Monthly Archives: April 2010

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
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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.

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High-performance training pool at stadium?

### ODT Online Mon, 12 Apr 2010
Call for new pools for city
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council should seek new ways to cash in on swimmers at Moana Pool, as well as building a pool at Mosgiel and a high-performance training pool at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, a consultants’ report has suggested.
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YAY. ON THE INTERNET. Via TWITTER. Why National has to go.

[today] Great tweet:
@ronindotca KA-POW! Well smote sir: http://tumeke.blogspot.com/2010/04/case-against-john-key-and-his-daddy.html

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### tumeke.blogspot.com Wednesday, April 07, 2010 @ 4:23 PM
The Case against John Key and his Daddy State
By Bomber
Forget the Talkhate radio myth of Nanny State, the reality of John Key’s Daddy State is much worse than water saving showerheads and power saving lightbulbs.

1:
Vast erosions of your civil liberties with the Police, The Pork Industry, The Meat Board, and bloody Dog Control Officers with the power to break into your home and spy on us WITHOUT a warrant!
2:
Manufacturing a crises in ACC to privatise it giving the Australian Insurance Industry a multi million dollar bonanza.
3:
Abusing sexual abuse victims by forcing them to be diagnosed as mentally ill before they can get access to counseling.
4:
Recreating class stratification with sirs and dames on top and dirty bennies on the bottom.
5:
[Raising] GST to pay for a massive tax cut for the rich after ruling a GST rise out before the election.

{the list continues}

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Election campaigns: Butcher doesn’t see the point of social networking with blogs or Facebook sites

### ODT Online Sat, 10 Apr 2010
Candidate groups may come to fore
By David Loughrey
With changes to Dunedin’s ward system creating a large urban ward for the central city, sitting councillors and new candidates are reviewing their options for the campaign ahead. Success in politics rests heavily on having a name that voters recognise. While that has always been the case, changes to the ward system in Dunedin this year will mean more candidates to choose from across a wider area.

Key election dates
> July 5: Enrolment campaign begins, election packs sent.
> July 23: Nominations open.
> August 20 (midday): Nominations close, electoral roll closes.
> September 17-22: Voting papers sent out, voting starts on 17th.
> Saturday, October 9: Election day

Last election spending
> Mayoral candidate Olivier Lequeux: $35,275 (unsuccessful).
> Mayor Peter Chin: $24,853
> Former councillor Lee Vandervis’ Open Democracy (five candidates, unsuccessful): $29,366
> Greater Dunedin (five candidates, three successful): Dave Cull: $10,605, Chris Staynes: $11,141, Kate Wilson: $8767
> Most councillors spent less than $5000.
> Deputy Mayor Syd Brown spent just $572 on advertising.

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Perforated orange metal cube, Sweden

### dezeen.com April 8th, 2010 at 12:56 am
Moderna Museet Malmö by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
By Rose Etherington
Stockholm studio Tham & Videgård Arkitekter have completed a museum in Malmö, Sweden, adding an extention clad in perforated orange metal. Called Moderna Museet Malmö, the project involved renovating the existing building and adding a new entrance hall, cafe and upper gallery.

The following information is from the architects:

A starting point was that a new art museum, a public and cultural building, represents a rare opportunity to create a new node within the city, the urban balance is changed and the neighborhood develops.

In Malmö, in the south of Sweden, there was also the possibility to, starting from the industrial architecture of the former Electricity plant dating from the year 1900, create a new art museum with an informal and experimental character that would complement the main museum in Stockholm.

The greatest challenge posed by the project, (in addition to the demanding eighteen-month time limit from sketch-design to inauguration), was the need to adapt the existing industrial brick building to current climatic and security requirements to comply with the highest international standards for art exhibition spaces.
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We love National. NOT. GST effect on rates.

### ODT Online Thu, 8 Apr 2010
GST rise would push rates up
By Chris Morris
Ratepayers across Otago face the possibility of unscheduled rates hikes within months if the Government confirms plans to lift GST as high as 15%. The warning came from most Otago councils yesterday, after Dunedin City Council finance and corporate support general manager Athol Stephens highlighted the likely effect of an expected GST hike.

In Dunedin, the increase would add an additional 1.67% to city council rates forecasts for the 2010-11 financial year, taking the rise from 5.3% to 6.97%. A further 0.55% jump would occur in 2011-12, from 9% to 9.55%.

The cost of the council’s planned capital expenditure programme – including the Forsyth Barr Stadium – would not be affected, as the council could claim back GST on capital projects, making increases “cash neutral”.
-Athol Stephens, DCC finance and corporate support general manager

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Dunedin Venues Management Ltd: THE PHOTO

Tweet today, this is they…

@ForBarrStadium Meet the DVML Team!! http://bit.ly/d8sAYw

DVML TeamDarren, Paula, Marie, Guy Hedderwick, Guy, David, Gary, Jo, Mai and Craig.

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Complete Aside:

Oh lookie, this belated report turned up at DCC Finance and Strategy Committee webpage. Thanks for the alert, Anomaly.

Report – FSC – 15/03/2010 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
Stadium Stakeholders Group Report

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DCC Media Release – South Dunedin

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
DCC Strategy To Breath New Life Into South Dunedin Retail Area

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The Dunedin City Council is about to consult with the public on the future of the South Dunedin Retail Centre. The consultation will be the first step in the development of a strategy to revitalise the area.

The DCC has released an Issues and Opportunities consultation document, and is inviting feed-back from the community on the range and relative importance of the issues and options identified to date, as well as support for, and prioritisation of, options identified.

Chairman of the DCC’s Planning & Environment committee, Cr Michael Guest, is excited by the opportunities the strategy will offer to the South Dunedin community and the wider city. “I have vivid childhood memories of the special character of South Dunedin with its variety of shops and verandahs. This strategy, arrived at jointly by the Council and the community, is an initiative which is well over-due and which we sincerely hope will bring a new vitality to the area and go some way towards restoring that well-remembered South Dunedin ambience.”

The move has also received strong support from the local South Dunedin Business Association. President Jane Orbell says “We’re really pleased that most of the issues we raised through last year’s Community Plan process have been identified as ‘opportunities’ in the document. South Dunedin is changing – it’s becoming busier, and the time is certainly ripe for us to turn these visions into reality with the support of the Council and the wider Dunedin community. We are excited to be working with the DCC teams towards a long-hoped for positive future for the South Dunedin retail area as part of a stronger community for the benefit of all Dunedin residents.”

Steve Miles, DCC Principal Urban Designer, City Planning, says the Council feels the community has a leading role to play in any revitalisation, especially in those areas where the Council has limited influence.

The final strategy will propose a programme of physical improvement and community-focused projects to be delivered by the Council, in partnership with the South Dunedin community.

The Issues and Opportunities consultation document lays out perceived strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities on topics such as retail development, amenity and community development. It looks at under-used shops in the retail space and questions whether there are opportunities to develop businesses catering to the increasingly elderly population nearby.

The report notes the lack of open public spaces and wonders whether, if people were encouraged to spend more time in the area for meeting friends or other social activities, they would spend more money while there. Emphasising the quality of historic buildings in the area to enhance townscape and amenity values, and capitalising on the uniqueness of the nearby Gasworks Museum are among other suggestions.

Copies of the document will be circulated to community stakeholders and organisations and to owners and occupiers of buildings in the South Dunedin retail area. Copies of the document will be available from various South Dunedin outlets and on the http://www.dunedin.govt.nz website.

Submissions on the proposals will close on 28 May 2010.
Contact DCC on 477 4000.

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DScene alerts commercial building owners to responsibilities

### DScene 7-4-10

Fire drill(front page)
The Fire Service is putting a dampener on Dunedin developers converting old commercial buildings to accommodation, saying they need to pass muster before people can live in them. One inner city dwelling has already been shut down. See p3.

Fire service begins blitz (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
The New Zealand Fire Service is embarking on a blitz of Dunedin buildings, fearing hiking numbers of aging industrial and office blocks being illegally let as flats. The city’s deputy fire chief Trevor Tilyard said the fire service had already advised Dunedin City Council building control to shut down illegal flats in Skinners Building on the corner of Jetty and Crawford streets.
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Register to read D Scene online at http://fairfaxmedia.newspaperdirect.com/

New outlook (page 4)
Ravensbourne’s Harbour View Hotel has a new owner who is banking on the Forsyth Barr Stadium to give his investment a new lease of life. Publican Alastair McGaw who took possession in February has already given the pub, built around 1920, a new name, Stadium Lodge and Backpackers.
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Filming unit set to expand (page 5)
Dunedin based production house NHNZ has plans to expand its global presence and set up a production office in the Middle East. NHNZ already has offices in Washington DC, Singapore and Beijing and is increasingly active in Australia and South Africa.
{continues}

Resource consent given (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Heritage building owner Lawrie Forbes has achieved a resource consent under existing user rights for his urban renewal of the former Rogan McIndoe buildings.
{continues}

Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 7)
Your say: Letters to the editor
Parking ticket debate by Kevin Thompson, Development Services Manager, Dunedin City Council

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Caversham Tunnel cycleway

### ODT Online Tue, 6 Apr 2010
Cyclists prefer tunnel to hill cycleway
By Mark Price
A plan by the New Zealand Transport Agency to create a cycleway over the Caversham Hill is not the best option for cyclists, according to the group pushing to be able to use a former rail tunnel through the hill.

The Dunedin City Council is planning a feasibility study into using the tunnels, but will also look at other options for a cycleway south of the city. The study is due to be completed before the end of June 2010.

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Port Otago: $90m of capital expenditure in the past 10 years

### ODT Online Tue, 6 Apr 2010
Port Otago to spend $3.9million
By Simon Hartley
Port Otago has brought forward some of its capital expenditure programme this financial year, ordering two new container straddle carriers for $2.9 million, alongside a $1 million refurbishment of its oil wharf facilities in Dunedin’s upper harbour.
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UK “Seed Cathedral” at Shanghai Expo 2010

### dezeen.com Sunday, April 4th, 2010 at 12:19 pm
UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 by Thomas Heatherwick – more images
By Marcus Fairs
Here are more photos of the just-completed UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010, designed by Thomas Heatherwick. The pavilion is covered in 60,000 transparent rods, each containing seeds from the Millennium Seed Bank in the UK. Shanghai Expo 2010 opens in May.

More Dezeen stories about this project:
Photos of Thomas Heatherwick’s UK Pavilion (March 2010)
Images of updated design for pavilion (June 2009)
Thomas Heatherwick wins UK Pavilion design competition (September 2007)

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UKTIWeb 31 March 2010
With just one month to go until the opening of Shanghai Expo 2010, the largest expo ever held, the UK is releasing exclusive images of its acclaimed Pavilion. The Seed Cathedral is the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion site.

UK Trade & Investment:
UK unveils images of acclaimed Pavilion at Shanghai Expo
Sir Andrew Cahn, Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the senior official responsible for the UK’s contribution to Shanghai Expo, said: “The UK Pavilion is already one of Expo’s star attractions. It has not only generated huge interest in China – and a nickname, the ‘Dandelion’, a Chinese good luck symbol – but photos of this extraordinary building have been used from LA to Lisbon and from Caracus to Calcutta as the defining image of Shanghai Expo.”

“Shanghai Expo will demonstrate the UK’s creativity and innovation on the international stage. The UK’s programme of events on the UK’s Pavilion site, in the Expo Park, around Shanghai, throughout China and online will reflect the UK’s regional and national excellence and diversity in arts, business, culture, sports, science and education.”
-Leigh Gibson, Director for Content and Programme for UK Expo

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Dunedin City Council Draft Annual Plan 2010/11 Roadshow

### ODT Online Sat, 3 Apr 2010
Broad issues raised in plan process
By David Loughrey
Dunedin’s annual plan meetings this year have revealed a wider variety of issues than the past few years, with roads and rating alongside the usual favourites of the stadium and town hall upgrades as the main public concerns. Ratepayer anger has also been less noticeable.

The draft annual plan was released in March, submissions close on April 12, and hearings begin on May 3.

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Dunedin contributes more than 50% of Otago’s employment

### ODT Online Sat, 3 Apr 2010
City needs numbers, say experts
By Simon Hartley
The closure of Fisher and Paykel Appliances’ Mosgiel plant and loss of 430 jobs in early 2008 prompted a reduction in Dunedin’s gross domestic product for 2009, and the city remains dogged by low population growth. However, a report by Berl for Otago Forward, covering 2009, noted per capita growth had kept pace with national trends and the city’s education and research sector, which employs one in eight people in the city, also delivered employment and GDP growth above national trends.

The emphasis for Dunedin manufacturing had to remain on high-end niche market production.

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Hopkins’ London 2012 Olympic Velodrome roofed

### london2012.com 01 Apr 2010
World Champion sees Velodrome roof structure complete
World Champion track cyclist Ed Clancy today visited the Velodrome to see the completed roof structure.

The distinctive double-curved roof has now been lifted into place in one of the biggest cable-net roof lifts in the UK, keeping the venue on track for completion in early 2011. It will be the first Olympic Park sporting venue to be finished.

The site was visited today by British cyclist Ed Clancy who became the new World Champion in the Omnium event at the Track Cycling 2010 World Championships in Copenhagan. Ed also won gold at the Beijing 2008 Games as part of the record-breaking Team Pursuit quartet.

Ed Clancy said: ‘Becoming World Champion was an amazing experience and a reminder of the excitement of racing at a major championship, so it was great to see the Olympic Park Velodrome where I hope to compete on home soil in 2012.

‘The Velodrome is already shaping up to be a fantastic venue and I can’t wait to come back here to help Team GB continue our gold rush in 2012.’

The 6,000-seat Velodrome will host the Olympic and Paralympic Track Cycling events during the Games. After 2012, the venue will be used by elite athletes and the local community. It will include a café, as well as bike hire and cycle workshop facilities.

The completion of the Velodrome roof comes as the Olympic Delivery Authority marks its fourth anniversary and announces it is on track to meet its latest set of construction milestones.

View latest images of the Velodrome

View latest aerial images of the Olympic Park

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darjole – 18 July 2007
Designed by Hopkins Architects, the 2012 Olympic velodrome with be situated in the north of the London Olympic Park and be an iconic centrepiece for the cycling and BMX events during 2012 before becoming the UK’s premier cycling facility.

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The Velodrome is being constructed by ISG who were also responsible for replacing the track at the Manchester Velodrome where the British team secured nine gold medals at the World Cycling Championships in 2008.

The design team for the VeloPark is made up of Hopkins Architects, Expedition Engineering, BDSP and Grant Associates, who were appointed in 2007 following a design competition judged by leading names from the world of architecture and design as well as Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.


london2012 – 11 September 2008
Chris Hoy talks about the London 2012 VeloPark design.

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Public Art
Also coming to Olympic Park, artist Anish Kapoor has won a commission to design a 115m high public artwork, to be built as part of London’s Olympic Games in 2012. The sculpture, called ArcelorMittal Orbit, has been designed in collaboration with structural engineer Cecil Balmond of Arup. Link

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DCC Media Release – Octagon Trees

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

Octagon Trees Not At Death’s Door

A report received by the Dunedin City Council’s Community and Recreation Services from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, indicate that the unhealthy plane trees in the Octagon show the presence of no primary pathogens and they are not, in fact, dead or dying. However, the trees appear to be susceptible to secondary pathogens, a weakness that may be due to their environment.

The report continues with suggestions for improving the health of the affected trees. While trees can heal and defend themselves against pathogens in an ideal environment, when planted in an urban situation, they need the soil environment to be actively maintained.

Suggestions in the report for future health of Dunedin’s street trees are based on three stages:

* Physical modifications such as removing surface plantings
* A change in maintenance practice – for example gentle or no pruning until they recover
* Therapeutic treatments such as addition of nutrients to the soil

The programme of work is yet to be finalised but will be non-chemical as there are no primary pathogens to kill.

DCC Community & Recreation Services Manager, Mick Reece, says, “This is good news albeit a bit of a wake up call for us. We now need to work out how to respond appropriately to achieve longevity for our city’s street trees while also considering the forward planning implications for having suitable replacement trees ready for planting in key areas and maybe with more urgency than previously anticipated.”

Mr Reece also commented that future urban design will have to investigate either which are the most suitable type of trees to be planted in these areas or, whether in fact trees are suitable for the Octagon at all. “We may also get to the situation where we are nursing some of these older affected trees for several years and they don’t improve and it may still be necessary to cut off the life support system.”

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

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DCC media release – Harbourside

Dunedin City Council
Media release

Harbourside Progress

Dunedin (Thursday 1 April 2010) – The Council has been advised by the Chair of its Hearings Committee, Cr Colin Weatherall, as its negotiator, that a broad understanding, as a basis for resolving outstanding differences with the appellants to the Harbourside Plan Change 7 proposal, exists final details of which are still being negotiated.

Cr Weatherall has been engaged in discussions with all parties on a ‘confidential without prejudice’ basis in accordance with best practice while, for its part, the Council has maintained a position of not commenting while the appeals process is in train, relying instead on Cr Weatherall’s delegated authority.

At its meeting this Monday 29 March 2010 Cr Weatherall was authorised by the Council to continue to progress the Harbourside negotiations with all the appellants under a confidential protocol until such time as there is a consent order, agreed to by all parties, in place before the Environment Court for its approval.

The purpose of these negotiations is to minimise the matters brought before the Court for its consideration.

The chair of the Council’s Hearings Committee has delegated authority to authorise the negotiation and resolution of appeals under the Resource Management Act.

Given that this process is both on-going and sensitive it is inappropriate for anyone other than the Chair of the Council’s Hearings Committee to make any public comment on how the process is proceeding until such negotiations are completed.

A chronological background, outlining the time-line for realising the Harbourside vision and the resulting Plan Change, follows.

BACKGROUND

The following outlines the time line in developing the harbourside vision and the resulting plan change:

2001:
Consultation on options for Dunedin’s future through “Choices for the Future” in 2001, the community expressed a desire for improved harbour access for both people and vehicles to get to the water, and to enhance harbour amenity.

June 2002:
The Planning and Environment Committee approved a variation to the then Proposed District Plan to provide for the harbourside area.

July 2005:
Draft long term vision for Dunedin’s harbourside launched for public consultation. The vision was refined, options considered and a plan change initiated to facilitate development.

October 2006:
A revised vision and a draft consultation document summarising the principles to be embodied in the plan change were agreed for informal consultation.

October 2007:
The Council resolved to publicly notify Proposed Plan Change 7 and the Notices of Requirement, along with a private plan change to the Regional Plan: Coast.

January 2008:
Proposed District Plan Change 7: Dunedin harbourside was notified alongside six Notices of Requirement to designate land for public squares, walkways and a road alignment included in the Harbourside vision. A decision was subsequently taken, prior to the hearings and in light of concerns raised by submitters, to withdraw three of the designations (No’s 2-4) and to limit the extent of the designation relating to 41 Wharf Street.

The objectives of Plan Change 7 include a Dunedin harbourside that:
• is easily accessible with strong visual and safe physical connections to the city centre, harbour and surrounding areas.
• is a vibrant and attractive place to visit, work and live, with public open spaces along the harbour edge creating a high quality waterfront environment.
• supports a range of compatible land uses that enable the continued operation of Dunedin Port and complement, but do not compete with the vibrancy and vitality of the city centre.
• built form of development creates a liveable environment that reflects and enhances the industrial, maritime and port heritage.

July 2008:
The hearings on Proposed Plan Change 7: Dunedin harbourside and three Notices of Requirement (Fairley Street walkway – northern and southern sections, and 41 Wharf Street roading improvement) were held.

January 2009:
Decisions were released by the Commissioners confirming Plan Change 7 (both Stage 1 and 2) and the designation of the Fairley Street walkway, with modifications. A decision on 41 Wharf Street is yet to be made.

April 2009:
Eight appeals were received on Plan Change 7, two appeals on the Fairley Street walkway – southern section and one appeal on the Fairley Street walkway – northern section. There are also a number of section 274 parties to the proceedings.

PLEASE NOTE: Any further comment on this media statement will be available from the Mayor, Peter Chin, only.



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Dunedin City public art: “susceptibility to decay and damage”

An honest if contrived conceptual work that carries its themes well.

### ODT Online Thu, 1 Apr 2010
Dental fixture still to be polished
By David Loughrey
Regan Gentry’s problems with his wisdom teeth while studying at the Otago Polytechnic, along with Dunedin’s dental school, heritage buildings and harbour mouth, were all inspirations for the artist’s striking new installation in Portsmouth Dr. Harbour Mouth Molars comprises six large wisdom teeth constructed from concrete and Oamaru stone, each weighing 6.5 tonnes, and paid for by the Dunedin City Council under its art in public places programme.
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April 1 2010

ODT reporters are kepy busy with creative writing courses on slow news days in the city.

### ODT Online Thu, 1 Apr 2010
Ambitious plan to roof the Octagon
Dunedin’s Octagon is to be covered with a state-of-the-art thermoplastic roof, the same material being used at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, a secret report has revealed. A Dunedin City Council report, expected to be released at noon today, but leaked to the Otago Daily Times this week, revealed the ambitious plan which could cost the city up to $15 million.
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