Monthly Archives: October 2010

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### ch9.co.nz October 28, 2010 – 7:31pm
Dunedin Public Library undergoing transformation
The Dunedin Public Library is undergoing a transformation at present, where the off-white and grey paint job will be replaced by a more intense colour scheme. The Library hopes to have all the beautification work complete by the end of November, in time to help host a special event.
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DCC Chief Executive resigns – timing is everything!

Updated 30.10.10

### ODT Online Sat, 30 Oct 2010
Harland quits after decade at helm
By Chris Morris
The clean-out is complete at the top of the Dunedin City Council, with council chief executive Jim Harland yesterday announcing his decision to quit after more than a decade at the helm.
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### ODT Online Fri, 29 Oct 2010
Dunedin City Council CEO Jim Harland resigns
Dunedin City Council chief executive Jim Harland has resigned today after 11 years in the job. Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull announced the resignation in a statement this afternoon. Mr Harland is to take up a position as Southern Regional Director of the NZ Transport Agency.
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Dunedin City Council – Media release
Chief Executive Resigns But Not Lost To Dunedin

Last reviewed: 29 Oct 2010 2:45pm

Mayor Dave Cull announced today that Dunedin City Council Chief Executive Jim Harland has resigned his position.

“Mr Harland leaves the Dunedin City Council to take up a position as Southern Regional Director for the NZ Transport Agency, commencing in January 2011. This is a unique opportunity for Mr Harland and one that utilises his strengths in strategic planning, organisational leadership and relationship management”, said Mayor Cull.

NZ Transport Agency Chief Executive Geoff Dangerfield said that as Southern Regional Director Mr Harland would work between NZTA’s Christchurch and Dunedin offices so would not be lost to Dunedin. “This is a key position within the NZTA and Jim will play an important role in advising South Island councils regarding their regional land transport strategies.”

As part of his new role, Mr Harland will retain his position on the Stadium Project Delivery Team because of the synergy between the Stadium, the realignment of SH88 and his knowledge of the project. He will also be involved in national projects as part of the NZTA’s Senior Leadership Team.
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Architecture Dunedin, a free published guide

### ODT Online Fri, 29 Oct 2010
Dunedin’s heritage celebrated
By Kim Dungey
Publishers weighing up which stunning buildings to include in a booklet on Dunedin architecture identified more than 100 contenders within a 6km radius. Architecture Dunedin, a free 44-page guide to the city’s architecture, will be in cafes, libraries, museums and information centres from today. It is also being sent to all local secondary schools. In the end, the team selected about 70 buildings to highlight, listing around 30 other notable sites at the back.
The booklet was developed and funded by Parker Warburton architects, with help from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, the Dunedin City Council, Tourism Dunedin and Michael Findlay, of the University of Otago design studies department.
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Insights: noticing/managing city views

### ODT Online Wed, 27 Oct 2010
Opinion: Rear ends on show in Dunedin
By Chris Skellett
Chris Skellett notices that life in Dunedin has been getting a little back to front. In recent weeks, I’ve become increasingly aware of a puzzling theme to my life in Dunedin … I suddenly realised that throughout Dunedin we are increasingly defining our positions with respect to the buildings that we find ourselves behind!
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Surprise! DCC continues to create CONFUSION

Firstly: No CityTalk was delivered to my central city residence…

### ODT Online Mon, 25 Oct 2010
Confusion as deadline draws near
By Chris Morris
Confusion surrounding Dunedin’s new kerbside collection service could drive up the cost of the scheme for the city’s 45,000 households, the Dunedin City Council is warning. The new service is due to be launched on February 28 next year, but members of the public have only until October 31 to tell the council if they want a smaller recycling wheelie bin as part of the new service.

DCC’s new refuse service
– Due to launch on February 28.
– Cost $63 per household, paid by uniform annual charge (UAC).
– 240-litre wheelie bin, or 80-litre wheelie bin substitute, for non-glass recyclables.
– Existing black bags for rubbish.
– Existing blue crates for glass.
– October 31 deadline to request smaller 80-litre wheelie bin, if required.

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Let’s be clear. DCC has completely fudged central city Parking and that particular cloud hasn’t dispersed. Now this mess with household waste collections. Communication is? DCC in own bubble, AGAIN.

Dunedin prides itself on being a university town, with a higher than average number of residents holding degrees. And yet, the Council has no idea how to provide timely sage advice to residents on the matter of cost, convenience and affordability for rubbish collections. Surprising, given the number of submissions Council received from the public. Where’s the follow up?

I have no ability to accept ANY wheelie bin of whatever size. So what are my alternatives, DCC? Where is my letter or a webpage I can consult to get to the heart of the matter?

On the surface of it, as I submitted in writing, with the advent of wheelie bins I will be doing less recycling than ever before – since all of my recyclable waste, apart from glass, has to go to landfill in a black bag. Because, there appears to be no alternative provided by the Council. This stinks.

DCC, WHAT IS CUSTOMER SERVICE? HAVE YOUR COLLECTIVE MANAGERS FIGURED THIS OUT YET? Now, about CityTalk…

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Otara Simple House

### ODT Online Fri, 22 Oct 2010
Government opens its first ‘simple’ house
The Government has opened its first “simple house” today – its answer to streamlining the design and build process to allow first-time home buyers affordable housing. Building and Construction Maurice Williamson opened the house designed by Stephen Smith and built by Housing New Zealand in the south Auckland suburb of Otara. Mr Smith’s design won the Starter Home Design Competition run by the Department of Building and Housing. NZPA
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s3architects – DBH Starter Home, Preston Rd

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### nzherald.co.nz 5:11 PM Friday Oct 22, 2010
A new era in affordable housing
A spokesperson for housing New Zealand told NZPA the home would cost $1835 per sq metre (including GST) and assumed that the section was ready to build on. NZPA
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DVML on seat sales

### Odt Onlineon Sat, 23 Oct 2010
Stadium 8-seat reserve package sells out
By David Loughrey
One of the Forsyth Barr Stadium seating packages has sold out, pushing the funding raised so far to $35.7 million. Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML), the company set up to manage the facility, has managed to sell 20 of the 20 available eight-seat open club reserve packages.
DVML has a target of $45.5 million to raise in private sector funding from the sale of seating packages and sponsorship for the stadium.
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