Monthly Archives: June 2010

Underwhelmed

The right word is underwhelmed, the Mayor neglected to notice his Council is about to pay the Chief Executive some $17,000 more… How could anyone get the round figure of $352,000 wrong? The Mayor has problems with lots of figures, does he know what the stadium is costing us yet. Not blazing likely.

### ODT Online Sat, 19 Jun 2010
Chin admits mistake over Harland salary
By David Loughrey
Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin has admitted he made a mistake when he announced council chief executive Jim Harland’s pay rise last week. Mr Harland’s salary had not risen to $346,725, but to $352,000, a rise of $17,000, Mr Chin said yesterday.
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### ODT Online Sat, 12 Jun 2010
Harland pay rise for work on stadium, rates
By David Loughrey
Dunedin City Council chief executive Jim Harland’s work on the Forsyth Barr Stadium and his efforts to reduce rates increases have been given as reasons for a pay increase of $11,725, which takes his salary to $346,725.

“… The committee considered the chief executive had been particularly diligent in progressing plans for the new Forsyth Barr Stadium to a position which allowed the council to make a fully informed decision when considering its commitment to the project and, since the council’s decision to proceed, that he has continued to play an important role in ensuring the stadium project will come in on time, on budget and fit for purpose.”
-Peter Chin

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DCC Media Release – CEO salary and performance

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Dunedin City Council
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Dunedin City Council Chief Executive’s Performance Rewarded

The Dunedin City Council’s Performance Appraisal Committee has assessed that Chief Executive Jim Harland has, over the past two years, exceeded the Council’s expectations under the terms of his contract.

Specifically, the Committee considered the Chief Executive had been particularly diligent in progressing plans for the new Forsyth Barr Stadium to a position which allowed the Council to make a fully informed decision when considering its commitment to the project and, since the Council’s decision to proceed, that he has continued to play an important role in ensuring the Stadium project will come in on time, on budget and fit for purpose.

It was noted that Mr Harland has also led the staff in identifying ways to reduce rate increases subsequently included in the Long Term Community and Annual Plans while maintaining high levels of staff satisfaction with the DCC as an employer.

The Chief Executive’s salary has been held at $335,000 since March 2008 and the Chief Executive had volunteered, along with members of his Corporate Management Team, to forgo the annual review of salaries in the 2008/09 financial year.

The Council has subsequently agreed that the Chief Executive’s salary for year commencing 8 March 2010 is $352,000.

Contact Mayor Peter Chin on 474 3855.

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DCC Media Release – Consulting on draft digital communication strategy

Dunedin City Council
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Have Your Say On Dunedin’s Digital Future

Last reviewed: 10 Jun 2010 3:45pm

Subject to approval at next Tuesday’s meeting of the Council’s Economic Development committee, plans for the city’s digital future will take another step towards realisation by inviting the public to comment on the draft strategy.

The draft strategy is a plan to provide for the digital communication needs of businesses, residents and visitors across all areas: commerce, information, education, healthcare and community services. ??Now, after extensive consultation with a wide range of community, academic and business groups the Council has completed the initial stage of developing a comprehensive digital strategy for the city.

The strategy itself takes a lead from central government’s digital vision, which recognises the need to balance higher connection speeds with the availability of services, greater confidence and enhanced capability on the part of users.

So far the draft strategy puts it ahead of all the other main centres in New Zealand – a fact widely commented on by the national media.

The strategy is both an exciting opportunity for the city, and an urgently needed plan to provide Dunedin with essential contemporary infrastructure.

It is now time for the whole community to have a say on the draft strategy either by making a formal submission or completing a website survey. The digital strategy website will go live on 16 June 2010.

To participate, go to www.dunedin.govt.nz/dunedin-digital-strategy after that date.

Cr Dave Cull, who has chaired the steering committee in identifying a strategy, says “It is important that this continues to be a community-driven project which responds to the needs of the whole community it will eventually serve – which is why we now need to find out what the public thinks about what we have come up with.”

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

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DCC Media Release – Call for RWC 2011 volunteers!

Dunedin City Council
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Hands Up! Who Wants To Be Part Of Rugby World Cup 2011?

The Rugby World Cup event grows each time, and it provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life to play a part in making it a success.

We are seeking people to SPIN IT WIDE during Rugby World Cup 2011, and help Dunedin host teams and visitors when they pour into our city. Whether directing visitors to Otago Stadium, greeting incoming flights, or working at the Stadium on match day, the volunteers can create the memorable experiences that visitors take home.

Dunedin’s Volunteer Programme is being launched on 14 June at the Glenroy Auditorium, with two information sessions during the day, at 12.30pm and 5.30pm. For those unable to attend either session, there is also information available at http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/volunteer.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Rugby World Cup 2011 and will receive training and experience to ensure they are prepared and supported.

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

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2011 RWC plans for Dunedin

### ODT Online Thu, 10 Jun 2010
Rugby World Cup plans gather pace
By Debbie Porteous
The build-up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC) is gathering momentum in Dunedin, with plans progressing for entertainment, management and security of what is expected to be the biggest international event held in the city. Dunedin will host three pool matches and six teams during the event in September and October next year.
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Well f*** ANYONE who backs Campus Master Plan proposed demolition of post-1960s ARCHITECTURE

### ODT Online Wed, 9 Jun 2010
Ailing post-1960s buildings on university’s demolition list
By Allison Rudd
A crop of University of Otago buildings dating from the 1960s have been recommended for demolition in the university’s 25-year campus master plan. Tertiary education reporter Allison Rudd finds out why the buildings have not stood the test of time, and what is being done to make sure future buildings do.
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David Davies on More FM Thursday 8:10am

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@ForBarrStadium CEO David Davies will be on More FM tomorrow morning at 8.10am – check it out

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ZERO-E pilot project

### australiandesignreview.com 09.06.10
Woods Bagot to build zero emissions tower in China
Woods Bagot and Buro Happold unveil pilot project for zero emissions, 82-storey mixed-use tower on the Yangtze River.

Architecture firm Woods Bagot and multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Buro Happold have announced a test design for an 82-storey tower that aims to achieve zero carbon emissions.

The model for an energy efficient, large-scale development “goes beyond reducing the impact of new development to creating buildings that contribute to the healing of compromised human and ecological systems”.

The pilot scheme, called ZERO-E, is for a mixed-use development on the Yangtze River in Chongqing, China. The joint initiative hopes to advance the construction industry’s contribution to achieving a zero carbon economy by 2050.

The 450,000sqm, 82-storey tower features office and hotel space. The building will produce more energy than it consumes, process its own waste and release cleaner air than it takes in.

The pilot scheme also seeks to create “socially and economically thriving communities” that:
– Produce zero emissions
– Create more energy than they require on an annual basis
– Process their own waste and release only beneficial output
– Release cleaner air than they take in
– Heal compromised sites and ecosystems
– Restore natural habitat
– Reconnect humans and nature
– Increase occupant health
– Build financial value with ecological value
– Exhibit material integrity
– Delight and beautify their surroundings
– Supply 100 percent of their water needs using collection and closed loops

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D Scene: 2nd birthday, 100th issue

### D Scene 9-6-10 (page 1)
Rail rally
Hillside workers and supporters have vowed to press on with their against the odds campaign to convince their employers KiwiRail to keep a lucrative engineering contract in-house.
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Hillside workers rally (page 3)
By Mike Houlahan
About 200 Hillside workers and supporters braved wind and rain yesterday to vent their feelings over state-owned KiwiRails’s refusal to tender for its own contract to supply rail carriages for the Auckland service. Workers at the South Dunedin engineering works and their fellow workshop at Woburn in Wellington have slated their employer’s assessment that the firm can not and should not tender for the multi-million dollar contract – work which an economic assessment has said has said could be worth 1300 jobs and $250 million to GDP.
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Parking question (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale
More maneuvering of the city’s parking regime may be forced, after complaints by businesses in the Moray Pl arts quadrant. The area’s spokesman David McLeod, of the Quadrant Gallery, said he met with the Dunedin City Council Parking Working Party chairman Syd Brown recently to thrash out several requests from the business community. That included free Saturday parking for the Moray Pl arts and culture quadrant south of the Octagon.

“Why not do something to attract people back to this area – something to revitalise.”
-David McLeod

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South Dunedin (page 6)
Council planners on the South Dunedin revitalisation project have lots to work with, Dunedin City Council (DCC) city development manager Anna Johnson said. Almost 100 people had their say at a recent consultation event in the suburb and more than 55 had written submissions to the DCC’s South Dunedin strategy document.
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Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 9)
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Promises, promises…
By Peter Attwooll, Dunedin Central
We hear Amalgamated Builders Ltd and Lund Construction have missed out on a carpentry contract for the stadium (D Scene 2/6/10). They lose out to an Auckland company which gives a lower price.
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A scandal
By GR MacDonald, St Kilda
The revelation that Dunedin workers have lost out to an Auckland company over a Forsyth Bar Stadium carpentry contract is truly a scandal.
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Franchise opportunity for Dunedin boys! Stadiums for everyone!

We always knew the stadium proposal for Dunedin was Irish. Now they’re claiming it can grow grass.

### ODT Online Wed, 9 Jun 2010
Dunedin stadium could be model for Europe: Irish rugby boss
A successful roofed stadium in Dunedin could be a model for future stadium developments in Europe, says Irish rugby team manager Paul McNaughton. He visited the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin today, while the Irish prepare to play the All Blacks in New Plymouth on Saturday, and was impressed with what he saw.
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University building for Plaza gap

### ODT Online Wed, 9 Jun 2010
$20 million set aside for varsity’s stadium building
By Allison Rudd
The University of Otago’s stadium building is a step closer, with almost $20 million being added to this year’s budget for its construction. The Warren and Mahoney-designed Oamaru stone-clad building, linking the University Plaza and the Forsyth Barr Stadium, will contain the university’s foundation studies department, the Unipol sports centre, a physiotherapy clinic and a cafe. Presenting the revised 2010 budget to the university council yesterday, chief operating officer John Patrick said almost $20 million – $19.722 million – had been added to the capital works budget for “university plaza building one”.
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Question: Which local dignitary are we naming it after, as a blame-marker of the stadium fiasco that would impoverish a city.
Or is “university plaza building one” it —shortening to “Plaza One”.
Has a certain kind of fit with the Americanised style of the Campus Master Plan: a football campus.

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We can get excited about a ‘glasshouse’ material

When in China…

### ODT Online Tue, 8 Jun 2010
First samples of stadium roof material in Dunedin
By Chris Morris
The first flimsy-looking pieces of the Forsyth Barr Stadium’s ETFE roofing material have arrived in Dunedin from China. But, despite their appearance, Dunedin City Council chief executive Jim Harland has declared he has full confidence the roofing material will withstand Dunedin’s howling southerly winds.
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City heritage

Site visits had been held, and presentations from owners who had undertaken large restoration and re-use projects, and a “mini-conference” on getting started on large heritage projects was planned.

### ODT Online Sat, 5 Jun 2010
Heritage group finds some keen owners
By David Loughrey
Despite concerns about the loss of Dunedin’s heritage buildings, there are some “extremely enthusiastic” building owners, committed to making sure the city’s heritage is saved, city councillor Dave Cull says. Cr Cull, the chairman of a council steering group tackling the issue, said it could be six to eight months before a report with suggested solutions was tabled at the council, but feedback so far showed there were some people willing to go the extra mile to re-use their buildings.
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Report – PEC – 08/06/2010 (PDF, 71.7 KB)
Heritage Buildings Economic Reuse Steering Group Update

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Stadium: Stakeholders group investigates carpentry contract

### ODT Online Fri, 4 Jun 2010
Carpentry contract: group seeks answers
By David Loughrey
The group in charge of overseeing the Forsyth Barr Stadium project has called for answers in relation to issues that have arisen over carpentry contracts for the stadium. Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin, chairman of the stakeholders group, which includes the city and regional councils, said yesterday he was “trying to find some answers” to why there was a breakdown in communication between the Carisbrook Stadium Trust and major contractor Hawkins Construction.

The legal process had been followed, despite “a miscommunication in the reporting of the process to the trust”.
-Malcolm Farry

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Stadium: Carpentry contract awarded, with a slight glitch!

### ODT Online Thu, 3 Jun 2010
Row over stadium contract
By David Loughrey
The carpentry contract for the Forsyth Barr Stadium has been let without the knowledge of the Carisbrook Stadium Trust, bypassing an agreed process between main contractor Hawkins Construction and the trust. Trust chairman Malcolm Farry confirmed yesterday the contract had been let to Auckland company Wallace Construction, after telling the Otago Daily Times late last week, and again earlier yesterday, he was unaware of the contract.

“Due process has to be followed. Most of the rules have been broken.”
-Malcolm Farry

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D Scene – No new #DunedinSlogan

CRIKEY

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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Surprise! (yawn) Shift them out.

Oh yay. Less chance to knock internal plasterwork at the Old Logan Park Art Gallery building. Like we didn’t know they’d opt for the stadium. Small mercies. And Dave Gerrard’s dream of hubs comes true. It’s a love story.

### ODT Online Tue, 1 Jun 2010
Academy could be at stadium
By David Loughrey
The New Zealand Academy of Sport, South Island, may move to the Forsyth Barr Stadium, with $3.8 million from the Dunedin City Council earmarked for more building at the site. The plan is to use the roofed stadium’s facilities for academy athletes, making it a high-performance hub.
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