DCC: Jaunt to USA, explain

Dunedin at night [commons.wikimedia.org] 1Dunedin, March 2010. Benchill (Wikimedia Commons).

### ODT Online Fri, 3 Jan 2014
Streetlight ideas from US trip
By Debbie Porteous
Seeing the bright lights of some major American cities has given the man responsible for a street lighting revolution set for Dunedin some solid ideas. Dunedin city council roading maintenance engineer Peter Standring went to the United States last year to look at different technologies and visit cities that have started updating their street lighting.
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Puzzled. The news story says Peter Standring went to USA.
But lower down, it says (our emphasis):

“Los Angeles was in many ways the world leader in the procurement, installation and development of LED technology, and the group was “very lucky” to have had one and a-half hours of Mr Ebrahimian’s time, Mr Standring said.”

What group? A DCC group? (or a USA group he tagged along with?) What have we paid for? A 2013 trip for one person to Los Angeles, Durham, Racine, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco —or a trip for a group of staff and their wives?
Clarification, please.

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[via Upstart Incubator (@UpstartDunedin) who tweeted at 9:29 AM on Tue, Dec 31, 2013]

### mckinsey.com September 2013
How to make a city great
By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. That could mean great things for economic growth — if the cities handle their expansion wisely. Here’s how.

What makes a great city? It is a pressing question because by 2030, 5 billion people — 60 percent of the world’s population — will live in cities, compared with 3.6 billion today, turbocharging the world’s economic growth. Leaders in developing nations must cope with urbanisation on an unprecedented scale, while those in developed ones wrestle with aging infrastructures and stretched budgets. All are fighting to secure or maintain the competitiveness of their cities and the livelihoods of the people who live in them. And all are aware of the environmental legacy they will leave if they fail to find more sustainable, resource-efficient ways of managing these cities.

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The result is How to make a city great (PDF, 2.1MB), a new report arguing that leaders who make important strides in improving their cities do three things really well:

█ They achieve smart growth. Smart growth identifies and nurtures the very best opportunities for growth, plans ways to cope with its demands, integrates environmental thinking, and ensures that all citizens enjoy a city’s prosperity. Good city leaders also think about regional growth because as a metropolis expands, they will need the cooperation of surrounding municipalities and regional service providers. Integrating the environment into economic decision making is vital to smart growth: cities must invest in infrastructure that reduces emissions, waste production, and water use, as well as in building high-density communities.

█ They do more with less. Great cities secure all revenues due, explore investment partnerships, embrace technology, make organisational changes that eliminate overlapping roles, and manage expenses. Successful city leaders have also learned that, if designed and executed well, private–public partnerships can be an essential element of smart growth, delivering lower-cost, higher-quality infrastructure and services.

█ They win support for change. Change is not easy, and its momentum can even attract opposition. Successful city leaders build a high-performing team of civil servants, create a working environment where all employees are accountable for their actions, and take every opportunity to forge a stakeholder consensus with the local population and business community. They take steps to recruit and retain top talent, emphasise collaboration, and train civil servants in the use of technology.

Mayors are only too aware that their tenure will be limited. But if longer-term plans are articulated — and gain popular support because of short-term successes — leaders can start a virtuous cycle that sustains and encourages a great urban environment.
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McKinsey&Company The material on this page draws on the research and experience of McKinsey consultants and other sources. To learn more about their expertise, visit the Infrastructure Practice, Public Sector Practice, Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Image: commons.wikimedia.org – Central city view of Dunedin, New Zealand, at night from Signal Hill lookout. The dark horizontal band above the centre of the photo is the Town Belt. Some landmarks including First Church of Otago and the Dunedin Railway Station are visible near the centre. Photo by Benchill, 9 March 2010.

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6 responses to “DCC: Jaunt to USA, explain

  1. ### ODT Online Fri, 3 Jan 2014
    Editorial: Encouraging more high-fliers
    The pay figures of University of Otago and Southern District Health Board staff published by this newspaper last weekend provide good news for the city, particularly given the recent focus on job losses, restructuring and the resulting uncertainty. […] As some critics note and fear an increased push towards centralisation, our small to medium-sized businesses will be as pivotal to our growth and stability as our major players.
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    ODT 28.12.13 Big incomes helping Dunedin
    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/286725/big-pays-helping-dunedin

  2. Calvin Oaten

    “Big Incomes helping Dunedin.” Note that all the figures quoted are within the ‘tertiary or health industries’. As John Key’s first move on assuming office was to substantially reduce the upper tax rates, and these salary increases all come out of the public purse, what does that tell us? It proves once again that the relentless transfer of wealth from the masses to the elite five per cent is continuing unabated. The result is that there will be no protesting to re-address the situation coming from the ‘ivory towers’. Of course, this trend does nothing for the nations GDP. It is left to the farmers and producers of value added product to carry these folk on their backs. But hey! we can keep on borrowing to fund our growth can’t we? I always remember Peter Chin exulting on how building the Stadium was lifting the building growth of Dunedin. A ‘penny’ for his thoughts on that today. It’s the tax and rate payers and the ‘pokies’ players who carry the can. The ivory tower folk just tell the young people how it works.

    • That conversation, Calvin, attends many farmers’ kitchen tables and has done so for as long as we all remember, whatever government’s been in power. Most ‘townies’ of ‘considerable’ means live off the fatted calf… and the sheep and pigs’ backs any way they can so to buy another house or bach for capital gains while ignoring investment into export businesses including risking themselves to support startups.

  3. Anonymous

    John Key, his arrogant Ministers and their corporate Masters are well on track for embracing control of the masses through authoritarian control and capitalist greed. Where can you go to, listen to and read now that doesn’t have a multi-million dollar message to tell you how to think? The government even has the Police chasing their tails with the 104 message. They might as well bring back traffic cops – no-one’s fooled except those who now travel at 90 and are bound to create the very problems this ridiculousness was meant to dispel. I think Scott Adams caught it nicely with a Dilbert cartoon that the government is okay with you pursuing happiness but you’re not allowed to be happy. Where does this all fit in? Well there are so many rorts in play it is difficult to focus on which ones can be tackled so the little ones are left to grow in frequency and scale.

    At a local level we know the rich boys are scamming the public purse for millions of dollars. Therefore if this government is blindsiding any investigation and ignoring the corruption down the line, then those behind it are going after the tens or hundreds of millions. So pick your rort – thousands on a jaunt overseas or on a person who believes they smell a ghost’s perfume regularly (possibly a serious health issue) or one of the many other money-sucking departments in this council, wasting hundreds of millions on non-essential services that look suspiciously like invoice scams, or ignoring that many millions might be slipping out the back door of a certain multi-billion dollar project…

    So yeah, from top down I think they’re all in it for everything they can get and hoping nobody has time, resources and money to chase them down. Not that the media will. They’re too busy watching the council’s advertising budget being swung in front of their faces or replacing capable investigative journalists with kids who couldn’t find a dictionary unless Google told them where to look.

    I hope too that the time is coming for the corrupt but it will be the wider community who will ultimately suffer. Once the damage is done, they’ll run the usual campaign calling for the masses to suck it up and the usual media will be there to promote the untruths.

    Meanwhile another back office manager at the DCC gets the usual feel good treatment by the Oddity. Still, probably more useful than that other one hiding behind bushes checking if residents are feeding ducks.

  4. Received from Pete George
    Friday, January 03, 2014 9:09 AM

    Subject: ‘Living wage’
    This Kiwiblog post is relevant to Dunedin, you might be interested in it for What if?:

    A damning critique of the so called Living Wage

    I decided after the election to sit back and let the new council settle in and have a bit of a break. Until now. I’m considering what to do this year, and how.
    I want to explore how to get better transparency. informed debate and public input into what happens in Dunedin. I made some good contacts in the campaign and want to include and link as many ideas and options as possible. What you are doing with What if? is a useful part of it.

  5. Prof Bosselmann says: “To stop the process of exclusion, we can simply turn it around and include less privileged people (living here, abroad or in the future) in our daily decision-making.” Oh my, someone at last who is willing to talk about morality and ethics, to the faces of the pig-troughers, the exiles to Queenstown Lakes (and Omaha and Maui beaches), and the almighty corrupt amongst us. We know the names of those who wear all three badges, and a few more buckles besides to hold in their criminal profiteering from public view. A (well-laundered) suit coat hides the multitude of sins.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 4 Jan 2014
    Opinion
    Acting with social responsibility the essence of leadership
    By Prof Klaus Bosselmann
    …The world’s problems are systemic and neither Pope Francis nor Mr Obama are more powerful than the organisation they lead. From organisational sociology, we know that change can only occur if there are enough like-minded leaders within an organisation, whether religious, political, social or economic.
    …Over the years, we have built an economic model that excludes people in more ways than one. For example, people starve to death while food is thrown away to maintain commodity prices at a high level. The news of people who lose their jobs is given far less importance than the news of a drop in values of currency or shares.
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    Prof Klaus Bosselmann is director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland and Chairman of the World Commission on Environmental Law Ethics Specialist Group.

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