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

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Economics, Inspiration, Project management, Town planning

14 responses to “Cable Car Meeting @Dunedin

  1. Elizabeth

    Think how cable cars can link to shuttles, trams and buses on circuit through our CBD and onwards, including to and from the stadium!

    The stadium is just a very small part of Dunedin’s future, it can’t survive as an enterprise on its own. The stadium’s connections to public transport and other visitor attractions must be explored.

    Put it this way, the stadium can’t drive us to inertia and despair, like cart before the horse.

  2. meg55

    Well said Elizabeth. Let’s move forward.

    I’m looking forward to seeing a link here to ODT p4 today, ‘High Value Heritage’.

    What a scandal. A senior museum consultant is commissioned by the DCC to write a report on Dunedin’s heritage, he duly reports it is ‘without parallel in this part of the world’ and the city should be promoted primarily for its heritage – even be recognised as a ‘national heritage city’ – and what does the DCC do? Shout it from the rooftops? No. It hides the report from the public so you need an OIA request even to read it.

  3. Adrian

    I would love to see the cable cars back. Is this a serious project with a good chance of eventuating, or more like the pie-in-the-sky proposals to re-establish the Rimutaka incline railway?

    • Elizabeth

      Adrian – it’s a well-conceived project that, I believe, deserves wider discussion. Although I haven’t seen the latest feasibility work, last year’s edition looked promising. I was pleasantly surprised by the engineer’s then ballparks, and I’m assuming more work has gone in since then. I would say the trust is feeling sufficiently positive to go to its members and the interested public with an update meeting at this time. I’m looking forward it.

  4. Richard

    Meg55: your point would be valid if Dr. Wilson’s report to Council was commissioned by Council on Heritage. It wasn’t, of course, it was about governance and related matters. That involved the institutions and people so was necessarily dealt with ‘in confidence’ until discussions etc between all parties were completed.

    The heritage aspect raised by Dr. Wilson is now to be more fully explored by Council in the wider context. What form this will take, I do not know but P will be aware that it comes up frequently in hearings so I will certainly be taking a keen interest in it, as I am certain, you and others will.

  5. Phil

    Dave Gamble floated an idea a few years back, possibly during Sukhi’s time, about a clockwork type tram that re-wound itself at every stop. Sounded a bit Toy Townish, but he was dead serious at the time. I wonder what ever came of that ?

    • Elizabeth

      Sue Russell, now of the Dunedin Cable Car Trust, wrote a Dept of Tourism dissertation on cable cars for Dunedin – this included reference to Dave’s people mover (wasn’t it something like the ‘Parry’ people mover?). Sue updated us on this in early meetings of the organising committee for the High St cable car project, well before the ‘dcc’ trust (no relation) was formed.

      We could ask Dave! On the other hand Richard may know.

      {due to a last minute family mission I couldn’t get to the DCCT meeting at the Settlers last night, did anyone go? will ask Phil Cole to update us if nothing in media news this week}

  6. Phil

    It’s all a bit hazy now, but there was talk at the time of introducing the same tram type to run between Frankton and Queenstown. Obviously that didn’t happen. But I don’t know if that was for technological, economic, or other reasons. It sounded like quite a cool “green” idea, at the time. I think it was only suitable for relatively flat travel, not for High Street and the like. But sounded like an ok option for commuting through the CBD.

    • Elizabeth

      Definitely just for the flat, Phil – we only discussed Dave Gamble’s idea in terms of what could eventually link to the High Street Cable Car at The Exchange, but this is where we link heads with what David’s been posting to What if? and his Draft DCC Annual Plan submissions – the Dunedin loop.

  7. Richard

    Proposals from two groups on options for the possible restoration of a cable car route should be on the agenda for the next meeting of the Economic Development Committee on 24 November.

  8. meg55

    Hi Richard
    To go back to our cablecar – not – discussion – thanks for that. A letter to ed with views as expressed above is already with the ODT and presumably when it appears the DCC will respond along the lines you have. However I fail to see why the report could not have been available to the public with the sensitive bits blacked out – even if they were a large part of the report and the report was not strictly about heritage.
    Yes, P and others will indeed take a ‘keen interest’. This is exactly what many have been telling the council for years and years. Our built environment is unique – in the true sense of the word – and must be preserved. But we have a Mayor who ‘jokingly’ suggests running a bulldozer through a Cat 1 building and a councillor who called a world-renowned bit of industrial heritage ‘a crock’. (And who had the gall to say heritage was important to him before the last election).

  9. Elizabeth

    Returning to one of Richard’s comments about a Dunedin tram loop:

    See other comments on this thread.

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