DCC: Mick Reece’s replacement

Updated post Wed, 8 Jul 2015 at 10:52 p.m.

Richard Saunders, detail [odt.co.nz] 1bw### ODT Online Wed, 8 Jul 2015
Well served with recreation facilities
By David Loughrey
[…] Richard Saunders (35), from Auckland, returned last year to Dunedin, where he completed a masters degree in geography in 2004 at the University of Otago. He moved south to work at the Dunedin City Council, and last week became the council’s group manager of parks, recreation and aquatics. Read more


How to make a city VERY ANGRY.

“What we need to do is put all those back on the table,” he said, and consider their cost effectiveness, how long they may last, and “then we can make a decent decision on it”. –Richard Saunders

### ODT Online Wed, 8 Jul 2015
No plans to replace beach sand
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council has no immediate plans to replace sand lost from dunes at city beaches. Instead, it will monitor the situation, continue to seek advice, and again consider long-term options for the area. […] Mr Saunders said consultants would provide advice, and the council would be asked to make decisions on that advice.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Image: odt.co.nz – Richard Saunders (detail), tweaked by whatifdunedin


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15 responses to “DCC: Mick Reece’s replacement

  1. Lyndon Weggery

    Elizabeth – so pleased that you posted this ODT report on Richard Saunders because this is the same person who on p.5 of today’s ODT has calmly announced that there are no plans by DCC to replace the beach sand lost at Ocean Beach sand dunes. I find this very disturbing because as you know Council are sitting on the very expensive Opus Report which at its minimum strongly recommend measures be taken to protect the sand dunes and the St Clair seawall as part of recommended adaptation risk management policy. His comments about looking at “medium- to long-term solutions” seems to totally ignore the work that has already gone into this Report and the balanced recommendations that have been made which the Council seems loath to implement. He also seems to have no knowledge of the Fitzharris Report (2010) which amongst its recommendations (6:6) strongly recommended (five years ago) that measures be taken to protect this coastline as a high priority.
    I am passing this information onto you because I have tried two times to make a comment against this report in the ODT blog site but twice have been deleted or is that censored? When you add this to the mess Council are making in addressing the consequences of the recent South Dunedin floods it does not give me any confidence in their ability to address these issues whether one believes in climate change or not.

    {Link added. Post at top of thread updated. -Eds}

    • JimmyJones

      Lyndon: as well as being expensive and unnecessary, the Opus report has some extremely stupid ideas. The most stupid idea is the option 2 – which was an $8 million off-shore breakwater designed to calm the waves. The DCC has rejected this option and decided to gradually upgrade the badly designed seawall and maintain the sand dunes etc as needed. The decision to not repair the sand dunes and walking track goes against their policy (interim management plan).

      For the DCC, and probably all city/county/regional councils, a consultant’s report is always a promotional tool procured by staff to justify a particular course of action. The goal is to persuade councillors and the public. The skill of the consultants is in providing the required justification while giving the appearance of having properly considered the alternatives. Some DCC councillors don’t know this.

      Do not be deceived into thinking that a consultant’s report is a thing of value; they represent a snapshot of what staff wanted at the time. Believing a report like the Opus report would be like watching an old Coca Cola TV ad and then believing that Coke is the “real thing”. The Fitzharris (Global Warming) report is a bunch of crap also. His suggestion that the Coastal dune systems be strengthened is based on a highly exaggerated sea-level rise forecast. See what I wrote at the ODT: http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/347625/funding-win-residents#comment-73296

  2. Calvin Oaten

    The thing is Lyndon, “there is no money”, and you can rest assured Richard Saunders will have been made fully aware of this at the time of his appointment. He will have been told that P&G’s have just had a fortune spent on new glasshouses at the Botanic Gardens and to go away and play in them. What does he expect, Dave Cull and councillors to start cutting down on trips to China, Edinburgh, Otaru, or things like curtailing cycleway developments in favour of pesky old sand replacement on a beach that forever takes it away today only to bring it back tomorrow. Dave of course always looks at the morrow as being the day when all things bright and beautiful will happen and the debt will be halved. Ask him youself if you don’t believe me. You’ll probably be told that your concerns are just a ‘red herring’, his favourite fish.

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    Red herring, served with a copious dribble of jus du plicity. Yum yum!

  4. Lyndon Weggery

    Thankyou for your insightful comments Calvin. It still worries me that the LTP provides for $850,000 over the next 10 years as part of their asset management but Richard Saunder’s comments give the impression that DCC intend to spend the bare minimum they can get away with. Will Mother Nature be so kind?

  5. Peter

    It is eight years since the 2007 storm. Still the council has no plan for this part of the coast that threatens the low level suburbs.
    Are they, again, in denial like the city debt and budget blowout just signed off? Do they think the problem will go away? Unlikely given their concern for climate change.
    We have heard some general talk about abandoning some coastal suburbs with managed retreat. Not sure how serious they are about this.

  6. Gurglars

    I’ll be happy if thay abandon my coastal suburb, just so long as they delete the rates bill. Currently, they don’t provide rubbish pickup, although they do allow me to provide recycling basics for their business, they do not provide water and they provide a bicycle track for other ratepayers but residents who are all too old for a bike. They have also cut out the bus service, but the ORC still charge.

  7. Gurglars

    Mr Saunders hopefully will take this on board and shelve the expensive games foisted under climate change policies at the DCC.

    Click to access 545bb51d0cf2f1dbcbcb007e.pdf

  8. Elizabeth

    Love this, Speed.

    Comment at ODT Online:

    I have a plan
    Submitted by speedfreak43 on Thu, 09/07/2015 – 2:26pm.

    Since there is no money to fix it because it was all tipped in the rugby basket, how about all the rugby boys start shovelling sand instead of attending training/gym?

  9. dollars and sense

    Did anyone see the job advertised? If it wasn’t advertised how did he get the job?
    Me thinks this is another story to file in the corrption folder.

  10. Pb

    “The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in our control and not the other way around.”

    If the ocean really wants the sand there is nothing we can do to stop it.

    • Mike

      Surely the Godzilla quote you want is the earlier: “History shows again and again how nature points up the folly of man”.

      From here:

  11. Elizabeth

    An erosion specialist would tour Dunedin’s beaches today to reassess what the city’s best options were. –Ruth Stokes, DCC

    ### ODT Online Fri, 10 Jul 2015
    Time to solve erosion issue: resident
    By Craig Borley
    Permanently fix the erosion of St Clair’s sand dunes or give up on most of South Dunedin – there are no other options, [St Clair resident Bill Brown] believes. Heavy seas in the past month have washed out several metres of sand dunes.
    Read more

  12. Elizabeth

    City to face ‘end game’ in the lowlands
    South Dunedin is a suburb under siege by Mother Nature – battered by ocean waves, floods, a rising water table and with the dark clouds of climate change predictions building on the horizon. Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull believes South Dunedin is at a crossroads and it is time to start considering the “end game”. ODT 13.6.15

    Douglas Field Published Sep 30, 2015 | Republished Aug 17, 2016
    managed retreat revised 10 7 15
    A recent flooding of part of South Dunedin induced the mayor of that city to leap ahead to suggest a ‘managed retreat’ of that area of about 10,000 people and restore the land to a swamp. The parody likens his approach to that of Napoleon’s 1812 retreat from Moscow.

    Related Post and Comments:
    18.10.13 DCC: Final vote tally + St Clair boat ramp

  13. Elizabeth

    Coastal erosion expert says DCC’s 2011 three-step plan still appropriate.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 11 Jul 2015
    ‘No immediate risk’ from coastal erosion
    By Craig Borley
    An expert who cast his eye over Dunedin’s coastal erosion hotspots yesterday believes the problem is under control. Tonkin and Taylor director and coastal engineer Richard Reinen-Hamill, who walked the beach from St Kilda surf club to St Clair, said erosion damage from last month’s storms was not ”anywhere near as significant” as that from storms in 2007. Following the 2007 storms the Dunedin City Council had commissioned a report into coastal erosion. That report, delivered in 2011, recommended three stages of action: a ”holding pattern”, followed by further barrier construction, followed by a managed retreat around the Kettle Park area.
    Read more

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