DCC strategies needed like a hole in the head

Updated post Tue, 15 Jul 2015 at 2:40 p.m.

### ODT Online Tue, 14 Jul 2015
DCC launches energy plan and environment strategy
By Chris Morris
Two new strategic plans unveiled by the Dunedin City Council should work together. […] The environment strategy aimed to safeguard the environment by reducing the human impact on it, while preparing for the effects of climate change. The draft energy plan’s focus was on energy efficiency and economic development, seeking to boost the city’s energy security and ability to adapt to change, including climate change.
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Report – EDC – 13/07/2015 (PDF, 7.2 MB)
The Energy Plan – Consultation Draft

The following media release has been strongly edited for the avoidance of biliousness and nausea. How many NEW MILITARISTIC strategies does The Public need to hit the climate change / Agenda 21 councillor goofballs on the head once and for all ???!!! In order to return Dunedin City Council to prudent care of core business including, for the most part, infrastructure services and maintenance of ratepayer assets (excluding THE STADIUM, sell for scrap to Mr Hall) —NOT growing the tear-baby imaginations of the culturally, environmentally lost and bewildered. [MacTavish Cull Hawkins Peat et al]

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
DCC launches draft environment strategy

This item was published on 14 Jul 2015

Te Ao Tūroa – The Natural World, a draft environment strategy for Dunedin, was launched at Otakou Marae today […] over 11 thousand submissions were reviewed and analysed before the document was drafted.

[The council is] now seeking feedback on the draft strategy – whether [the council has] correctly identified the right themes, objectives and priorities – and [the council is] calling for ideas about the key goals and actions that should be adopted to drive its implementation. […] General Manager Services and Development Simon Pickford says the strategy is designed to focus not just locally, but also to fit into a wider context that takes account of a range of regional and national legislation, strategies and policies. “This is about sharpening our commitment to protecting our beautiful natural environment. Dunedin is one of the world’s great small cities and our natural environment is one of its greatest assets.”

█ Link to draft environment strategy: http://www.teaoturoa.co.nz

Contact Simon Pickford, General Manager Services and Development on 03 474 3707. DCC Link

God save us 14.7.15

A rough sample of recent DCC STRATEGIES, POLICIES and PLANS:
[imagine the staff hours in this lot]

Art in Public Places Policy (Approved: 27 October 2010)
Asset Disposal and Write-off (Approved: 16 March 2015)
Biodiversity Strategy for Dunedin City (Approved: 20 August 2007)
Climate Change Predictions Policy (Approved: 06 September 2011)
Code of Subdivision and Development (Approved: 05 July 2010)
Dangerous, Insanitary and Earthquake-Prone Buildings Policy (Approved: 01 November 2011)
Development Contributions Policy (Approved: 24 June 2014)
Dunedin City Integrated Transport Strategy 2013 (Approved: ……)
Dunedin Digital Strategy 2010-2013 (Approved: 27 September 2010)
Dunedin Festivals and Events Strategy 2009-19 (Approved: 17 August 2009)
Dunedin Provisional Local Alcohol Policy [June 2015]
Dunedin Visitor Strategy (Approved: 18 August 2008)
Economic Development Strategy (Approved: 17 September 2012)
Financial Strategy (Approved: 25 June 2012)
Fraud Prevention Policy (Approved: 01 December 2014)
Gambling and TAB Venue Policy (Approved: 19 August 2013)
Grants Policy (Approved: December 2014)
Heritage Strategy (Approved: 01 October 2007)
Industry Project Fund Policy (Approved: 18 August 2008)
Internal Audit Policy (Approved: 16 March 2015)
LGOIMA Charging Policy (Approved: 30 November 2009)
Local Governance Statement (Approved: 01 March 2011)
Long Term Plan 2015/16 – 2024/25 (Approved: 29 June 2015)
New Reticulated Utility Services (Water, Wastewater or Stormwater) Policy (Approved: 22 February 2010)
Parking Strategy 2008-2018 (Approved: 14 July 2008)
Peak Oil and the Economy – Background Report (published 01 July 2010)
Peak Oil Vulnerability – Assessment for Dunedin (published 01 August 2010)

Potential Areas of Change Report (Approved: 01 August 2011)
This report summarises the research undertaken for selecting potential areas to encourage more housing and housing choice to be developed through enabling residential intensification and/or redevelopment using design criteria that will provide for good amenity outcomes for residents and neighbours. The report identifies the 14 areas recommended for consultation and potential rezoning.

Protected Disclosure/Whistleblower Policy (Approved: 26 May 2015)
Residential Capacity Study 2009 (published 01 January 2010)
Residential Research Report (published 01 October 2011)
Responsible Camping Policy (Approved: 23 September 2013)

Significance and Engagement Policy (Approved: 01 December 2014)
The Significance and Engagement Policy provides a framework for determining the significance of decisions; and when and how the community can expect to be involved in the Council’s decision-making.

Social Housing Strategy (Approved: 22 February 2010)
Social Wellbeing Strategy 2013-2023 (Approved: ……)

Spatial Plan for Dunedin
The Spatial Plan provides the Council with the building blocks it needs to ensure that, over the next 30-40 years, the city develops in the direction in which you have told us you want it to develop, about where things will be located, their design and their overall effect, and to future-proof the city against the inevitable challenges it will face, such as climate change and peak oil.

Spatial Planning and Centres: Retail in centres and improved social, cultural, and economic performance (published 01 July 2011)
Spatial Strategy for Retailing in Dunedin (Approved: 01 December 2010)
Special Character Areas Report (published 01 October 2011)

Strategic Framework (Approved: ?? 2015)
The DCC’s work is guided by a vision of Dunedin becoming ‘one of the world’s great small cities.’ To deliver on this vision, there are eight key strategies that, with some other things, make up its ‘strategic framework’. Including:
3 Waters Strategic Direction Statement 2010-2060 (Approved: ……)
Spatial Plan (Approved: 17 September 2012)
Economic Development Strategy (Approved: 17 September 2012)
Social Wellbeing Strategy 2013-2023 (Approved: ……)
30-year Integrated Transport Strategy 2013 (Approved: ……).

Treasury Risk Management Policy (Approved: 15 December 2014)

Received from Calvin Oaten at another thread.
Submitted on 2015/07/14 at 2:50 pm

Dunedin has no need to feel it is not progressive. Why, just yesterday the council announced two new ‘strategic plans’. This comes hard on the heels of a continuous screed of ‘strategies’. In recent times there has been the ‘Spatial Plan’ (whatever that is), the ‘Ten, Ten, Ten Plan’, which is aimed at increasing the population by ten percent, increase the job market by ten thousand and the average income by $10,000 pa. Then of course there are the Annual Long Term Plans.

Now we are to have this new draft environment strategy plan to secure the city’s environmental future. Plus the interrelated draft energy plan. These twin initiatives were interrelated because Cr Hawkins says so. Exactly how is yet to be seen in the detail. Cr MacTavish said the “most exciting” part of the plan was a new energy leader’s accord, under which the council would work with major energy users to share energy ideas and other initiatives. “That’s where the magic is going to happen,” she said. Cr Neville Peat said addressing energy issues was “the future of the world”, but “minimal progress” had been made until now. “This will lead us toward a low carbon footprint,” he said. Mayor Dave Cull told the committee meeting the energy plan aimed to tackle issues that were “fundamental” to the city’s economic and social future. “We need to be under no apprehensions — this is hugely important.” Now there’s some ‘learnings’ for Cr Benson-Pope to grapple with. It’s become the norm nowadays to expect this type of ‘silliness’ emanating from council. At what cost one can only wonder. More ‘green ideologies’ running rampant within our Town Hall.

Why, just on the same page of the ODT above these strategic announcements we see “NZ slated for inaction on emissions”, an article in which it cites the comment that “if NZ doesn’t pull up its socks on the global warming issue it would likely exceed 3degC or 4degC — making a world in which oceans would acidify, coral reefs dissolve, sea levels rise rapidly, and more than 40% of species become extinct.”

It is this “silliness” that will be the undoing of Dunedin as it increasingly becomes more and more irrelevant in this world. Energy is the ‘staff of life’ as far as modern society goes, whilst this city’s penchant for divorcing itself from the reality of this fact can only force that irrelevancy. Why history is totally ignored by this current ‘fad’ of ‘carbon’ hatred which is so prevalent is difficult to understand. ‘Horror to Betsy’, the atmosphere is reaching the point where CO2 content is 380-400 ppm. It’s been there before and much much higher and we have still survived. That means that 999,600 ppm is other stuff, mainly water vapour. It is water vapour plus solar cycles that have the greatest influence on Earth’s climate and consequent temperatures, CO2 is in the margin of error. Still, we are beset by this mania and I guess it will have to run its course until the IPCC and these ‘green’ acolytes finally accept the fact that they can no longer ignore history, the empirical facts, accept that they are wrong and there is no warming, sea level rise, and admit that the whole issue is a manmade concoction of ‘computer models’ not meeting the outcomes predicted. Until then Dunedin, like much of the rest of the gullible will tax itself to death and continue to bring forth the type of policies it does. Pity they couldn’t tax the ‘hot air’ within instead of CO2, then the problem would disappear from the political landscape overnight.

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47 responses to “DCC strategies needed like a hole in the head

  1. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz July 14, 2015 – 5:50pm
    Public opinion sought on ways to make the city more energy efficient
    Residents are being asked to voice their opinions on how the city can become more energy efficient. It’s part of a wider push to make sure local communities are able to cope with change. And that also includes efforts to protect the environment.

  2. Peter

    Wow. That is a pretty exhaustive list. I am sure there are good intentions behind them by those involved.
    But. How does one keep up with their progress and is there any monitoring of these strategies? Is it left to the general public to monitor those areas they have special interest in? Do they scrap strategies that don’t work or are they left to quietly die?
    l know this may sound cynical but bureacracies and policy buffs love this stuff but are not really up to ongoing support and monitoring as before long something new and exciting appears for a new ‘strategic plan’.
    It would be interesting to know how many councillors know of all these SPs.

  3. Elizabeth

    Quite a few more documents in alphabetical order – search *strategy* at the DCC website.

    • Peter

      Oh. Also given the ‘quantum’…. groovy word used at DCC…. you would expect, without delving, contradictions between some strategies, would you not?
      For example, I know the council does not want urban sprawl, but what’s the latest in Mosgiel?
      This is one pre pensioner who won’t end up there!

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    After considerable thought about the challenge for us to all come up with ways the city can become more energy efficient, I have come up with some ideas. The first one is re-deploying all staff currently engaged in dreaming up strategies and wooffly initiatives into a Clean City task force, greenly using barrows and brooms and hands in high-grade protective gloves to pick up trash from the streets (support expected from Cr Benson-Pope) and clear leaves and debris over gratings ahead of rainfall. This would improve the environment (support expected from Cr Hawkins). Getting them out of offices and DCC vehicles would save electricity and fossil fuels (support expected from Cr MacTavish). The physical work would, like cycle riding, promote fitness and put Dunedin on the map as Healthful City, leading the rest of the world by example (support expected from Mayor Cull who will then be obliged to go junketing abroad to share the Vision).

  5. Gurglars

    Hype, Planners, Managers, Task force leaders, Team leaders do not work.

    They strategise.

    They pay consultants to work. They pay Fulton Hogan to clean the mud traps, recyclers to pick up recyclables (leaving rubbish behind), DMVL to run the stadium at a huge annual loss etc etc.

    The council used to have a small work force in a city of 120,000 people undertaking all and many more of these tasks.

    Now they employ three times as many people and numerous consultants to strategise how to do the tasks.

    But they never get done.

    We all know people that promise a lot on a daily basis, but never deliver.

    There are lots of them at the DCC.

    Apart of course high priorities like Traffic lights and Cycle lanes.

  6. Calvin Oaten

    Elizabeth, that list is even worse than I could have envisioned. It demonstrates how the culture of local government has evolved since Dr Basset overdosed on reconstruction back in the late 1980s. The resultant chaos he let loose has resulted in the burgeoning bureaucracy taking control. Our society is now in the control of the ‘zombies’, a species that is totally conditioned to developing strategies and devices under the aegis of social planning and economic development for society, in a subtle creep.

    This is an outcome of the academic institutions so-called business management and marketing programmes. It has over the last decades churned out reams of people fully schooled in the propaganda, but with next to no life skills, which can only come from experience. We see it everywhere, and nowhere more than in local government. There has been an ongoing dissembling of working departments which were built over decades, specialising in designing, installing, supervising and maintaining all the vital services of a viable city. Dunedin in the past had an engineering branch headed by the City Engineer. It had a City Electrical Engineer who oversaw the production, supply and maintenance of the city’s main energy supply, electricity. All this intellect and infrastructure was sacrificed by the ‘zombies’. Those of us over the age of forty would be well aware of the depredations of that arch ‘zombie’ CEO Harland who almost single handedly ruptured the whole infrastructure of the city.

    Aided and abetted by central government, specifically Max Bradford’s fatal promise of cheaper energy to the people by destroying the people’s national electricity supply. What little Dunedin salvaged out of that is the Waipori Fund, the paltry proceeds of a rushed forced sale of the generation complex owned by our citizens.

    What we have now is a bureaucracy of planners, paper shufflers, dreamers and little napoleans, all festooned in florescent vests and silly hats any time they venture out into the real world. They are all given titles such as ‘team leader’, project manager, senior manager or department head. There is a multitude of disciplines, design, research, analysts, dreamers and wannabes.

    These are the sources of the plethora of ‘strategic plans’, economic development programmes, and esoteric somethings like ‘Gigatown’, Urban design and development, cycleways, stadiums, conference centres, social sustainability programmes and God only knows what. In all of this the eyes are completely off the ball when it comes to the nuts and bolts of running the business of the city.

    Hence we have ‘Citifleet’ fraud, outrageous cost overuns on projects such as the stadium, and other vanity projects. We can see evidence of this all around us, burgeoning of debt, cost increases in rates, depreciation of services, lack of foresight, loss of control of the city’s welfare, as it has been passed to the private for profit consultancy and contractor industries. We see the result in almost all aspects, like the St Clair Seawall, the recent south Dunedin flooding and general rundown appearance of the city. Our elected council is but a shadow of former days, peopled by glove puppets simply accepting and rubber stamping almost any and every thing put in front of them. Only this week we saw the graphic examples of two ‘strategic plans’ tabled. One was the ‘draft environment strategy’ aimed to safeguard the environment plus the interrelated ‘draft energy plan’ to focus on energy efficiency and economic development, boost the city’s energy security and ability to adapt to change, including ‘climate change’. “This is all hugely important,” says our ‘Sultan of Silly’, Dave Cull. No questioning, like, “haven’t we seen and heard this before?” No, just sit there and ‘yodel a bibfull of ‘learnings’ to all the other silly folk around the table. Mostly it seems we just hear mutterings of ‘rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb’ and acceptance.

    If one wanted to get a hint of where this has all evolved from, then you could do no better than to ‘Google’ the United Nations ‘Agenda 21’ and read it fully. It’s all there, the aims, objects and procedures to get there. There is a ‘cabal’ of its acolytes within council determined to have their way regardless of the fates of the citizens or their wishes. It is zealotry at its worst disguised as a religious wish to convert citizens to their way of thinking. Watch as it unfolds.

  7. Pb

    When the city is finally exposed as broke, and can’t pay to maintain its many progressive Quixotian windmills, I will break coal from the ground and burn it to keep my family warm.

  8. Elizabeth

    Good for you Pb. Coal, particularly bright coal, for domestic open fires is a totally great fuel… Woops, did I say that.

  9. Rob Hamlin

    {City Talk is no longer produced by Dunedin City Council. It has been replaced by FYI Dunedin, a monthly printed (delivered to every household in Dunedin) and online newsletter. You can read the latest edition (July 2015) here. -Eds}

    Have you seen the latest version of City Talk? It has a section on the City’s civil defence ‘organisation’. In it we are told that DCC Civil Defence’s role is not to help citizens, but to ‘allocate resources’. To what end these resources will be allocated is not specified, but one objective can be eliminated by the logic of their their previous statements ‘helping citizens’. Maybe in the absence of this customary civil defence imperative, they will allocate these resources to help themselves and their bosses.

    We are further told that DCC Civil Defence has absolutely no resources of its own to allocate – it will instead allocate those belonging to other people, one assumes that this will occur perhaps forcibly and maybe lethally for those who are unfortunate enough to possess the desired goodies.

    Now anybody who has dealt with civil emergencies will know that their very nature means that unusual items are required in unusually large quantities in unusually short timeframes. These items can be predicted by any half competent operative – large mobile electricity generators, fuel, bandages, antiseptics, drugs. medical hardware, tents, batteries, mattresses blankets, coats, boats and non reticulated clean water to name but a few obvious ones. By their nature these items are not available in any community at the levels at which they are suddenly required in a civil defence emergency.

    Water always preys on my mind. Anybody who has seen the terrible scenes that rapidly follow a water failure in a large commercial piggery will always be aware that the lead time for desperate, fighting demand for water is very short. I doubt if there are more than a couple of dedicated private water tankers in this town of 100,000 plus citizens – reticulated water is often the first to go in any civil defence emergency. The nature of modern plumbing means that houses have little beyond the toilet cistern to fall back on when the flow stops. If they are unwise enough to flush, they may not even have that. It is thus incumbent on DCC Civil Defence to have a means in place of quickly acquiring and distributing clean water, and all the other predictable items to hand locally in a secure and civil disaster proof location.

    Apparently they don’t have these things already, and therefore they will not be able to acquire them when they are desperately needed – people will die as a result. Sure DCC Civil Defence can tell them to go, pick their way across all the busted sewers and drink out of the Leith, but they won’t have the drugs to deal with the resulting dysentery, cholera and typhoid will they? – But I forget, the object of DCC Civil Defence isn’t to help the public, is it?

    To add a final ludicrous note to this City Talk article, DCC Civil Defence says that it will communicate with the stricken primarily via Twitter (God help us), Facebook and the DCC website. It earnestly asks people to pass messages on to neighbours etc who may not regularly check in on these sources of wisdom. Given that, after water, reticulated electricity and telecommunications devices are usually the first victims of any civil defence emergency, this policy is particularly asinine. Any civil defence organisation should have its own self-contained communication facility – this means powerful radio transmitter with a generator, and a well communicated request (requirement) to keep a battery radio in all houses with a nominated emergency frequency for just such an event.

    All in all this ‘City Talk’ gives me a pre-flood New Orleans feeling. People may remember that in that fair City those responsible for maintaining order and responding to the disaster simply vanished, leaving doctors to kill patients by lethal injection in darkened hospitals and people to be gang raped in darkened filth-strewn stadiums – for weeks. One can’t help but feel that in an equivalent situation similar disgusting scenes may be repeated here, in Dunedin, as those who were responsible for preparing an effective response to it allocate non-existent resources, to no particular purpose, in some safely buried, totally irrelevant but presumably safe and well-supplied bunker.

    • Elizabeth

      Social media, Twitter in particular, proved its worth during #eqnz many times over – it’s fast, efficient, and extremely light on phone network resources.

      All the notices published by What if? during the Canterbury quakes were derived instantaneously from Twitter. Huge audience, mostly from CHC area.

  10. Rob Hamlin

    I stand by my previous observation. Social media needs 240 volts AC to function and the numerous fragile infrastructure and personal devices that are necessary to support it will fail instantly or within hours of reliable 240 volts AC not being available. 240 volts AC into this town relies upon a few long lines of HT pylons that cover some very rugged, inaccessible and unstable country.

    Earthquakes in that kind of country create landslides that can take these lines out in a manner that is very hard to fix quickly – even if the necessary specialist heavy gear is available and not being used for something else such as opening roads and digging people out of rubble. Even if a restricted 240 volts AC ‘resource’ is available within the City, the private plug sockets necessary to recharge mobiles etc. will not be a priority destination – remember central Auckand?

    A USB car charger will greatly extend the useful.post 240 volts AC life of mobiles etc – if their owners also own cars. But I did not see any recommendations to acquire one of these adapters with the message that social media would be the only channel of communication. That’s the kind of thing that CD should be thinking about.

    • Elizabeth

      Unpreparedness is always about how much risk you live with comfortably, or in ignorance – at a personal level anyway. Civil defence emergencies if declared are effectively a handover to police state / army for, yes, mobilisation of resources.
      Humans are eternally resourceful, that carries some guarantees of unplanned unknown kind.

      Broadly. Social media for mass communication, of course, is very wise where it can operate. Well proven in disasters, globally, locally. If major networks are down, then that’s that. Most local fire stations and nominated radio stations can serve with siren systems or broadcast by back-up generators etc.

      If some networks are operating then those of us wise enough to have cheap wind-up torch/phone chargers in our emergency packs will be tweeting the necessary facts and reading emergency announcements in the time it takes to get bearings, rescue, safety to the fore – windows of opportunity.

      Get familiar with Twitter in any case. Now.

  11. Rob Hamlin

    My father once told me that if a bureaucrat said that they would do something to help me to not take them very seriously, but if they said that the wouldn’t lift a finger to take them very seriously indeed. They didn’t lift a finger in New Orleans and we have been told by a variety of official channels that they won’t lift a finger here in similar circumstances – unless they throw you out of your ‘unsafe’ home in your underpants to make way for a future development (ahem, economic) opportunity. They seem to move like lightning under those circumstances.

    My education at a public school in the Cold War UK included compulsory enrolment for four years in the OTC (Officer Training Corps) in which we were very carefully trained in what would happen in such circumstances, and how to respond to it. Presumably we were prepared in order to act in later life as a cadre of trained people if the need arose. Similarly the country was covered in vast depots of all sorts of things. Some may remember the thousands of ‘Green Goddess’ fire engines that magically appeared out of these depots in the hands of the army during the national fire service strike. That training and what my father, also a senior civil servant, told me, plus New Orleans and Christchurch suggests to me that these Civil Defence peoples’ communications, while superficially ridiculous, should be taken deadly seriously.

    The emergency services are calibrated to deal with ongoing minor/local event volumes. In the complete absence of any additional major disaster infrastructure, if a major disaster happens, then they will be both compromised and swamped. The emergency services may or may not listen to DCC Civil Defence, who may or may not be worth listening to in any case. You will be on your own – quite possibly for weeks not days. Plan accordingly. Remember in the general NZ scheme of things, Christchurch’s were SMALL earthquakes.

    Yes, twitter away by all means – Shriek if you want to and it helps you feel better. But do remember that mobile phones cannot be eaten, drunk, worn, slept in, driven in, ridden on or used to treat trauma injuries – Antibiotics? Don’t be bloody silly. Of course they are a priority, but the first few helicopters in will probably deliver nothing more useful than politicians and reporters. In such circumstances even minor injuries can eventually kill if effective first aid cannot be administered to them in a timely manner. This does however make for good TV, especially when the mothers cry. Food? Take a look at the size of any of the supermarkets’ store rooms compared to its retail service area. Sure, Foodstuffs have a big warehouse in South Dunedin. But will it still be in one piece after the event/two days after the event?

    If you haven’t already got that civil defence stuff (a month is prudent, forget the drivel about three days), then you haven’t a prayer of acquiring it after the event, however badly you and those around you may need it.

    • Elizabeth

      I was brought up by a very practically-minded runholder / lowland farmer father, who was also a senior fire officer (fire and accident) and who worked voluntarily within the local community in support and governance roles – who used to drive appliances, tankers and much heavy machinery. Many “learnings” later. I have faith that local communities help each other magnificently in adversity, and will keep doing so – helping the weakest and most vulnerable as first priority. Dunedin as a city, however, has severally wide scale issues of vulnerability and passivity.

      Meanwhile…. tweeting doesn’t shriek it sends short messages, photos and videos…. for full effect, especially when used by authorities and emergency services – it is ACE at the start of an emergency or natural disaster, and during the days, weeks, months that follow as infrastructure is restored, if it can be. We all know, due to planning sessions and the recent flood, that South Dunedin being densely populated is one of the biggest headaches for evacuation, as is keeping people from the hill suburbs out of South Dunedin if they think they can motor in to save their relatives…. thereby putting more pressure on rescue teams and emergency services. The campus area ain’t so hot either. All those students….

      [Is there a disaster coming? Maybe, Inevitably or Not.] [Alpine Fault.]

      Yes, save yourselves is how it goes (after you’ve helped others preferably, if you’re able to) – me, I would eventually head on back to the rural areas if for any reason Dunedin collapsed and rotted – easier to survive anything from a rural base due to naturally engrained mentality for self-sufficiency. [new word, if Benson-Pope will allow: Jinter’s ‘Resilience’]
      As for medication etc, stocks are part of the central government prerogative. Would you trust Gerry Brownlee ?

      Everyone could spin out on trying to plan for emergencies, ignorance CAN BE BLISS. Life is short in any case, I no longer panic…. no point, have nearly met the maker three times at the extreme end, so what. The world can do without a few more living cells, including mine. I’ll tweet as I go from under the rubble of my 1930s URM apartment building………….. [the end]

      Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM)

      At the national level, the Ministry provides policy advice to government, supports CDEM planning and operations, ensures there is coordination at local, regional and national levels, and manages the central government response for large scale civil defence emergencies that are beyond the capacity of local authorities.

      The Ministry’s work – the four “R’s”
      The Ministry leads the way in making New Zealand and its communities resilient to hazards and disasters. The overarching strategy is through a risk management approach to the four “Rs” of:

      This approach starts with recognising the hazards we face and the vulnerability of our communities and infrastructure to those hazards. By addressing what these hazards could do to us, the focus can move to measures for reducing the risks and for managing the impacts when they occur.

      The Ministry aims to put the right tools, knowledge and skills in the hands of those who will be responsible for designing and implementing solutions at the local level. It does this by working closely with local government, utilities and the emergency services involved in civil defence emergency management.

      Our Vision
      Resilient New Zealand – Communities understanding and managing their hazards.

      █ Read more about MCDEM at http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/about/about-the-ministry/

      National Crisis Management Centre

  12. Elizabeth

    Rob Hamlin has referred to the following article from the July 2015 issue of FYI Dunedin:

    Civil Defence – Emergency Report
    In an emergency and disaster the DCC’s Civil Defence Emergency Management’s (CDEM) role is to provide an environment where the response services and agencies can operate in a co-ordinated way. CDEM has a responsibility to plan and provide facilities to co-ordinate a response behind the scenes rather than being the front line response. CDEM makes sure resources are used efficiently and are prioritised rather than providing the resources themselves. We activate our Emergency Operations Centre to do this and to have a centralised joint decision making hub. If special powers are needed and response agencies cannot meet the demands in an event then a declaration is made under the Civil Defence Emergency Act 2002.

    See also:
    Mayor’s Desk
    The flood waters of last month have receded. But lessons and challenges remain as residents and businesses count the cost and dislocation wrought by the torrential downpour.

    █ Read the latest newsletter and back issues of FYI Dunedin at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/fyi-dunedin

  13. Hype O'Thermia

    Oh, so they do the Managing, do they? Because the DCC is so good at Managing… management of South Dunedin cycleways, impassable streets and traffic islands plonked where they can cause maximum inconvenience are proof of that.

    Can’t help thinking the trained emergency services and assorted volunteers would Manage better without the DCC’s Civil Defence Emergency Management creating a layer of Oojahbird feathers between problems and solutions.

  14. Rob Hamlin

    Ah well – At least I’m all right Jack

  15. Calvin Oaten

    Forget about relying on Civil Defence. It’s a non-existing charade of bureaucrat speak. Just get on and fix the “Effin” drains. Oh, I forgot, there’s NO MONEY!!! This will just die away as a talking point until the next event. If the drains were fixed, then there might not be one that’s noticed.

  16. Elizabeth


    Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
    New Zealand Edition 2009

    Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities has been designed to help people who have physical, visual, auditory or cognitive disabilities to prepare for natural disasters and their consequences.

    Information and guidelines have been sourced from a variety of sites and we have endeavoured to make this guideline appropriate to New Zealand and the many types of disaster we can face in our small island situation.

    This booklet is designed primarily for use by those with a disability but can also be useful for those who work with the disabled or elderly.

    If you have any questions regarding civil defence issues, you should contact your local Civil Defence office or http://www.civildefence.govt.nz

    █ Download: http://www.trc.govt.nz/assets/Publications/guidelines-procedures-and-publications/civil-defence-emergency-management-2/disaster-preparedness-book.pdf

  17. Elizabeth

    Supplied. ODT 20.7.15 (page 8)

    ODT 20.7.15 Letters to editor Johnston Smith p8

  18. Elizabeth

    I know what I think.

    Study looking at city’s energy use
    The Dunedin City Council is in the process of producing an energy plan for the city […] The Otago Chamber of Commerce had commissioned the study, with support from the DCC….

  19. Calvin Oaten

    That is another exercise in futility which will further test the sustainability of the DCC’s financial stability. It will, in conjunction with the University and supported in principle (but not financially) by the COC. Another ‘boondoggle’ going nowhere but carrying the fingerprints of Dave and Jinty all over it. God help Dunedin.

  20. Hype O'Thermia

    Lawks a-mighty, what the feathery farnarkles is does the DCC think is the point of spending time and money “in the process of producing an energy plan for the city”? Leave it to those who have a clue. The electricity generating and supply companies plan already. The petrol and diesel providers keep records of what’s being used and make forward plans accordingly. Junk food manufacturers and sellers have ensured that there is plenty of stored energy for most of the people who live here to walk, cycle and cut firewood without depleting their physical reserves.
    So what’s it all about, Alfie? Is it so the usual suspects can establish another money-wasting Team (community task force… whatev’s) to pedal around on or with the council bike toting pie charts and fridge magnet handouts and doing green finger wagging?

  21. Elizabeth

    More on study for “Energy Plan”…. does this look like someone who can work it all out ?

    ### dunedintv.co.nz July 27, 2015 – 6:54pm
    Nightly interview: Cle-Anne Gabriel
    The manner in which electricity is consumed throughout the city is currently being studied by the University of Otago. Cle-Anne Gabriel has been tasked with assessing the efficiency of Dunedin’s energy use.

  22. Elizabeth

    Yes explore alternative energy solutions – but let the commercial market do it. Not DCC.
    Leave the greenie monkeys from OilFree Otago out of this, ODT ~!! We can do without their unsubtle political agendas. Hex upon them.

    ### ODT Online Sun, 2 Aug 2015
    City to plug into car charging?
    By David Beck
    Dunedin residents may be able to plug in their cars and charge them just as easily as they would a mobile phone if a study being discussed by the Otago Chamber of Commerce and Dunedin City Council goes ahead. Chamber chief executive Dougal McGowan said the organisation was discussing with the council the viability of having charging stations for electric cars in Dunedin.
    Read more

  23. Calvin Oaten

    Cle-Anne Gabriel is tasked with assessing the efficiency of Dunedin’s energy use. Good luck with that. If that is what the University of Otago is spending its resources on then its no wonder the roll is diminishing. Otago Chamber of Commerce is descending into the realms of irrelevancy as well, when it discusses with council the viability of charging stations for electric cars in Dunedin. Just exactly has ‘Mother Goose’ got to do with even thinking of this sort of activity? Another make jobs exercise by the ‘greenie’ element alongside city ‘sustainability’, anti ‘fossil fuels’ etc. For goodness sake, get off the people’s backs and let them breathe. Business enterprise will put in charging stations in a flash if it can see an economic opportunity, not because some hare brained handy man has built him/her self an electric vehicle. That has been done 90 years or more ago. It wasn’t viable then and it certainly isn’t now. Technology will get there eventually, but no amount of forcing by ‘nutters’ or local bodies will hasten that. Cle-Anne should Just go away and study the history of energy development and trends and have cups of coffee with Jinty MacTavish. That will produce enough energy wise kilojoules to submit a ‘doctorate’ thesis on.

    • Elizabeth

      More from ‘dulled’ academia….

      New reduction target met with pretty hefty criticism.

      ### ODT Online Mon, 27 Jul 2015
      Magazine | Changing Lanes
      Clearing the air
      By Debbie Hopkins
      OPINION Transport offers avenues for cutting our carbon consumption. Over the past week or so, it is likely that you will have seen reports of New Zealand’s recently announced 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target. […] following a period of public consultation, which amassed more than 17,000 written submissions, the New Zealand Government announced a new emission reduction target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. […] So, what does this mean for transport?
      Read more

      • Debbie Hopkins is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Otago Centre for Sustainability.

    • Elizabeth

      A little diversion on electricity use, Calvin.

      muttonbirdsandbeyond Uploaded on Apr 20, 2008
      The Mutton Birds – The Heater
      Music: “The Heater” by The Mutton Birds (Google Play • iTunes)

      For drivers who drive (no electrics).

      KneesTease Uploaded on Mar 24, 2007
      Headless Chickens – Cruise Control
      Music video for “Cruise Control” by New Zealand Band Headless Chickens.

      Thought for attendants at 24-hour downtown petrol stations.

      Flying Nun Records Uploaded on Nov 14, 2011
      Headless Chickens – Gaskrankinstation (Music Video)
      Directed by Grant Fell. 1990.
      From the Gaskrankinstation/Crash Hot 7″ (1990) + Body Blow (1993)
      Headless Chickens – Chicken Hits: http://bit.ly/v8WtTR
      Music: “Gaskrankinstation” by Headless Chickens (Google Play • iTunes)

  24. Elizabeth

    Let’s have an ENERGY PLAN. Let’s pay $1MILLION to Otago Cricket for lights. Let’s overcharge Otago power users (Aurora Energy pays STADIUM DEBT). Let’s SHRINK council assistance to residential energy bills.

    [read: how DCC f**** us over]

    ### dunedintv.co.nz Tuesday, August 4, 2015
    DCC makes cuts to financial aid for energy bills
    The city council’s cutting its financial assistance for residential energy bills, despite strong demand.

  25. Elizabeth

    FYI Dunedin – Your DCC News

    Latest Issue #31 – August 2015 [screenshot]
    FYI Dunedin 31 (August 2015) strategies partnerships

    █ Back copies at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/fyi-dunedin

  26. Hype O'Thermia

    There’s something weird about Cull’s photo. The fringe is higher, revealing more forehead. But then, the top of the hair also seems to be higher, implying either a substantial amount of back-combing and “product” or late-middle age increase in the cranium, in an upward direction.

  27. Calvin Oaten

    Hype, it’s called the ‘disheveled’ look. suits him actually, ties in with his thinking.

    • Calvin
      I have to agree. If you read his ‘message’ above, it reveals a degree of ‘muddlement’ consistent with his sartorial skill. Neither a good look for a mayor.

  28. Calvin Oaten

    Unlike Jinty, I’m not up with the Maori language, but isn’t it Ngai Tahu? Kai as I understand it relates to food. Perhaps it means let’s all get in and get our fill. Spokes have already done that. Me? I don’t have the ‘energy’ to keep up with the nonsense.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      It’s about regional differences in pronunciation. When the sounds were being written the local sound was “k” and the 2nd consonant in Otago was more “g” than “k”. Standardised spelling and pronunciation, esp following the sudden realisation in the 1970s of how rapid switch to the cities had weakened Maori language and culture, were due in large part to the urban, educated activists who had grown up without Te Reo but were familiar with “proper” spelling and pronunciation. It’s rather like the English had their “proper” way to speak which was the only style permitted on BBC radio and TV, and the printing press resulted in regional and personal idiosyncracies of spelling got ironed out, standardised.
      Pronunciation rules I learned as a child from the radio broadcasts of Kingi Ihaka are now “wrong” though they are the same as used by Tariana Turia who did not learn today’s language and knows the words and place names that were familiar to her since her childhood. She (and Sir Kingi Ihaka, were he still alive) are “wrong” just as regional accents were wrong in England for many years.

      • Gurglars

        Hype, I’ve got a question.
        Why would a culture , ‘all being an outstanding one’ without written language have a definitive difference between W and Wh or if you like K and Ng?

        In other words is not the sound critical and the spelling inconsequential? See Wanganui.

        Or the sound important as in Ngai Tahu or Kai Tahu?

        Who could argue against ANY spelling except a pedantic?

    • Mike

      Yes it’s a regional accent thing, like rolling your R’s – it’s “Ng” in the north island (and bits of Nelson), and “K” in the south. So Kāi Tahu in the south, Ngāi Tahu up north – people are used to Ngāi and relatively ignorant about Kāi so you see it a lot.

      kai and kāi are of course different words.

  29. Elizabeth

    Less than 0.1% of total energy was sourced from within the city’s boundaries.

    ### ODT Online Fri, 9 Oct 2015
    Dunedin heavily dependent on fossil fuel for energy
    Fossil fuels account for 66% of Dunedin’s energy use, a study concludes. Commissioned by the Otago Chamber of Commerce, the Dunedin Energy Baseline Study was jointly funded by the Dunedin City Council and the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability. […] Fossil fuels accounted for 66% of energy used, and 86% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.
    Read more

    Doh. Scott Willis is the energy committee chairman for Otago Chamber of Commerce. The greenies have infiltrated everywhere they think they need to be.

  30. @Elizabeth
    October 9, 2015 at 10:56 p.m.

    You observe:
    Doh. Scott Willis is the energy committee chairman for Otago Chamber of Commerce. The greenies have infiltrated everywhere they think they need to be.

    And then notice:

    Dunedin City Council services and development general manager Simon Pickford said the study complemented the council’s draft Energy Plan 1.0.
    ”We’re enthusiastic about the report”.

    Well he might be mightn’t he.

    But then observe:

    Less than 0.1% of total energy was sourced from within the city’s boundaries.

    My take is they have a rather long way to go. Seems like a bodily function in response to thunder to me.

    • Elizabeth

      Nicely put, Douglas. Even though a long way to go in convincing the main population to drop use of fossil fuel they won’t give up trying – or extorting local authorities (sitting ducks) to spend ratepayer funds on nebulous green reports and strategies. ‘Greenies’ are so ‘sustainable’ in the way they rob ratepayers blind.

      Feel I can say this by virtue of not having a large carbon footprint.

      • @Elizabeth
        October 10, 2015 at 7:53 pm
        You say:
        …”or extorting local authorities (sitting ducks) to spend ratepayer funds on nebulous green reports and strategies. ‘Greenies’ are so ‘sustainable’ in the way they rob ratepayers blind.”

        Yes – and local authorities have little or no business in the energy sector – especially for the DCC which was shorn of its responsibility to provide electricity some time ago.

        But our green tinged councillors are so far behind the play when you read that George Osborne (UK Chancellor of the Exchequer) said in a speech to the Conservative Party conference on (last) Monday, “A Commission, set up in law, free from party arguments, which works out, calmly and dispassionately, what the country needs to build for its future, and holds any Government’s feet to the fire if it fails to deliver … Like how we are going to make sure Britain has the energy supplies it needs …”

        With the National Infrastructure Commission answerable only to the Treasury, that leaves Department of Energy and Climate Change as a shell department responsible for climate change policy, dealing with the UK’s enormous and incredibly costly nuclear legacy … and little else.

        So you see, it has been cut off at the knees. And this is a National Government – not a piffling local body. My take – they are wakening up – operative words ‘it needs’.

        And then you say:
        ‘Feel I can say this by virtue of not having a large carbon footprint.’

        …..and are you really worried about your so called carbon footprint?

        • Elizabeth

          Douglas, I pride myself on being a very low user of energy for daily living. I don’t have 10 cars, 10 horses or 10 bicycles – or 10 bathrooms. I have a small sunny apartment that I don’t have to heat due to suns rays. Etc. Etc.

  31. I take that as a ‘no’!

  32. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz Wed, 14 Oct 2015
    Nightly interview: Dr Cle-Anne Gabriel
    A study into the city’s energy use has been completed at the University of Otago. It was commissioned by the Otago Chamber of Commerce and carried out by Dr Cle-Anne Gabriel, of the Centre for Sustainability.
    Ch39 Link

    39 Dunedin Television Published on Oct 13, 2015
    Nightly interview: Dr Cle-Anne Gabriel

  33. Gurglars

    The centre of Sustainability: Pseudonyms include:

    Government control including Local government control over all YOUR activities.

    No Private ownership of housing

    Confiscation of Private property

    Higher taxation including local government taxes such as parking meters,
    indirect taxation including toll roads,

    Centre for the abolition of vehicles particularly self drive vehicles, your shopping trip will be arranged by a computer and picked up by your driverless car – you’ll be at home

    and all the other activities proposed by Agenda 21 in 1993 and now in absolute action by stealth lead in this part of the world by Dave Cull and Jinty MacTavish.

    and just for a smallie, one of their ambitions is no golf courses, so if you play golf, forget it go and get a bike

    Perhaps that is why the DCC fails continuously to promote as a Dunedin tourism “gem” its world class golf course that it owns, Chisholm Links rated by many as one of the best in New Zealand.

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