Daily Archives: October 28, 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

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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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.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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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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