Monthly Archives: December 2011

“High Performance Sport New Zealand Dunedin Centre of Excellence” – another gift to RUGBY GOBs

Where was this project proposed and tabled in the DCC Annual Plans for public submissions ? Is there a clear track on this… It’s not enough that the Mayor of Dunedin supports the facility’s emergence, or backs the ‘rugby’ thinking of his spendthrift councillors.

HPSNZ was created in August from a merger of Sparc and the New Zealand Academy of Sport, after the Government announced a review of New Zealand’s high-performance sport structure.

### ODT Online Tue, 20 Dec 2011
New centre to churn out champions
By Nigel Benson
A multimillion-dollar Dunedin sports excellence academy could be a factory for future world champions. The High Performance Sport New Zealand Dunedin Centre of Excellence was officially opened at Forsyth Barr Stadium yesterday. The $4.8 million building will be a hub for Otago athletes and house HPSNZ and its tenants – the Highlanders, Sports Medicine New Zealand and New Zealand Turf – which formerly occupied the old Logan Park art gallery building.
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Stadium + Cull love = University of Otago + OUSA party

In which Mayor Dave Cull invites further civic unrest on city streets, this time during the 2012 student orientation? Come to Dunedin, get off your face, we’ll provide the venue and the music – but come to think of it why don’t we supply the alcohol as well?! No wonder student fees are going up next year.
Parents, keep your kiddies north?

Association president Logan Edgar predicted a “colossal Orientadium” to welcome back new and returning students.

### ODT Online Sat, 17 Dec 2011
Shihad heads ‘O Week’ at stadium
By Matthew Haggart
Several University of Otago Orientation events, including a concert by rock band Shihad, will be held at Forsyth Barr Stadium next year. Shihad is the first major act to be announced to headline the Otago University Students Association’s traditional start-of-year activities, billed as “Orientadium MMXII”.
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While Orientation events in the past have been organised mainly by OUSA, next year’s event has more of a collaborative buy-in from academic, civic and venue management partners. Mr Edgar was joined by University of Otago chief operating officer John Patrick, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive David Davies at the stadium yesterday.

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Otago postal history

“It’s a record of the postal history of post offices in communities when the post office was the social-contact hub of the community. So it shows the changing lives of our communities.” – Sharon Dell, Hocken librarian

### ODT Online Fri, 16 Dec 2011
Postal history research gift
By Nigel Benson
A postal delivery which took more than 40 years was given a stamp of approval in Dunedin yesterday. More than [70] supporters and staff of the University of Otago’s Hocken Collections attended a function for veteran Dunedin journalist, historian and publisher George Griffiths. Mr Griffiths spent more than half a lifetime deciphering the post code of provincial Otago post offices and recently donated his 84 volumes of research and photographs to the Hocken.
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Dunedin: Nominations for heritage re-use awards close next week

Nominations and entries must be received by Tuesday 20 December 2011 at 5pm

* Oakwood Properties Earthquake Strengthening Award
http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/services/dunedin-heritage/earthquake-strengthening-award

* Barlow Justice/NZHPT Heritage Interiors Award
http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/services/dunedin-heritage/interiors-award

* Dunedin Heritage Re-use Award
http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/services/dunedin-heritage/dunedin-heritage-re-use-award

The nomination process is simple – nominate the person(s) you would like to see recognised for their work.

The awards evening will be held in March 2012.

For more information, contact Glen Hazelton
Policy Planner (Heritage), City Planning, Dunedin City Council

50 The Octagon, Dunedin; PO Box 5045, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058
Phone: 03 477 4000; Fax: 03 474 3451
Email: glen.hazelton@dcc.govt.nz; www.dunedin.govt.nz

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Emergency services: do you hub all the eggs, adding risk?

Fire Service Southern region manager Stu Rooney plans to talk to St John and other “sister agencies to find out whether doing something together is a far better use of public and/or private funds”.

### ODT Online Thu, 15 Dec 2011
Emergency services hub mooted for city
By Hamish McNeilly
The partial closure of Dunedin’s St John office – and questions about the state of the Dunedin Central Fire Station – has prompted a call to investigate creating an emergency services hub for the city. […] The Christchurch earthquake had not only raised issues surrounding the safety of some buildings, but also the possibility of emergency and social services working from a hub.
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Join the dots, for non code compliance…

### ODT Online Mon, 22 Mar 2010
Fire Service defers central station upgrade
By Debbie Porteous
Plans to refurbish the Dunedin Central Fire Station have been postponed after engineers found major conservation work and earthquake proofing are needed to bring it up to building code standards.
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Davies “in the middle of a conversation” – how to fudge DVML, DCC, ORFU and Highlanders

### ODT Online Wed, 14 Dec 2011
Mayor unhappy at ORFU release
By David Loughrey
A “premature” press release from the Otago Rugby Football Union is behind controversy and “conspiracy theories” about Dunedin Venues Management Ltd’s dalliance with the business of running rugby, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says. There was general agreement among councillors spoken to yesterday it would have been better if they had heard about the relationship between the two organisations before it appeared in the Otago Daily Times early this month.
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Related Posts:
2.12.11 DVML gets into bed with ORFU
13.10.11 MAD Classics #26 – You’re a crook or a businessman?

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Dougal Stevenson from stadium to slogan

{The slogan-free city has honest appeal. -Eds}

### radionz.co.nz 11 December 2011
Radio New Zealand National 101FM
Sunday Morning – www.radionz.co.nz/sunday
10:38 Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal has been pondering a fabulous, but modest, slogan for Dunedin. (5′32″)
Audio | Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3 | Embed

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