Monthly Archives: June 2011

You keep asking: does Dunedin get earthquakes?

YES, DUNEDIN EXPERIENCES EARTHQUAKES

Christchurch’s “seismic hazard” was “about double” Dunedin’s, but should a major quake occur here the impact would be similar, but of a different nature.

Many of the search engine terms we are receiving at What if? Dunedin… are concerned with Dunedin’s proneness to earthquakes.

We suggest you refer to this Seismicity Map (ten years of ‘shallow’ seismicity) at http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/quakes/3532078g-maps.html

The map tells us why it might be good to live in Dunedin, Auckland, or north of Auckland.

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Earlier this year, in the public interest, we took the liberty (thanks to Paul Le Comte) to ‘re-image’ a map published by the Otago Daily Times, which shows the (known) fault lines of Otago. View the following post:

9.3.11 Dunedin earthquake proneness

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RWC Merchandise

### tvnz.co.nz 9:34AM Monday June 27, 2011
Investigation reveals RWC merchandise made in China
Source: ONE News
A Close Up investigation to screen on TV ONE tonight has revealed that tourists buying official Rugby World Cup merchandise could be in for a shock. Close Up reporter Kate Lynch told TV ONE’s Breakfast today that most of the All Blacks’ World Cup memorabilia isn’t made in New Zealand – it’s made in China.
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Kathryn Ryan interviews agribusiness pioneer George Harrison

BRILLIANT INTERVIEW (if Ryan didn’t interrupt)

### rnz.co.nz Wed 22 Jun 2011 10:06 AM
Nine To Noon with Kathryn Ryan
Agribusiness pioneer Sir Graeme Harrison
Newly-knighted founder and chair of meat company Anzco Foods, which has annual sales of more than $1.2 billion, making it one of New Zealand’s largest exporters. He is also a director of dairy co-operative Westland Milk Products and fishing firm Sealord.
Audio Ogg Vorbis MP3 (32′50″)

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Related:

[comment] 25.5.11
Prof Sir Paul Callaghan, physicist, entrepreneur, and New Zealander of the Year, was in Dunedin yesterday. Link

Sir Paul’s vision for New Zealand is a knowledge-based economy producing high-quality exports that do not strain the environment. Looking after the environment created the kind of society in which highly skilled people wanted to live. It helped reverse the brain drain, and attracted people from overseas. -Otago Daily Times

[post] 22.5.11
Audacious idea: New Zealand X-Prize Environmental and Energy

Hyperfactory founder Derek Handley said $1b is less than a tenth of what the current government has committed to infrastructure projects in the next few years and about the same amount spent bailing out South Canterbury Finance investors. It is also “about twice as much as the amount we hope to lose by hosting the Rugby World Cup”, he said and about the same as our bill for six weeks of imported oil. -Sunday Star Times

[post] 2.4.11
At last, PRODUCTIVITY is?

The Productivity Commission’s inquiry into international freight transport services is of high importance to Otago and Southland, Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie said yesterday. -Otago Daily Times

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The continuum of utter crap, lies and DECEIT about the stadium project DOES NOT END with a statement from Mr Davies, let’s be perfectly clear

WE ARE talking the biggest heist in Dunedin’s history: THE STADIUM

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### ODT Online Tue, 21 Jun 2011
Money in meetings, not rugby: stadium boss
By Hamish McNeilly
Non-rugby events would be Forsyth Barr Stadium’s “bread and butter”, with the venue attracting international interest for conferences and meetings, Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML) chief executive David Davies says.
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“Dunedin” – we introduce Transparency International UK

### newsinfo.inquirer.net 9:31am Wed, 15 June 2011
UK failing to address corruption—study
By Cassandra Vinograd – Associated Press
LONDON— Corruption is a much larger problem in Britain than acknowledged and key institutions are refusing to confront the problem, a global watchdog warned Wednesday. Transparency International UK called the findings of its two-year study into corruption in the UK a “corruption health-check” for the country — with a diagnosis of “growing threat, inadequate response”. The group said its research found that corruption is flourishing in some parts of the UK and there is “disturbing evidence” of denial in policy responses to the issue. “There is complacency and a lack of knowledge of the extent of corruption in key sectors and institutions,” according to the study.
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The findings show that the tentacles of organised crime increasingly extend to sectors such as prisons and sport where criminal activity and corruption are inextricably linked, affecting businesses, communities, the economy, and society’s most vulnerable groups.

### transparency.org.uk Wed, 15 June 2011
UK fails corruption health check
A report published today by Transparency International UK reveals that corruption is a much greater problem in the UK than recognised and that there is an inadequate response to its growing threat. More than half of the public believe that UK corruption is getting worse. The 3-volume report – the most extensive study into UK corruption ever undertaken – examines 23 sectors and concludes that key institutions are refusing to confront the problem.
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Corruption in the UK: Overview & Policy Recommendations (PDF, 790 KB)
TI-UK Executive Director, Chandrashekhar Krishnan, gives an overview of the findings from the three Corruption in the UK studies, and sets out TI-UK’s policy recommendations.

Corruption In The UK: Part One – National Opinion Survey (PDF, 647 KB)
Results and analysis of an opinion survey of 2,000 UK citizens’ experiences and perceptions of corruption.

Corruption in the UK: Part Two – Assessment of Key Sectors (PDF, 630 KB)
Part two covers the following sectors: Police, National Health Service (NHS), legal profession, prison service, social housing, procurement, sport, City of London, construction, local government and UK Border Agency.

Corruption in the UK: Part Three – NIS Study (PDF, 1 MB)
The NIS study covers the following sectors: Business, civil society, electoral management body, executive, judiciary, law enforcement, media, ombudsman, political parties, public sector and the supreme audit institution.

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Transparency International UK is a Chapter of the world’s leading non-governmental anti-corruption organisation, Transparency International (TI). With more than 90 Chapters worldwide, and an international secretariat in Berlin, TI has unparalleled global understanding and influence.

Transparency International UK
– raises awareness about corruption
– advocates legal and regulatory reform at national and international levels
– designs practical tools for institutions, individuals and companies wishing to combat corruption
– acts as a leading centre of anti-corruption expertise in the UK.

Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It hurts everyone whose life, livelihood or happiness depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority.

http://www.transparency.org.uk/ @TransparencyUK
http://www.transparency.org/ @anticorruption

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Logan Park redevelopment

The plans for the area have been on the council’s books since 2005, when the Logan Park development plan included proposals for new facilities for tennis, athletics, squash and the New Zealand Academy of Sport, South Island.

An update last week, with council funding of $12.08 million, proposed new or upgraded facilities for the city’s sporting codes, including a new multipurpose artificial all-weather turf for a variety of sports, another artificial turf for football only, paid for in part by Fifa, a new hockey turf and tennis courts, and a possible new life for the former art gallery building as an administration centre for Sport Otago and other regional sporting bodies.

### ODT Online Thu, 16 Jun 2011
Vandervis fails in bid to downgrade sporting hub
By David Loughrey
Plans for a $14.6 million transformation of Logan Park survived an attempt by two councillors to drop much of the funding from the Dunedin City Council’s budget yesterday. The plans, which supporters say will turn the park into a major metropolitan sporting hub, appear set to face another attack later this month, when they go before a full council meeting.
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Report – CDC – 15/06/2011 (PDF, 572.5 KB)
Logan Park Development Plan – Review Update

Related Posts:
31.5.11 Controlled funding pies and the suit-wearers for professional sport
30.7.09 Logan Park hits the brakes

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DScene: What’s a nice wee loan between friends

Councillors spoken to by D Scene were unaware of the loan.

### DScene 15-6-11
Butler questioning $1.4m loan for stadium seating (page 3)
Former Stop the Stadium head Bev Butler is questioning a $1.4m commercial loan for temporary seating at the [Otago] Stadium. Dunedin City Council (DCC) council-controlled management company Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML) borrowed money for east stand temporary seating. Butler questioned whether DVML had the authority to borrow the money, as the venues company’s Statement of Intent noted spending of more than a million dollars by DVML needed DCC approval.
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