Monthly Archives: January 2011

DCC Annual Plan 2011/12

### ODT Online Sat, 15 Jan 2011
Council may delay projects
By Chris Morris
Delaying major capital projects will again be considered by the Dunedin City Council next week, as part of a drive to reduce a 6.1% rates hike forecast for the next financial year.
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• Consent application: Category A: $862.50; Category B: $258.75.
• St Clair Salt Water Pool: Family season ticket up from $305 to $320.
• Cemeteries: Burial rights up from $1521 to $1688.
• Parking: One-month permit (except Octagon and George St to Albany St) up from $388 to $410.

• Wednesday: Councillors’ pre-draft annual plan workshop.
• Thursday-Friday: Public pre-draft annual plan meeting for debate and decisions (resuming January 31 if required).
• May 4-6: Public hearings (three days).
• May 11-12: Annual plan deliberations.
• June 7: Council considers annual plan recommendations.
• June 27: Council adopts annual plan; confirms rates for 2011-12.

### ODT Online Sat, 15 Jan 2011
Debt means ‘continued prudence’
By Stu Oldham
Dunedin city councillors sit down next week to grapple with the first year of a projected rates hump that will last the term of the present council. The elected representatives’ test will be to strike a balance between controlling spending – and therefore the burden on ratepayers – while guiding the city forward. Reporters Chris Morris and Stu Oldham examine the issues.
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DCC Budget (see items)

Council may raise rents
DCC to look at raft of fee increases for 2011-12
Cuts in library services, programmes proposed

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Just when DCC thought no-one was watching

Evidence Jim’s last hurrah . . .



Dunedin City Council
Media Release

DCC Water and Wastewater Services – A Council Controlled Organisation?

This item was published on 14 Jan 2011.

Following a series of workshops and reports over the past two years, the Dunedin City Council will next Thursday consider creating a new Council Controlled Organisation to run water and waste utility services on behalf of the city.

A Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) is one that is owned by and reports to Council, but operates independently, governed by a board of directors appointed by the Council. It would be commercially disciplined while being funded by the same mix of rates and charges currently funding the services.

About 100 existing Council staff would be directly affected by the change if the CCO is established after consultation. Their positions would be transferred on existing terms and conditions to the new organisation.

Two years ago the Council asked outgoing Chief Executive, Jim Harland, to report on how best to deliver water and waste services into the next 50 years, making it clear that privatisation was not an option as it would be contrary to the existing policy (W101/7) which states that; “Water and sewerage systems should remain in the ownership of the Council either directly or as part of the Council’s operations or through an entity owned by the Council and that the Council is opposed to the privatisation of the city-wide water and wastewater services”.

After consideration of three options – the enhanced status quo, a CCO or a Council Controlled Trading Organisation (which would be required to provide a return on capital) – staff and consultants have recommended the CCO as being the most efficient option. It is expected long-run reduced costs to ratepayers for water services would be about $20 million over 10 years.

This would be achieved through more efficient, commercially focused, processes along with reduced overhead and financial efficiencies.

If the Council approves, the community will be consulted using a special consultative procedure, as defined in the Local Government Act 2002, in the first half of this year. If finally approved, the CCO would be established with a three-year transition period during which it would continue to use Council services such as IT, finance and HR, for example.

Water and wastewater services are currently provided to about 47,000 Dunedin homes and businesses, operating on a budget of about $58 million in 2010/11, a capital budget of $31 million and managing water assets valued at $1.6 billion.

For more information, please contact:

* Dave Cull, Mayor of Dunedin City Council
* Cr Andrew Noone, Chairman Infrastructure Services Committee
* Cr Syd Brown, Chairman Finance, Strategy and Development Committee

Contact Mayor Dave Cull on 477 4000.

DCC page link

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Barron Building and Rattray Street

David Murray, Assistant Archivist (Archives & Manuscripts) at the Hocken / Uare Taoka o Hākena, University of Otago, has kindly fowarded three historical images for readers’ interest.

Circa 1880 photograph of the Barron building, JW Allen photographer
Hocken Collections [c/n F405/16]

Circa 1920s photograph of the building
Hocken Collections [c/n E2851/36]

Rattray Street circa 1900
Hocken Collections [c/n E3856/42]

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Update 14 January 2010:

Images by Paul Le Comte

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Banks, Barron & Co Building Collapse pics

Early removal of the Parapet of the historic building. Literally brick by brick. They then took the skip down to the ground, I walked around the other side to get a pic and then the remaining section of parapet falls down onto the Dragon Cafe Verandah – my moment of photo journalism genius missed. Argh.

Showing the newly exposed inner of the ceiling cavity.

Destruction of the Verandah with the rest of the double bricked Parapet collapsing to the ground. Sadly imagery very familiar to folk from CHCH post earthquake.

The Council engineers and Historic Places Trust experts examining the Parapet, ceiling cavity and facade of the building. Speaking to experts on the ground, after the collapse of the Parapet onto the verandah new increased structural damage was done, to the extent that the double skinned brick facade was thought to be tentatively holding on to the structure – but little visible sign of actually what was holding the facade on was seen. Also fresh cracks were found on the south wall, large enough to see through the wall onto the Crown Hotel.

[Click for larger image]

After consultation with experts and engineers, it was decided to keep on with the softly softly, brick by brick approach. For this I love the Lund team taking the time and effort to do this. That bloody bush proved to be a pain for them.

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Unfortunately they couldn’t stop everything from crashing down. This pic showed debris falling down as they try to remove a large section of the parapet. The random tree had its roots embedded very deep into the structure of the building. Reports were that there were inches of bird poo, birds nests everywhere and rotten timbers that made up the roof. Thus bricks and mortar work was rotten to the core. You could certainly see the demo team taking only soft hits to the brick with a rubber mallet to remove much of the parapet bricks.

Salvage/Demo Team

Basically the whole of the parapet of the building has gone, some fallen onto the verandah below, but much of it taken down over hours brick by brick. The plan was to go down only as far as they need to. If more damage occurred, more cracking etc, and if the engineers say, then another layer of the upper sections will be removed. They are planning to take away large sections of the Northern Wall tomorrow, as that has a huge lateral crack running the length of the wall.

Back of the building [Click to enlarge]

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Demo by neglect? Save the facade?


### ODT Online Thu, 13 Jan 2011
Building’s fate in doubt after parapets collapse
By Chris Morris
The fate of one of central Dunedin’s oldest commercial buildings hangs in the balance after two separate sections collapsed in clouds of crumbling masonry within hours of each other yesterday.
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### ODT Online Thu, 13 Jan 2011
Tears over wrecked ‘second home’
By Chris Morris
A pile of smashed masonry and timber was enough to bring tears to the eyes of Dragon Cafe waitress Lyn Kennedy in Dunedin yesterday. The central city cafe – an institution since opening in 1958 – had become Ms Kennedy’s “second home” since she began work there as a waitress in 1961.
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12 January 2010. This morning the roof collapsed of the 1875 brick building housing the well-known late night eaterie, Dragon Cafe, at 175 Rattray Street, Dunedin. By the afternoon the facade parapet had also collapsed, destroying the verandah below. What if? awaits council updates on the condition of the central city building.

### Updated at 1:48pm on 12 January 2011
Collapse of building in Dunedin
Parts of Rattray Street will be closed for most of Wednesday. Dunedin City Council says power has now been returned to buildings in Rattray Street, except for the one that collapsed.
The council says it advised the owner of the building earlier this week, to have it looked at by an engineer.
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@five15design I was at the Southern Cross at the weekend and noticed the #DragonCafe parapet was looking ominously cracked
(via @JohnAshcroft, 7 hours ago)

### Wed, 12 Jan 2011 6:20p.m.
Collapse could force closure of iconic diner
By Annabelle Jackman
Part of a historic building has collapsed in central Dunedin, forcing the evacuation of two hotels and a number of businesses.By midday work had begun to stabilise loose bricks. Hopes rose that the building might be salvageable, but the latest collapse is making the future of one of Dunedin’s oldest commercial buildings far from certain. But the Dragon may be lucky – further engineering assessments will be carried out in the coming weeks and the building’s future decided then.
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### ODT Online Wed, 12 Jan 2011
Roof cave-in closes Dunedin cafe
Dunedin’s Dragon Cafe could be closed for several weeks after parapets above it started collapsing this morning.
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‘Outfitting buildings to save energy’


@NatGeoSociety New ‘Winter Clothes’ for China Homes #energy
(via SocialFlow)

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Dunedin performance theatres

### ODT Online Tue, 11 Jan 2011
Stage fright
By Nigel Benson
Much has changed since English actor Sir Peter Ustinov marvelled at the Regent Theatre in 1990 and asked, “Can I take it with me?” In the past 20 years, theatre technology has gone from stone age to space age, as audiences have become increasingly sophisticated and productions have had to meet greater expectations. Otago’s premiere performance spaces, the Regent and Dunedin Town Hall, have been allowed to deteriorate to the point backstage technicians say they are dangerous to operate in.

When it was built in 1928, the Regent [Theatre] was the biggest and best entertainment venue in New Zealand. But, in recent years, only the annual Regent 24-Hour Book Sale has kept its head above water. The Regent Theatre Trust finally appealed for help from the building’s owner, the DCC, this year and was rewarded with a $4.7 million upgrade which will belatedly drag the theatre into the 21st century.

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Trains for RWC 2011?

### ODT Online Mon, 10 Jan 2011
Trains part of Cup plan
By Hamish McNeilly
Suburban and inner city trains could be back on Dunedin railway tracks during this year’s Rugby World Cup, it has been revealed. Taieri Gorge Railway chief executive Murray Bond confirmed to the Otago Daily Times the tourism train operator was investigating opportunities during the tournament.

Taieri Gorge [is] yet to talk to rugby officials about the proposal.

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Imagine if there was rain

With acknowledgement to those who record the stadium site, and to those who view it and tweet.

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Landscape urbanism + ‘larger infrastructure of the territory of our cities and towns’

“Landscape is doing some serious environmental heavy lifting.”
–Adriaan Geuze, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture

### October 6, 2010
Source: ARCHITECT October 2010
Urban Design
Systems, Not Icons: The unstoppable rise of landscape urbanism
By John Gendall
Not long ago, landscape architects were often dismissed as the consultants who put finishing touches on a building site—the broccoli around a steak. But with landscape architects increasingly taking lead positions on large-scale projects, winning urban design competitions around the world, and expanding the design market share, broccoli, clearly, is a thing of the past.
In many ways, the bellwether for these changes was James Corner’s career arc. As a young designer in Richard Rogers’ office, he grew frustrated by a lack of collaboration between disciplines on the postindustrial London Docklands project. Setting out on his own, he founded Field Operations, which has transformed itself from a boutique landscape practice turning out small projects and academic essays into a significant urban design firm with high-profile projects around the world. The critical step in that transition was when Corner won the competition to turn Freshkills, a huge former landfill in New York City, into a public park.
Underscoring this trend, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) is in the midst of expanding its landscape faculty by six professorships over two years, and its landscape student body by 50 percent. And landscape architecture’s academic expansion holds up with the most tried-and-true indicator: It’s following the money. Large corporate architecture firms are ramping up their urban design and landscape divisions, as AECOM notably did in 2005 when it acquired EDAW, then among the world’s largest landscape firms.
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‘Civis’, the columnist . . .

. . . provides some hard facts in today’s print and digital editions of the newspaper.

### ODT Sat, 8 Jan 2011 (page 31)
Passing Notes
On grunting, haircuts and big roofs
By Civis
[Excerpt] The stadium, despite the moaners, is beginning to look as though it may earn its keep – not necessarily in hard cash, but in its tremendous amenity value… Whenever private individuals such as Eion Edgar have had the money, the nous and the freedom from the nay-saying pessimists to put big roofs over our various sports and recreations, those activities have thriven beyond belief.

Civis was outed long ago.


I always admire Dan Belton for his vision, intelligence, aesthetics, prowess and project management skills. In a word – “energy”, to make things happen.

### ODT Online Sat, 8 Jan 2011
Raising the roof – a personal choice
“I would like to see a large-scale opera play at the new stadium, because the Dunedin Stadium is ideally suited to stage such works and can become an arts stadium just as much as a sports stadium. A brand new opera on the grand scale would be a great way to kick off the stadium’s multi-use platform. The arts and sport align in many places.”
-Daniel Belton is a Dunedin film-maker and choreographer
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Visitor industry hopeful

### ODT Online Sat, 8 Jan 2011
Tourism looks to better times in rugby cup year
By Hamish McNeilly
Dunedin tourism operators are hoping the burgeoning cruise-ship industry, in tandem with the Rugby World Cup’s lure for thousands of people, will be a panacea for the industry this year.
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‘Big-box stores with big-city plans’

### December 21, 2010
Big-Box Retailers Move To Smaller Stores In Cities
By Franklyn Cater
Retailers have been following the growth of the suburbs for decades, setting up in shopping centers and big-box strip malls far outside the core of major American cities. Department stores that stayed in big-city downtowns have suffered. Others didn’t stay — they closed up altogether.

But a reversal of that trend is becoming apparent. Big-box retailers — companies that built their discount businesses out where land was cheap and space was plentiful — are now moving inward.

Both Wal-Mart and Target are prime examples of big-box stores with big-city plans. They’re aiming at the likes of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
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Stadium roof leaks


@whatifdunedin Passing rain and hail storms today in Dunedin. Completed sections of stadium roof springing leaks.

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This blog-site

is most certainly not the place to breach an individual’s privacy.

You have been warned. You should not attempt it.

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Dezeen >> 2010 review

Dezeen architecture and design magazine
2010 review

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This man gets the prize

Members of the public have been saying it or blogging it. However, in today’s ODT print edition we get it straight!

### ODT Wed, 5 Jan 2010 (page 10)
To the point
Good enough for our staff to be randomly tested – health and safety are paramount. Same for elected members.
Colin Weatherall, Dunedin


### ODT Online Tue, 4 Jan 2011
DCC proposal for random drug testing
By Chris Morris
Random testing and the use of covert electronic surveillance could be among powers to be used by the Dunedin City Council to root out drug abuse by its staff. Council staff are being asked to consider a proposed new alcohol-and-other-drug policy, which details procedures for random and targeted testing for inappropriate use of illicit substances.
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### ODT Online Wed, 5 Jan 2011
Opinion: This city’s got a lot to offer
By Simon Cunliffe
In a season of resolutions, my own include making better use of all the great amenities that our city and its surrounds have to offer. Here, in no particular order, are 10 good reasons to live in and enjoy Dunedin in 2011.
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-Simon Cunliffe is deputy editor (news) of the Otago Daily Times.

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Left hand, right hand…

The climate change adaptation project plan, to be implemented over three years at a cost of $67,500 a year, was approved at a finance, strategy and development committee meeting in late November.

### ODT Online Wed, 5 Jan 2011
DCC plans for climate change
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council is set to spend the next three years developing a wide-ranging response to the problem of climate change, after some alarming warnings about what the future holds. The response will include a major study on the future of South Dunedin, and four other ”hot spots” identified as the most vulnerable areas of the city.
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”There are a lot of good reasons why we could be the open air laboratory that tests the green technologies that could benefit communities everywhere.”

### ODT Online Wed, 5 Jan 2011
Waitati eyed as energy trial zone
By Stu Oldham
Blueskin Bay could be poised to become New Zealand’s first open air new technology energy laboratory, Waitati Energy Project co-ordinator Scott Willis says. National and international companies were interested in a ”community-size trial zone” for their green technologies, Mr Willis said yesterday.
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Powerhouse Wind director Bill Currie confirmed company representatives met those of some ”quite big” Indian companies during a Dunedin City Council-supported trip.

### ODT Online Wed, 5 Jan 2011
Future in wind, but cash needed
By Stu Oldham
A Dunedin company is looking for $700,000 to start building wind turbines for burgeoning and potentially lucrative markets overseas.

Powerhouse Wind wants to start low-volume production of its single-blade turbine to supply domestic customers and send demonstration machines overseas.

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2011 Happy New Year from What If…

First of all a very happy new year to all of the readers and contributors of the site. The past 2 years have been huge for Dunedin and this site. A wee while back we passed the milestone of 200,000 visitors to the site! When I first sat down thinking it would be fun to have a wee blog to discuss the design and architecture of the stadium little did I know what would become of the site. From the fun, serious and bizarre, this site has had it all over the last 2 years, but most of all it’s been one fantastic place for the frank and open discussion about firstly the stadium but latterly the city at large.

For that I am completely indebted to Elizabeth Kerr for her tireless work on updating content here. Little did I know that when I thought it an obvious step to invite prominent anti-stadium campaigner as a he said/she said, or good cop/bad cop (won’t speculate which hats we were wearing) opposing voice on the site, that it would be Elizabeth that would take the site to the next step.

So to Elizabeth on behalf of myself and all the contributors thank you so much. Finally to the contributors & commentators thank you. We’ve covered a lot, from sports to political systems. Without all of your contributions this would not have been possible.

We must be doing something right for 200,000+ reasons for folk to come back and visit the site.

2011 is going to be a massive year for not only the city but the country. I hope you all have a safe and fun New Year.

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Better consultation…

In the past few years, there has been increasing criticism of the council’s consultation process.

### ODT Online Mon, 3 Jan 2011
Dialogue before decisions: Cull
By David Loughrey
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says while he will not be introducing ”radical” changes to consultation, he wants the council to get more well-informed input before issues get to the decision stage.
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The following list in no way alludes to all of the DCC consultation processes undertaken in 2010. Residents might well be overwhelmed by ongoing ‘consultation’ across the raft of issues and programmes led by the Council – how much time and thinking should members of the public realistically volunteer to city hall? Should the Council streamline the nature of its business and involvements for good governance and cost saving? Maybe radical change is needed, Mayor Cull. The more fresh air, the better.

Related Posts and Comments:
29.12.10 Jim Harland
20.12.10 Your City Our Future – call for community feedback and suggestions
17.12.10 HARBOURSIDE Announcement
25.10.10 Surprise! DCC continues to create CONFUSION
5.8.10 John Wilson Ocean Drive – QUICK submissions due…
20.7.10 Dunedin’s future – no sticky buns
29.6.10 Perceived conflicts of interest, what’s new?
23.6.10 Public consultation on Carisbrook
22.6.10 DCC: “Your City/Our Future” Community Engagement Programme
10.6.10 DCC Media Release – Consulting on…digital communication strategy
21.5.10 Have your say: South Dunedin Retail Centre Strategy
1.5.10 DCC residents opinion survey – complete it online
21.3.10 DCC Draft Annual Plan 2010/11

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In a city spending up large on RWC 2011

The sober ODT opens the new year by lobbing in some chasteness…

“The realisation that individuals, families and the country have been living beyond their means has been striking home, and people are reluctant to spend freely.

Efforts to reduce household debt, a long grind for many, have begun.

Similarly, local authority councillors and mayors – notably in Dunedin and Queenstown – have finally recognised the need for frugality and hard spending choices after seemingly believing that money could be spent with abandon.”

Another Dickens story. Thank heavens, the newspaper editor lightens up in the end.

“As Otago faces another challenging year, it is as well to remember the province’s priceless attractions – its beauty, its space, its liveable climate, its agricultural base, its history and its heart.

These characteristics are worth recalling and emphasising as we meet the challenges of 2011.”

ODT Editorial

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