Monthly Archives: February 2010

Auckland super city subverts democracy…

Thanks James.

This is the cold word on “upright commercial pillars of society”.
See any similarities to the Dunedin crew? You do?
And you’re still keen on a super ward.
Think about it.

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### nzherald.co.nz 4:00 AM Friday Feb 12, 2010
Opinion: Brian Rudman on Auckland
Democracy kicked out the window
By Brian Rudman
If it wasn’t my money they were after, the sight of John Waller, the chairman of Bank of New Zealand, Hugh Burrett, the former chief executive of ASB Bank, and Greg Muir, former chairman of Hanover Finance, cap in hand together at the Auckland Town Hall, trying to touch up Mayor John Banks for a $40 million loan would be hugely amusing.
They’re members of the Eden Park Trust Board, and need the money urgently, because, in the words of banker Waller, “the banks won’t lend because the park can’t service it …” With not even their closest banker mates willing to float them a loan for old times’ sake, who are they now trying to shake down?

Auckland Regional Council chairman Mike Lee is blunt. “Aucklanders have been bilked. Most of the powers of the present local government in Auckland will be devolved to unelected, unaccountable CCOs – no doubt to be stacked with the usual businessmen.”

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-Brian Rudman is a Herald columnist focussing on Auckland issues

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Latest on Dunedin’s offshore oil and gas prospects

This has to be reason enough to challenge DCC’s proposed Dunedin Harbourside Plan Change in terms of purpose and extent.

Support existing businesses, including the engineering cluster, remaining on the harbourside for a very long time!

### ODT Online Fri, 26 Feb 2010
US giant joins Origin in oil, gas search
By Simon Hartley
United States-based giant Anadarko Petroleum Corporation is to contribute $US30 million ($NZ43.1 million) towards exploration of oil and gas prospects about 65km off the coast of Dunedin – with the possibility of a deep-water oil rig arriving next year. Australian-listed Origin Energy, which holds the exploration permit covering the Carrack and Caravel prospects, announced Anadarko’s 50% interest yesterday.
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What. Warming up bands for the (new) stadium enterprise, slowly.

@ForBarrStadium Check out The Black Seeds are coming to Dunedin next month to play at Carisbrook:) good times!! http://bit.ly/ddzAcq

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### stuff.co.nz 26 Feb 2010
Entertainment
The Black Seeds at Carisbrook
The Black Seeds will play at Carisbrook as part of the Rebel Sport Super 14 billing on Saturday 20 March 2010. The concert will follow the Highlanders versus Sharks game. Tickets available now!

Tickets are on sale via TicketDirect and the usual local outlets”.

The Black Seeds are an 8-piece Wellington band that have carved out their reputation on the back of two double-platinum selling albums, and a masterful 8-piece live show regarded as one of the best in New Zealand.
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Port Otago: “Next generation” project

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### ODT Online Sat, 27 Feb 2010
Port Otago proposing to deepen channel
By Simon Hartley
Port Otago’s up to $100 million plans for deepening 13km of the its shipping channel is its largest single capital expenditure project. Dredging began in 1866 and has since removed about 34 million cubic metres of spoil. Port reporter Simon Hartley looks at the reasoning behind, and the likelihood of opposition to, Port Otago’s latest plans.

Port Otago’s plans to deepen its shipping channel by 2m to 15m is essentially a future-proofing project so the port remains viable for major shipping lines. However, myriad environmental, recreational and commercial concerns may be raised because of the removal and disposal of up to 7.2 million cubic metres of a mix of sand and silt.
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• The assessment report is at www.portotago.co.nz

Next Generation Quick Links:
The Project
Project Consultative Group
Consent Documentation
Media Communications
Photo Gallery

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### ODT Online Fri, 26 Feb 2010
$100m harbour plans revealed
By Simon Hartley
Information on plans for a restored beach near Harington Point, a $10 million wharf extension and a $100 million channel-deepening project was released by Port Otago yesterday.
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21.2.10 So where’s the media explosion?

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Hear Ye!

This comment deserves an escalation:

Phil 2010/02/22 at 11:17am

Some people will wave around the $130 million GMP contract as evidence of the cost for construction. It’s already been established that the published contract excluded several significant cost items, estimated at around $30+ million. All P&G costs, the contractor’s contingency sum and, best of all, the contractor’s profit margin, were all specifically excluded from the published price. There’s been mention that those items were later added in, with no adjustment to the original price. Suggesting that Hawkins Construction are doing this contract for free. As, of course, we all believe. However, unlike the original “exclusion” contract, this apparent revised contract seems to be missing from public view. Even the ODT tried, and failed, to get an answer to the question of contract exclusions.

In the current atmosphere of silence, draw your own conclusions.

Preliminary and General (P and G) costs relate to both a contractor’s on site and off site costs.

On site costs can be for site sheds, canteen, telephones, vehicles, tools and plant, management, insurance, surveying set-out costs, scaffolding, hoardings etc.

Off site costs typically relate to head office costs such as rent, staff salaries, insurances, ACC, and accounts.

Phil probably has a better working description of “P&G”.

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DCC Art in Public Places: New work commissioned

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ODT 25.2.10: DCC spends $45,000 on tooth sculptures

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Dunedin City Council
Media Release

Putting A Smile Into Harbour’s Head

Plans for the next Dunedin City Council Art in Public Places commission have been released, and harbourside visitors will soon have something to smile about.

Regan Gentry, a Wellington based artist, currently living in Rotterdam, is creating a larger than life sculpture titled ‘Harbour Mouth Molars’ which will feature six wisdom teeth constructed from concrete and Oamaru Stone. Each tooth will be roughly the size of an up-ended Austin mini car and be arranged in two opposing rows on the edge of the foreshore.

The installation, which is due to arrive on-site in April, will stand on the Kitchener Street Reserve at the head of the harbour.

Mr Gentry is well-known for his ‘Flour Power’ steel representation of a sheaf of wheat which stands at the intersection of Christchurch’s Colombo and High Streets, and ‘Green Islands’, the native tree look-alikes made from No.8 fencing wire which were recently relocated from the Four Plinths located outside Te Papa to their new permanent home in the Wellington Botanic Gardens.

Dunedin’s public art activity has been fairly static for a number of years and it is our intention to increase the opportunities for public art projects to enliven our city.

The commission uses part of the DCC’s Art In Public Places budget of $100,000 which is implemented over a two year cycle, and builds on the city’s previous commissioning policy including the 2008 installation of ‘Kuri/Dog’ by Stephen Mulqueen.

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

Last reviewed: 24 Feb 2010 4:11pm

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Disclaimer: Elizabeth Kerr is a former member of the DCC Art in Public Places Committee. She resigned from the committee to avoid any potential conflict of interest associated with her views on the stadium project.

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SH88 realignment: Are ratepayers buying the land twice?

The Dunedin City Council is still waiting to confirm land purchases. Carisbrook Stadium Trust has been buying up some of the ‘necessary’ land – oh, and there is an agreement in place “for the trust to sell it to the council at the price at which it was purchased”. So wait a minute, DCC funds CST to buy the land, then has to buy it back from CST?

Surely, I have made a mistake? Although, I’m not the kind of person who would ever understand high finance. Small question: WHO is clipping the ticket here, and for what profits? The ‘good’ burghers of Dunedin – the very tight few – have some extraordinary explaining to do. That rhymes.

The ‘few’ names are apparent via the New Zealand Companies Office register.

### ODT Online Wed, 24 Feb 2010
Construction due to start on bridge
By Mark Price
Construction work is ready to begin in the next few days on the new bridge over the Water of Leith that will carry State Highway 88 past the new Forsyth Barr Stadium. Dunedin City Council general manager city environment Tony Avery said yesterday the first step would be to drive piles for the bridge.
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