signed off by Cabinet.
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Do the reforms mean more or less of this:
Garrick Tremain 27 October 2009


MMP has a down side in this individual…

### NZ Herald 4:00AM Thursday Oct 29, 2009
Hide opens door to privatised water deals
By Bernard Orsman

The Government is planning to make it easier for private companies to take over water and wastewater services from councils. Local Government Minister and Act leader Rodney Hide yesterday said “flexibility in delivery of water services” was part of changes to the Local Government Act 2002.
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D Scene – Game on, stadium

Carisbrook Stadium Trust is 15 months out from the 31 July 2011 deadline.

### D Scene 28-10-09
Stadium – game on (page 10)
Dunedin’s stadium is not yet built, but it is already hosting a fiercely contested, high-stakes game. This game is a race against the clock, spurred on by the 2011 Rugby World Cup, with millions of dollars riding on it. Michelle Sutton talks to the home team, and looks at its opposition.

Group weighs in on stadium (page 6)
By Wilma McCorkindale
The Dunedin Ratepayers and Householders Association is in recess until its future is decided. However, in a media statement the association said it had called a meeting because it had heard about unexpected stadium charges on rate demands. Association secretary Neville Poole said the assciation would meet at the Pioneer Women’s Hall on November 9.

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Ecosanctuary to open (page 2)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Orokonui Ecosanctuary officially opens Friday night after two decades in the making. Manager Chris Baillie said the $5m facility is officially opening at 6pm with a plaque unveiling by Otago Natural History Trust chairman Dr Ralph Allen and a keynote speech by acclaimed botanist Professor Alan Mark.

Landfill considered (page 6)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedin City Council is investigating a regional landfill to replace Green Island tip. The council has consent for its landfill until 2023. Otago councils are looking at a future regional facility in the Otago area.

Recycling submissions hearings on (page 6)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Hearing of oral submissions to the Dunedin City Council kerbside recycling collection system begins today. DCC solid waste manager Ian Featherston recommends council’s preferred option known as Option C. It advocates the retention of black rubbish bags and the blue recycling container, which will be used for glass recycling only. It also adds a lidded wheelie bin for other recyclables.


Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 9)
Your say
Council’s financial bind by Lyndon Weggery, Kew
With all the talk about council finances going into the red, an increasing Dunedin City Holdings Limited debt and proposed cutting of water and wastewater budgets it is surely a case of “I told you so”. The main objection to funding the new stadium by the majority of ratepayers and citizens is that it has effectively taken away valuable funds for the things that really matter in running a city like Dunedin.

City councillors by Dave Brownlie, Dunedin
I am sick of reading about Dave Witherow moaning about our councillors. Just remember who went to court and lost and didn’t even have the money to cover the court costs, so who misled the people?

Rubbish plan by Jeff Dickie, Woodhaugh
I have been informed by a Dunedin City Council official that the new rubbish plan, Option C, is to cost about $2.4 million.


Hydro schemes likely (page 17)
By Wilma McCorkindale
As Contact Energy investigates future hydro schemes on the Clutha, Otago Chamber of Commerce chief John Christie believes Dunedin can step up and be New Zealand’s next hydro city.

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North London – new stadium plus supermarket and more

### Architects’ Journal 27 October, 2009
MAKE and KSS submit Spurs stadium plans
By Richard Waite

Tottenham Hotspur’s proposed new 56,250-seat home in North London has taken a major step forward today.

Masterplanners MAKE, together with arena designers KSS and landscape designers Martha Schwartz Partners have submitted a planning application for the massive Northumberland Development Project backed by the Premier League club.

The stadium will replace the club’s existing 36,000-seat White Hart Lane stadium with a new 63-row, single-tier stand, which could open as early as the 2012-13 season.

The scheme, which was lodged with Haringey Council, will also feature a new hotel, housing, club shop and supermarket.

The revised scheme was unveiled earlier this year.
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Bad news: school mural at stadium defaced


Anti stadium sentiments have been sprayed on a school mural recently added to the stadium wall, upsetting the pupils.

Ravensbourne School pupils were the first group to paint a mural on the wall after an invitation by Keep Dunedin Beautiful.

### ODT Online Wed, 28 Oct 2009
Pupils devastated by mural defacing
By John Lewis
Anti-stadium sentiments spray-painted over a school mural on the Forsyth Barr Stadium construction site fence have left many at Ravensbourne School and the Dunedin City Council “horrified”.
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Related posts:
7.11.09 STS website apology
24.10.09 Stadium: white wall goes ‘community’
31.7.09 ‘Minimalist canvas’

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary visitor and education centre

It’s here, it’s green, it’s one more visitor attraction the Dunedin community can delight in.


### ODT Online Tue, 27 Oct 2009
Proud event for ecosanctuary
By Rebecca Fox
It is a moment that has been more than two decades in the making, and for Dr Ralph Allen, Friday’s opening of Orokonui Ecosanctuary’s visitor and education centre will be a worthy tribute to the people who have worked on the project. The $2.2 million environmentally sustainable centre was designed “for free” by Dunedin architect Tim Heath.
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### ODT Online Thu, 29 Oct 2009
Editorial: Ecological vision
The opening tomorrow of the stunning visitor and education centre at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary caps off a remarkable project that has been a quarter of a century in the making. It would be difficult to imagine a more creative statement of intent and reflection of the values behind the ecosanctuary.
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Labour Day!


TVNZ’s Close Up has produced a poignant, simply brilliant reminder of why we celebrate Labour Day in New Zealand.

### TVNZ Published: 7:34PM Monday October 26, 2009
Waitaki Dam 75 years on
Source: Close Up
When Benmore and Aviemore and Clyde Dam were built, they had all the heavy equipment – trucks and diggers for a start. When they built Waitaki they had picks, shovels and crowbars and that was it. 75 years on the Waitaki Dam stands solid and proud. A monument to the men who toiled in harsh conditions, for not much pay and very little warmth, men like Arthur Wilson. He’s 100 now and believed to be the last man standing from those dam building days.
Watch video

Waitaki Dam House
Originally uploaded by J.C.

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Breakfast on the Bridge – Sydney perfect!

They rolled out 10,000 square metres of lawn, a piano player played honky-tonk music while fifteen grazing cows added a rustic touch.

Breakfast on the Bridge is part of the Crave Sydney festival, a major celebration of Sydney’s way of life, offering 31 days of food, art, comedy and outdoor fun, including the Sydney International Food Festival.

It only cost a million dollars – not much, to celebrate your place, your community, regional food and a great example of engineering heritage.

Breakfast on the Bridge
Originally uploaded by Charlie Brewer*

### Daily Press 9:26 p.m. EDT, October 24, 2009
Sydney Harbour Bridge transformed into grassy picnic ground for Sunday breakfast
By Associated Press
Thousands of people ate breakfast on the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the iconic steel span was transformed Sunday into a grassy picnic ground. Usually bustling with traffic, the bridge was covered by lawn laid specially for the morning event. It was attended by 6,000 lucky picnickers chosen in a ballot to enjoy food, music and the majestic view. New South Wales state Premier Nathan Rees said the tourism promotion would likely become an annual event. Read more + photos

### 3 News Sun, 25 Oct 2009 14:01
Sydney Harbour Bridge covered in grass for a picnic – Video
The normally traffic-logged Sydney Harbour Bridge has been covered in grass for a Sunday picnic as part of a tourism promotion. Watch video

Gallery: Bridge brekkie
Starting at 4.00am photographer and film crews climbed onto the bridge to photograph the visitors. *Photographs by Charles Brewer.

### Epoch Times Last Updated Oct 23, 2009
Bridge Breakfasters Lay Down the Lawn
“The kikuyu grass being laid across six lanes of the iconic landmark for Breakfast on the Bridge on Sunday morning is from the same source as the turf at Sydney Cricket Ground and the Olympic Stadium. It is being transported by 10 trucks to the bridge and will be laid between the bridge’s two pylons overnight.” AAP Link

Unfortunately, at Dunedin we won’t be able to lay lawn over the stadium.

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YouTube Rugby World Cup channel

Subscribe to the RWC 2011 YouTube Channel to keep in touch with global rugby news.

YouTube – Stadium of Four Million
From: rugbyworldcup | 12 October 2009

Welcome to the ‘Stadium of Four Million’ – video produced for New Zealand’s bid to host Rugby World Cup 2011. (0:55)

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Meanwhile at new Yankee Stadium…

The new Yankee Stadium was one of the city’s signature construction projects. The design work on the stadium, including on the ramps, was performed by Populous, a company in Kansas City, Missouri.

### ODT Online October 23, 2009
Cracks Emerge in Ramps at New Yankee Stadium
By William K Rashbaum and Ken Belson

The concrete pedestrian ramps at the brand-new $1.5 billion city-subsidized Yankee Stadium have been troubled by cracks, and the team is seeking to determine whether the problems were caused by the installation, the design, the concrete or other factors, according to several people briefed on the problems. The ramps were built by a company accused of having links to the mob, and the concrete mix was designed and tested by a company under indictment on charges that it failed to perform some tests and falsified the results of others. But it is unclear whether work performed by either firm contributed to the deteriorating conditions of the ramps.
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David Waldstein contributed reporting.

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Rodney Wilson: Dunedin as national heritage city

“Pride in the beauty and the buildings endures while enthusiasm for rugby teams rises and falls on the rankings.”

### ODT Online Sat, 24 Oct 2009
Editorial: Astonishing heritage
When senior museum consultant Rodney Wilson was commissioned by the Dunedin City Council to help review management structures at the city’s museums and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, he went off at a rather large tangent. He began his report by saying he was going beyond his brief to describe the context in which the museums are found. He called this Dunedin’s special heritage.
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The editorial neglects to mention Melbourne (Australia), now there’s a heritage city that truly means it. A good role model for Dunedin City Council to consider.


### ODT Online Sat, 24 Oct 2009
Artefact shift begins
By John Gibb
The Otago Settlers Museum’s planned redevelopment project moved ahead another step this week, with the first collection items being moved into the museum’s new $8.6 million storage building.
Read more

Related Posts:
23.10.09 Weekend ODT looks at The Exchange
20.10.09 Stadium + Heritage? Or… Stadium because of Heritage?
19.10.09 Cable Car Meeting @Dunedin
14.10.09 The future for Carisbrook?
14.9.09 What is the New Zealand Urban Design Protocol?
8.9.09 South Dunedin urban design study
7.9.09 Super ward at Dunedin?
20.7.09 DCC + former CPO + others(??) = a public library (yeah right)
18.7.09 Good News: DCC Urban design and heritage appointments
1.7.09 Town Hall Dunedin Centre architecture for a What if? second
19.8.08 Historical value of Carisbrook

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Stadium: white wall goes ‘community’

### ODT Online Sat, 24 Oct 2009
Pupils take art to stadium
By Ellie Constantine

From drab to fab, the transformation of the Forsyth Barr Stadium site wall in Dunedin began this week. Ravensbourne School pupils were the first group to paint a mural on the wall after an invitation by Keep Dunedin Beautiful.
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Weekend ODT looks at The Exchange

Updated April 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Alert from Channel 9:
Barry Stewart says tomorrow’s ODT magazine section looks at The Exchange area and “what they’re doing there”.

Who is ‘they’ we ask. Like Scenic Circle and Dunedin Casino shouldn’t be building a god-awful one-level carpark to replace the former Bank of Australasia and the former Butterworth building in High Street…when good stewards like the Macknight’s have put in the grunt work and finance to do up their heritage Bing Harris building (with the abutting Clarion building) across the road, enhancing precinct values and attracting new business to the ‘style’ end of town.

Let’s see what ODT’s on about…


### ODT Online Sat, 24 Oct 2009
Magazine: Solid centre
By Charmian Smith
Princes St and the Exchange area, where the Toitu stream once flowed into the harbour, was where local Maori beached their canoes on the tidal mud flat and also where the first European settlers landed – there is a plaque on the footpath at the corner of Water St and Princes St marking the spot. Nearby Jetty St is so named because it led to the jetty.
Read more + ‘Grand buildings dominate the Exchange’ (slide show)
Photos by Peter McIntosh


### ODT Online Sat, 24 Oct 2009
Magazine: Change of plan
By Charmian Smith
Once the financial heart of the city, the Exchange has seen better times. But things are changing. Following the report by museum consultant Dr Rodney Wilson, made public this week, about Dunedin’s standing as “a special and unique heritage site”, Charmian Smith investigates the rejuvenation of Dunedin’s CBD.

● Structural engineer Stephen Macknight’s family has redeveloped the former New Zealand Insurance Company building, now Queens Gardens Court, the former New Zealand Express Company building, now Consultancy House, and most recently the Clarion/Bing Harris buildings between Princes St and High St. The other members of the family are busy in their respective professions, so buying, redeveloping and tenanting buildings is as much a passion as an investment – although they need to have a fair return, Mr Macknight says. “We are looking at doing something that is of real value and adds to the area and we get satisfaction from it as well.”
● William Cockerill, managing director of project management specialists Octa, has redeveloped the former National Bank building in Princes St. Octa’s innovative and sustainable renovation of the building has won several national and international awards, and now more than 70 people work in it, with major tenants including Motor Trade Finance in the splendid banking chamber, and Tourism Dunedin in the tower block. Upgrading buildings in an inner-city area is more sustainable than building on new sites, as all the amenities such as sewerage and roads, parks and other public spaces are already there, he says.
● Peter Harris, manager of the city council economic development unit, says there are many innovative but low-profile software businesses in Dunedin, many clustered around the Exchange, whose customers are mainly offshore.
● Dunedin City Council city development manager Anna Johnson says one of the challenges with the Exchange area is relatively low market rentals which discourage landlords from renovating. If the council invests in the former chief post office, the largest building in the area, it could be an incentive to raise the value of the smaller properties which would then make it economically viable to redevelop them.
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DCC to lose general manager

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

23 October 2009

Styles Heading Home to Hutt

The DCC is to lose the services of one of its top managers with the resignation of Kate Styles, General Manager Strategy and Development.

Mrs Styles, who has been with the Council for three years admits to mixed feelings.”I’ve grown fond of Dunedin and have formed the utmost respect for those I’ve worked with at the DCC and in the wider community, but I have an even greater fondness for my husband whom I’ve had to share with the Council – and who still lives and works in Lower Hutt!”

DCC [Chief Executive], Jim Harland, says “We have been fortunate to have benefitted from someone as dedicated as Kate. Her particular skills-set has served us well during her stay and her legacy to both the Council and the community is likely to be lasting through the projects she has been involved in and the team she has built.”

“We wish her, and her husband well.”

Mrs Styles is particularly proud of her work on three high profile projects.

“It was very satisfying to get public buy-in for the final proposals to redevelop the Dunedin Centre/Town Hall/Municipal Chambers project, and similarly I’m convinced our plans for improving public access to DCC services in the Civic Centre complex will be well received,” said Mrs Styles.

“And away from the public gaze, but no less important for our customers I’m pleased with the re-organisation of the City Development planning team which has seen various elements of our urban planning and design operations brought together into one, cohesive, team.”

Mrs Styles is heading to a newly created management role in the Asset Programme Business Group at the national office of Housing New Zealand Corporation in Wellington.

Mrs Styles expects to finish at the DCC at the end of the year.

DCC Link


### Channel 9 News October 23, 2009 – 7:13pm
DCC Manager of Strategy and Development to leave our city
The Dunedin City Council’s Manager of Strategy and Development has handed in her notice.
Video Link

Pssst, Channel 9. Kate Styles has done more for the council and the community than lead just “a couple of key council projects”.


### ODT Online Sat, 24 Oct 2009
DCC manager moving to Housing NZ
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council manager co-ordinating plans for the redevelopment of the city’s town hall has resigned.
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DCHL chief executive replies to critics

In his letter to the editor, Bevan Dodds explains that DCHL was established to allow Dunedin City Council-owned companies to operate commercially at arm’s length from the council while returning a dividend which the council can then use to offset rates. Although in conclusion he asks, “Why would you not smile at payments of $19.8m that help keep your rates down?”, this doesn’t begin to address – and doesn’t have to – the signalled rate increases ahead. Ahhh, the convenience of that arm’s length between truth or dare.


[here abridged]

### ODT Tue, 20 Oct 2009 (page 8)
Letters to the editor
Inconvenient truth: DCHL did well
By Bevan Dodds
Chief Executive, Dunedin City Holdings Ltd

Several “Letters to the Editor” have claimed ‘spin’ or challenged the expenditure of ratepayers’ money on celebrating, via a half page advertisement in your newspaper, the 2008-09 financial results posted by the Dunedin City Holdings Ltd Group of companies.
The payments made by DCHL to the council of $19.8 million comprised $9.5 million dividends and $10.3 million of interest, reflecting the investment in DCHL made up of both loans and shares. The breakdown is carefully set out in the annual report.
After tax profit figures calculated under NZ accounting standards for a group such as DCHL will never match cash or “what is left over in the bank”. Note 34 to the DCHL accounts lists 20 reconciling items between the accounting profit and the cash generated by the group from its business activities.
The total of the profits of the subsidiaries plus the profit of the parent company will only in very rare situations match the consolidated profit of an accounting group. There is no magic here, or mysterious losses because if there was Audit New Zealand and indeed the ODT’s own business reporters would make this very clear, just the pure principles of consolidated accounting.

The full letter is available in print and digital editions of the Otago Daily Times.

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Chris Reid

“The images are all to do with the construction of the stadium and are mostly shot from my elevated camera set-up at various places around the building site.”

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Dunedin’s ungreen side…

Stuff to ponder from one of Paul’s favourite places:

### The Vancouver Sun October 20, 2009 11:36 PM
Mayor releases plan to make Vancouver the world’s greenest city by 2020
By Gerry Bellett

Mayor Gregor Robertson announced an ambitious 10-year plan Tuesday to make Vancouver the world’s greenest city by 2020. Robertson presented the plan to Gaining Ground-Resilient Cities conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
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Meanwhile at Berlin…

### Oct 19, 2009
Save Berlin
Save Berlin is a project aiming to catalogue and present ideas about the urban condition of Berlin. To combat unwanted and misguided change, this forum gives everyone a voice in the development of our beloved city.

What is your vision for Berlin?

Berlin is changing. The city’s leaders have plans for a sanitized Euro-capital. They’re replacing the city’s history and character with shopping malls and luxury condos. Their ideas for 21st Century Berlin landmarks: a fake Baroque palace and a copy of London’s giant Ferris wheel. Berlin is a city of daring artists and irreverent dreamers.

Save Berlin 09 (November 13-15, 2009) taps into Berliners’ enormous resource of imagination, asking for new visionary schemes for Berlin, to inspire debate and build a vision for the city’s future. Come join the conversation, and let’s show we can do better!
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D Scene – a CBD community board?

### D Scene 21-10-09
Business owners want board (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Disgruntled inner city business leaders want to form a Central Business District (CBD) community board to represent their views.

STS to decide election role (page 6)
By Michelle Sutton
Stop The Stadium will next month decide its role in next year’s city council elections, while potential candidates remain undecided about standing.

Register to read D Scene online at

Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 10)
Your say
Funny if it wasn’t so serious by Jeff Dickie, Woodhaugh
If the issues weren’t so serious the actions of our two rogue local councils would be funny. {continues}
Cairns conflict by Graham Stewart, AREINZ


Mayors to discuss branding (page 17)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Mainland mayors are to meet again next month to discuss a South Island branding scheme.

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CST report details subcontracts and more

### ODT Online Wed, 21 Oct 2009
Stadium bill $42m so far: trust
By David Loughrey

The Carisbrook Stadium Trust had spent $42 million of the $165.4 million cost of building the Forsyth Barr Stadium by the end of September.
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Stadium + Heritage? Or… Stadium because of Heritage?

What’s the fit, what is Dunedin really selling? A stadium, or everything else besides that offers a point of difference? Ask the residents who often positively remark on our heritage resources, because it’s ‘home’ and they’re proud of their surroundings. Not only this, private property owners are cumulatively responsible for maintaining the larger part of Dunedin’s built heritage. They deserve a lot more praise, encouragement and practical support.

### ODT Online Tue, 20 Oct 2009
Make Dunedin heritage city: expert
By John Gibb
Dunedin, with its “astonishingly well-preserved architecture”, deserves special recognition as a national heritage city, Dr Rodney Wilson, a senior museum consultant, says.
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While we’re on the topic of heritage and property investment…

RA Lawson Lecture 2009
Wednesday 28 October at 7pm
@ Bracken Court, Floor 1, 480 Moray Place, Dunedin

‘Emerging from the Ashes’
The Inspiring Restoration of Bracken Court

A presentation by Ted Daniels, owner and developer of Bracken Court Building.

The disastrous fire which engulfed much of Bracken Court in May 2005 could have meant the end for another heritage building in Dunedin. Instead, the vision of Ted Daniels to retain the building and re-develop it from the ashes has proven to be a shining example of adaptive re-use of a heritage building in Dunedin.

Ted will talk about the reasons for his decision to re-develop the building and why that option appealed to him. He may also talk about his plans for the former Bank of New Zealand building in The Exchange of which he is co-owner.

[Refreshments to follow talk]

Hosted by New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga – Otago Branch Committee in association with the NZHPT Otago/Southland Area Office.

RA Lawson Lecture 2009

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Cable Car Meeting @Dunedin

The following notice of meeting will enthuse those keen to see the return of cable cars to Dunedin.

This invitation is open to trust members and the interested public.


14 October 2009
Dear Members

Cable Car Meeting – Dunedin Cable Car Trust

High Street Cable Car Project

Otago Settlers Museum – Wednesday 21 October 2009

As interested attendees of the two initial meetings held in October and November 2007 at the Otago Settlers Museum, we wish to invite you to an informative meeting of the Dunedin Cable Car Trust at the above location on Wednesday 21 October 2009, starting at 5.30pm.
A lot has happened since those meetings and the Dunedin Cable Car Trust is now at a stage where we can provide you with a comprehensive report on what has been achieved thus far and potential options for the future.
We will present to you our progress towards the re-introduction of a Cable Car along High Street from the Exchange to Mornington.
The meeting will be open to your suggestions on how we can accomplish what will possibly be the most ambitious public community project ever to have been undertaken in New Zealand – the project that you, the attendees, put in motion in 2007.

“Hold very tight, please!” for a ride that may take you “Back to the Future!”

Dunedin Cable Car Trust
(Bill Campbell, Tony Chance, Phil Cole, Neville Jemmett, Don Myers, Sue Russell)

Please respond to if you will be attending, to help us gauge numbers…or just show up.


Remember Dunedin gave San Francisco some of our know-how…

Cable Car – originally uploaded by Aming01

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RWC 2011 budget blowout

### TVNZ News Published: 8:24AM Saturday October 17, 2009
RWC losses predicted to hit $40m
Source: NZPA/Newstalk ZB/ONE News

Losses from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand are expected to reach nearly $40 million as organisers scale back ticket sales expectations. The forecast loss has grown $9.3 million from an original $30 million, tournament organiser Martin Snedden says. The new estimate is directly related to downgraded expectations of ticket sales. Snedden says after looking at the crowd turnout at the 2007 World Cup in Europe, he expects 10% of the total number of seats could be empty.
Read more + Video


### Last updated 05:00 18/10/2009
Rugby – the way, the truth, the light, the TV
By Michael Laws – Sunday Star Times
OPINION: I LOVE RUGBY. Before my children were born, I can honestly state that I loved rugby above all else. It is not just our country’s national game, but was and remains a critical part of our culture, our identity and our inspiration.
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Stakeholders Group Report to DCC

The Dunedin City Council’s Finance and Strategy Committee meets on Monday 19 October 2009, Edinburgh Room, Municipal Chambers, at 2pm.

Agenda – FSC – 19/10/2009 (PDF, 15.1 kb, new window)

Report – FSC – 19/10/2009 (PDF, 4.2 mb, new window)
Stakeholders Group Report

Other reports to be tabled at the meeting include:

– Water and Waste Services Delivery Options
– Annual Report 2008/09
– 2010/11 Annual Plan Timetable
– Directors Fees – DCHL Group for the Year Ending September 30, 2010
– Election of Directors for DCHL Group for the 2009/10 Year
– Target Rating Mechanism for EECA Warm Home Initiative
– Waipori Fund – Report for Quarter Ending September 2009
– Annual Reports of Council Owned Companies, 30 June 2009


Note: The Stakeholders Group Report flags up a message on my computer saying the file is damaged and could not be repaired. I’ve alerted the DCC webmaster – we’re not sure where the problem lies.

Alternatively, download this PDF supplied by DCC webmaster Sean Lee this morning: ma_fsc_r_stakeholders_2009_10_19

Note these appendices to the report:
Appendix 3 – Progress Photos
Appendix 4 – Photos from inspection of bleachers 31 August 2009

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Stadium effects on vital infrastructural works?

The ‘favoured’ stadium project loads the council with debt and hampers divisional spending??

### ODT Online Sat, 17 Oct 2009
DCC staff warn against cutting water projects
By Chris Morris

Dunedin City Council staff have warned councillors against abandoning water infrastructure projects in an attempt to save money, as contamination of the city’s beaches again hits the headlines.
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### ODT Online Sat, 17 Oct 2009
Editorial: Clean it up

It is a health hazard and it pollutes the harbour. Yet nothing has been done about the sewage problem at Blanket Bay and Curles Point on Dunedin’s West Harbour for several years. The Dunedin City Council has been in denial, despite complaints and submissions.
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CST social networking

As Peter B, Paul and Stu at What if? have already alerted…

### ODT Online Sat, 17 Oct 2009
Stadium trust in a Twitter
By David Loughrey

The Carisbrook Stadium Trust has moved into the realm of social networking, opening Facebook and Twitter pages for the Forsyth Barr Stadium, and posting videos of the construction on YouTube.
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12.10.09 DCC website upgrade for stadium project information
16.10.09 Stadium Pic of the Day

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