Monthly Archives: October 2011

Elections New Zealand: Enrol to Vote

You are qualified to enrol to vote if:
• you are 18 years or older
• you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and
• you have lived in New Zealand for one year or more without leaving the country
There are some restrictions, read more.

Enrol or check your enrolment details
https://secure.elections.org.nz/app/enrol/

How to enrol to vote
Enrolling to vote is easy. You will not be able to vote if you are not enrolled before election day, 26 November 2011. It is compulsory to be enrolled if you are qualified, although voting is optional.
http://www.elections.org.nz/enrolment/how-to-enrol/how-to-enrol-to-vote.html

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Dunedin’s DRAFT Spatial Plan

UPDATED POST – deadline for submissions extended by one month

DCC Draft Spatial Plan Information
Public consultation closes: 13/1/2012

Spatial plans are the latest local government (or did we say LGNZ) fad, are they worth it? If not regulatory, if merely another pie-in-the-sky vision with no proper grasp of long-term sustainable economic development, what’s the point?

Are they the ticket for further property speculation that serves to redistribute wealth to the rich? — most likely. So what’s changed?

Oh, (simplistic aside) we want “more students” – WRONG, we want more highly educated top-flight researchers capable of applying their research to business development in the southern region, to create high value exports.

The Draft Spatial Plan should be vigorously pulled apart but who has the time or energy; and do we want this ‘blood’ on our hands, taking community ownership of a carefully manipulated, staff-controlled council-owned planning document?

The timing of this document before major restructuring has swept through Dunedin City Council is unfortunate.

27.10.11 DCC Media Release: Dunedin’s Future – It’s In Your Hands
The Draft Spatial Plan, ‘Dunedin Towards 2050 – a spatial plan for Dunedin’, will be considered by the Council next week before being offered to the public for comment.

Agenda – Council – 31/10/2011 (PDF, 42.9 KB)
Report – Council – 31/10/2011 (PDF, 11.2 MB) Spatial Plan

### ODT Online Fri, 28 Oct 2011
30-year city plan released
By David Loughrey
A new planning document for Dunedin could bring about major changes to the face of the city, as planners look at ways to deal with an expected extra 7600 residential units needed by 2031. The city’s “spatial” plan, which Dunedin City Council staff have been working on for the past year, is expected to help deal with everything from an ageing population, rising oil prices, global warming and new medical and engineering business clusters.

Council chief executive Paul Orders said the spatial plan recommended a “distributed development” model for the city, with the majority of development occurring on land “already urban in nature”. As well as urban consolidation, “some careful expansion of out-lying townships is provided for”.

The council will run a series of public information sessions between November 10 and 17, before a submission period as part of consultation between November 2 and [January 13].

Mayor Dave Cull yesterday released the 114-page document, which will go before the council on Monday for approval.
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Key issues (via ODT)
• Future housing: 7600 residential units needed by 2031, ageing population needing smaller homes, more students.
• Infrastructure: Ensure efficient, cost-effective water and waste systems, community facilities and services.
• Natural hazards: Avoid development in areas subject to flooding or instability.
• Natural environment: Protect productive rural land and biodiversity.
• Global challenges: Future-proof against rising fuel prices, avoid developing in low-lying areas.
• Economy: Support successful business clusters in tertiary-medical precinct, and harbourside, and “creative” cluster south of Octagon.
• Heritage and character: Underused heritage buildings, need to be maintained.
• Centres: Support central city as attractive place to work, live and play, protect current hierarchy of centres.

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DVML, DVL and DCHL annual reports

### ODT Online Fri, 28 Oct 2011
Lack of revenue puts stadium loss at $3.2m
By Chris Morris
Forsyth Barr Stadium chief executive David Davies says his feet are “firmly on the ground” after the company tasked with running the roofed venue recorded a $3.2 million loss in its first financial year. The result was confirmed in Dunedin Venues Management Ltd’s first annual report, for the year ending June 30, 2011, to be presented to councillors at the next full council meeting on Monday.

• The report covers the period the company was in start-up mode, before the stadium’s opening on August 5 this year, meaning DVML was accruing costs while unable to earn revenue.
• It did not include the four Rugby World Cup matches held at the stadium, which fell outside the reporting period but were expected to result in a further loss of $400,000 for DVML.
• The company’s annual report identified employee expenses as the main driver behind the loss, totalling $446,293 in 2010 but growing to just over $1.3 million in 2011, while directors fees rose from $66,760 last year to $88,000 this year.

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### ODT Online Fri, 28 Oct 2011
No statement of intent filed
By Chris Morris
Dunedin Venues Ltd – the company that owns the Forsyth Barr Stadium – breached the Local Government Act by not filing a statement of intent, it has been confirmed. The confirmation came in the Dunedin City Council-owned company’s first annual report, to be considered at the next full council meeting on Monday. The report acknowledged DVL’s directors failed to provide a statement of intent for the year beginning on July 1, 2010, or report the company’s performance against the statement.
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Meeting of Dunedin City Council on 31 October 2011 at 2pm
Council Chamber, Municipal Chambers

Agenda – Council – 31/10/2011 (PDF, 42.9 KB)

Report – Council – 31/10/2011 (PDF, 1.4 MB)
Annual Reports from Dunedin Venues Management Ltd and Dunedin Venues Ltd

Report – Council – 31/10/2011 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
Dunedin City Holdings Ltd Annual Report

DCC pagelink (other reports)

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DCC rates increases

### ODT Online Thu, 27 Oct 2011
11.9% rates rise threat spurs DCC action
By Chris Morris
Dunedin City Council budgets are again under the microscope, as staff seek to bridge a looming shortfall threatening to push up rates by 11.9% next year. The council’s senior management team has been holding a series of meetings with activity managers across the organisation this week, to scrutinise initial financial projections for the 2012-13 year.

Council finance and corporate support general manager Athol Stephens said the council had included a 7.4% draft rates increase for 2012-13 in this year’s annual plan projections, but the DCHL shortfall would in effect push that forecast up to 11.9%, if left unchecked.

Council chief executive Paul Orders also announced restructuring of the council’s executive management team earlier this month, aimed at streamlining the organisation and saving money.

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2011 Voices of Poverty: Research into poverty in Dunedin

Between July 2010 and April 2011, Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) interviewed eleven families who were representative of their client base. The intent was to gather information on the changes the families either experienced or put in place to mitigate the effects of the increase in GST (1 October 2010, from 12.5% to 15%), rising prices and an uncertain economic environment as New Zealand moved out of its recession.

During the course of the interviews the government instituted the Future Focus policy direction and, allied to this, the Welfare Working Group reported on possible directions for consultation. Behind both of these initiatives was an expectation that all people of working age who are currently dependent on the government can, and will, be encouraged into paid employment.

Ensuring that families and individuals have sufficient income to meet their basic needs (food, clothing, warm housing and medical care) is a priority; whether those families and individuals are on a benefit or a wage.
Can We Do Better 2008

As in previous reports PSO noted that juggling income, debt, inadequate housing, health and transport difficulties and parenting responsibilities is how people below the poverty line live their lives.

The report concludes with recommendations for action by government, local bodies and the public sector. Has the landscape changed? For New Zealand – yes; we have been through a recession and survived. For the “voices of poverty” – no; for many, their landscape is as bleak as it ever was and for some the future doesn’t look great either.

Has the Landscape Changed? 2011 (PDF, 7.17 MB)
Can We Do Better 2008 (PDF, 1.52 MB)
Old Cold and Costly 2004 (PDF, 2.98 MB)
How Much is Enough : 2003 update (PDF, 137.16 KB)
How Much Is Enough : 2002 research (PDF, 4.15 MB)

Source: https://otago.ps.org.nz/resources

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Dunedin Harbourside: DCC “caved”

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### D Scene 26-10-11
Industry changes mean plans change (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedin City Council has caved on the controversial portions of its plan to develop the Dunedin waterfront. In a decision by council at a meeting on September 19 and announced today, a proportion of the divisive plan change 7 – which rezoned a large port-industrial block for harbourside amenity uses – will not now go ahead, effective immediately. The block will now revert to Industrial 1 or Port Zone 2 in the DCC district plan. Also included in the decision was the listing of [Harbourside] heritage buildings in the [district] plan’s Schedule 25.1 to remain.
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Dunedin City Council – Media Release
Extent of Harbourside Zone Reduced

This item was published on 26 Oct 2011

At its meeting on 19 September 2011 the Dunedin City Council made a decision to withdraw the northern part of the Harbourside Zone. The zone on the southern side of the Steamer Basin will be retained to enable the mixed use environment. The removal of the plan change on the northern side means that the Harbourside Zone no longer exists and the area reverts back to its industrial and port zoning.

Since the release of the Commissioners’ decision on Plan Change 7: Dunedin harbourside in February 2009, the Council has been involved in resolving appeals to the plan change. Part of the Harbourside Zone was withdrawn in April 2010 to enable negotiations on the appeals to continue.

While agreements were being reached on most appeals the Council considered that the strategic environment has substantially changed since the Harbourside vision was originally developed and the plan change notified. The Council is currently developing a holistic vision to provide for the strategic planning framework for the city and its future. Reducing the extent of the Harbourside Zone to that on the south side of the Steamer Basin is a more appropriate fit with the overall vision for the city at this stage.

Cr Colin Weatherall, as the Council’s appointed mediator, confirms a number of issues have advanced and changed in priority since the Council’s vision was first developed some 10 years ago. In the interim, particularly the last 2 years while intense mediation has continued, the clarity around industry needs has become focussed while industry has developed hi-tech skills that support a new style industrial/support base for employment in Dunedin.

“The needs of the city, balanced with parties to the process, has been foremost as we worked towards this position, adding the focus on Council’s spatial planning and thinking confirming the wider focus for Dunedin’ says Cr Weatherall. “In addition, the impact of the economic recession (world, national and local) has reduced the potential for development in the wider context which was an integral component of the original vision.”

Mayor Dave Cull has previously praised the goodwill of the mediation process and the Otago Chamber of Commerce for its leadership in protecting jobs in the city and the wider region that it felt were threatened by Council’s proposal. “The Chamber’s constructive contribution, and that of the co-appellants, was crucial to this successful outcome,” said Mayor Cull.

Meanwhile, Otago Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, John Christie, said “The Chamber applauds the Council’s decision following the lengthy mediation process. The Chamber and co-appellant’s aim was to protect industry and employment for the city and region. The city has partnered with us to achieve these aims.”

Plan Change 7 – Harbourside

Contact Dave Cull, Mayor of Dunedin on 477 4000.

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#Occupy #OWS Good guy! US Marine Sgt Shamar Thomas

1 Marine vs. 30 Cops at Occupy Times Square

This is an amazing confrontation caught on camera at the Occupy Times Square protest recently in New York.

Angry at having seen his unarmed fellow citizens being abused by the police, US Marine Sgt Shamar Thomas gives the NYPD an ear full.

Sometimes the right person with the right words and motivation can make a difference. Watch this video and if you can appreciate the message and the passion with which it is conveyed, make sure his words are spread far and wide.

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Sgt Shamar Thomas
from Roosevelt (NY) is an activist in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thomas is a 24-year-old Marine Veteran (two tours in Iraq), he currently plays amateur football and is in college. He comes from a long line of people who sacrifice for their country: Mother, Army Veteran (Iraq), Step father, Army, active duty (Afghanistan), Grand father, Air Force veteran (Vietnam), Great Grand Father Navy veteran (World War II).

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