Monthly Archives: August 2010

Electioneering by straws

### ODT Online Tue, 31 Aug 2010
Opponents scrap over stadium vote
By David Loughrey
Dunedin’s election campaign ignited yesterday, with mayoral candidate Cr Dave Cull fending off accusations he and fellow Greater Dunedin candidate Kate Wilson voted for the Forsyth Barr Stadium in 2008.
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My notes when in attendance at the Finance and Strategy Committee meeting and the Extraordinary Council meeting held on 17 March 2008 show:

That at the finance and strategy meeting, Crs Dave Cull, Kate Wilson, Fliss Butcher and Teresa Stevenson voted against the stadium project. In accordance with the minutes received I agree that the meeting ended with a 10-4 vote to commit to the stadium, subject to conditions.

That at the Extraordinary Council meeting there was a procedural vote to confirm the resolutions taken from the finance and strategy meeting. Crs Cull and Wilson voted in the affirmative. The motion was won, 12-4.

At the time and since I did not infer a vote for the stadium by Crs Cull and Wilson.

It may have been ‘politically naive’ to vote the resolutions through given the events in the finance and strategy meeting where conditions were agreed – or perhaps it was sound procedurally.

Either way, the matter of how Crs Cull and Wilson voted on the motion to confirm the resolutions was not going to change the outcome.

The ‘opponents’ cited in the ODT are clutching at straws.

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DCC Media Release – ‘hey, we is networking at last’

Dunedin City Council Media Release
Dunedin City Council Gets Social

The Dunedin City Council has joined social media, establishing a presence on Facebook and Twitter.

Marketing and Communications Agency Manager Debra Simes says the DCC has an official Facebook page – ‘Dunedin City Council’ – for releasing information on consultations, media announcements, upcoming events and other important public information.

It has also established two Twitter feeds that interested people can link to. The first, ‘DnCityCouncil’, will publish the same information as on the Facebook page.

The second, ‘AskDCC’, is a forum for the public to ask operational questions of the DCC’s Customer Services Agency, such as the opening hours of facilities, or how to register a dog.

Using these social media portals will not replace the many other ways the DCC communicates with the public, but is an addition for those who prefer to communicate online.

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

Last reviewed: 30 Aug 2010 2:42pm

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Malcolm Farry: “Embrace the vision”

### ODT Online Mon, 30 Aug 2010
Opinion: ‘News’ already in the public domain
By Malcolm Farry
A recent front page article in the Otago Daily Times highlighted items not included in the Forsyth Barr Stadium’s main construction contract. Malcolm Farry points out this information was already in the public domain and suggests the article carried unfortunate implications.

Over the past four years, I have become accustomed to being called at home by members of the public wanting a “chat” and to share their contrasting views on the merits of the Forsyth Barr Stadium project. However, these exchanges reached a new level of intensity following the Otago Daily Time’s article on August 12 under the headline “Stadium extras to cost in millions”.
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-Malcolm Farry is chairman of the Carisbrook Stadium Charitable Trust.

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All Whites and the stadium…

### ODT Online Sat, 28 Aug 2010
Football: Keen to keep the ball rolling
By Steve Hepburn
New Zealand Football boss Frank van Hattum says the sport has had a year of absolute excitement but it will not be easy to maintain that momentum.

He also confirmed the new Forsyth Barr Stadium was definitely in the mix to host All Whites games… Van Hattum visited the Forsyth Barr Stadium yesterday and said it would be a fantastic asset for Dunedin. “It has every chance in the world of hosting an All Whites game. It is a possibility when everything is up and running.”

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Debt and elections

### ODT Online Sat, 28 Aug 2010
Judgement day looms on DCC debt
By David Loughrey
In six weeks, Dunedin residents will have the opportunity to have their say on the city’s future at the 2010 local government elections. Dunedin City Council reporter David Loughrey looks at the council’s record in the last triennium, considers the issues that will dominate the election, and asks: Does the council listens to its citizens?

* Voting patterns emerge

The city’s roofed stadium was the big issue at the last election, but with building of the facility now well advanced, that debate has evolved.

Instead of the focusing on a “yes” or “no” for the stadium, campaigns begun by challengers to the incumbents have usually included criticism of the debt created by the stadium and other multimillion-dollar projects.

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Invitation to ALL #High St Cable Car


Reintroduction of High Street Cable Car
Community Information Meeting

Saturday 11 September 2010
High Street School, 10am – 5pm

Come along to the Community Information Meeting at High Street School on Saturday 11 September 2010 any time between 10am and 5pm to find out about the reintroduction of the Cable Car to the High Street, Mornington.

Members of the Dunedin Cable Car Trust will be present as will displays and information areas where ideas and thoughts can be discussed and brought out into the open with regards the best possible outcomes for the project.

The Dunedin Cable Car Trust is made up of genuine Dunedin supporters who wish for nothing more than to see the reintroduction of the Cable Car to the High Street and a project that the people of Dunedin can feel part of and take pride in.

We look forward to seeing you there on Saturday 11 September 2010.

Dunedin Cable Car Trust
Tony Chance, Bill Campbell, Phillip Cole
Neville Jemmett, Don Myers, Sue Russell

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In defence of STV

“or How I learned to stop living the past and learned to love the vote.”

This posting is in response to the submission of Jeremy Belcher and Calvin Oaten to the DCC Electoral Review Committee, in February 2005, in which they criticise “Meeks NZ STV” and put forward their own Belcher/Oaten Method, which they claim is better than STV in several ways. A comment from Mr Oaten (with a link to the submission) was posted by Elizabeth Kerr on 22 August.

In his submission, Mr Oaten attacks single-seat STV, on the basis that it is the second preference votes of the least successful candidates that determine the outcome, and that the second preference votes of the highest polling candidates play no part in determining the final result. He calls this a “travesty of representation”.

What he fails to understand is that, under STV (in both the single- and multi-seat cases), second and subsequent preferences are merely contingency choices only; they are not additional votes having the same value (the value of unity) as first-preference votes. The system is called the single transferable vote for a reason – everyone has just one vote, which is transferable if necessary. If second preferences given for all the candidates were taken into account, i.e. if each voter had two votes, of equal value, even though only one vacancy was being filled (that were then merely tallied and the candidate with the highest combined total of first and second preferences was declared the winner), many voters would discover, too late, that their second preferences had served only to help defeat the candidate they had actually voted for, being the candidate for whom they had given their first preference. Now that would be a travesty of representation.

Mr Oaten then launches into multi-seat STV, again not realising that second and subsequent preferences are contingency choices only, not additional votes. He is critical of the fact that, in a three-seat ward, voters do not have three votes (of equal value) under STV, completely overlooking the reason why – if voters had three votes, in a worst-case scenario, the largest minority grouping (perhaps comprising only 35% of all voters), could use their three votes to elect the three candidates they wanted, with the remaining 65% of voters getting nothing. Clearly, Mr Oaten wants STV to, in effect, be the system it replaced – multiple-FPP.

Mr Oaten proposes his Belcher-Oaten Method, that he claims would correct NZ STV’s deficiencies. It is, in fact, a clumsy version of multiple-FPP. In a 3-seat ward, he wants the first three preferences to have the same weight, being the value of unity. As previously stated, this would enable the largest minority grouping to use their three votes to elect the three candidates they want, with everyone else missing out. Taking his example of Cargill 2004 on page 6 of his paper, he has determined that the total number of first, second and third preferences is 5210 + 5178+ 5127 = 15,515. To him, this is the number of valid votes. His Quota formula (on page 5) is 15515 / 3 = 5171.67 times 4 (the number of vacancies, plus 1) divided by 10 (the number of candidates), i.e. 40%, which equals 2068.668, which he has rounded up to 2069.

If the required three candidates have not attained this quota, then the total number of fourth preferences are assigned to the candidates on a pro rata basis according to his formula (on page 7). For Teresa Stevenson, therefore, the calculation is 327 / 4927 = 0.0663689 times 327 = 21.702, which he has rounded up to 22. In other words, voters have multiple votes (value 1), equal to the number of vacancies, plus further votes, if necessary, assigned on a pro rata basis, i.e. at less than the value of unity (327 votes, that he now calls preference votes, become 22 votes).

He calls his method “Proportional STV that reveals the true will of the People”. Surely he jests. First, it is not STV – it is a multiple-vote system (not a single vote system), and no votes are transferred; preferences are merely tallied.

Second, it is not proportional representation, because it is essentially multiple-FPP (with additional pro rata votes beyond the nth preference in a n-seat ward). Taking his example, three people he dislikes, because they share “political, social, lifestyle, or cultural associations or sympathies” (page 4, fourth bullet point), being Stevenson, Doug Hall and Paul McMullen, fill the three seats. In Cargill 2004, under STV, the three winners each obtained 25% of the votes, meaning 75% of the total of votes were effective in helping to elect a candidate, and they were quite different from each other. Under the Belcher-Oaten Method, the three winners are politically / socially aligned (according to him), but are elected with a total of only 7216 votes (plus 217 pro rata votes [22 + 195]) out of a total of 15,515 votes (plus 217 pro rata votes), i.e. on only 46.51% of the total of votes!! This means his Quota formula has no rational electoral basis, which leads to a concomitant conclusion that his method is well short of being mathematically rigorous.

Consequently, third, far from revealing the true will of the people, his method grotesquely distorts that will. He simply hasn’t clicked to the fact that the 987 voters who gave a second preference, and the 876 voters who gave a third preference, to McMullen (for example), would have, in many cases, helped to defeat their most preferred candidate, such as Paul Hudson or Michael Guest. Although it would be transparent, it is hardly fair, accurate or democratic. And once those voters see what they’ve done (because of the transparency), they’ll never express second or subsequent preferences again, and then we’ll be back to FPP – actually, we would have, by default, a close approximation of the Single NON-Transferable Vote in a multi-seat ward (a system, previously used in Japan, that produces unequal representation, or no representation at all, for voters).

Mr Oaten states that the first preferences of the highest polling candidates are never looked at (page 3, paragraph immediately above the table, and in a posting dated 22 August (at 11.35 a.m.)). That is simply not true. For example, once Stevenson attained the quota, her keep value was recalculated (at iteration 3) as 0.98857…, and was recalculated as the count progressed. Her final keep value was 0.66775… That means, at the conclusion of the count, she had kept 66.78% of all her votes, and the remaining 33.22% had been transferred to the second and subsequent preferences on her votes (both her first-preference votes, and those votes she acquired along the way), to help elect other candidates.

I suspect Mr Oaten laments the fact that, in Cargill in 2004, he was excluded from the count at the same time Stevenson was elected (at iteration 2), which meant he was unable to benefit from any second preferences given for him on her 1,313 papers. But, at iteration 3, Alan McDonald only received 104 papers from her (value 1.89 votes), Steve Young only received 156 papers from her (value 1.78 votes) and even Jo Galer and Nicola Holman only received 202 and 200 papers, respectively, from her (value 2.31 votes and 2.28 votes, respectively). The simple fact of the matter is, Mr Oaten was always destined for an early exit, because only 142 people (out of 5,210) voted for him. Not even the Belcher-Oaten Method would have saved him.

In conclusion, I commend the DCC for creating the 11-seat Central Ward. What this means is that any candidate who receives one-twelfth (8.33%) of all votes cast [45% of (say) 65,000 electors = 29,250 x 0.833 = (say) 2,400 votes] will be elected. Any group of voters, comprising 8.33% of all voters, will elect a candidate to represent them, regardless of who larger groups of voters may want.

Click here for a paper that explains how single-seat STV works, and the rationale behind the system. (PDF)

Click here to see a paper that describes multi-seat STV, and the rationale hehind the system. (PDF)

Click here to see a paper that describes how single transferable votes are counted, and how individual voters can work out how their vote was used. (PDF)

Click here to see a paper that explains STV to voters (PDF).

Click here to see a paper that reconstructs in meticulous detail how the votes cast in the Cargill Ward in 2004 were counted. (PDF)

Click here to see the guide prepared for the Department of Internal Affairs, the Society of Local Government Managers Electoral Working Party and Local Government New Zealand (PDF)

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University phase 1 building

### ODT Online Thu, 26 Aug 2010
Stadium Uni building not ready for Cup
By Allison Rudd
The University of Otago’s building at the Forsyth Barr Stadium will only be partially completed by next year’s Rugby World Cup. While the exterior would be finished by August, the month before the event starts, the internal fit-out was not expected to be completed until December, university property services stadium project manager Jamie Cargill said yesterday. That meant the building – which would house a new Unipol student gymnasium and recreation centre, the Foundation Studies language centre and foundation year programme, and a cafe for staff, students and the public – would look finished during the World Cup as interior work continued, he said.
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We understand the building doesn’t address the university’s Critical Space Plan, “an accelerated capital works programme valued at around $140 million”. “The plan was produced by the Property Services team in conjunction with the academic divisions to address the current and future space needs of staff and students.”

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John Wilson DRIVE

### ODT Online Thu, 26 Aug 2010
John Wilson Ocean Dr trail idea
By Chris Morris
Permanently banning cars from Dunedin’s scenic John Wilson Ocean Dr could lead to a new coastal pathway stretching from Brighton to Taiaroa Head, a Dunedin City Council hearings committee has heard… Yesterday’s hearing saw passionate arguments on both sides of the debate – with calls from some for the road to remain closed to vehicles, providing a safe pedestrian promenade, and others asking for motorists to be allowed vehicle access to stunning coastal views.

New Zealand Automobile Association Otago district chairman Dave Gamble said a survey of Dunedin members found 60% of 800 respondents wanted the road reopened, while 27% supported restrictions. The road could be redeveloped to provide for motorists while protecting other users, he said.

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New hotspot in Anzac Ave, Dunedin


@ForBarrStadium Wicked Networks opened a new hotspot at Forsyth Barr Stadium nw you can get free wireless Internet on Anzac Ave while watching construction.

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Unbelievable cost estimate

Or were we dreaming…

### ODT Online Wed, 25 Aug 2010
Cycleway bill could reach $7m: report
By Stu Oldham
A cycleway linking Dunedin and the Taieri Plain could cost $7 million to complete – about four times more than city councillors originally expected, a report set for release this morning says. The southern cycleway feasibility study, due to be published on the Dunedin City Council website today, says the most expensive option will use the Caversham and Chain Hills tunnels as part of a purpose-built, off-road track.
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‘Neighbourhood revival starts with a new public library’


@five15design @koFliss @IBA52 @10PARK good wee article by @gelatobaby #SouthDunedinPrompts is a must read

Thanks to Paul Le Comte @five15design for the reference lead via Twitter

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Urban migration… don’t say decay

@restorm Urban restoration is the best solution to urban decay.

Urban Restoration
The direct solution of urban decay is urban restoration. Others call it urban renewal. This does not only cover the restoration of structures of trade and commerce but also the ecological interconnectedness of an urban place to its people.

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Why NOT…. the STV voting system

The following was posted as a comment on the Hope you’re right, Professor Hayward thread. However, WordPress autoformatting interfered with the original formatting of Calvin and Jeremy’s submission. Their paper is included here as a PDF file, showing the tables and formulas.

Calvin says:

In case anyone is remotely interested in the outcome of the forthcoming election, I felt it timely to revisit mine and Jeremy Belcher’s submission to the Electoral Commission after the 2004 event. It was an attempt to highlight the flaws in the ‘Meeks NZ STV’ system as adopted. In the event it failed. Now that we are faced with an eleven candidate outcome, I am convinced that any result relative to the wish of the people will be purely coincidental. However, if, as Mike Stk has said, I am on the wrong track then so be it.

Submission to the Electoral Review Committee (PDF)
STV: Meeks (NZ) – A Flawed Method For Use In Democratic Elections
By JM Belcher & CR Oaten
20 February 2005

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‘Calling facadism preservation is like saying that you can preserve polar bears as rugs.’

Indirect quote via DaveM at ODT Online:

Submitted by DaveM on Fri, 20/08/2010 – 9:39am.

I am sorry to see an inaccuracy in a previous ODT report repeated here: that the proposed design ‘closely replicates the existing facades’. It closely replicates only one of the four Princes Street facades, and the remaining three could not even be described as loosely replicated. They look quite different to what is there presently, but do attractively incorporate some stylistic cues from the old buildings.
Facsimile is not a good solution – we wouldn’t preserve the Treaty of Waitangi by photocopying it and throwing away the original. Or, as an American historian says: ‘Calling facadism preservation is like saying that you can preserve polar bears as rugs’.
The historical significance of these buildings is high – much higher than their modest but attractive design would suggest. It is shallow to rank heritage based on how many turrets or frilly decorations something has.

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Genuinely EXCITING

### ODT Online Thu, 19 Aug 2010
Dunedin could be top sports analysis centre: Taylor
By Dene Mackenzie
Animation Research Ltd (ARL) managing director Ian Taylor has some ambitious plans he believes will turn Dunedin into the world’s leading sports analysis centre. Sports analysis was the growth industry within all sporting codes and ARL believed the cutting-edge technology being developed in Dunedin should be used at the new Forsyth Barr Stadium, in conjunction with the University of Otago and the Dunedin City Council, to develop the best “workshop” in the world.
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Dunedin City Council security for borrowings

Read: how to finance a stadium for a rainy day.

This was tabled today at the meeting of the Dunedin City Council:

Report – Council – 16/08/2010 (PDF, 322.5 kb, new window)
Security for Borrowings

You will note the recommendations in the report:

That the report be received.

That the Council approves the setting of a rate of $0.000291 in the dollar (plus GST at the prevailing rate) on the capital value of Dunedin City as security for the borrowing of up to $50,137,200 from Dunedin City Treasury Ltd. That borrowings made under this resolution be repaid to the Lender in equal quarterly instalments of interest and principal over 20 years.

That the Council grant to the Chief Executive authority to drawdown debt in tranches, as and when required, up to a limit of $50,137,200.

That the Council approves the setting of a rate of $0.000246 in the dollar (plus GST at the prevailing rate) on the capital value of Dunedin City as security for the borrowing of up to $42,339,500 from Dunedin City Treasury Ltd. That borrowings made under this resolution be repaid to the Lender when the Forsyth Barr Stadium is transferred into a Council-owned Company.

That the Council grant to the Chief Executive authority to drawdown debt, for the purpose of the new stadium, as and when required, up to a limit of $149,000,000.


Think what you will of this, folks, and let the good debate flow.

It is considered that the resolutions were voted through without Councillors understanding the meaning or import. WHY are we not surprised.

Let’s refer back to Ian Pillans’ letter, with our bolding added:

### ODT Monday 9 August 2010 (page 8)
Letters to the editor
Ratepayers the rock for council debt
By Ian Pillans, Dunedin
….The simple truth is that this council is recklessly spendthrift and the city’s finances depend on continued borrowing against its assets…. Its access to funds is not, as Cr Walls suggests, the result of a respected record of loan repayment but solely because it can borrow to dangerous levels on the personal guarantees of its ratepayers….

The full letter is available in print and digital editions of the newspaper.

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WILD about Wanaka

### ODT Online Sat, 14 Aug 2010
Developments dismay landscape architect
By Matthew Haggart
As residential subdivisions in Wanaka continue to expand the town’s boundaries, the approach of some developers has saddened the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s top landscape consultant. Dr Marion Read, the chief landscape architect at QLDC’s regulatory authority Lake Environmental, says major earthworks associated with some Wanaka developments are destroying parts of the landscape’s most distinctive features.
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### ODT Online Sat, 14/08/2010 – 10:14pm.
Comment by qksmith on Landscape Issues
While I am the first to be critical of landscape issues in the district, I think we have to accept that where land is zoned for LDR that we are dealing with a highly modified environment.
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LDR = Low Density Residential


Don’t mind my aportioning blame, rightly or wrongly it’s a considered opinion…more like a bad reaction. Of course, Dunedin isn’t free of sprawl at the hands of some people active in Wanaka.

### ODT Online Sun, 15/08/2010 – 6:52pm.
Comment by ej kerr on Wanaka is sprawl

Being an experienced planner or not is hardly relevant when the adverse cumulative effects of house building are totalled for the Wanaka district landscape.

I fully support the comments, as reported, of Dr Marion Read.

My most recent visit to Wanaka two days ago has again reinforced how inadequate the local district plan is to counter unwarranted housing sprawl.

Half the battle might be with the drive of property owners to create (uncritically) an acontextual, uncompromising slice of suburbia in the extraordinarily picturesque, wild and weathered countryside.

Developers of the subdivisions (a small group of influential citizens whom we know by name), like the property owners, are equally uncritical of the environmental impacts of the sprawl they foster, and derive their not inconsiderable profits from.

This hedonistic activity – speculative building – which does not spring from best practice in landscape architecture, architecture (by registered architects), or sustainable environmental design – is supported (‘controlled’) by an ineffectually dull, unresponsive fabric of arbitrary local authority ‘planning’ decisions (zone rules) constraining the use of colour, gables, materials, height plane angles, non reflective surfaces, bulk and location, density et al.

The result is an impoverished sameness, an unspeakably heavy dreariness in the now over-built environment. An eyesore almost without end that submerges/denies the incredible three-dimensional topographical variances of the natural landscape. It might be expensive, it might be what the market demands, it might be what the bulldozer invites, but this is dumbed down contemporary building development at its illogical worst.

The full battle most probably rests with ‘regional planning’ education and professional practice development in New Zealand that is rather too dependent on quasi-legal/legal experiment with the RMA clause and bland generalities of rural zoning – without mandatory professionally accredited multi-disciplinary training in contextual design processes and environmental sustainability.

The collective forces suburbanising Wanaka should be halted. This is not sustainable.

A moratorium, a re-think. District intelligence must be raised for the stewardship and protection of landscape values, inviting informed sympathetic design responses for the making of comfortable ‘dwelling place’…there should be no need for hackles and loss of hair with each visit to Wanaka.

This is a district for smart design, not stuffy inert planning that expects less of the development community than it has to give.

Elizabeth Kerr, Dunedin

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No surprises with former CPO redevelopment

### ODT Online Fri, 13 Aug 2010
Former chief post office not ready in time for world cup
By Peter McIntosh
Dunedin’s former chief post office appears unlikely to be ready as a four-star hotel in time for next year’s Rugby World Cup. Three months after being purchased by Distinction Hotels owner Geoffrey Thomson, of Invercargill, the building’s exterior remains battered, boarded-up and in need of much work, as does the interior.
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Hope you’re right, Professor Hayward

### ODT Online Fri, 13 Aug 2010
Vote splitting not factor under STV
By David Loughrey
Concerns the build-up of candidates for October’s election could split the vote of those challenging the status quo are unwarranted, University of Otago political studies lecturer Associate Prof Janine Hayward says.

“If you don’t want someone, don’t rank them.”

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Stadium: Just EXACTLY how much?

### ODT Online Thu, 12 Aug 2010
Stadium extras to cost in millions
By David Loughrey
Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium will require a “seven-figure” funding boost to provide some of the basic requirements for the facility. But the man in charge of operating the stadium yesterday said there would be no calls on ratepayers for help. Instead, Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML) chief executive David Davies said he was confident he could “get it right” through negotiations with businesses that would win contracts for aspects of the operation, and through funding from trusts.
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We litter it with liquor ads

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“You can take our stadium but not our neuro unit”

Well spotted on a placard for the Neurosurgery march and hospital ‘wrap’ in Dunedin today. Watch today’s Channel 9 video coverage [link unavailable].

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John Wilson Ocean Drive – QUICK submissions due 6 August to DCC

Section 7.3 John Wilson Ocean Drive
Ocean Beach Domain Management Plan

To make your submission go to:

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DScene bumper stories

### DScene 4-8-10

Hillside group ‘on tenterhooks’ (page 3)
By Mike Houlahan
Hillside engineering workshop workers and supporters have an anxious month ahead as KiwiRail prepares crucial documents for its half-million-dollar Auckland rail contract – paperwork that may hold the key to how much work might be made available to the Dunedin workshop.
{continues} #bookmark

Mayoral candidate (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Former Dunedin city councillor Lee Vandervis is having another go at the Dunedin mayoralty. Vandervis who polled second after incumbent Peter Chin in the 2007 mayoral race, announced today he is standing for the mayoralty in this year’s October local body elections. He has also put himself up as a council candidate.
{continues} #bookmark

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Stadium will be on time: Farry (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry, under stern questioning at a meeting Monday, assured councillors the Forsyth Barr Stadium would be finished on time, on budget. Farry said rumours that the stadium was three months behind schedule were nonsense when the subject arose at the Dunedin City Council (DCC) finance and strategy meeting.

Dave Cull said the trust report was “manifestly at odds with reality” and he would vote against the committee accepting it.

Farry said the October critical path had now been superceded by Hawkins Construction Ltd’s critical path which would probably not go public to avoid nitpicking around deadlines not being met.

{continues} #bookmark


New service in February (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedin gets its new $28.8m kerbside rubbish and recycling service next February, with another four months before rates for the collection kick in.
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Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 8)
Puzzling over drive
Letter to the editor by Bernard L Esquilant, Wakari
“…it is my contention that during the past six years this city has endured the decision-making of what must be the most inept civic administration in the city’s history.”
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Speight’s pride of the world (pages 12-13)
Dunedin’s best-known beer, Speights, has gone from near extinction to being New Zealand’s biggest-selling beer. Mike Houlahan reports.

Speight’s owner Lion Nathan employs about 40 people at Rattray St across all areas of the business, and is considering further investment in the city.

{continues} #bookmark #bookmark


Check out the photograph of Rattray St in 1911…
and the superb image work of Otago Polytechnic Art School photography lecturer Max Oettli

A century on (page 15)
New Hocken exhibition depicts Dunedin in 1910 and 2010
By Gavin Bertram
In 1910 there were a mere 440 students at the University of Otago; today there are almost 22,000. The gender split is in favour of women, whereas in 1910 they were a fraction of the student population. This is just one of the huge changes Dunedin has seen over the preceding century, a subject broached by the new 100 UP exhibition at the Hocken Gallery.
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