Daily Archives: January 20, 2010

They’re doing it everywhere

I came across this gem in the wonderful website Fast Company (yes of the magazine fame).

New York’s Architectural Eyesores Become Public Art

“Starting last week, the Alliance for Downtown New York’s Re:Construction project has been dressing up five sites around Lower Manhattan with work by artists like Katherine Daniels and Maya Barkai. It’s a follow-up to the first phase of Re:Construction, started in 2007, which covered ten sites.”

A very short article but nice to see our ‘problems’ are universal.

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ODT sounds the warning!

Ah, prudence…

### ODT Online Wed, 20 Jan 2010
Editorial: Annual plan sham
After 50 hours of annual plan meetings last year, the Dunedin City Council managed to achieve a reduced rate increase for the following financial year of a mere .9% down from an anticipated 7.8%. Ratepayers, anxiously observing this week’s commencement of the annual plan process, ought not on this record to expect a great deal from a council which has been as profligate as any in the city’s history.

The draft at the moment proposes an increase in rates for the next financial year of 7.3% – considerably more than the annual rate of inflation.

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DCC and ORFU…

### ODT Online Wed, 20 Jan 2010
DCC expecting best practice from ORFU
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council is expecting best-practice governance from the Otago Rugby Football Union in return for its decision to underwrite the union’s debt for the next three years.
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D Scene – Stadium squeeze

### D Scene 20-1-10
Stadium squeeze (front cover)
A leading stadium critic believes the Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza will hold several thousand fewer people than promised: a claim hotly refuted by stadium bosses. See page 2.

Capacity doubted (page 2)
By Michelle Sutton
A senior academic believes Dunedin’s stadium will host fewer spectators than its predicted 31,000 capacity. University of Otago senior lecturer Dr Rob Hamlin told D Scene he doubted the $198 million stadium could live up to promises because the space and the money were too tight.
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Council flooded with requests (page 2)
By Michelle Sutton
Requests for information about Dunedin’s controversial stadium continue to flood the city council. Stadium sceptics are seeking further information about the roofed venue, as the city council funded project divides the city, despite several court cases which have failed to stop progress.
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Ward make-ups soon (page 2)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedinites should know what the future make-up of city wards will be by early next month.
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It’s a small world (page 3)
By Mike Houlahan, editor
While Dunedin was debating what slogan to promote the city with – and the rest of New Zealand was quietly laughing at the southern city – a much more deadly struggle was happening elsewhere in the world. With Haiti descending into anarchy, the exact death toll of last week’s earthquake will never be known.
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Exclusion considered (page 4)
By Michelle Sutton
The fate of a trial banning traffic from the lower Octagon will be known next week. Dunedin City Council’s planning and environment committee will consider a trial exclusion of traffic from the lower Octagon.
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Parking hearings to begin next week (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Tweaking of Dunedin’s traffic and parking by-laws begins next week, streamlining the city council’s turn-around on unpopular parking changes of mid-2009. The hearings will cover recommended changes to the by-laws made by the Parking Review Working Party in report to the Dunedin City Council last November.
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talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 9)
Your say: Slogan suggestion for city

Good Old Dunedin
By Diane Yeldon, Wakari
That’s my suggestion for a new city slogan. And the DCC can have it for free.

Negative note
By Gavin McDonald, St Kilda
Michelle Sutton in D Scene’s final issue for 2009 interviewed 11 men and women on their resolutions and goals for the new year ahead. The only negative note came from the Mayor, Peter Chin.
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Business confidence coming back (page 15)
Marta Steeman in Christchurch
Economist Robin Clements says confidence among South Island businesses and consumers is bouncing back, with the sentiment that the worst is past.
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