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### DScene 4-8-10

Hillside group ‘on tenterhooks’ (page 3)
By Mike Houlahan
Hillside engineering workshop workers and supporters have an anxious month ahead as KiwiRail prepares crucial documents for its half-million-dollar Auckland rail contract – paperwork that may hold the key to how much work might be made available to the Dunedin workshop.
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Mayoral candidate (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Former Dunedin city councillor Lee Vandervis is having another go at the Dunedin mayoralty. Vandervis who polled second after incumbent Peter Chin in the 2007 mayoral race, announced today he is standing for the mayoralty in this year’s October local body elections. He has also put himself up as a council candidate.
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Stadium will be on time: Farry (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry, under stern questioning at a meeting Monday, assured councillors the Forsyth Barr Stadium would be finished on time, on budget. Farry said rumours that the stadium was three months behind schedule were nonsense when the subject arose at the Dunedin City Council (DCC) finance and strategy meeting.

Dave Cull said the trust report was “manifestly at odds with reality” and he would vote against the committee accepting it.

Farry said the October critical path had now been superceded by Hawkins Construction Ltd’s critical path which would probably not go public to avoid nitpicking around deadlines not being met.

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New service in February (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedin gets its new $28.8m kerbside rubbish and recycling service next February, with another four months before rates for the collection kick in.
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Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 8)
Puzzling over drive
Letter to the editor by Bernard L Esquilant, Wakari
“…it is my contention that during the past six years this city has endured the decision-making of what must be the most inept civic administration in the city’s history.”
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Speight’s pride of the world (pages 12-13)
Dunedin’s best-known beer, Speights, has gone from near extinction to being New Zealand’s biggest-selling beer. Mike Houlahan reports.

Speight’s owner Lion Nathan employs about 40 people at Rattray St across all areas of the business, and is considering further investment in the city.

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Check out the photograph of Rattray St in 1911…
and the superb image work of Otago Polytechnic Art School photography lecturer Max Oettli

A century on (page 15)
New Hocken exhibition depicts Dunedin in 1910 and 2010
By Gavin Bertram
In 1910 there were a mere 440 students at the University of Otago; today there are almost 22,000. The gender split is in favour of women, whereas in 1910 they were a fraction of the student population. This is just one of the huge changes Dunedin has seen over the preceding century, a subject broached by the new 100 UP exhibition at the Hocken Gallery.
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D Scene: 2nd birthday, 100th issue

### D Scene 9-6-10 (page 1)
Rail rally
Hillside workers and supporters have vowed to press on with their against the odds campaign to convince their employers KiwiRail to keep a lucrative engineering contract in-house.
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Hillside workers rally (page 3)
By Mike Houlahan
About 200 Hillside workers and supporters braved wind and rain yesterday to vent their feelings over state-owned KiwiRails’s refusal to tender for its own contract to supply rail carriages for the Auckland service. Workers at the South Dunedin engineering works and their fellow workshop at Woburn in Wellington have slated their employer’s assessment that the firm can not and should not tender for the multi-million dollar contract – work which an economic assessment has said has said could be worth 1300 jobs and $250 million to GDP.
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Parking question (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale
More maneuvering of the city’s parking regime may be forced, after complaints by businesses in the Moray Pl arts quadrant. The area’s spokesman David McLeod, of the Quadrant Gallery, said he met with the Dunedin City Council Parking Working Party chairman Syd Brown recently to thrash out several requests from the business community. That included free Saturday parking for the Moray Pl arts and culture quadrant south of the Octagon.

“Why not do something to attract people back to this area – something to revitalise.”
-David McLeod

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South Dunedin (page 6)
Council planners on the South Dunedin revitalisation project have lots to work with, Dunedin City Council (DCC) city development manager Anna Johnson said. Almost 100 people had their say at a recent consultation event in the suburb and more than 55 had written submissions to the DCC’s South Dunedin strategy document.
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Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 9)
Your say: Letters to the editor #bookmark
Promises, promises…
By Peter Attwooll, Dunedin Central
We hear Amalgamated Builders Ltd and Lund Construction have missed out on a carpentry contract for the stadium (D Scene 2/6/10). They lose out to an Auckland company which gives a lower price.
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A scandal
By GR MacDonald, St Kilda
The revelation that Dunedin workers have lost out to an Auckland company over a Forsyth Bar Stadium carpentry contract is truly a scandal.
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D Scene – No new #DunedinSlogan

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We like Dunedin’s self-deprecatory humour. Not to be defeated, the new #DunedinSlogans campaign – why have just one – will be mounted by the united citizens of Dunedin. We will make the T-shirts! Shame on our father figures for piking out. See D Scene’s page 7: a cautionary tale that is almost certainly to be about what to do in an emergency, or when the Civic Centre floods and loses *power*. Was there something about a marketing and communications plan…

### D Scene 2-6-10
They’re building our stadium right here (page 1)
Dunedin building firms are dismayed after an Auckland company beat them to the punch for a stadium carpentry contract. See page 3.
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City workers promised jobs (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
An Auckland company has won the carpentry contract on the Forsyth Barr (Otago) Stadium, but is promising Dunedin workers jobs. In a decision last week, a joint carpentry tender put by local companies ABL (Amalgamated Builders Ltd) Lund Construction, was dumped in favour of Auckland company Wallace Construction.
The decision had made things difficult for the ABL-Lund joint venture. About 30 local workers would have been employed on the stadium carpentry teams.
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Rail contract battle not over says MP (page 3)
By Mike Houlahan
Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran says the battle to convince KiwiRail to build new carriages for Auckland’s rail system at its Hillside and Woburn workshops is not over.
Curran yesterday repeated her call for an independent assessment of the capacity at Hillside and Wellington’s Woburn workshop.
A rally in support of Hillside and its workers will be held next Tuesday. A march will start from the Dental School at 11.30am, and will be followed by speeches in the Octagon.
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Council dumps idea for new slogan (page 7)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedin embarked on a slogan-seeking exercise in January. So, where the bloody hell is it?
City marketing and communications agency manager Debra Simes declined to comment whether a slogan would remain as part of the new brand, but said her team was in the throes of finalising its marketing and communications plan.
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Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 8)
Your say: Letters to the editor
I can see clearly now by Lyndon Weggery, Dunedin
My thanks to Jimmy Jones (D Scene 26/5/10) for making it crystal clear that the latest so-called consultation exercise on South Dunedin Retail strategy is nothing more than a Parking Section smokescreen to do away with limited free-time parking in King Edward St.
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A building of memories (pages 9-10)
By Mike Houlahan
Dunedin Gasworks Museum has won a race against time to restore another building at the industrial heritage complex. The fitting shop at the Dunedin Gasworks has led a charmed liife. Now it is almost fully restored.
Dunedin City Council this week agreed to fund a $345,000 shortfall for restoration work on the Gasworks’ fitting shop.
The Dunedin Gasworks Museum is open every first and third Sunday of the month from midday until 4pm, and every Tuesday from midday until 4pm.
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Dunedin TV has plenty to celebrate (page 11)
By Wilma McCorkindale
DNTV2 made its first broadcast on July 31, 1962 – its half century anniversary is still two years away … Telvision New Zealand’s last Dunedin station manager, Russell Garbutt, said no matter which way one measures it, Dunedin was one of the most productive television regions in the country.
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Pumping Dunedin’s engineering capability

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### ODT Online Sat, 15 May 2010
Hillside’s $40m contract
By Simon Hartley
KiwiRail’s Hillside Engineering in Dunedin has won a $40 million contract to deliver 20 carriages for operator Tranz Scenic. KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn yesterday confirmed the contract, saying the details would be released on Monday at a formal launch at Hillside workshops.

A KiwiRail spokesman said yesterday the carriages, designed by KiwiRail Mechanical Design, were the first new carriages entirely designed and built in New Zealand for many years. Construction would be supported by “key New Zealand component specialists”.

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### ODT Online Sat, 15 May 2010
Political, business leaders push to promote Hillside workshops
By John Lewis
KiwiRail’s Hillside workshops may have won a $40 million contract to deliver carriages to Tranz Scenic, but it has not stopped Government, Dunedin City Council and Dunedin business representatives from moving ahead with plans to win at least some construction work on the $500 million tender for Auckland’s trains.

“I don’t think people understand what we can do here in New Zealand. So, we are doing a capability report to send to tenderers, to let them know exactly what we can do. There’s a huge amount of capability in Dunedin that is still untapped.”
-John Christie, Otago Chamber of Commerce

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### ODT Online Fri, 14 May 2010
Hope remains for some Hillside work
By Mark Price
Members of the group pushing for Hillside to build trains for Auckland will meet this morning to thrash out where it goes next.

The Dunedin City Council and KiwiRail should fund a “capability assessment” of Dunedin’s engineering sector, which could be provided to international companies tendering to build the 38 three-car, electric multiple units (EMUs) and 13 electric locomotives.
-John Christie, Otago Chamber of Commerce

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Related Posts:
13.5.10 KiwiRail decision ‘opens up’ opportunities
12.5.10 KiwiRail FAILS its engineering workshops bigtime
10.5.10 Building Auckland’s trains
7.5.10 ODT editorial mucking on about ‘commercial realism’
5.5.10 D Scene – train building, buses and forest products
1.5.10 Why we love Dunedin Engineering! Make it a WIN!

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KiwiRail decision ‘opens up’ opportunities

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### ODT Online Thu, 13 May 2010
Quinn dashes Hillside’s hopes
By Mark Price
Any lingering hopes KiwiRail’s Hillside workshops might get the chance to build trains for Auckland have been dashed. KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn met staff in Dunedin yesterday to break the news the workshop would not be bidding for the contract to build 38 three-car, electric multiple units (EMUs) and 13 electric locomotives as part of Auckland’s $500 million urban rail development. That decision had left rail workers “gutted”, according to Rail and Maritime Trade Union general secretary Wayne Butson.

KiwiRail was “actively” trying to find work for the workshops from “any source we can get” and was “keen to present Dunedin’s engineering capability to the wider world”.

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### ODT Online Thu, 13 May 2010
Opinion: On right track for trains
By Steven Joyce
Phil Goff’s emotional approach to KiwiRail does not change the facts – the Crown owns a struggling business and needs to make some tough calls, on behalf of the public, to turn KiwiRail around, writes Steven Joyce.

It is all very well for Phil Goff to make an emotional argument for Auckland’s new trains to be built at Dunedin’s Hillside workshop but this is precisely the kind of “do it at any cost” mindset that got us into the difficult position we now find ourselves in with regard to KiwiRail and the Government’s books more generally.
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KiwiRail FAILS its engineering workshops bigtime

### ODT Online Wed, 12 May 2010
KiwiRail won’t bid for Auckland rail work
By Mark Price
Any lingering hopes KiwiRail’s Hillside workshops might get the chance to build trains for Auckland have been dashed. KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn met staff in Dunedin yesterday to break the news the workshop would not be bidding for the contract believed to be worth around $375 million. Speaking to the Otago Daily Times afterwards, Mr Quinn said the decision was made because he believed the New Zealand workshops could not deliver in the required timeframe and at a price that would be competitive with overseas manufacturers.
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DScene – Geoff Thomson buys back former CPO

### DScene 12-5-10
Four star future (page 1)
The former central post office is set to become a luxury hotel, scuppering a proposal to redevelop the historic landmark as a central library. See page 3. #bookmark

Former PO to become hotel (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedin’s former Chief Post Office building will not become the city’s new library, and will instead be developed by Invercargill businessman Geoffrey Thomson into a luxury hotel. It is the second time Thomson, owner of the Distinction Hotel chain – with hotels in Te Anau, Queenstown and Rotorua – has owned the Dunedin building. In 2003 Thomson announced he had bought the property and had a $230 million revamp of it in mind.
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Quinn to visit Hillside Workshops (page 3)
By Mike Houlahan
KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn steps into the lion’s den today, visiting workers at its Hillside [Workshops] to explain the company’s position on tendering for the building of carriages and engines for Auckland’s rail system. […] “We believe there are good opportunities for any of the tenderers to be looking at Hillside and all the other suppliers to see if there is an opportunity to align themselves with New Zealand companies in order to fulfil the tender requirements.” –John Christie, Otago Chamber of Commerce

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Youth Zone: Final days to have your say (page 6)
The Dunedin City Council has had a huge response from young people to the Youth Zone(s) consultation, which has been underway for two months. The aim is to identify what the city currently offers young people for recreation and leisure, and what the gaps may be.
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Plan open to public now (page 7)
The public gets to see the Dunedin City Council’s plans for South Dunedin today. People like DCC principal urban designer Steve Miles and South Dunedin Business Association president Jane Orbell are presenting a public display and information day as part of consultation on the new South Dunedin Retail Centre Strategy document. Consultation ends May 28.
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Party scene with Pete Hodgson (page 8)
NZ transport is off the rails
Transport Minister Steven Joyce made a public pronouncement recently that New Zealand does not have the capacity to build Auckland’s new electric trains. He is wrong.
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Biz: Crunching the numbers (pages 14-15)
Robot love: Robotic applications key
Two nondescript sheds off Portsmouth Drive are home to a world-leading engineering firm. Mike Houlahan profiles Realcold. Very few firms worldwide have the capacity to build and install a state-of-the-art meat and food chain from scratch. In fact, long-established Dunedin firm Realcold Milmech think they may be the only ones.
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