Daily Archives: March 4, 2012

The Press: fresh doubt on economic viability of stadium

The city’s flash stadium and soaring debt highlight growing unease at local authority borrowing.

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 10:14 04/03/2012
A new house of pain for Dunedin
City’s spending in the spotlight
By Lois Cairns – The Press
Dunedin city’s finances are in the spotlight as the collapse of the Otago rugby union throws fresh doubt on the economic viability of its swanky stadium – which ratepayers will spend the next 40 years paying for. Dunedin’s overall debt has increased 1700 per cent to $586 million since 2000 and frustrated ratepayers say the debt carried by the council is too high for a city of Dunedin’s size and that unchecked spending, in particular on the controversial stadium, has saddled them with an unfair financial burden. The Dunedin City Council has ordered an independent review of the final cost of the Forsyth Barr Stadium in response to a report which raised serious questions over the amount it spent on the venue. Forensic accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers are now combing through all the contracts and bills for the stadium to determine exactly how much money has been spent above the $198m budget. Russell Garbutt, the former chairman of Sport Otago, has been an outspoken critic of the council’s decision to fund the stadium, and said it was clear from day one the venture would be a financial disaster.
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University Lodge

The University of Otago Vice-Chancellor’s residence is University Lodge at 50 St Leonards Drive, Dunedin. The house is recognised as a Category II Historic Place (see links to The List below). Designed by architects McDowell Smith; the original construction dates to 1930.

Image: Bensill. 18 August 2009.

Don’t ask Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne for colour advice, not for heritage buildings.

Recently, the main wall colour has been changed to a grey (battleship or lighter). The window sills are cream, and a dark slate colour has been selected for the window joinery. The jury’s out… one educated source says the new paint scheme “clashes violently” with the terracotta roof tiles.

Why wasn’t a section of paint on the building scraped back to reveal the original colours? Why was there no research? Why wasn’t professional advice heeded? It may only be paint but the VC should be leading by example, and that means promoting best practice in heritage conservation and care (responsible stewardship).

http://www.heritage.org.nz/the-list/details?id=2223 [Lodge] http://www.heritage.org.nz/the-list/details?id=2224 [Glasshouse]

Read more about University Lodge in a book written by Ian Church (Friends of the Hocken Collections): Haven at St Leonards: Story of University Lodge, Its Background and Occupants (2011). ISBN: 9780473186814.
52 pages. Illustrated.

A light google search for ‘University Lodge’ brought up the following company information:

MCMILLAN NOMINEES LIMITED
Company number: 464348
Incorporation Date: 07 Mar 1990
Company Status: Registered
Entity type: Limited Liability Company

Directors:
John Burman ADAMS (since 15 Jul 2004) – 9 Pioneer Crescent, Dunedin
Andrew John ANDERSON (since 16 Jul 2008) – 55 Cannington Road, Dunedin
David Charles CULL (since 03 Dec 2010) – Portobello, Rd 2, Dunedin
Vada Harlene HAYNE (since 23 Aug 2011) – University Lodge, St Leonards, Dunedin

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Tartan Mafia

Last year, the Otago Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 150th anniversary. The Chamber has commissioned a book to remind the province, and the rest of New Zealand, how important Otago has been to commerce in the country.

Tales of the Tartan Mafia: Celebrating 150 Years of Commerce in Otago, written by Clive Copeman, will be launched officially on Tuesday.

Chamber president Peter McIntyre said Otago had a rich history of business, with companies that had started in Dunedin going on to gain a national presence.

Chamber chief executive John Christie believed the book showed how strongly the chamber had advocated on behalf of its members and how its members had advocated on behalf of regional businesses.

### ODT Online Sat, 3 Mar 2012
In business of backing business
By Dene Mackenzie – Business Editor
One of the long-standing traditions in New Zealand business is using the term “Tartan Mafia” to denote any business person from Otago. As part of the Otago Chamber of Commerce celebrations of 150 years of commerce in Otago, president Peter McIntyre and chief executive John Christie urge all Otago residents to lend their support to a new wave of entrepreneurship in the region.

• The chamber remained frustrated the wishes of the majority were often overridden by the minority, [Mr McIntyre] said. When more than 80% of the population favoured a measure, it should not be stopped by a small minority. The minority should be listened to but not be able to stop the wishes of the majority.

• Over the years, the chamber has often had a testy relationship with the Dunedin City Council but Mr McIntyre was full of praise for the work being carried out by new chief executive Paul Orders.

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University of Otago staff forum: earthquake prone buildings on campus

### ODT Online Sun, 4 Mar 2012
University to hear quake-test update
By Matthew Haggart
University of Otago staff will learn next week how the institution’s historic buildings, including the landmark clock tower and registry buildings, are likely to fare in the event of a major earthquake. A private forum – off-limits to students, the general public and media – will be held in the College of Education auditorium at noon on Tuesday to update staff on the earthquake evaluation assessments of the university’s buildings. Hosted by Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne, the forum will include an explanation of several engineering reports commissioned to assess a “first group” of buildings.
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Earthquake evaluations (via ODT)
University of Otago Buildings which required secondary assessment:
– Registry and clock tower building, 364 Leith Walk
– Geology building (registry complex), 360 Leith Walk
– Staff Club building, 80 Union Pl West
– Lindo Ferguson Building (School of Medicine), 270 Great King St
– Scott Building (School of Medicine), 260 Great King St
– Cumberland College, 250 Castle St
– Arts Building, 95 Albany St
– St David 2 Building, 75 St David St

[For better or worse, is Norris the right man…]
• The forum is scheduled to open with a short talk by Prof Richard Norris, of the geology department, about earthquake hazard in Dunedin and the likelihood of such an event.

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