Daily Archives: April 13, 2010

Global construction industry: New Zealand chances to rebuild its wool industry

THANK GOD THE LIGHT IS SEEN. For 15 years or more our sheep’s wool has foundered on the back of zero marketing and collapsing management of the industry sector. Global customers with the smarts to use sustainable products in their building design and fitouts ARE WHO WE WANT. The fact that New Zealand and ‘allied’ international wool producers failed to reverse the drafting of building specification standards almost universally favouring the use of synthetics is UNFATHOMABLE, but it happened. Have to change the (global) rules, grow our sheep numbers again, and start rigorously processing and trading natural wool products!

### ODT Online Mon, 12 Apr 2010
Exposing architects to virtues of wool
By Neal Wallace
Thirteen of the world’s leading architects will be exposed to the virtues of wool during a week-long visit to the South Island. The architects will be shown the merits of wool, visit farms, absorb South Island scenery and then follow the fibre from the sheep’s back to finished products before being tasked with designing a hotel which makes maximum use of wool in every aspect of the building.

The project was part of the International Wool Textile Organisation’s international wool promotion programme and was mostly funded by the National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests (NCNZWI).

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Stadium Progress Reports

Cr Richard Walls has provided the following information in a comment at What if?, today. The comment has been elevated to a post in the interests of enhancing access to public information and its searchability here.

Richard April 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm

STADIUM PROGRESS REPORTS

I discussed with staff yesterday a more (shall we say) “user friendly” means of accessing the Progress Reports on the Stadium through the DCC website.

As some of you know, Reports are generally directly related to the relevant Agenda Item for any meeting. In this case, Progress Reports on the Stadium come to the Finance and Strategy Committee. They have therefore needed to be accessed on the DCC website through Agendas and Reports, but the occasional one has found its way into a Folder in the Stadium section named (appropriately) “Progress Reports”.

Staff have obliged my request very quickly and those interested can now easily access Progress Reports on the Stadium simply by pointing your browser to: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-projects/stadium/relevant-documents-for-the-awatea-street-stadium2.

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Dunedin – an oil base?

Oil is New Zealand’s third-largest export earner behind dairy and meat. –ODT

### ODT Online Tue, 13 Apr 2010
Drilling hopes for Dunedin
By Mark Price
The man representing Dunedin in negotiations with oil exploration companies believes the city is well placed to benefit if two oil companies decide, in August, to drill off the coast next year. Des Adamson, from the Dunedin City Council’s economic development unit, said yesterday it was hard to know what Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Origin Energy had found from the seismic testing it was doing.

Taranaki has:
• 90% of New Zealand’s oil and gas jobs and income.
• $741 million of direct annual income from oil and gas.
• 817 oil and gas jobs.
• 2.66 further jobs for every oil and gas job.
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Dunedin and climate change

### ODT Online Tue, 13 Apr 2010
Sea could claim city suburbs
By David Loughrey
Dunedin could face some stark choices by the end of the century, with sea-level rise expected to force either the retreat from, or complete evacuation of, South Dunedin, St Kilda and St Clair. The area has been identified as one of five “hot spots”, the most vulnerable areas of the city. The others are the harbourside; the lower Taieri Plain, including the Dunedin airport; populated estuaries along the coast; and the ecosystems of upland conservation regions.

“Surface flooding will become chronic in these areas as the 21st century progresses,” the report, by University of Otago Emeritus Professor of Geography Blair Fitzharris said. But the news in the report, commissioned by the Dunedin City Council, is not all bad.

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DCC Media Release – Dunedin and climate change

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

Warmer, Wetter, Windier – Climate Change Report Highlights City’s At Risk Areas

A report, commissioned by the Dunedin City Council, identifying the areas of Dunedin most vulnerable to climate change is to be released today.

The report, by University of Otago Emeritus Professor of Geography Professor Blair Fitzharris, outlines the expected current best estimates of climate change for Dunedin. These include temperature changes of up to 1.1degC by 2040, and up to 2.5degC by 2090; rainfall increase of up to 5% by 2040 and 15% by 2090, and sea level rises of up to 1.6m by 2090.

Prof Fitzharris explains that factors controlling the climate of Dunedin will largely stay the same as at present, but as projected global warming takes hold, there will be a slow increase in sea surface temperatures, an increase in the strength of the westerlies wind band over Southern New Zealand, and more frequent and vigorous frontal systems.

“The weather will remain changeable, but it will gradually become warmer. After the 2040s, what is currently regarded as a warm year will have become the norm. Risks from frost and low level snow storms will markedly decrease.”

Increased evaporation from higher temperatures is expected to be offset by higher rainfall, so drought incidence will remain largely unchanged for most of the city.

Rainfall events will become about 20% more intense, leading to higher storm runoff but lower river levels between events. Larger floods are expected, leaving low-lying areas near river mouths and estuaries vulnerable.

The main areas of Dunedin at risk from projected climate change are low-lying, densely populated, urban areas, especially South Dunedin; coasts and their communities; major transport infrastructure including Dunedin Airport; and natural ecosytems.

Five hotspot areas of the city especially vulnerable to change are: the South Dunedin urban area, including the St Clair and St Kilda shoreline; the harbour-side shoreline, including the entrance to Otago Harbour; the lower Taieri Plain, especially Dunedin Airport; populated estuaries along the Pacific Coast; and conservation lands of upland regions.

Prof Fitzharris has recommended the DCC should develop policy responses that focus on adaptation to the expected changes, rather than measures to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases produced. “This is because major long-term planning and infrastructure problems will result from the expected very large and ongoing impacts.

“While Council should encourage mitigation, less attention should be given to this issue, except where it leads to energy efficiencies or protects the city’s tourist image” concludes Prof Fitzharris.

However, should “shrewd adaptation measures” be realised, there were some sectors of the city that could benefit from climate change. These include agriculture and forestry, due to longer and better growing seasons, less frost and increased rainfall. Energy use in the city could also fall due to reduced demand in winter, and water resources could benefit from increased stream flows.

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

Last reviewed: 12 Apr 2010 1:15pm

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