Monthly Archives: September 2012

Dunedin’s stadium ‘burden’

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Russell Garbutt
Submitted on 2012/09/24 at 10:45 am

I’m sure Elizabeth will put up the link to Burden’s piece on RNZ Morning Report.

It was unbelievable. It would also have been humorous if it wasn’t so appallingly stupid. This guy is either a nutter, or doesn’t have any idea of how debt, debt servicing etc actually is. Mind you, Geoff Robinson should have been cringing at why his valid questions just got turned into corporate gobbledygook going forward. Burden is a fool based on this interview.

### radionz.co.nz Monday 24 September 2012
Morning Report with Geoff Robinson & Simon Mercep
http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport

08:41 New Dunedin stadium ceo not fazed by challenges ahead
Dunedin Venues Management, which runs the city’s Forsyth Barr stadium, welcomes a new chief executive today. (3′58″)
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Dunedin Prison

Events Notice:

New Zealand Historic Places Trust
Otago Branch Committee AGM

TONIGHT
Thursday 20 September 2012, Dunedin Railway Station café
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Guest speaker: Stephen Macknight (structural engineer)
EQ-prone Buildings – The Way Forward

### ODT Online Thu, 20 Sep 2012
Spend a little time inside, for a fee
By Hamish McNeilly
From next month the doors to the 116-year-old Dunedin Prison will be opened to those wanting a tour of the historic property. The Dunedin Charitable Trust bought the prison for $20,000 in June, after Ngai Tahu deferred its Treaty right to buy the surplus property. Trustee Sarah Girvan said while dates were not yet finalised, small group tours to see the “bare bones prison” were likely to begin next month for a donation of $10 per person. Donations would go towards the prison’s conservation plan – expected to begin in November – and which would “identify our next step in terms of redevelopment”.
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DScene: Serious crowd safety issues at Forsyth Barr Stadium

Following the All Blacks v South Africa rugby test on Saturday, Mike Houlahan, editor and writer for D Scene, highlights crowd safety issues at the Stadium.

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### D Scene 19 Sep 2012 (page 6)
D Scene Editorial: Act now to avoid stadium injuries
By Mike Houlahan
Forsyth Barr Stadium management got lucky on Saturday night after people were left bruised by a human logjam under the Mitre 10 Mega Stand at halftime in Saturday’s All Blacks v South Africa rugby test.[…]If there had been a crush, medical staff would have had severe problems getting to injured people. It also raises the question of how easily patrons could have evacuated the stand in a genuine emergency.
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### D Scene 19 Sep 2012 (pages 3-4)
Stadium looks at rugby test crowd problems
By Mike Houlahan
Forsyth Barr Stadium management have vowed improvements will be made after long queues and a potentially dangerous halftime crush under the Mitre 10 Mega stand spoiled the first All Blacks rugby test at the new venue for some patrons. Thousands formed a mass scrum at halftime trying to get to bars, food outlets and toilets under the Mitre 10 Mega stand. Unlike at the other end of the ground which has permanent toilets underneath, patrons must shuffle the whole length of the narrow passage. For many, getting to the toilets and back took 20 to 30 minutes. Similar-sized crowds were in the stadium for the Rugby World Cup matches last year, but on those occasions RWC volunteers directed traffic.

Stadium chief executive David Davies said all issues with the game would be discussed at a debrief, including whether the addition of extra seating for the test had caused problems.

“If we had further stewards would that have made it easy? I’m not sure, it’s another set of bodies. But what we will do is look at the design for similar loading again.” Davies suspected a combination of factors led to Saturday’s problems. “We have had full Zoo attendances [the designated Scarfie zone] at other matches but didn’t have the same issues,” Davies said. “I think there were a couple of influences on Saturday that had we had the benefit of experience we would have done differently. Unfortunately, all over the stadium there were jams on the concourses resulting from people remaining in their seats to watch the presentation of the Olympians which we fully understood and supported. What that did was condense halftime down from 15 minutes to about eight, because people remained to pay their respects. Then people who wanted a drink and a comfort break all left at the same time rather than it being spread out.”

Davies said the stadium had come a long way since the Elton John concert and the Rugby World Cup, and was being better managed.

“We have taken on board constructive criticism we have received. We won’t be resting on our laurels, but Saturday was relatively quiet. Police were telling us they had 11 incidents with the public and the vast majority of the crowd were well behaved.” #bookmark #bookmark

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Anonymous
Submitted on 2012/09/19 at 7:23 am

The ForBarr stadium design is a catastrophe waiting to happen. The exits from the stands cause an immediate crush at the food outlets as people queueing cross those heading for the toilets. This happens in all of the stands. Ironically, the East stand (which has toilets but lacks food outlets) is the best.

This isn’t noticeable in normal use as the stadium is never full and does not have a boisterous or violent crowd. The design can cope with up to 15K crowds, but more than that is dubious. In an emergency, the best way to avoid the crush would be to get onto the pitch and wait for the groundsman to throw you out.

I posted concerns during construction several times, in particular, the fall hazard from the North Stand where at the ends, there is an unprotected fall of 15m.

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DCC ‘vision’ (spatial plan chess)

Read: Mayor and Councillors “trumped” by the contrivances of staff bureaucrats and their greedy developer friends. They call it public consultation. Or open chequebook.

Mayor Dave Cull described the plan as presenting the vision for the future city and the district plan as setting out the rules for development.

### ODT Online Tue, 18 Sep 2012
Spatial plan passes
By Debbie Porteous
A long-term vision for the development of Dunedin was adopted by the Dunedin City Council yesterday with a warning from councillors to developers. The Dunedin Towards 2050 – A Spatial Plan document provides the council with direction on managing future growth and development in Dunedin by specifying the nature and location of development in the city in years to come. It has no regulatory force, but carries some weight in resource consent and district plan change decisions and will guide the current review of the district plan, which is not expected to be operative until 2015.
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Cr Colin Weatherall is on the SERIOUS button, he knows there’s trouble ahead:

“During discussion on the plan Cr Colin Weatherall, the chairman of the council’s hearings committee, issued a note of caution about using the plan as a justification in resource consent applications, because the district plan still takes legal precedence.”

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Stadium: ideas for real photos

Images: ©2012 Elizabeth Kerr

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Dunedin City Council meeting (17 Sept)

A meeting of the Dunedin City Council will be held on Monday, 17 September 2012, in the Council Chamber, Municipal Chambers, at 2.00 PM

Agenda – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 65.0 KB)

Report – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 17.0 MB)
Adoption of Dunedin Towards 2050 A Spatial Plan for Dunedin

Report – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 4.2 MB)
Dunedin’s Economic Development Strategy

Report – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 7.6 MB)
Tourism Dunedin Annual Report 2012

Report – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 113.3 KB)
South Island Strategic Alliance (SISA)

Report – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 195.2 KB)
Otago Wilding Trust

Report – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 48.4 KB)
150th Anniversary of Dunedin Becoming a City

Report – Council – 17/09/2012 (PDF, 214.8 KB)
Modifications to the Committee Structure and Delegations Manual

### ODT Online Thu, 13 Sep 2012
Mayor stays tight-lipped
By Chris Morris
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull is tight-lipped over two items to be considered in private at next week’s Dunedin City Council meeting. The public agenda for Monday’s meeting, released yesterday, listed a “standing orders issue” to be discussed with the public and media excluded. A standing orders issue usually related to a councillor alleged to have broken the council’s code of conduct rules. The second item to be discussed in non-public was listed as a “legal matter”.
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