Good news for Cerebos Greggs and business development in Central Otago …….DCC stands divorced

Channel 39 Published on Nov 16, 2016
$20 million upgrade for historic Dunedin coffee factory
An historic Dunedin based coffee producer has received a multimillion-dollar overhaul. The Gregg’s coffee roasting facility has redeveloped its production line to meet growing demand for the caffeinated drink.

cerebos-greggs-building-plaque-16-11-16[screenshot ODTV]

### ODT Online Thu, 17 Nov 2016
Gregg’s spends $20m on Dunedin plant
By David Loughrey
Cerebos Gregg’s yesterday celebrated the completion of a $20 million investment in its Dunedin plant in Forth St. The investment over the past two and a-half years has paid for manufacturing upgrades including new production lines, a warehouse extension, improvements to environmental compliance, a new staff car park, staff facilities and an open plan main office. Australian-based chief executive Terry Svenson said the investment in the plant that supplied coffee throughout New Zealand meant production would continue on the site where coffee had been made since 1869. The factory produces coffee for brands including Gregg’s, Robert Harris, Orb, Civo and Bruno Rossi.
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### ODT Online Wed, 16 Nov 2016
$14.7m for space centre
By Jono Edwards
An Alexandra satellite research centre could be operational by the middle of next year. There was elation in Central Otago yesterday as Minister for Science and Innovation Steven Joyce announced a grant of up to $14.7million over four years for the Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST). Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan called the announcement a “game-changer” for Alexandra and Central Otago, and said the centre, which would boost Alexandra’s economy by an estimated $2.8million to $3.6million a year in its first three years, was “up next to the gold rush”.
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### ODT Online Thu, 17 Nov 2016
Innovation hub in Alex possible
By Jono Edwards
An Alexandra “innovation hub” hosting science entrepreneurs could be one of the spinoffs of a space-based research centre in the town. This week, Minister for Science and Innovation Steven Joyce announced a grant of up to $14.7million over four years for the Centre for Space Science Technology. Central Otago District Council economic development manager Warwick Hawker said that from the early days of the project, there had been discussions about creating an “innovation hub” in the town as an offshoot.
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The ODT editorial congratulates “Alexandra and its commitment to secure a scientific future for Central Otago”. —And YAY(!), it swats Dunedin City Council as it should be SLAMMED.

In turn then, praise to ODT – for speaking out against DCC’s pig ignorant lack of support for local and regional business development, thanks to Mayor Cull and his greenie Councillors.

### ODT Online Thu, 17 Nov 2016
Editorial: Contrasting councils
OPINION A significant amount of government money is being invested in creating the Centre for Space Science Technology which will be based in Alexandra. In total, the Government is spending up to $14.7 million over four years for the new institution with additional funding from industry. It will operate as a private, independently governed organisation. Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says the centre will undertake research to explore the use of space-based measurements and satellite imagery unique to New Zealand to meet the specific needs of regional industries. Mr Joyce says a standout aspect of the proposal was the centre also having research hubs in Dunedin, Canterbury and Taranaki, further encouraging research and development and innovation in regional New Zealand. […] Contrast the attitude of the nine members of the Dunedin City Council who quickly showed their so-called green credentials on the same day of the Alexandra announcement. Those nine councillors voted to call on the Government to place a moratorium on deep-sea oil and gas exploration and extraction. Only four members of the council understood the implications of the vote. The council is again proving itself to be not business friendly. Sadly, those 11 members do not understand the landscape on exploration has changed.
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BS / Lunacy extraordinaire or, “You backed Cull, Julian” :

### ODT Online Wed, 16 Nov 2016
Council green as grass on oil exploration issue
By David Loughrey
The latest version of the Dunedin City Council has been quick to show its green credentials. A majority of nine “yes” votes overwhelmed four “no” votes and an abstention when the council voted to call on the Government to place a moratorium on deep-sea oil and gas exploration and extraction. The vote was, in a way, an early test of the collective thinking of the new council after last month’s elections, in which there were allegations of a green “bloc” that voted together at meetings.
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Douglas Field Published on Nov 16, 2016
Green as grass
Dunedin City Council (again) voted to call on the government to place a moratorium on deep sea oil and gas exploration. “Green as Grass” the ODT says. Cabbage heads led by a ‘man o’ straw’ is what I say.

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10 responses to “Good news for Cerebos Greggs and business development in Central Otago …….DCC stands divorced

  1. Gurglars

    The piper must be paid.

    The greens political machine far outclasses that of the centre or of the right.

    During the electoral process the greens send out surveys (backed by the DCC) which effectively castrate any opponents of their mantra.

    Thus we get counts of no account elected who do not represent mainstream Dunedin views.

    However, what is mainstream Dunedin, 20,000 students, 1000 Uni and Tech staff and 1500 DCC and DCHL employees, perhaps that is the Main Stream.

    If the balance of the vote is split, we are stuck with a green council forever which decries business and customers and tries to ensure you buy a washing machine and take it home on a bicycle.

  2. nick

    How does the DCC stand with its Aurora company charging Central Otago orchardists prohibitive lines charges for seasonal irrigation pump connections? It’s been this way for years.
    Orchardists so close to renewable hydro energy from Roxburgh and Clyde dams are burning imported fossil fuels to power their pumps because it’s cheaper.
    It is absolutely absurd to see the big fuel delivery truck and trailer units filling up the orchard diesel tanks each month.
    Any comments from the Council’s ethical investments committee?

  3. PG

    Heard at council meeting….we are all going to be driving electric cars in 10 years time. They’ll be needing a safe, reliable, fit-for-purpose electricity network for that. Dots have not yet been joined. Worryingly.



  5. Pb

    How do we think ordinary New Zealanders feel about the greenies’ call to save the planet now. Kiwis affected by the quakes. They were devastated by the devastating. So arrogant are we. Save the planet. Ha. The planet is more than capable of looking after itself. Awesome. The planet in its earth ripping form is a god worth worshipping. Not the evil snivelling corrupted god of recycling wheelie bins. A perverted nasty slimy thing.

  6. Kleinefeldmaus

    Council Green as Grass
    While this inept council is hell bent on eliminating any investment in fossil fuel exploration it makes not a jot of difference to world exploration for it elsewhere nor indeed its consumption. For these little people it seems to be a matter of ‘principle’ – or some kind of ‘religion’.

    But here (read below) is what is happening in the Real World

    ### Watts Up with That (blog)
    Peak Oil Indefinitely Postponed
    By David Middleton 2 days ago November 16, 2016

    The U.S. Geological Survey has made its largest discovery of recoverable crude ever under parts of West Texas, the federal agency announced Tuesday.

    [Texas Tribune] “A recent assessment found the “Wolfcamp shale” geologic formation in the Midland area holds an estimated 20 billion barrels of accessible oil along with 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids. That’s three times higher than the amount of recoverable crude the agency found in the Bakken-Three Forks region in the upper midwest in 2013, making it “the largest estimated continuous oil accumulation that USGS has assessed in the United States to date,” according to a statement.

    “The fact that this is the largest assessment of continuous oil we have ever done just goes to show that, even in areas that have produced billions of barrels of oil, there is still the potential to find billions more,” said Walter Guidroz, program co-ordinator for the USGS Energy Resources Program.

    Guidroz attributed that potential to “changes in technology” — i.e., the advent and perfection of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. Such advances “can have significant effects on what resources are technically recoverable,” he said.” Cont/

    So fiddle away Dave Cull in you microcosm – the world passes you (and more’s the pity us) by.

  7. Kleinefeldmaus

    And while I am at it…..
    Well, that’s the thing – there’s no power source as effective as fossil fuels – not remotely. And if we hamstring ourselves by forsaking them out of some misplaced piety, we’re just simply handing off the economic advantage to countries that will… and they WILL. And we will be the losers.

    So fiddle away Dave – preferably somewhere else.

  8. Elizabeth


    Thu, 20 Apr 2017
    ODT: Gregg’s plant up for sale
    By Simon Hartley
    A shadow has been cast over more Dunedin food manufacturing jobs as the Cerebos Gregg’s food factory is put up for sale. While the sale is as a going concern, the factory’s more than 50 staff will have several months to wait to see who emerges as a buyer. This follows a recent $20 million refurbishment of the Cerebos Gregg’s Dunedin plant. Japanese corporate Suntory Group has put up for sale its combined food and instant coffee divisions across Australia and New Zealand. Suntory is retaining the fresh coffee divisions. Cont/

    Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dougal McGowan said confirmation of the sale process came as a “surprise”. “It is a sign of changes happening globally in the food production sector,” he said of corporates rationalising or restructuring subsidiaries in other countries.

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