D Scene – No new #DunedinSlogan


We like Dunedin’s self-deprecatory humour. Not to be defeated, the new #DunedinSlogans campaign – why have just one – will be mounted by the united citizens of Dunedin. We will make the T-shirts! Shame on our father figures for piking out. See D Scene’s page 7: a cautionary tale that is almost certainly to be about what to do in an emergency, or when the Civic Centre floods and loses *power*. Was there something about a marketing and communications plan…

### D Scene 2-6-10
They’re building our stadium right here (page 1)
Dunedin building firms are dismayed after an Auckland company beat them to the punch for a stadium carpentry contract. See page 3.

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City workers promised jobs (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
An Auckland company has won the carpentry contract on the Forsyth Barr (Otago) Stadium, but is promising Dunedin workers jobs. In a decision last week, a joint carpentry tender put by local companies ABL (Amalgamated Builders Ltd) Lund Construction, was dumped in favour of Auckland company Wallace Construction.
The decision had made things difficult for the ABL-Lund joint venture. About 30 local workers would have been employed on the stadium carpentry teams.
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Rail contract battle not over says MP (page 3)
By Mike Houlahan
Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran says the battle to convince KiwiRail to build new carriages for Auckland’s rail system at its Hillside and Woburn workshops is not over.
Curran yesterday repeated her call for an independent assessment of the capacity at Hillside and Wellington’s Woburn workshop.
A rally in support of Hillside and its workers will be held next Tuesday. A march will start from the Dental School at 11.30am, and will be followed by speeches in the Octagon.
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Council dumps idea for new slogan (page 7)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedin embarked on a slogan-seeking exercise in January. So, where the bloody hell is it?
City marketing and communications agency manager Debra Simes declined to comment whether a slogan would remain as part of the new brand, but said her team was in the throes of finalising its marketing and communications plan.
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Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 8)
Your say: Letters to the editor
I can see clearly now by Lyndon Weggery, Dunedin
My thanks to Jimmy Jones (D Scene 26/5/10) for making it crystal clear that the latest so-called consultation exercise on South Dunedin Retail strategy is nothing more than a Parking Section smokescreen to do away with limited free-time parking in King Edward St.
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A building of memories (pages 9-10)
By Mike Houlahan
Dunedin Gasworks Museum has won a race against time to restore another building at the industrial heritage complex. The fitting shop at the Dunedin Gasworks has led a charmed liife. Now it is almost fully restored.
Dunedin City Council this week agreed to fund a $345,000 shortfall for restoration work on the Gasworks’ fitting shop.
The Dunedin Gasworks Museum is open every first and third Sunday of the month from midday until 4pm, and every Tuesday from midday until 4pm.
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Dunedin TV has plenty to celebrate (page 11)
By Wilma McCorkindale
DNTV2 made its first broadcast on July 31, 1962 – its half century anniversary is still two years away … Telvision New Zealand’s last Dunedin station manager, Russell Garbutt, said no matter which way one measures it, Dunedin was one of the most productive television regions in the country.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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9 responses to “D Scene – No new #DunedinSlogan

  1. Phil

    We all remember the concern shown a few weeks back regarding the carpentry subcontract tender price?

    For the record: “Trust chairman Malcolm Farry said last night that meant the trust would have to go back to the market to try to negotiate a more acceptable price, something he said had been done before, successfully, during the building process.”

    Today we hear that the tender has now been awarded to an Auckland contractor. And what is the official reaction from the self proclaimed Chief Negotiator?

    “I am unaware of the decision”.

    What’s going on there, Malc? You seem to be aware of good news and the locations of newspaper photographers.

  2. Phil

    Really interesting to read that an out of town construction company can come in at a cheaper price than a local company. The interesting aspect is that the successful company says that it intends to employ local labour. Presumably, this will be the same local labour that was too expensive a few weeks back.

    The material costs what it costs, so there would be little difference in material costs between tender submissions. Any subcontracting work will come from the same subcontracting pool used by the original tenderers.

    I’m puzzled as to how a local company “local hourly rates, plus overheads, plus profit margin” can end up to be more expensive than an out of town company with “local hourly rates, local overheads, local profit margin, out of town overheads, and out of town profit margins”.

    Hourly rates for skilled tradespeople are fairly standard throughout the city. You can pay cheaper, but then that’s what you’ll get. Remember the earlier discussion regarding the unbreakable link between Price, Quality and Time? So it would be a very foolish decision to try and force hourly rates down.

    Someone has had to move their profit margin considerably. Clearly that was neither Lund or ABL. And the “out of towner” must essentially be doing this work for free. Possibly their acknowledged links to the Head Contractor have allowed for this with the anticipation of more lucrative future projects.

    This link has possibly allowed for the Head Contractor to absorb the subcontractor’s profit margin without any price increase. The Head Contractor will run at a loss on this contract, but they will make up for it on other projects where they work together with the same subcontractor. Good for the client if that is the case, but not really a fair tendering process for other potential subcontractors.

    • Elizabeth

      Phil – almost an echo forming.

      Not so long ago, ripples went out after the appointment of an architect for the proposed university buildings at the stadium. No criticism of the architect(s) intended here.

      It’s alleged someone in a building firm was in receipt of information they shouldn’t have been. It turns out phone calls trading on that information shouldn’t have been made to interested architects.

      There was an implication that an omniscient company wanted future work via an architecture firm residing in a gateway city. After all, how is an architect appointed these days. On big projects.

      The design community is well aware of what went down.

      More shenanigans of association and reward.

  3. Phil

    It would be very disappointing if that turns out to be the case, Elizabeth. A very high risk game with potential for legal challenges. However, I suspect that is unlikely to happen in a small community such as ours. They wouldn’t dare to try a game like that in a large design and construction environment.

    Many people forget that the tender process itself is a binding contract and is subject to contract law, part of which is the requirement that there must exist a genuine opportunity to gain value. Something that cannot happen if one party has an advantage not afforded to other parties. There are times when the end does not justify the means. Hopefully we’re wrong about the situation here.

  4. Calvin Oaten

    Elizabeth: a bit more chaff and a pat or two on the rump might get some more ‘chirps’.

  5. wirehunt

    Just another unusual ‘event’ to add to the list.

    This place is getting as bad as Aussie when it comes to rather unusual things happening on some jobs.

  6. Anonymous

    Slogan: “Dunedin – thinking about the future, we built a stadium”

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