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Sustainable Building Symposium – registrations close Friday

SHAC 2009 – Invitation

All welcome

Registrations are open for the Sustainable Habitat Challenge 09 Symposium in Dunedin, 19-21 November.

Hear insights from leading practitioners and learn how SHAC teams rose to their challenge to create “simple, adaptable, efficient, affordable” – that is – more sustainable homes.

Open lectures with sustainable housing visionary Lawrence McIntyre, energy and environmental systems engineer Susan Krumdieck, designer/maker David Trubridge and architect David Strachan.

SHAC team presentations, with guest lectures from Department of Building and Housing chief architect Duncan Joiner, and Beacon Pathway manager Nick Collins.

DINNER AND AWARDS CEREMONY, then Taking it Forward. SHAC participants and others share their learnings and consider the next steps for sustainable building. Join this diverse group of builders, architects, engineers, designers and others as they come together to share ideas and experiences.

Register now by signing up to at www.shac.org.nz or email tim@shac.org.nz for more information.

REGISTER BY FRIDAY 6 November 2009, for catering purposes.

Only $90 for conference and Friday dinner and awards. See www.shac.org.nz

The Symposium qualifies for NZIA CPD points:
Keynote Lecture 10 points [Thursday evening]
Team Presentations 30 points [Friday]
Workshop 25 points [Saturday]

What is more sustainable building?
The teams have their ideas:

TEAM CANTERBURY – New timber-framed home. Less glass, ceiling-height doorways and smart lighting – engineers and builders join forces to make better use of conventional building techniques. Affordability is key.

WHAREUKU – New 3-bedroom earthen house. Embracing the philosophies of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and “sweat equity”, Whareuku has created a low-cost, flax-fibre reinforced earthen housing solution for rural Māori communities.

TE HIRA WHANAU BACH 101 – Retrofit bach. This modern refit of a classic bach emphasises recycling and a low-energy, do-it-yourself lifestyle to recapture the simple beauty of Kiwi holidays.

TEAM CENTRAL OTAGO – New straw bale home. High-spec straw bale eco home for Finnish client. Maximizing the use of natural, renewable and salvaged materials.

TEAM HOUSEWISE – Retrofit state house. Demonstrates a sustainable renovations package for upgrading Housing New Zealand properties. Includes family-friendly ideas designed by the home’s tenant. To be monitored over the following year.

UNITEC ECOCRIB – New build bach and interiors (design only). From cladding to furniture and light fittings – product designers and builders collaborate to design an efficient, healthy bach-style home.

TEAM WAIKATO – New build timber-panel sleepout. Adding on? Add in! A relocatable one-bedroom energy-efficient unit home adds value to backyards.

TEAM DUNEDIN – New timber-framed home. This stylish home is “normal” as possible. Proof that more sustainable living is within everyone’s reach today.


Please invite your colleagues and staff.

Tim Bishop
Otago Polytechnic
021 705346

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Lonely Planet. Dunedin rave.

Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton has to be very happy!

Lonely Planet issues a Best in Travel book each year with Trends, Destinations, Journeys and Experiences tipped as being the best for the twelve months ahead.

Dunedin came out on top of other New Zealand destinations for 2010…

Top 10 super cycling routes – Otago Peninsula is considered NUMBER 1 in the world! One of the best rides for its mixture of “scenery and sweat”. (page 156)

Top 10 places to walk your dog – Dunedin makes the cut for its “network of dog-friendly trails” around the city, behind Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo. References DCC website. (pages 186-187)

Top 10 for twitchers (bird watching) – Otago Peninsula singled out as one of New Zealand’s hot attractions because of the region’s birdlife, behind Papua New Guinea, Kruger National Park and Rift Valley Kenya. (pages 193-194)


### TVNZ News 6:21PM Tues 3 Nov 2009
Otago cycle route amongst best in world
Source: ONE News
Otago’s peninsula has been named one of the best bird watching, dog walking and cycling routes in the world.
Video (1:45)


### NZ Herald 02 Nov 2009
New Zealand in Lonely Planet Top 10
New Zealand has made the cut to be named in Lonely Planet’s prestigious Best in Travel publication for 2010. New Zealand was picked by Lonely Planet authors, staff and travellers as one of the Top 10 Countries to visit in 2010. Also featured on the list are El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Portugal, Suriname and the USA.

Lonely Planet pokes fun at itself for recommending New Zealand as “too obvious, right?”

“But there’s wisdom in the old saying, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, and last time we checked the land of Māori and hobbits it certainly didn’t need repairing,” the guide says. NZPA
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Writer of the New Zealand section, Nigel Wallis moved to soothe the concerns of long-distance travellers worried about their carbon footprint. He said New Zealand was spearheading the eco-travel revolution and winning international accolades for its ethos towards responsible travel. This included minimising visitor impact and involving locals in sustainable tourism practices. “When you’re gawping at the spine-tingling vistas, it’s good to know they’ll still be there for future generations.”
–Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel (2010)

Oh yeah, Queenstown gets special mention…

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D Scene – entrepreneurship skirts the stadium

### D Scene 4-11-09

Feast for workers (page 15)
By Michelle Sutton
A feast of burgers, bacon sandwiches, jobs and business opportunities are being served up and devoured at Dunedin’s stadium.
Otago Chamber of Commerce president John Christie said the stadium was a catalyst for private sector innovation, and people had seized entrepreneurial opportunities around its development.

Council to talk about parking (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Parking recommendations to the Dunedin City Council are in, and an extraordinary meeting of the council will discuss them tomorrow.
The working party has released a nine-page report and map, and included two pages of recommendations for council to consider.

Register to read D Scene online at http://fairfaxmedia.newspaperdirect.com/

Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 10)
Your say: Stadium stance

Letter by Bev Butler, Former President, Stop The Stadium Inc
Malcolm Farry states in D Scene (28/10/09), “Stadium – Game On”, that his one regret in the stadium debate has been the “personal attacks”.

Letter by Bill Allen, Dunedin
Why is it that pro-stadium supporters state that the extra rates for the new stadium will only be on average $66 when they know, or should know in the positions that most of them hold, that this does not reflect the true additional rates increase.

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Buses in Dunedin CBD


### ODT Online Fri, 6 Nov 2009
Electric buses, transfer stations mooted for central city
By David Loughrey
Dunedin’s bus system could be in for some major changes as the focus moves from parking to the public transport system.
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### ODT Online Wed, 4 Nov 2009
DCC considers bus station in Octagon
By Mark Price
Turning the central carriageway of the Octagon into a bus station is one of six options the Dunedin City Council is being asked to investigate. The council working party set up to review the city’s parking policies also examined the issue of bus stops in the central business district and the six options are part of its report to tomorrow’s extraordinary council meeting.
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Options suggested by the Dunedin City Council’s parking review working party.-

1. Relocate Princes St bus stops to the central carriageway of the Octagon.

2. Relocate the northbound bus stop to the Octagon central carriageway.

3. Construct a bus transfer station north of the Octagon in the Moray Pl-Great King St area.

4. Consider a “high-frequency core route” through the main street with transfer points at either end.

5. Remove all bus stops between Frederick St and Moray Pl south and have the bus stop in the “through lane”.

6. Have a high-quality and high-frequency core route through the main street, with all other routes using a transfer centre in Great King St between Moray Pl and the Centre City Mall.

Extraordinary Council Meeting
The Extraordinary Council Meeting to consider Parking Issues, will be held on 5 Nov 2009 2:pm

When: Thursday 5 Nov 2009 –
Where: Council Chambers

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Jaywalking and the urban pedestrian

For those of us choosing to be carless…

### Slate Posted Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at 4:01 PM ET
In Defense of Jaywalking
Banning the practice won’t make pedestrians safer.
By Tom Vanderbilt

Looking at any number of big-city dailies over the last few weeks, one might reasonably surmise that we are in the middle of a new public-health epidemic with an old name: jaywalking.

The very word jaywalk is an interesting—and not historically neutral—one. Originally an insult against bumptious “jays” from the country who ineptly gamboled on city sidewalks, it was taken up by a coalition of pro-automobile interests in the 1920s, notes historian Peter D. Norton in his book Fighting Traffic. “Before the American city could be physically reconstructed to accommodate automobiles, its streets had to be socially reconstructed as places where cars belong,” he writes. “Until then, streets were regarded as public spaces, where practices that endangered or obstructed others (including pedestrians) were disreputable. Motorists’ claim to street space was therefore fragile, subject to restrictions that threatened to negate the advantages of car ownership.” And so, where newspapers like the New York Times once condemned the “slaughter of pedestrians” by cars and defended the right to midblock crossings—and where cities like Cincinnati weighed imposing speed “governors” for cars—after a few decades, the focus of attention had shifted from marauding motorists onto the reckless “jaywalker.”

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– Tom Vanderbilt is author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do, now available in paperback. He is contributing editor to Artforum, Print, and I.D.; contributing writer to Design Observer; and has written for many publications, including Wired, the Wilson Quarterly, the New York Times Magazine, and the London Review of Books. He blogs at howwedrive.com and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Councillors! BMX track needed, south

David says @ https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/city-parking-issues-not-abating/#comment-8931

“A BMX track is needed out south. Kids in St Clair have to cycle a 28km return trip through the centre of the city if they want to go to Forrester Park BMX track. Not a particularly appropriate commute for kids on bikes. Otematata has a population of just 200 and they have one.

“They’re cheap to build, and there’s a perfect unused piece of council land opposite Forbury Park, below Little Kettle Park beside the tennis courts. It even has a natural start ramp.

“We’ve got Marlow Park for little kids who are learning to ride, and there’s Signal Hill and Forrester / Bethunes / Mt Cargill tracks for experts, but there’s not much for most children in the 5-15 age group.

“NZ recently had 220 riders compete overseas in the age groups BMX world champs (what other overseas world champs would get 220 Kiwis competing?) and we currently have several world champs, including in age groups 5-6 years old, 12 years old, and of course Sarah Walker.

“Unfortunately for many Dunedin kids, a 28km cross town ride or commute means this highly popular sport that NZ is very good at, is not available to them. They have the bikes – they just need some mounds of dirt to ride on.”


### Vorb Sun 26th Jul 2009 8:22am
Sarah Walker Wins Uci Bmx World Championship Title
By Melissa_Theuriau
Sarah Walker, who turned 21 this month, definitely came of age when she claimed the UCI BMW World Championship in Adelaide last night. Walker totally dominated the opposition, winning all three qualifying motos, her semifinal and the final in a brilliant display to complete her set of world championship medals.
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### TVNZ News 10:01AM Saturday August 22, 2009
Walker tops World Supercross qualifiers
Source: ONE Sport
BMX world champion Sarah Walker has topped qualifiers at the second round of the UCI World Supercross in South Africa on Saturday.
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