MORE DCC bull dust and poor investment #Sammy’s

Let’s have the Dunedin City Council compete directly with Private Business, again. This purchase underlines the fact that DCC is covert, lacking transparency and accountability.

Irresponsible unprogrammed spending. Where does it end.

Other people were interested in the property and had the funds. They have obviously been blindsided by the Council machine and Oakwood…. say no more.

The warehouse precinct (lower case) is a ‘success’ only in that buildings have been strengthened at a time when it was economically feasible to do so –a window. But the precinct reads and is experienced as a wasteland – no street life. Very few decently paying leases. Very early days.

Of course, no-one should rain on the parade. What parade.

Sammy’s is another sinkhole for Ratepayer funds ….such that the Stadium is Dead and continues to cost +$20million per annum. Wall Street Mall has no building Warrant of Fitness, and neither does the redeveloped Dunedin Town Hall complex. Does City Property even know how to run a pencil sharpener.

Does DCC know how to budget for core infrastructure upgrades and renewals. Nope. What’s that. The Auditor has already had a go at that (pipes); this was well before Aurora/Delta came on the public radar.

DCC is in complete disarray. And the majority of elected representatives are dreamers. It’s that bad.

Oh but we should be joyful, culturally upstanding. Led by the little Hawkins lad in shitty diapers, no doubt with Benson-Pope and Cull in behind. Christ all mighty. These types wouldn’t survive in the market place. OPM.

Lastly, this is the council who having assessed and promoted the warehouse precinct COMPLETELY FAILED TO LIST the centrepiece – the former His Majesty’s Theatre and Agricultural Hall – in the heritage schedule of the Dunedin City district plan – so bright and switched on were they. OPM.

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
Sammy’s purchase secures part of Dunedin’s heritage

The Dunedin City Council has secured a piece of Dunedin’s history and opened up future possibilities with the purchase of the Sammy’s building on Crawford Street.

This item was published on 03 Feb 2017

The sale is unconditional and the DCC will take possession of the building on 10 February.

Community and Culture Committee Chair Cr Aaron Hawkins says, “Sammy’s has played a huge role in Dunedin’s social and cultural history, so it’s exciting for our community to be able to start thinking about its future.

“Some of the best live shows I’ve ever seen were at Sammy’s, and it’s still one of the most beautiful venues in the country. It would’ve been an absolute travesty had it been sold and bowled, but now it’s safe for another generation of artists and audiences to enjoy.”

Cr Hawkins says the DCC usually supports private property owners to retain and redevelop heritage buildings, but in this case the building was significant enough to warrant DCC investment.

As development of the Warehouse Precinct progresses towards the overbridge and over to Bond Street, Sammy’s will be an anchor building for the area.

The DCC paid $128,000 for the building. It does not own the land, but Cr Hawkins says the DCC has established a great relationship with the owner of the site, Oakwood Properties, and has secured a rent holiday for the next two years while the future of the building is decided in consultation with the community.

An options paper will go to the Council before Easter, looking at what could be done with the building. The paper will look at ways to involve the arts and business communities in decisions about the building’s function, how it might look and how it fits with its surroundings. The development of the building is likely to be a partnership venture.

Team Leader Urban Design Crystal Filep says, “Local creativity and skills, supported by the DCC, have driven development in the Warehouse Precinct. It’s a model that’s working well for the city and we hope to take a similar approach here.”

Built in 1896, the building was called Her Majesty’s Theatre while Queen Victoria was monarch, then changed to His Majesty’s Theatre during King Edward VII’s reign. The adjoining Agricultural Hall was built in 1902.

Contact DCC on 03 477 4000.


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18.11.15 SAVE Sammy’s (former His Majesty’s Theatre & Agricultural Hall

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

This post is offered in the public interest.


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8 responses to “MORE DCC bull dust and poor investment #Sammy’s

  1. Elizabeth

    DCC plays the disreputable third party trick, with Oakwood’s help and no doubt the help of a certain developer with properties to the laneway mentioned – an associate of the last policy planner – heritage. Note the insidious lack of DCC independence and its flare for grubby collusion using Ratepayer funds outside of transparent Annual Plan processes.

    This is another sanctimonious episode for the preening of egos inside DCC and outside (featuring known interests who work assiduously to capture Ratepayer funds for, ultimately, their own private gain). Of course, it’s all dressed up to represent a tireless voluntary gift to progress the city! But these are simply limited interests indeed with dangerous private sway. None of their efforts benefit the widest range of Dunedin residents and ratepayers; they are but a greedy self-fulfilling microcosm of privilege, greed and undue influence on a weak rudderless highly indebted local body.

    Sat, 4 Feb 2017
    ODT: DCC steps in to save Sammy’s
    The Dunedin City Council has stepped in to save the former Sammy’s nightlife venue in a deal that will also boost the warehouse precinct’s redevelopment. It was confirmed yesterday the council had purchased the 121-year-old building for $128,000 and would take possession on February 10. The deal was finalised with help from a third party, who bought the building from former owner Sam Chin and sold it to the council. […] The purchase of Sammy’s will boost the next stage of the warehouse precinct’s redevelopment, possibly including plans for a Melbourne-style laneway running parallel with Bond St, between Police and Jetty Sts. Cont/

    Sammy’s saved (via ODT)
    • Dunedin City Council has confirmed unconditional deal to buy former Sammy’s venue.
    • Unconditional deal worth $128,000.
    • Council to take possession on February 10.
    • Report on options for future use of building to be ready in April.
    • Redevelopment in “partnership venture” with private interests likely.
    • Expected to remain as arts and culture facility.

  2. Elizabeth

    One question.

    Did they do over Sam Chin.

  3. Calvin Oaten

    Two questions.
    What’s in it for citizens generally? $127 grand of ‘diddly squat’. It’s sickening.

  4. Gurglars

    Sam Chin, businessman.
    DCC sacks him and then buys his building.
    He’s been done over, but no more than the rest of the citizens who will fund:
    Earthquake strengthening- millions- check
    Event management- DCC management incompetence continuing- check
    Control, of the majority of venues- check.

  5. Elizabeth

    Cr Aaron Hawkins, along with those staff who think Ratepayers should pay for the Council’s every PET PROJECT to benefit the few, including [audaciously, in the manner of rorters] their friends.

  6. Elizabeth

    ODT 9.3.17 (page 12)

  7. Calvin Oaten

    He really is on some sort of “High” isn’t he. Personally I feel it is to do with the inherent incompetence which he so assiduously displays. For him to make the sort of comment: “A reawakened appreciation of Dunedin’s built heritage, along with a partnership project between property owners, the council and developers in recent years has led to a ‘flurry’ of re-use and development in the Warehouse Precinct area.” Read any other way would say; “That was a great opportunity to get rid of a decrepit broke building without the owner/s taking too big a loss on the venture. It has no intrinsic heritage value, nor any prospects as a licensed establishment whatsoever, particularly with the DCC’s own avowed decision to clamp down on the drinking establishments outside a given area. This alone destines that building for the hammers. Still, it can’t be bad when the DCC has the developers’ backs. Can it?

  8. Elizabeth


    Dunedin City Council
    Community and Culture Committee
    13 June 2017

    [agenda item 13 – report]

    [minutes item 13]


    September 2017 – public engagement

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