Monthly Archives: December 2011

DVML gets into bed with ORFU

UPDATED POST – What happens to The Highlanders?

A commercial relationship between DVML and ORFU has been in the wind for some time. See today’s comments at MAD Classics #26 – You’re a crook or a businessman?

### ODT Online Fri, 2 Dec 2011
ORFU to be run by DVML
By David Loughrey
The Otago Rugby Football Union will drop from a high of 36 staff in 2006 to a small core group next year, and move from Carisbrook to an office at Forsyth Barr Stadium, as its non-rugby responsibilities go to Dunedin Venues Management Ltd. In what ORFU chairman Wayne Graham said was a “massive change” for the union, ticketing, sponsorship and commercial activities would be all taken over by the Dunedin City Council-owned DVML.

• Mr Graham said yesterday from Auckland, where he was attending a New Zealand Rugby Union meeting, commercial responsibilities and marketing would go to DVML.

• [DVML chief executive David David Davies said] there had been discussions with the Highlanders, which were ongoing.

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### ODT Online Fri, 2 Dec 2011
NZRU look to sell Super Rugby licences
By Michael Brown
The NZRU are about to enter into a brave new world with plans to sell off the licences to four of the five Super Rugby franchises. The national body today issued a public invitation for expressions of interest to manage and operate the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes and Crusaders.

“For now we have agreed to allow the Highlanders to stand aside from the EOI process as they are already some way down the track with exploring other alternatives which are commercially sensitive,” NZRU chief executive Steve Tew said today.

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Urbanismplus report on Central City Framework

The Urbanismplus report on the Central City Framework is now online at [go to Documents]

A number of the concepts and proposals raised by the consultants in the Central City Framework have been included in the Draft Spatial Plan for public consultation through the submission process.

DCC Draft Spatial Plan Information
Deadline for public submissions: 13/1/2012

Other specific capital projects proposed in the Urbanismplus report are currently being investigated for cost and feasibility.

These will be put forward to Council in January 2012 for consideration towards inclusion in the draft Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) which will open for public consultation early in the new year.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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Spatial plan “rainbows” – Dunedin

Dunedin City Council critic Calvin Oaten says the city should turn all its attention to saving itself from bankruptcy rather than spending time, money and resources chasing “spatial plan” rainbows.

### ODT Online Thu, 1 Dec 2011
As they say, there are lies, damned lies and statistics
By Calvin Oaten
“A ‘special’ Dunedin is seen in new plan.” So said the headlines covering the presentation of the council’s draft “spatial plan” to about 100 people at a public forum at Forsyth Barr Stadium recently. So what is this plan? “Dunedin Towards 2050 – a Spatial Plan for Dunedin”, sets the strategic direction for Dunedin’s growth and development for the next 30-plus years.
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DCC Draft Spatial Plan Information
Deadline for public submissions: 13/1/2012

Calvin Oaten reminds us about the long forgotten “CHOICES For The Future. Towards 2021” plan devised by DCC, released in 2001, a 20-year outlook:

“Arguably, the most egregious aspect which has driven the plan off course is the fact that Mr Harland, mayor Peter Chin and the council went on a spending spree of unprecedented proportions, commencing in 2004, taking Dunedin’s net debt from $35 million in 2002 to $457.790 million in 2013.”

Mr Harland instigated all work on the draft spatial plan for Dunedin.

Play-shaping, plain and simple.
(refer to comment by ODT Online editor)

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