Monthly Archives: May 2010

Stadium Open Day: Saturday 19 June 2010

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@10PARK via @ForBarrStadium #StadiumOpenDay 19 June, 11am-2pm. Entry by gold coin donation or $5 a family. Proceeds to Rotary’s PolioPlus campaign.

*Rotary International

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Dear DCC: about your services when it floods, when we lose our water supply, our roads wash out, our bridges demolish, usual CD dramas and natural disasters…

PLEASE keep your DCC website home page up to date for citizens, and USE Twitter and Facebook – because your customers use social networking services (aka social media) and we’re connected. Why isn’t DCC connected?

That’s all.

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Yes! Westpac Stadium sorts the cheese

### ODT Online Sat, 29 May 2010
Wellington ready for stadium challenge
By Chris Morris
The chairman of the trust running Wellington’s Westpac Stadium is ready for competition with Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Wellington Regional Stadium Trust chairman Paul Collins was responding to comments this week by David Davies, the man tasked with making a success of Dunedin’s roofed venue, who this week predicted “aggressive” competition between the venues.

A Berl report released earlier this month found the venue [Westpac Stadium] had generated $484 million for the Wellington economy, more than double original forecasts.

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Stadium site purchases

### ODT Online Sat, 29 May 2010
$15m site deal for Fonterra
By David Loughrey
Dairy giant Fonterra received the lion’s share of money paid to buy land for the Forsyth Barr Stadium site in Dunedin, it has been revealed. Of the $35.6 million gross cost of land bought by the Dunedin City Council for the stadium, the University of Otago and State Highway 88, Fonterra received almost $15 million.

Figures for the land sales were released following an Otago Daily Times’ Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act request, a request that was held up while the council negotiated land sales for the nearby State Highway 88 realignment.

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### ODT Online Sat, 29 May 2010
Valuer says time pressure hit stadium land purchase
By Chris Morris
A Dunedin valuer involved in land sale negotiations for the Forsyth Barr Stadium says time constraints worked against the Dunedin City Council. Barlow Justice director and registered valuer Ah-Lek Tay said he was advising Scenic Circles Hotel chairman Earl Hagaman and his partners.
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RWC 2011 hospitality and tourism

### ODT Online Fri, 28 May 2010
Industry briefed on Cup
By John Lewis
Rather than roll out the red carpet and spend large quantities of money on premises to attract Rugby World Cup visitors, Dunedin’s hospitality establishments are being advised to focus on the basics.
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### ODT Online Fri, 28 May 2010
PM will keep tourism role
By Hamish McNeilly
In a Monty Python moment, Prime Minister John Key praised himself as Minister of Tourism for doing a “wonderful job”, and said he planned to continue with the tourism portfolio. Mr Key taking on the role as tourism minister has been widely praised by industry leaders, and raised the profile of the high-flying sector, which is responsible for one in 10 jobs and accounts for 20% of export receipts.

Mr Key said 2011 was shaping up as one of the most important for the sector, largely due to the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He singled out the Dunedin stadium for special mention, with the complex set to go “close to the wire”.

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### ODT Online Fri, 28 May 2010
Queenstown to host Trenz event
By Hamish McNeilly
The Southern Lakes region, billed as the “jewel in the crown” of the $9.3 billion New Zealand tourism industry, has been announced as host of a major international tourism conference. Queenstown, as revealed in the Otago Daily Times earlier this week, was confirmed as venue for the 2011 Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand (Trenz) trade event for the first time.

It was hoped the event would alternate each year between North and South Islands, and other regions, such as Dunedin, could be an option in the future.
-Tim Cossar, Tourism Industry Association

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### ODT Online Fri, 28 May 2010
Tourism event coup
By James Beech
Queenstown can cope with hosting a thousand domestic and international tourism agents at Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand (Trenz) next year and the Southern Lakes will be poised to reap the benefits, tourism and civic leaders say.
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Distinction Dunedin: former chief post office

### ODT Online Thu, 27 May 2010
Post office hotel gets marketing push
By Hamish McNeilly
The former chief post office in Dunedin is being promoted as a hotel venue to international and domestic buyers at a tourism conference in Auckland. Distinction Hotels, which owns hotels in Queenstown, Te Anau and Rotorua, is marketing the yet-to-be-completed hotel, located in the Exchange, at the four-day Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand conference. The company aims to finish the 180-room complex in time for next year’s Rugby World Cup.
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RWC 2011 ticket sales + national festival

### ODT Online Thu, 27 May 2010
World Cup tickets selling despite venue uncertainty
By Hamish McNeilly
Uncertainty over which Dunedin venue will host Rugby World Cup 2011 matches has not hampered tournament ticket applications, chief executive Martin Snedden said yesterday. Addressing more than than 50 domestic and international journalists at the Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand conference in Auckland, Mr Snedden said the stadium would be “spectacular”.

Rugby World Cup 2011 festival director Briony Ellis said organisers were also working on delivering a national festival in the lead-up to the tournament. The programme would eventually include 1000 events, with more than 100 already confirmed in the Southern region… Details of the festival would be officially launched on September 9.

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DCC Media Release – GST increase

Dunedin City Council
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GST’s Effects On Council Rates and Fees

As expected, the Government has raised the GST rate from 12.5% to 15% with effect from 1 October 2010. This will impact on the expenditure incurred by the Council as well as the rates and charges made to ratepayers and customers – and the Council’s projected incomes.

The Council had calculated the cost of providing its services assuming a 12.5% GST rate for all of 2010/11. To the extent that suppliers of the services that Council buys are able to increase their prices, Council’s costs will also rise. However, the extent to which that will happen is uncertain.

Rates invoiced before 1 October will carry GST at 12.5%; after that date, 15% will be paid to the Government. The extent to which ratepayers may wish to take advantage of the 12.5% and pay all of their rates before 1 October is uncertain.

It is the Council’s intention to ensure that the first instalment of rates is invoiced before 1 October for all areas of the city. The second, third and fourth instalments will, however, occur after 1 October 2010 and attract 15% GST. Whatever arrangements ratepayers may already have in place for payment by instalments, if they still wish to pay all of their rates before 1 October in order to avoid three instalments at 15%, or automatic payments or direct debit at 15%, then they are free to do so.

Fees and charges also pose uncertainties. Anything invoiced by the Council before 1 October 2010 will carry 12.5%; after that, it will be 15%. There is a second group of fees and charges which are set by the Government in statute which cannot change unless the statute changes. These include liquor licensing and parking infringement charges.

There are practical issues the Council will need to deal with in any change in fees and charges because of the GST increase. For example, under the 12.5% GST regime, of the $5 paid into a parking meter, about 55.5 cents goes to the Government as GST. Under the 15% GST regime, that figure rises to 65.2 cents. This is a loss in revenue to the Council of nearly 2%. This effect, magnified by the many millions of dollars of fees and charges on everything from library rentals, Moana Pool admission charges, parking revenues and building consents, adds up to a significant sum.

During 2010/11, the Council will monitor the extent to which the increase in GST affects its revenues and may have to consider altering its charges to recover the extra GST paid over to central government.

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

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A serious mind at work

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@AxlVanGok Uncanny. An anagram for ‘Forsyth Barr Stadium’ is ‘A Bad Firm Horsy Trust’

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Bike-only subdivision

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@AIAColumbia New bike-only development proposed south of Columbia – one its kind in the nation: http://tinyurl.com/23jmf29

After looking at locations in the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia, the Lexington County site was chosen because it was near so many colleges in Columbia and the new state farmers market, coming nearby to Dixiana.

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NEW BOOK
The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure by Kelly Shannon. Published by NAI, Mar 2010, hardback, 27.94×23.88cms, 272pages, 9056627201

The design of infrastructural networks such as roads, railways and systems enabling flow within a city structure is among urban design’s foremost tasks. Around the globe, the awareness of enhanced infrastructure fluidity as a catalyst for economic development is rising. This rare book investigates how infrastructure design determines the organisation and flow of the inhabited landscape as an agency of enhanced mobility, as a design feature contributing to the character of a city and as a sound theoretical approach to a positive experience of collective space. Issues are explored in 4 chapters that catalogue these approaches, each buttressed with key projects from the world’s most important designers in this field, including Arata Isozaki, Paul Andreu, Xaveer De Geyter, Jean Nouvel and Ricardo Bofill. The authors demonstrate how the creative potential of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design is essential to the effective flow of infrastructural networks.

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D Scene – South Dunedin library, Hillside, RWC 2011

### D Scene 26-5-10

Former councillor welcomes news (page 5)
News that negotiations for a potential site for the South Dunedin library are all but finalised has been welcomed by former St Kilda councillor Anne Turvey.

Turvey said the issue is greater than that of the simple provision of a library.

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Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 8)
Your say: Letters to the editor
Give New Zealand workshops a go by Stuart McKenzie, Dunedin
In a dream world by Jimmy Jones, Caversham
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Details: The finer points (pages 9 -10)
South in a spin
By Mike Houlahan
Planning is already well in train to make sure Rugby World Cup 2011 will be about more than just the games. Rugby World Cup chief executive Martin Snedden is, naturally, taking a keen interest in whether Dunedin is ready to host its allotted Rugby World Cup games next year. But it is the combined promotional campaign devised by Otago and Southland councils and tourism organisations that has got him really excited.

“Have you seen the Spin It Wide DVD?”

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Biz: Crunching the numbers (pages 12-13)
Light at the end of tunnel?
KiwiRail’s Hillside workshop is a hive of activity right now, but remains a shadow of its former self. Mike Houlahan considers the past, present and future of a Dunedin landmark. Amid the smashes and the clashes that are KiwiRail’s Hillside Workshops hard at work, it’s easy to forget that the workforce at the South Dunedin institution is about 10 per cent of what it once was.

Today, Hillside employs 185 staff. A few decades ago, when rail was the dominant means of moving freight and people around New Zealand, more than a thousand people worked at Hillside, building and maintaining locomotives and carriages.

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Scarfie: Life on campus (page 19)
Audacious winners: Design Studies students do well in entrepreneur competition
Designing a future
By Gavin Bertram
Last week the ten winners of the NBR 24/7 Audacious Business Idea Competition were announced, and four were from Design Studies. That’s not a bad return from the University of Otago department that is soon for the chop – an irony not lost on the students.
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Supercross for Carisbrook

### ODT Online Tue, 25 May 2010
Carisbrook to get makeover for Supercross event
By Catherine Pattison
Up to 60 bump-and-jump experts will spend three days sculpting 10,000 tonnes of Dunedin dirt into a racing track in November, when Carisbrook will host a round of the Australasian supercross championships.

Global Action Sports managing director and series promoter Mike Porra promises turnouts from all manufacturer teams, plus professional US supercross and motocross star Mike Allesi.

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Ratepayers! Prepare to subsidise this to glory. Oh, we are, already.

### ODT Online Tue, 25 May 2010
Competition for stadium
By Chris Morris
A price war is looming between Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium and its rivals in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. And it is a challenge acknowledged by Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive David Davies, who yesterday said cut-rate deals and other initiatives would be considered to lure events to the city.
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RWC 2011: what it can mean

### ODT Online Mon, 24 May 2010
Opinion: RWC may leave nasty financial hangover
By Peter Lyons

Peter Lyons warns of taking Rugby World Cup hype too much to heart. It could lead to poor decision-making. We should be wary of politicians who talk of the “national interest” and showcasing the country when they are referring to the Rugby World Cup (RWC). There is a risk of bad decision-making and poor financial judgement as a result. This is a major international sporting event and the vast majority of New Zealanders want it to go well. But let’s keep it in perspective.
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• Peter Lyons teaches economics at Saint Peters College in Epsom.

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Stunning wedding venue proposed, er, rugby ground

### ODT Online Sat, 22 May 2010
Rugby: Snedden confident ‘stunning’ stadium will be ready
By Adrian Seconi
It is still under construction but Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd chief executive Martin Snedden described the Forsyth Barr Stadium as stunning. Snedden has been in Dunedin for the last two days to promoting next year’s World Cup and was a guest speaker at the Otago Sports Awards last night.
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Goodbye to rugby heritage…

### ODT Online Sat, 22 May 2010
Rugby: Only temporary seats still to be sold
By Adrian Seconi
If you are reading this thinking ‘I must get some tickets for the last test at Carisbrook before they all sell out’ you might be too late.
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This is an advertisement for a wedding venue? We’re confused, seems to be a whole lot of bullshit about community support. Not for this shotgun wedding.

### ODT Online Sat, 22 May 2010
Straight as an arrow the way to do business
By Neal Wallace
Arrow International’s influence can be seen throughout the New Zealand building industry. Business reporter Neal Wallace meets one of the men behind the company which is celebrating 25 years in business.

Arrow International’s business model has been refined over 25 years and is evident in its project management role of the Forsyth Barr Stadium. Mr Anderson said Arrow would deliver the $188 million project on time and to a budget finalised [four and a half years] earlier during the concept phase, and it would do that by holding and driving the contractors to the agreed timetable and budget.

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Cartoonist’s view – Tremain
(ODT 22/5/10 page 34)

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More crass soap opera

We know rugby is a risky business in Highlander country…

### ODT Online Sat, 22 May 2010
Eyeing stadium as wedding venue
By Chris Morris
Dunedin couple Haley Paterson and Johnny Van Leeuwen hope to be the first to get married at Forsyth Barr Stadium. The couple, who met 13 years ago and had been engaged nearly two years, had been searching for “something a bit different” as a venue for their wedding, which they expected to take place late next year.
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Shipping containers….

### inhabitat.com 21 May 2010
Gorgeous Shipping Container Art Studio in New York
By Bridgette Meinhold
Wow! We knew that shipping containers could be used to build beautiful buildings, but this art studio by MB Architecture in Amagansett, New York is truly gorgeous. The artist had a limited budget of $60,000 to work with and wanted something close to home that was both functional as a working space, but would also be inviting and reflective.

Images: Maziar Behrooz Architecture

The exterior is kept very simply as the shipping container, but painted gray for a sophisticated look and a way to blend the container into the wooded environment. Inside, bright white walls act as a blank canvas for new artwork and ample daylighting streams in through the large windows on either end.

The foundation for the studio is built into the earth with 9′ walls and acts as the lower level and work space for the studio. Two 40′ (9′6″) high cube shipping containers were then set on top of the foundation to create a two-storey double wide structure. About 75% of the floors of the containers were cut away to create the tall ceilings with lots of natural light flooding in from the high windows.

Next to the painting area on the lower floor is a large storage area and directly above on the top floor is another work area. The container wide staircase acts as a transitional and gallery space for artwork. Each of the two containers cost about $2,500 delivered. An amazing example of how beautiful shipping container architecture can be.
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#Budget $@%^**(

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@ajamesgreen @10PARK Pssst: What impact budget for stadium, predicated on tax savings, with change to company interest rate and depreciation?

@ajamesgreen @10PARK Actually seems neutral. Stadium costs a little more but cancelled by overall lower DHCL tax bill

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Have your say: South Dunedin Retail Centre Strategy

Issues and Opportunities Consultation Document
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South Dunedin has historically been an important manufacturing and service area for Dunedin, and it remains a destination retail area for a large number of Dunedin residents. However, the trend over the last 15-20 years has been for a general decline in the main retail centre along King Edward Street, and a comparative increase in large format retail activities on the adjacent industrial land along Hillside Road and Andersons Bay Road.

As a result of this general decline, many people have raised concerns over the increasingly dilapidated appearance of the main retail centre and the overall vibrancy and success of the centre from both an economic and social perspective. As a result, the Council has identified the need for a strategy to revitalise South Dunedin’s retail centre.

The purpose of the South Dunedin Retail Centre Strategy is to identify an integrated package of actions that can be used to revitalise the retail centre, both economically and socially. The suggested goals for the strategy are to:

» Re-establish the economic role of the South Dunedin retail centre as a retail destination for the city by developing the centre into a place that people want to visit and spend time.

» Restore the social role of the centre as a place that provides opportunities for local residents to make regular contact with each other while engaged in routine activities.

The package of actions required to achieve these goals will need to include actions by both the Council and the community, in order to be successful.

The Issues and Opportunities Document is open for public consultation from 14 April 2010. Submitters are invited to return the submission form by 28 May 2010.

Make your submissions via

* Freepost: delivery details are on the form included with the consultation document (address to Principal Urban Designer, Dunedin City Council, PO Box 5045, Dunedin)

* Submit your comments online by completing this online form

* Email to south.dunedin@dcc.govt.nz

* Delivery: Customer Services, ground floor of the Civic Centre, 50 The Octagon, Dunedin

Dunedin City Council invites the community to comment on the range and relative importance of issues and opportunities identified to date.

On Wednesday 12 May, a public open day on South Dunedin Retail Centre – Issues and Opportunities was held at the Gasworks Museum in Braemar St, South Dunedin.

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The Rugby World Cup visits Dunedin

Dunedin City Council
Sports: Events

Dunedin will be the final stop on the Rugby World Cup 2011 Roadshow giving an opportunity for Dunedin’s fans to come along to view and have their photo taken with the Webb Ellis Trophy.

The Cup will be on display on Friday 21 May at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery from 6:30am to 9:00am before it jets off to Japan.

TVNZ’s breakfast weather presenter, Tamati Coffey will be broadcasting from the Art Gallery and is calling on Dunedin to come along in the colours of their “second favourite” team. On the day “best dressed” fans will have an opportunity to win 2 Venue Pool Packs to Rugby World Cup 2011.

To make it even easier for everyone, the Dunedin City Council is providing free parking in the Upper Moray Place carpark between 6:30am and 9:15am on Friday.

When: 21 May 2010 6:30am-9:00am
Where: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Price: Free
Contact: Kim Newman
Telephone: 477 4000
Email: knewman@dcc.govt.nz
Parking: Free parking at Upper Moray Place Carpark 6:30am – 9:15am

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Hahaha if you’re still thinking Campus Master Plans look the same today as yesterday!!!

Quite like National’s take on managing away expensive dross in the tertiary sector. If you think the cacoon existences in the ivy halls aren’t draining the rest of us to a very unfortunate ‘degree’, go suck on it. Or make a defensive comment here.

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### ODT Online Thu, 20 May 2010
Budget no winner with tertiary sector
NZPA
Students and staff at tertiary education institutions say today’s budget continues a trend of underfunding the sector. Finance Minister Bill English’s second budget would do nothing to enhance the innovation, learning and research going on in tertiary education institutions around the country, said Tertiary Education Union (TEU) national president Dr Tom Ryan.
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### ODT Online Thu, 20 May 2010
Funding reshuffle in education sector
NZPA
The education sector has had to come up with more than half of the $1.9 billion to fund new education initiatives over the next four years. Of the $1.9b, $1b has been reprioritised and $900 million is new money. The reprioritised money comes largely from changes to the student loan scheme, cuts in tertiary education capability funding which helps institutions develop their roles and deliver quality and aligning early childhood education funding rates with teacher registration targets.
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Investing in KiwiRail

### ODT Online Tue, 18 May 2010
$750m boost for KiwiRail
NZPA
The Government will invest an initial $250 million as part of a $4.6 billion long term plan to turn around KiwiRail, Prime Minister John Key announced today. Mr Key said $750m would be committed “in principle” over the next three years.
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DScene – Public libraries, Hillside Workshops, stadium, pools

### DScene 19-5-10
Book it in (page 1)
The long-awaited South Dunedin Library looks to be on the horizon, with Dunedin City Council coming closer to a final deal on a site. See page 3. #bookmark

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

Harsh economic lesson taught at Hillside (page 2)
Dunedin was taught a brutal economic lesson last week, when KiwiRail confirmed its preliminary view that it would not tender for its own contract to build railcarriages and engines for Auckland.
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Council set to finalise deal (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedin City Council is about to finalise a deal on a potential location for the South Dunedin library. City property manager Robert Clark, who has been negotiating with an undisclosed vendor, said he expected to secure a site for the proposed library in the next three weeks to a month.
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Factory staff uncertain of future (page 3)
By Mike Houlahan
Work programmes at KiwiRail’s Hillside workshops are decided for the next two years, but the 185 staff employed there remain unsure what will happen after the factory’s current contracts end.
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Snedden checks stadium progress (page 5)
By Mike Houlahan
Rugby World Cup chief executive Martin Snedden has been checking progress on the construction of the Forsyth Barr at University Plaza stadium as his top priority for his visit to Dunedin this Friday. Snedden’s Dunedin visit is the latest in a series of excursions around the country, to the various towns and cities hosting Rugby World Cup matches.
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Raising the roof (page 5)
The 398 tonne, 130m long roof truss for the Forsyth Barr multi-purpose roofed stadium in Dunedin, was lifted 35m into the sky at the weekend. The challenging five-hour operation could only be achieved in spcific weather conditions.
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The Rugby World Cup itself, the Webb Ellis Cup, will be on show in Dunedin on Friday. TVNZ’s Breakfast weather presenter Tamati Coffey is touring the country, and will be broadcast live from the Art Gallery in the Octagon, from 6.30-8.30am. Two pool game ticket packs will be given away to the best dressed rugby fan.

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Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 8)
Your say: Letters to the editor
Landmark to the rich by Harvey Kong Tin, South Dunedin
Stadium issues by Lee Vandervis, Roslyn
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Details: The finer points (page 10)
Library plot twist
By Wilma McCorkindale
A sudden plot twist last week has mystified readers of the continuing mystery entitled “Where will Dunedin’s new public library be built?” The main character in the story, the former Dunedin Chief Post Office building in the Exchange, had loomed as the most likely suspect in this “where-will-we-do-it” saga. But the plot thickened last week after the building was sold to another buyer whose four-star hotel plans mean the city’s books must find accommodation somewhere else.
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Library needs overhaul according to report (page 11)
In its report to the council in December 2005, Octa backed [Dunedin Public Libraries chief librarian] Bernie Hawke on the need for a South Dunedin library but also said that the Dunedin Public Library needed to be redeveloped. The library building, tucked in behind the staircased Dunedin Civic Centre, was designed in the 1970s and built in 1981.
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Little library needs a helping hand (page 11)
After almost a century of people borrowing from its shelves, St Kilda Community Library is asking folk to lend it a hand. It is looking to boost a small six-strong team of volunteer librarians, its dwindling membership, and its stack of titles, library committee president Gillian Lemon said.
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Taking shape (page 12)
By Mike Houlahan
A year into Hillside Engineering’s newest contract, workers can begin to see the finished product take shape. Well, one-third of it anyway. This week the KiwiRail-operated workshop unveiled its latest work in progress, carriages for the sightseeing trains the TranzCoastal and the TranzAlpine.
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Game: Beyond the scoreboard (page 20)
Pool problems
Dunedin’s pools are a success story, with the four main council-managed pools racking up three quarters of a million visits in the 2008/09 financial year. However, all that glitters isn’t gold. Huge demand by casual and fitness swimmers for their turn in the city’s pools has in turn limited access to the water for competitive swimmers and pool sports such as water polo.
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A recent report commissioned by the Dunedin City Council on pool services suggested a three-pronged strategy: upgrades at Moana and St Clair pools, new business practices, and a new pool at Mosgiel and a new inner city training pool.

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Campus Master Plan

A blimming space odyssey.

University of Otago Campus Master Plan
A vision for the future

The Campus Master Plan sets out strategies for the future development over a 25-year-period of the University campuses at Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington.

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### ODT Online Tue, 18 May 2010
Enthusiasm for university vision
By Allison Rudd
A plan detailing how the University of Otago might improve its campuses and expand over the next 25 years received an enthusiastic and positive response when it was launched yesterday.

Need to tidy ‘ghetto’
Vast amount of space needed
Leith could become city amenity

Written by an international team of consultants following a year of consultation, the Campus Master Plan was Otago’s chance to have an “outstanding campus”, vice-chancellor Prof Sir David Skegg told an audience of about 150 invited guests.
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CAMPUS MASTER PLAN ABOUT AS SUSTAINABLE AS FLY TO THE MOON. CAMPUS MASTER PLAN CONTAINS LITTLE UNDERSTANDING OF COMMUNITY CONSULTATION. INWARD FOCUSED CAMPUS MASTER PLAN. WHAT ARE THE CONTEMPORARY PROCESSES FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION THAT INVEST INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS WITH A SENSE OF EMPOWERMENT FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND OWNERSHIP OF PRACTICAL VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE. WHAT DOES THIS COUNTRY NEED BY WAY OF TERTIARY EDUCATION TO MAKE A POSITIVE SUSTAINABLE DIFFERENCE IN THE NATIONAL ACCOUNTS AND OUR PEOPLE’S LIVING STANDARDS. WHY DO UNIVERSITIES SEEM IRRELEVANT IF THEY BECOME THEIR OWN ISLANDS AND NOT A FULL INTEGRAL PART OF OUR CIVIC COMMUNITY. IS THE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN BACKWARD AND ARROGANT. DO YOU PRIVATELY OWN PROPERTY THE UNIVERSITY SAYS IT WANTS TO PURCHASE AND DEMOLISH BUT YOU FIRST HEARD THIS AT THE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN LAUNCH AND YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN CONSULTED ABOUT IT – YEAH WELL JOIN THE CLUB. THE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN COULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED BY AN EXPERT LOCAL TEAM FOR MORE ENHANCED RESULTS AND AT A LOT LESS COST. YOUR FEEDBACK ON THE MASTER PLAN IS WHAT IT NEEDS, PICK YOUR MEDIA FORUM THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG OPEN HONEST FUN CONVERSATION. THE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN IS FLAWED. THE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN IS A CHALLENGE AT THE VERY MOST.

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### ODT Online Mon, 17 May 2010
Student area a ‘ghetto’: report
A report on the future of the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus considers the student housing around the university to have lent a “ghetto” feel to the neighbourhoods, says Vice-chancellor Prof Sir David Skegg. Writing on today’s ODT opinion page, Prof Skegg introduces the Campus Master Plan, to be unveiled this afternoon with the release of the 195-page “Options for Future Campus Development” report, compiled by international consultants.

“… the authors were shocked by the degradation of the residential areas surrounding the university,” writes Prof Skegg. “The squalid nature of many properties and the accumulation of rubbish are considered to have generated a ‘ghetto’ feel …”

The report envisages what the student quarter might look like in 20 to 25 years’ time.
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### ODT Online Mon, 17 May 2010
Opinion: University plan outlines ambitious outlook
By David Skegg
A University of Otago “campus master plan”, which looks 20-25 years into the future, is released this afternoon. David Skegg outlines the scope of the report and highlights some of the issues it raises.

The university commissioned an international consulting firm (DEGW) to lead a major planning exercise. The consultants brought extensive experience of campus planning and design in many parts of the world. Their brief was to produce a plan which can guide the development of our campuses in Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington over the next 20 or 25 years. The consultants worked in conjunction with other firms specialising in matters such as sustainability and pedestrian movement.

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Australia’s bid for future FIFA World Cup

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 22:45 15/05/2010
New stadiums part of Australia’s World Cup bid
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New state of the art arenas to be built in Perth, Canberra and Blacktown in Western Sydney is part of Australia’s bid for either the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Australian bid team made their proposal to soccer’s head body in Zurich, with a legacy of $A2.8 ($NZ3.44) billion worth of infrastructure promised, which all sporting codes would benefit from as a result.

Ten host cities have been selected as part of the bid under Australia’s nationwide hosting proposal that will see World Cup matches played in six states and territories.
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