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: 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…


@five15design Once again #EQNZ post quake relief takes a comic turn for the worse 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

@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:

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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Oh wait, you mean…. | 2011 Residents’ Opinion Survey

Where’s the fun.

### ODT Online Mon, 25 Apr 2011
Survey about rating services not councillors
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council is again asking Dunedin residents to rate the council’s performance, with the unveiling of the 2011 Residents’ Opinion Survey. However, this year’s survey launch last week also came with a request from council acting chief executive Athol Stephens for disgruntled members of the public not to use the opportunity to have a crack at elected representatives. The 4500 surveys were due to begin arrive in randomly-selected Dunedin letterboxes at the long weekend.
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Media Release 21 Apr 2011
Dunedin City Council 2011 Residents Opinion Survey

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Another outrage of trite ill-informed force of change: Maltexo, Ward St

Another horny tale. Yes, the complete failure of a developer to carry out ANY heritage building assessment for the industrial site that would have told him which valuable components to retain on site, for good stewardship of the Dunedin harbourside’s architectural character and integrity.

The developer says he has spoken to architects – he might have. The question is which ones – no architects currently working out of Dunedin have the professional accreditation necessary to offer a heritage assessment or building conservation advice – plenty of the local boys need work.

The Maltexo sign, while iconic, is paint on a simple brick wall of a simple shed (a simple feature to retain and keep maintained in situ if desired); however, it is NOT the most valuable architectural historical component to be retained on site – the frontage of the gabled building immedately south of the sign on Ward St, is.

To a lesser extent, a small number of brick sheds to the rear of the site, in fair to reasonable condition, could have been architecturally integrated into any new industrial complex.

Mr Barnes can file his comments where the sun doesn’t shine.

“Key to the industrial area is revitalising these sites … This is a cornerstone, modern, highly visible site which is what businesses are looking for.” –Chris Barnes, developer

### ODT Online Mon, 25 Apr 2011
$2 million business park by end of the year
By Simon Hartley
A $2 million business park is due to be completed in Dunedin by the end of the year. It will be built on land now occupied by the former Maltexo factory, which is scheduled for demolition. Last November, Dunedin property investor Chris Barnes bought the lessee’s interest in the site, on the corner of Ward and Halsey Sts, with the deal to be closed on completion of demolition; scheduled by June 30.
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Don’t you love a man of largesse. We should be pleased?
Lest we forget, thanks too, to Port Otago Limited and its subsidiary Chalmers Properties’ current property manager.

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6.2.11 Hurt Inside [photographs]
27.1.11 Good-bye to MALTEXO, Ward Street – Dunedin Harbourside

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Oram on Auckland Spatial Plan, and more

### Last updated 05:00 21/03/2011
Auckland at the crossroads
By Rod Oram – Sunday Star Times
OPINION: The Auckland Plan is a moment of opportunity for the super city.

On Wednesday, a great fight for the heart, soul and wellbeing of Aucklanders begins. But don’t worry. It’s not all about Auckland. If the region gets this right, the rest of the country will benefit strongly from more effective approaches to development. In one corner stands the Auckland Council led by mayor Len Brown. It will present its view of the city’s future when it delivers that day a discussion document on the Auckland Plan. The paper will look at the region in a new way. For the first time, it will bring together data, analysis and insights on the human, economic, environmental, social, cultural and other factors that make Auckland what it is today. Crucially, though, it will use this new analysis to show us options for the region’s future. It’s up to Aucklanders to consider, debate, agree and act with the new powers the region gained through the creation of the super city.

In the other corner stands the Key government, led on these Auckland issues by Rodney Hide, minister of local government. Last week, the cabinet released a set of eight papers giving its very entrenched positions on Auckland’s future. What a miserable view it was. When Hide and his ministerial colleagues think of Auckland they imagine only more of the same, warts and all. In their view, Auckland has to ooze out across the landscape in low-value, low-growth ways.
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aucklandtransportblog critiques Oram on Spatial Plan (21 Mar 2011)

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Oram on Christchurch CBD

### Last updated 05:00 18/04/2011
An exodus to turn around
By Rod Oram – Sunday Star Times
OPINION: The first of a two-part series on the Christchurch CBD.

You could certainly party long and hard in the CBD. But could you build a big, prosperous business there? To be blunt, the CBD was losing its identity and purpose.

The government seemed to deliver some good news for Christchurch on Tuesday. It slashed its share of the estimated cost of rebuilding the city from $15 billion to $8.5b. So the earthquakes weren’t as damaging as first thought? That’s not correct, property and insurance companies say. Each day they learn more about the scale of the devastation. Each day their costs escalate. They are beginning to worry about who will finance the rebuild of the city, particularly the central business district. The government might be right about its direct costs for the likes of infrastructure. But the private sector has to come up with almost all of the capital to repair and build anew.
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### Last updated 05:00 25/04/2011
Thinking our way to hope
By Rod Oram – Sunday Star Times
OPINION: A radical shift can make Christchurch a world leader.

The trouble is, the cause of the frustration is the government itself focusing only on immediate issues. Worse, it does so dogmatically, apparently incapable of responding to people’s needs such as more access to their CBD businesses.

Nine weeks on from their massively destructive earthquake, some people in Christchurch are feeling increasingly exhausted, fearful and frustrated. “The lockdown of information here is truly scary,” emailed one CBD business owner after last week’s column about rebuilding the fabric and life of the city centre. “No one is talking to us.”

Certainly there is plenty of activity by government in terms of short-term support, promises and planning. And some useful new organisations have formed, such as Recover Canterbury set up by the council and business. There are also expressions of big, bold futures such as those offered by Warren and Mahoney, the architects, and allied professionals working with them. But these are disparate, disjointed voices still lacking any way to combine forces, build local support and begin planning for the new city.
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Current crop of Dunedin City councillors will never create a ‘Restorative City’ April 2010
Perspectives on Urban Sustainability
Efficiency, diversity, connectivity, and restoration define core commitments
By Craig Malin
A restorative city creates greater value, and greater possibilities, for future generations through civic inclusion, social justice, and appropriate public policies and investments.
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From: “Perspectives on Urban Sustainability,” by Craig Malin, in the April 2010 issue of PM magazine, published by ICMA. Craig Malin is the city administrator in Davenport, Iowa.


About ICMA International
ICMA International combines the experience of local government practitioners with that of seasoned international consultants to design, implement, and evaluate municipal development and management projects.

Since 1989, ICMA International has leveraged the experience of local government practitioners and veteran international consultants to further the ICMA mission to create excellence in local governance worldwide. ICMA International has successfully designed, implemented, and evaluated more than 500 international projects, establishing a solid reputation for its practical, hands-on approach to meeting global challenges.

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Ho ho ho, restraint – what’s that?

DCC hasn’t got the message. Still doing stupid deals behind scenes; and look at the inexperience around the council table – FRIGHTENING.

###Last updated 05:00 21/04/2011
Councils ditch projects in favour of restraint
By Katie Chapman
Business as usual is the new catchcry for councils as they ditch big projects in favour of restraint. Throughout New Zealand, people are being asked to comment on their local authorities’ draft annual plans – and proposed rates increases – as debate over next year’s budgets gets under way. But big blowouts have been abandoned, with more than half the councils proposing increases below the rate of inflation, which rose to 4.5 per cent this week.
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### ODT Online Thu, 21 Apr 2011
Extraordinary meeting
An extraordinary non-public meeting of the Dunedin City Council was held last night to discuss the Citibus sale and the community pools upgrade.
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21.4.11 ODT Editorial: Era ends for Dunedin buses

In the jargon of business, Citibus has made efforts to be a “good corporate citizen” . . . The question must be asked about the ability of the council, even at arm’s length through a company structure and with independent directors, to run successful businesses in highly competitive markets.


@10PARK Fuck (oops) – DCC has a “MoveMe” marketing campaign… *criesandcries

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Demolition by Diocese…

Feeling VERY Presbyterian this week. Oi. What is adaptive reuse.

### ODT Online Wed, 20 Apr 2011
Kavanagh College expansion begins
By John Lewis
The demolition of two large buildings in Tennyson St yesterday signalled the beginning of a major expansion of Kavanagh College in Dunedin. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dunedin took advantage of a rare opportunity to expand the college grounds by up to 25%, by buying the neighbouring Otago Polytechnic grounds last year.

The building on the corner of Tennyson St and York Pl would remain untouched because an application had been made by the Historic Places Trust in Dunedin to make it a category 2 historic building. It is believed to be of historic importance because it was where prominent New Zealand artist Colin McCahon was trained.

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New Zealand Historic Places Trust’s heritage assessment (October 2009) says:

The three buildings at 136 Tennyson Street are part of the original King Edward Technical College (KETC), the largest secondary school in New Zealand for over twenty years.

The Dunedin Art School, on the corner of York Place and Tennyson Street, was built in 1937 and designed by the Government Architect John Mair.

With internationally prominent teachers, the Art School was a training ground for the likes of Colin McCahon and became the springboard for New Zealand modernism.

When the three buildings were taken over by the Otago Polytechnic in 1963, the Marlow and [Art School] buildings became the foundation of the Department of Hospitality and Services. Later the department extended into the Patrick building where it established a training restaurant named for KETC’s most famous student, Joseph Mellor. The restaurant became a popular public eatery. The buildings were vacated by the Polytechnic in mid-2009.

The Dunedin School of Arts was founded in 1870 when the services of David Con Hutton were secured by the Otago Education Board. In 1921 the Art School was officially incorporated as a department of KETC. For ten years the Art Department moved around various areas of the main building. In 1937 the purpose-built Art School was opened on the corner of Tennyson Street and York Place.

The Art School building was partially funded by a substantial grant from the Government. As the Project was in the hands of the Public Works Department, the plans were designed by the Government Architect, John Mair (1876-1959). The Board’s architects of choice, Mandeno and Fraser, were apparently retained only to organise the site and design the retaining walls necessary for the erection of the School.

From 1923 to 1941 Mair was responsible for most of the government buildings erected in New Zealand, many of them involving significant departures from tradition and precedent in both style and construction methods. During his tenure, modernist architectural precepts displaced the revivalist styles favoured for public buildings in the past. Construction methods also began to utilise concrete and structural steel instead of brick and timber.

These construction methods were in evidence in the plans for the Art School. The Board, however, was in favour of brick in keeping with the original portion of KETC. In response, Mair convinced the Principal of the justification for a building framed in wood with well-concreted foundations, steeltex and plaster walls with a tiled roof.

Sketch plans were ready by August 1935. The design was of an impressive entrance and two-story building on the corner of Tennyson Street and York Place, and a one story wing running down York Place. Tenders for the Art School were called for in May 1936. The successful contractor was D.A. O’Connell & Co. The Head of the School, Tovey, was responsible for internal fittings.

The School included nine classrooms, mostly with dimensions of c. 30 x 26”, and several offices. The interiors were lined with tentest wallboard. The entrance was impressive and lined in black tiles. One of the classrooms remains largely unaltered.


Details you’ll never see again…

The Marlow Building, opened in 1948 as the new domestic wing, was similarly designed by Mair. The building is being demolished this week, apart from the archway section to Tennyson St. Someone should be fired.


The JM Patrick Building was designed by Mandeno and Fraser, as were the earlier portions of KETC, and opened in 1960. Gone this week, too. It had nice pipes (later additions).

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Which boys have their hands out for Carisbrook?

As the great rort continues…

### ODT Online Wed, 20 Apr 2011
Decision soon on Carisbrook’s fate
By David Loughrey
A final decision on the future of Dunedin’s historic Carisbrook stadium should be only weeks away, with one last round of discussion on the issue to start soon. Asked where the Carisbrook matter stood, Dunedin City Council finance, strategy and development committee chairman Cr Syd Brown said a resolution passed in January had been included for public consultation in the annual plan, and a decision would be made after deliberations.
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Continuing folly: Dunedin iSite visitor centre

### ODT Online Tue, 19 Apr 2011
New home for visitor centre
By David Loughrey
Dunedin’s iSite visitor centre is about to move, but it will not be returning to its old home in the Municipal Chambers. Its move to a new home at 26 Princes St, next door to its current position, will allow the city’s Community Gallery to move back to its original Princes St premises. A report to yesterday’s finance, strategy and development committee by assistant city property manager Rhonda Abercrombie said the cost of the move back to the Municipal Chambers would be up to $80,000.
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5.2.11 Community Gallery: Badly forced and mishandled

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Ricardo Bofill’s cement factory

Industrial heritage, exquisite.

Location: Barcelona, Spain

### 26 January 2011
A former Cement Factory is now the workspace and residence of Ricardo Bofill
By Marcia Argyriades
The Cement Factory was discovered in 1973, it was an abandoned cement factory and partially in ruins, comprised of over 30 silos, underground galleries and huge engine rooms; Ricardo Bofill bought it and began renovation works. He identified the program; The Cement Factory was to be used as architectural offices, archives, a model laboratory, and exhibition space, an apartment for him, as well as guest rooms and gardens.

He defined the space by demolishing certain structures, cleaning cement, exposing previously concealed structures and creating the landscape architecture by planting various plants such as eucalyptus, palms, olive trees and cypresses; renovation works lasted nearly two years.

Images courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

“To be an architect means to understand space, to understand space organised by [people], to decipher the spontaneous movements and behaviour of people, and to detect the needs of change that they might unconsciously express. It is essential to track down these issues if we want to contribute with our personal work to the history of architecture.” Ricardo Bofill

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Then there are all the reasons why “Dunedin” failed to adapt and re-purpose elements of the Maltexo industrial complex in Ward St…
27.1.11 Good-bye to MALTEXO, Ward Street – Dunedin Harbourside
6.2.11 Hurt inside

And why the Barron Building of Rattray St and a few others in the immediate area may be transparently viewed as working examples of ‘demolition by neglect’. We have the list, we have the addresses, we know the names…

12.4.11 Public outrage – SHAME on those re$pon$ible for building neglect
For further posts and comments on the Barron Building, enter “Barron” in the search box at right.


### Sunday, 17 April 2011 8:12am
Insight: Heritage Buildings
When it comes to heritage buildings, there’s no shortage of people who want to keep them standing. Supporters argue they are important to a region’s history. But Dunedin correspondent, Lorna Perry asks should the building’s owner be solely responsible for the cost of heritage or should the public be footing more of the bill?
Audio Ogg Vorbis MP3 (duration: 27′48″)

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Dunedin conniptions over RWC 2011, yawn

We could be forgiven for thinking The World isn’t about to arrive here in slumberville.

### ODT Online Sat, 16 Apr 2011
RWC to challenge city
Just five months from the Rugby World Cup, Dunedin faces a formidable planning challenge, not least working out how to host an estimated more than 15,000 supporters before and after matches. A report to the Dunedin City Council finance, strategy and development committee on Monday lays out the tasks the city faces to be prepared.
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Report – FSD – 18/04/2011 (PDF, 196.2 KB, new window)
Rugby World Cup 2011 – Update

Other ODT stories:
Cruise ships not option for cup accommodation
Games may be shown in 3D

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The haunting

Words come back…

Connections are so important. Hell, file sharing is super important.

Some days we watch, listen, argue, read, sigh, laugh, throw stones, wait. Then a narly rock lands here, setting up some of the best ripples.

What if? regularly receives presents of good intention – background information, secret squirrel, opinion, latest stories and links, as prompts.

Today, in came another one…

Thus we searched Channel 9 archives at for “stadium debate” and clicked on “The Great Stadium Debate Sept 28, 2007”. Ron Kjestrup referees a discussion with supporters, detractors and the Carisbrook Stadium Trust.

Some of the references we find interesting.

The following highlights are not an attempt to represent a full transcript of the debate. They are places to pause and consider who said them, with what veracity, honesty, false security.


8:26 (minutes into debate) Land Quotes from Malcolm Farry, independent chairman of Carisbrook Stadium Trust and director of the Highlanders [from 5/03/2005 until recently]
“We will not seek a premium but a fair commercial rate”
“We have budget for it and will not exceed our budget”

[Note: Their budget was originally $15m then went up to $20m. The final price paid for the land was $35.6m. Land owners were paid approximately three times the present capital value of the land. One of the land owners, Maxton Holdings (shareholders John Farry/Tony Clear) bought their land in 2001 for $220,000 (CV was $400,000) and sold their land for $1.6m (CV was then $600,000). When D Scene approached John Farry for comment he said it was “a piss in the bucket”.]

9:00 – “If we cannot secure the land within the budget that will almost certainly be the end of the project.”

9:25 – Carisbrook “Land value close to $10m”
[D Scene reports recently that a valuer put land value at $4m.]

14:32 – RWC “6-8 week window” in a “75-100 year project”
“not trying to belittle the RWC”

14:50 – RWC – started off as the major driving force
– we’ve moved over from rugby
– now major driving force is Uni saying we need it by 2011
– critical space shortages.

15:27 – “We’ve made a major undertaking it won’t go above the budget”

16:40 – GMP of $188m “people say we can’t do it”
“We are here to prove them wrong”
This is cost driven.
“This won’t exceed $188m by one cent”
Otherwise “it won’t get built”

18:30 – Some people say “figures don’t work”. “they’re wrong”

20:40 – “We won’t allow a blowout” “We knew”

21:45 – “conflicts of interest” Ron Anderson CST trustee and shareholder Arrow International

Thankyou, Sources.

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copy© copy© copy©

We copy you this storylink – normal service continues.
It’s true, we will copy anyone who says the National-led government is an arse.


### Last updated 11:24 14/04/2011
Copyright law: Net parodists target Nat MPs
From political grandstanding to internet laughing stock. It was a short step as MPs who lined up to praise the new bill fell prey to online gags. Internet users unleashed their frustration across the web in the form of parodies and satirical posts overnight, as Parliament moved to pass a controversial anti file-sharing law.

The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, which aims to stamp out internet piracy, passed by 111 votes to 11 this morning.

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Public consultation for DCC Earthquake-prone Buildings Policy

Making buildings safe AND safeguarding Dunedin’s capital investment and reputation as a heritage city.


### ODT Online Thu, 14 Apr 2011
Safe building ideas sought
By David Loughrey
The dates are set and the process is about to begin to make Dunedin a safer place in an earthquake. While planning for a review of the Dunedin City Council policy on dangerous, insanitary and earthquake-prone buildings began last year, it took on a new urgency after the Christchurch earthquake in February. The council yesterday announced it had completed its review, and the document was available for inspection and submissions from the public, with the submission process to end on May 27.

Three “drop-in sessions” have been organised, with a May 2 session at the Port Chalmers Library, and two sessions on May 3, one at the Clarion building in Princes St, and another at the Gasworks Museum in South Dunedin. Staff and council representatives would be available to discuss issues related to the policy. A hearing is scheduled for the week beginning June 4 to consider submissions.

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Related Posts:
28.3.11 Dunedin earthquake proneness 2
9.3.11 Dunedin earthquake proneness
4.3.11 Reaction to another instance of unthinking ad-hocism from City Hall
14.2.11 Earthquake proneness
14.9.10 DCC Media Release: Dunedin’s Heritage Buildings

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Public outrage – SHAME on those re$pon$ible for building neglect

### ODT Online Tue, 12 Apr 2011
Dragon it down – iconic café demolished
Work has started on the demolition of the Barrons building, home of the Dragon Café, in Rattray St.
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(10.54am) @TheLogicStudio @10PARK Similarly, SHAME on those responsible for awful puns in newspaper headlines (especially when it’s a somewhat serious subject)

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Watching Dunedin spend for RWC 2011…

### ODT Online Sat, 9 Apr 2011
Cup planning gains pace
By David Loughrey
With five months to go before the Rugby World Cup, and final decisions made on who will be playing where, the Dunedin City Council is picking up the pace of its planning for the event. Deputy mayor Chris Staynes, chairman of the council group that oversees planning for the world cup, said council staff had been working with a wide variety of organisations responsible for cup activities.
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Straight from the Government’s ‘Crap On Your Taxpayers File’

### ODT Online Fri, 8 Apr 2011
RWC waka support heartens Sharples
By Eileen Goodwin
Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples says the controversial Rugby World Cup waka he is backing has support in Dunedin. Speaking without notes at a well-attended lecture at the University of Otago’s Marama Hall last night, the Maori Party co-leader was surprised several people had approached him at Dunedin International Airport to say “the waka’s good”.
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iD Fashion Week #Dunedin


(via NZStuff) Dunedin’s hidden designer gems

### ODT Online Wed, 6 Apr 2011
Master of fashion arrives in Dunedin
By Ellie Constantine
His design prowess resulted in his face adorning a postage stamp and his latest collection is about to enhance a 110m-long catwalk at Dunedin Railway Station. Ellie Constantine brushes up on the biography of one of Australia’s fashion elite – Akira Isogawa.
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Channel 9 video coverage of iD Fashion Week
8 Apr 2011
Australian designer takes out top award in iD Dunedin’s Emerging Designer Awards
Charlotte Smith hosts public lecture in Dunedin today
iD Designer breakfast contrasts with last night’s Emerging Designer Awards

7 Apr 2011
Dunedin’s heritage goes on showcase over iD Dunedin Fashion Week

6 Apr 2011
Emerging Designer Award collections shown to hand-picked panel of judges
Vintage Fashion Archives on display at the Dunedin Public Library
iD Dunedin Fashion week officially launched

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