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Octagon taxi rank [dunedin.govt.nz] – orange overlay by whatifdunedin (drinking holes / hospitality)
Dunedin City Council – Media Release
New trial site for evening taxi rank
This item was published on 22 Aug 2016
A new location for the evening taxi rank in the Octagon will be trialled for three months. From tomorrow, the evening taxi rank will move from outside the Municipal Chambers and Civic Centre to the central lane of the Octagon, where tour bus parking has been provided. The rank will operate from 7pm to 7am, Monday to Sunday. During the day time, the taxi rank will operate from the current location outside the Municipal Chambers and Civic Centre. Dunedin City Council Acting Group Manager Transport Richard Saunders says the covered walkway will provide shelter for people waiting for taxis. There will also be a sign to show where the taxi stand is and the area is monitored by CCTV.
“This proposal has been discussed with taxi companies, local businesses and the Police, and there is a lot of support for the trial. The trial site has several advantages over the current site and we expect it to be popular with the public too.” –Saunders
DCC staff have talked with the mobile traders who use that space during the day and the trial will not affect their use of the area. Mr Saunders says at the end of the trial, staff will discuss the results with taxi companies, the Police and local businesses before deciding whether to make it a permanent move.
Contact Richard Saunders, Acting Group Manager Transport on 03 477 4000.
█ 22.8.16 ODT: Taxi rank trial in Octagon
Previously published comment (2.5.16):
C E N T R A L ● C I T Y ● V I O L E N C E
Mon, 2 May 2016
ODT: Stabbing: ‘What is this place coming to?’
The stabbing of a 21-year-old man in central Dunedin early yesterday has left the man who rushed to his aid questioning the state of his city. Detective Sergeant Chris Henderson said the victim was taken to Dunedin Hospital after being stabbed in the neck and back outside the The Bottle-O store on the corner of Princes St and Moray Pl about 3.30am.
DUNEDIN IS UP THERE (2015 statistics)
### newshub.co.nz Mon, 2 May 2016 at 4:45 p.m.
NZ’s most violent city spots revealed
By Lisa Owen
A Newshub investigation has revealed Auckland neighbourhoods dominate a leaderboard of the most violent city hot spots in the country. Statistics New Zealand has mapped 2015 police crime data, released to Newshub under the Official Information Act, to show the areas with the highest number of assaults, sexual assaults and robberies in public places. The crimes include anything from rape to being beaten up or being robbed of your cellphone at knife-point. Three of the five most violent city areas (precincts where there are more than 3000 residents) are in Auckland’s CBD. […] *By overlaying population data in the zones where crime has occurred, Statistics NZ has been able to work out the national average for incidents of public place violence. *Article uses 2015 statistics of victimisations by assault, sexual assault and robbery in public places.
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█ Dunedin = No. 7 on New Zealand’s top ten most violent city hot spots
The only South Island hotspot, the area running north from the Octagon.
█ For more, enter the term *octagon* in the search box at right.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr
Election Year. This post is offered in the public interest.
3 responses to “DCC acuity: ‘Let’s shift Octagon taxi ranks, Again —near dire drinking holes #whatswrongwiththispicture”
Police- time spent on trying to find drivers who have had three beers? Far too many man hours.
Time spent on solving violent crime- far too few man hours!
It’s about numbers. Quick easy tests for AMOUNT of alcohol – not for degree of impairment though.
Likewise test for presence of P in buildings, not for significance of that amount. Interesting that currency – notes – test positive for P too! Number = earner for decontamination company. Who did the testing………..?
Testing for presence of cannabis in people long after they used it, again no test for impairment, esp compared with weekend on the turps, lack of sleep (partying / baby teething / neighbours partying). Use P, is the implicit advice – it disappears from the system REAL fast!
Quick easy measuring device for solving violent crime – sorry Gurglars, haven’t got one so don’t hold your breath waiting for violent crimes to be addressed with the same eagerness.
Link received at 10:54 p.m.
The story also appeared at ODT 22.8.16 (page 5).