Daily Archives: October 23, 2009

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…

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### 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

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### 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.

[Excerpts]
● 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

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

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### 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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