Monthly Archives: April 2011

Mayor Dave Cull: thinking, diligent and accessible

The job did open him up to the sort of aspects of New Zealand life that could restore faith in human nature.

### ODT Online Sat, 30 Apr 2011
Seeing his way clear
By David Loughrey
If a week is a long time in politics, six months may seem like an eternity to the five Otago mayors who ended up in charge after last October’s local government elections. That anniversary passed this month, and the Otago Daily Times asked our leaders for their thoughts on their term so far, and the highlights and low points of running a city or district.

“One of the things I find really challenging, given the number and range of important things in front of us, is council finding the time to get together and consider them properly and chew them over, progress them.”

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull rode into power on a wave of displeasure with the previous administration, gaining the leadership with promises of a more open and transparent council that would be more frugal than the last version.
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ODT Online: 200 days in office

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You’ve been well represented, NZ

@NatashaUtting Bronagh in full Trelise and John in Pounamu suit: http://twitpic.com/4qvxm3 This time with hashtag! #rwnz

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Dunedin’s industrial heritage, the greater hope!

Very encouraging signs from the developer.

Green Island resident Graham Roper said it was “really positive” community concerns appeared to have been listened to, and he looked forward to “working with them on a project that will enhance the community”.

### ODT Online Fri, 29 Apr 2011
Green Island retail plans win support
By Chris Morris
Plans for a Green Island retail development which could transform one of Dunedin’s industrial heritage sites have won initial support from a critic and the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Irmo Properties Ltd has applied for resource consent to refurbish the run-down Iron Roller Mills Building on Irmo St, in Green Island, turning it into a new 4900sq m retail complex with 187 car parks. If approved by the Dunedin City Council, the up-to-$2 million development would see the main industrial building on the site – believed to date from between 1910 and the late 1920s – refurbished. The developers and supporters hope many of its fittings can be retained.

It was one of many industrial heritage sites around Dunedin, iron rolling having played a “pretty important” part in the city’s history. “We’re hopeful it will reflect its previous use in whatever they develop for the interior.” The site’s main building was not registered or protected, but the developers had received professional advice and had been granted an NZHPT archaeological authority.
–Owen Graham, NZHPT Otago Southland area manager

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What to do, what to do!

Today’s uproar at Twitter, besides the ice hockey, Hide and Brash, concerns the temporary housing to be provided for Cantabrians…

Tweets:

@five15design Once again #EQNZ post quake relief takes a comic turn for the worse http://bit.ly/ewRNCY with these offensive house designs – fark me

@10PARK Brownlee country *sigh

@five15design I think I puked in my mouth a little when I saw them. It’s so freaking typical of NZ sweet jesus why is AVERAGE & EASY the way @10PARK

@10PARK @five15design Twizel repeats

@ronindotca @five15design gross and braindead

@five15design @10PARK but the lesson from Twizel is temporary can last for decades not years. They were good for a short time (well built though – hot)

@ronindotca @five15design @10park it’s a fucking double wide with a pitched roof

@five15design … and really offensive. EVERYTHING that is wrong with NZ is encapsulated in those house designs for #EQNZ relief @ronindotca

@10PARK @five15design in any language or historic view this is an assault on the good people

@sarahbutcher @five15design @10PARK Those houses are awful.

@DawgBelly @five15design good grief… Why not just use kitset garages…

@10PARK @sarahbutcher @five15design @ronindotca CRAVEN http://bit.ly/ewRNCY

@five15design @10PARK yeah they’ve already put up with enough. WTF is up with the no GibBoard walls – they are good? It’s insanity I tell ya,

@10PARK @five15design it’s too sad #designdies ;_;

@AxlVanGok @five15design lol! (or you cry) “Houses like those built last century inspired Jennian Homes …” … um yeaaah … inspired

@10PARK @AxlVanGok who does this stuff *implores !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@sarahbutcher @10PARK @five15design @ronindotca Guess they’ll also end up being built facing the wrong way so won’t be passively heated either.

@10PARK i turns my music up loud (drowns out the sight)

@AxlVanGok @10PARK someone who needs a degree in architecture/design … or a seminar … or read a web page on proportion and composition …

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Dunedin Heritage Buildings Economic Re-use Steering Group

Dunedin City Council
Media Release 21 Apr 2011

A Brick In Time . . .

Recent events in Dunedin and elsewhere around the country have brought heritage into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The collapses of parapets, discussions about dangerous buildings in the aftermath the earthquakes in Christchurch, have caused many around Dunedin to start thinking about the maintenance and strengthening of heritage buildings.

All this is timely for the Dunedin Heritage Buildings Economic Re-use Steering Group, who are working through ways of encouraging the re-use of heritage buildings in the city.

While the group will report its findings and recommendations back to Council in the next few months, it has also been releasing some initiatives during the course of its investigations.

The latest of these relates directly to the issue of building maintenance. As Steering Group chair, Lee Vandervis notes, ‘Many people aren’t sure what they are looking for when it comes to spotting problems on their buildings. There are often so many things to check, people don’t know where to start’.

Recognising this, the Steering Group has put together a building maintenance checklist to guide heritage building owners in drafting their own maintenance regimes.

Steering Group member, Cr Kate Wilson agrees, while adding ‘It’s important to catch things early. Leaving small problems, like leaks in the roof, can grow and become really big problems further down the track. This checklist is meant to help owners identify these problems and plan to fix them. It may also help identify construction or design faults in a building that might unwittingly be creating problems for the building.”

The checklist also contains helpful hints on economic ways to address some key issues. ‘Often people are surprised at how relatively small changes can save them big amounts of money down the track and help ensure their building has a future,’ says Cr Vandervis. ‘We want to help owners as much as we can now before the damage becomes irreversible’.

The building checklist will be sent to all owners of buildings scheduled in the District Plan. Copies will also be available from the Customer Services Agency and on the DCC website.

More information on the Heritage Buildings Economic Reuse Steering Group can also be found at:
www.dunedin.govt.nz/services/dunedin-heritage/steering-group

Contact Glen Hazelton, DCC Policy Planner (Heritage) on 477 4000.

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Proactive: Council advocacy for Dunedin Schools

A report to the planning and environment committee said while the council was not in a position to comment on the educational needs of the area, it was responsible for promoting the economic, social, environmental and cultural wellbeing of residents.

### ODT Online Tue, 26 Apr 2011
DCC adds to debate on South Dunedin schools
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council has added its voice to the debate over the review of south Dunedin schools, calling for the Ministry of Education to consider keeping any unused school grounds for the community. The council last week voted to ratify a submission on the issue that had been sent to the ministry, which Mayor Dave Cull said would help provide a wider perspective.
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Report – PEC – 19/04/2011 (PDF, 673.7 KB, new window)
Submission to Ministry of Education on Review of South Dunedin Schools

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RWC 2011, this isn’t looking grand

We have an extended state of emergency for the country #eqnz – government borrowings are through ‘the roof’, and (business?) leaders are continuing to squander money we don’t have at local and central government level.
Rugby will save us.

“The important thing is to understand the scale of this thing from New Zealand’s point of view.” -Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully

### ODT Online Tue, 26 Apr 2011
$1.2b spent on Cup, $700m return – survey
(via NZ Herald)
New Zealand will spend more than $1.2 billion in investments backing the Rugby World Cup – against $700 million in direct economic returns. A wide-ranging New Zealand Herald investigation asked tournament organisers, local authorities, government departments, public bodies, transport hubs and key sponsors what they had prepared for the World Cup and how much they would spend.
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