Daily Archives: May 1, 2010

Why we love Dunedin Engineering! Make it a WIN!

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###ODT Online Tue, 4 May 2010
KiwiRail says own workshops not up to tender
By Mark Price
Kiwirail has all but ruled out its own workshops, including Dunedin’s Hillside workshops, being given the chance to “have a crack” at tendering to build $375 million worth of passenger trains for Auckland. Chief executive Jim Quinn yesterday said the final decision would be made in the next few days, but KiwiRail was “unlikely to be a bidder”.
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### ODT Online Sat, 1 May 2010
Bid for $400m KiwiRail contracts nigh
By Dene Mackenzie
The campaign for Dunedin engineering firms to gain some of the nearly $400 million KiwiRail plans spending on new rolling stock begins in earnest on Monday with the release of an economic report. The report, prepared by forecasting agency Berl, has been commissioned by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union, which represents workers at Hillside Workshops and the Dunedin City Council. KiwiRail plans to buy 38 three-car electric multiple units (114 cars) and 13 electric locomotives. The new rolling stock is likely to cost $375 million to produce in New Zealand.

Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie chairs a working party in Dunedin that has been quietly building support for KiwiRail to seriously consider building the EMUs and locomotives in New Zealand. The working party includes city MPs, trade union representatives, members of the DCC and the Otago Regional Council and representatives of Dunedin’s engineering industry.

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Post by Elizabeth Kerr

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DCC: Residents’ Opinion Survey – complete it online

### ODT Online Sat, 1 May 2010
DCC sends out 4500 residents’ survey forms
Dunedin, it is time to rate your council’s performance. The annual Dunedin City Council residents’ opinion survey was launched yesterday as the first of 4500 surveys were posted out to randomly selected participants. The survey can also be completed, by both those who receive a survey in the mail and those who do not, online at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/residents-opinion-survey
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PARKING IS NOT SOLVED

### ODT Online Sat, 1 May 2010
Editorial: DCC common sense
Few issues arouse public attention like parking. Most adults have access to cars, and most at some stage or another look for parking spaces. So when the Dunedin City Council planned changes, it was foolish not to be at its most wary, careful and sensible. Right from the start, the council and councillors seemed to be blind to the extent of what they were doing – and the devil in both the detail and the bigger picture.
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COMPLETE WEIRDNESS
Take a bee, a rooster and you get a sheep…

### ODT Online Wed, 28 Apr 2010
Picking up sheep droppings ‘completely nuts’
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council is considering rules which would force some property owners to collect the little black offerings left behind by animals, including sheep, pigs and goats.
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If we let Mr Guest become Mayor of Dunedin expect more of this oddity – and ODT will never be the same.

Posted by Elizabth Kerr

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