Dunedin can provide vacant buildings, warehouses and offices #eqnz

UPDATED 7 March 2011

Civil Defence in Christchurch wants people to hold off on demolishing buildings unless there is an immediate risk to public safety #eqnz

### ODT Online Mon, 7 Mar 2011
Help, not exploitation Dunedin focus
By Eileen Goodwin
Dunedin must walk a “fine line” between helping Christchurch business and seeming to exploit the situation, Dunedin City Council economic development unit manager Peter Harris says. Mr Harris said the business unit viewed the situation primarily as aid, rather than a commercial opportunity.
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### ODT Online Mon, 7 Mar 2011
Steady stream of real estate inquiries
Some Christchurch businesses are considering moving to Dunedin but uncertainty over practical issues such as insurance means they are unable to make firm decisions, Dunedin commercial real estate agent Mike Elford says.
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### ODT Online Thu, 3 Mar 2011
Dunedin space offered
By Chris Morris
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie yesterday told the Otago Daily Times the Christchurch earthquake was a tragedy, but could also be a “game-changer” for the entire South Island economy.

The Otago chamber had been inundated with more than 100 offers, after asking members for a list of vacant buildings, warehouses and offices in Dunedin available for use by Christchurch businesses. That included premises available free of charge, at low cost or commercial rates, and for flexible, short- and long-term leases. Others were offering free internet, office furniture or reduced-cost transportation, among other services, or to take on apprentices from Christchurch short-term.
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### ODT Online Thu, 3 Mar 2011
University of Otago aiding affected students
By John Gibb
In the aftermath of last week’s earthquake, the University of Otago is taking several measures to support Canterbury and Lincoln University students who have been affected. Since late last week, Otago University has been helping with the relocation of international students from Christchurch to Dunedin. A limited number of domestic students had also made inquiries about transferring to Otago and some had already arrived in Dunedin.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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8 responses to “Dunedin can provide vacant buildings, warehouses and offices #eqnz

  1. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online
    Otago hotels feeling effect
    By Hamish McNeilly on Sat, 5 Mar 2011
    While Otago hoteliers are set for a boost from the Rugby World Cup, a prediction that the local industry would be affected in the wake of Christchurch’s earthquake is proving correct.
    Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton said a survey this week of 28 accommodation providers in Dunedin found 90% had cancellations since the quake, but most had balanced that out with new bookings, and 70% had displaced Christchurch people staying.
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    ### ODT Online Sat, 5 Mar 2011
    Business booming in wake of quake
    By Ellie Constantine
    Two Dunedin businesses have boosted their output greatly as they work to supply Christchurch in the wake of the quake.
    EPI Plastics managing director Norman Woods said the effect was “immediate” as orders for 5-, 10- and 20-litre jerry cans flooded in “within an hour” of the quake on Tuesday last week.
    Dunedin-based Quality Bakers had boosted its production almost 50% to meet the needs of Christchurch residents.
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    ### ODT Online Sat, 5 Mar 2011
    1010 refugee pupils swell schools’ rolls
    By John Lewis
    More than 1000 pupils fleeing Christchurch have now enrolled in Otago schools, and the number continues to grow. The Ministry of Education has closed the majority of schools in Christchurch until further notice, and families have sent more than 4879 pupils from the city to be enrolled elsewhere.
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    Newcomers –
    • Queenstown Lakes district: 372
    • Dunedin City: 295
    • Waitaki district: 167
    • Central Otago district: 124
    • Clutha district: 52

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Wed, 29 Jun 2011
      Council split over Christchurch
      By Simon Hartley
      The Dunedin City Council is split over whether or not Dunedin should be proactively marketing itself as a destination for Christchurch business and families considering relocation. Nine months after the first devastating quake, calls are now being voiced to debate whether Dunedin moves from being reactive to proactive to attract Christchurch businesses south, while a survey yesterday shows the quakes’ effects appear to have spread through the country’s business community.

      The relocation issue has been spurred in recent days by revelations reinsurance for council assets is not available, which means the likelihood of “through the roof” rates for Christchurch ratepayers. “Dunedin is a viable option for them, as opposed to Auckland or Sydney. It has sound infrastructure in its port, airport, healthcare and education, which all leverages into the growing hinterland.” -John Christie, Otago Chamber of Commerce

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  2. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Tue, 26 Apr 2011
    Christchurch businesses seek rentals
    By Simon Hartley
    Christchurch businesses are making a tentative appearance in Dunedin, two months after the 6.3-magnitude earthquake which wiped out many retail and commercial premises.
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  3. Elizabeth

    26.5.11 ODT Online: $20m boost for Speight’s Brewery in Dunedin

    Comments received today:
    – So the [Christchurch Speights] building is beyond repair, but they’re still operating in it – yeah right
    – $3m to fix, $12m to demo & replace. Looking for a get out of Brownlee Free card I think and he gave them one

  4. Elizabeth

    The Dunedin City Council economic development unit is taking a low key approach to attracting businesses to Dunedin.

    A Facebook page, Plug Yourself In, had been set up to provide information for anyone wanting to move to Dunedin and the unit had prepared a brochure setting out “the reality” of moving.


    ### ODT Online Wed, 15 Jun 2011
    Call to help with relocation
    By Eileen Goodwin and Dene Mackenzie
    The Government should offer an assistance package to Christchurch businesses to relocate within the South Island to prevent a flight to Australia or Auckland, Otago Chamber of Commerce president Peter McIntyre says. Mr McIntyre said a flight of businesses would imperil the South Island’s economic status.
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    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Sat, 2 Jul 2011
      No incentives to lure Christchurch businesses south
      By David Loughrey
      Dunedin City Council representatives say there is no intention, and has never been any intention, to offer financial incentives for earthquake-affected Christchurch businesses to move south.

      “If they are going to leave Christchurch, I would rather they stayed in the South Island.” -Mayor Dave Cull

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      The unscientific ODT Online poll as at Sat, 2 July 2011:

      Should Dunedin be trying to attract Christchurch families and businesses?
      Yes – 88% (559 votes)
      No – 12% (78 votes)
      Total votes: 637
      ODT Link

  5. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Fri, 26 Aug 2011
    Christchurch residents eye south
    By Allison Rudd
    A flood of inquiries from earthquake-affected Christchurch residents contemplating a move to Dunedin is translating into house purchases and rental agreements.
    Agents from all companies expected more house purchases to come once payouts were received, although several were cautious about predicting a major influx of Christchurch buyers.
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    Christchurch restaurateur relocates to Dunedin

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