Daily Archives: May 13, 2010

Dunedin City Council preserves Dunedin Gasworks Museum

A fine example of what the council is doing for Dunedin’s heritage tourism.

### ODT Online Thu, 13 May 2010
Former glory re-emerging at South Dunedin site
By John Gibb
Through restoration work, a beautiful old building at the Dunedin Gasworks Museum is emerging from what was once a sagging collection of bricks which engineers had warned was in danger of collapse.

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Dunedin ICT Internship Programme ‘outstanding success’

### ODT Online Thu, 13 May 2010
High-tech intern scheme expanding
By Chris Morris
A programme encouraging Dunedin’s high-tech businesses to take on interns is expanding, after helping students find jobs and injecting more than $800,000 into the city’s economy in its first year. The Dunedin ICT Internship Programme was launched last year by the Dunedin ICT Business Cluster in conjunction with the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic.

The cluster was a partnership between the Dunedin City Council and the city’s 160 information and communication technology (ICT) companies, and the internship programme – supported by a $45,000 grant from the council’s industry project fund – aimed to help ICT companies find and retain talented staff.
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KiwiRail decision ‘opens up’ opportunities

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### ODT Online Thu, 13 May 2010
Quinn dashes Hillside’s hopes
By Mark Price
Any lingering hopes KiwiRail’s Hillside workshops might get the chance to build trains for Auckland have been dashed. KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn met staff in Dunedin yesterday to break the news the workshop would not be bidding for the contract to build 38 three-car, electric multiple units (EMUs) and 13 electric locomotives as part of Auckland’s $500 million urban rail development. That decision had left rail workers “gutted”, according to Rail and Maritime Trade Union general secretary Wayne Butson.

KiwiRail was “actively” trying to find work for the workshops from “any source we can get” and was “keen to present Dunedin’s engineering capability to the wider world”.

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### ODT Online Thu, 13 May 2010
Opinion: On right track for trains
By Steven Joyce
Phil Goff’s emotional approach to KiwiRail does not change the facts – the Crown owns a struggling business and needs to make some tough calls, on behalf of the public, to turn KiwiRail around, writes Steven Joyce.

It is all very well for Phil Goff to make an emotional argument for Auckland’s new trains to be built at Dunedin’s Hillside workshop but this is precisely the kind of “do it at any cost” mindset that got us into the difficult position we now find ourselves in with regard to KiwiRail and the Government’s books more generally.
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