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DScene: Dunedin needs “decisive leadership”

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### DScene 28 Nov 2012
Editorial
DCC needs to shape up (page 7)
By Mike Houlahan
Land transactions under investigation, illegal road building, a debt mountain, monumental building projects, possible credit downgrades. No, not some obscure Balkan country or African military dictatorship, but our home town. There is a vociferous body of opinion that Dunedin is going to hell in a hand cart and events of recent weeks have done nothing to persuade them otherwise.

Delta’s land transactions coming under Audit Office investigation, and a damning court verdict – which has seen Dunedin City Council cop a six-figure court costs order over the State Highway 88 realignment – follow an auditor’s report trying to establish the final cost of building the Forsyth Barr Stadium, and a controversial bailout of the Otago Rugby Union.

A “we will fight them on the beaches” opinion piece from Mayor Dave Cull last week sounded desperate. The announcement soon after from Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services that it had revised its outlook of Dunedin City Council from stable to negative made it look desperate, too. A negative outlook means a one-in-three chance of a credit downgrade in the next two years – unwelcome news for a city well in hock before it borrowed millions more to build the stadium.

The agency does offer a ray of hope – if the DCC’s budgets strengthen, as forecast, its rating could revert to stable. But having just stated doubts the DCC could achieve the financial targets in its long-term plan, Standard and Poor’s are going to take a lot of convincing all is well.

In response, Cull – sounding like a rugby captain before a test – said Dunedin “was up to the challenge of continued financial belt-tightening.” Sadly, in this comparison Dunedin is probably Scotland rather than the All Blacks. Quiet reassurance is no longer enough. If ratepayers are to have faith in the DCC as chamberlains of their assets, they will want to see decisive leadership.
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They act out

Channel 9 forewarned there would be an on-site media opportunity today.

The “opportunity” featured on ONE News at Midday. Luckily, hardly anyone saw it at that screening time.

### ONE News Midday Update Monday, 25 May 2009 (23:40)
Follow the link, select Chapter 2, the item is near the end of Sports coverage.
TVNZ ondemand

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Here’s the local version of said news propaganda:

### Channel 9 Online May 25, 2009 – 8:25pm
Demolition Work First Stage In Stadium Construction

With a demonstration of confidence that the Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza will go ahead, Mayor Peter Chin and Stadium Head Malcolm Farry donned hard hats and did some demolition work today.

The photo opportunity giving a strong message to the public that eleventh hour attempts to thwart the Stadium’s progress are unlikely to succeed.
Video Link

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### STS website May 25th, 2009 at 1:29 pm
Comment by Ian Smith on DCC reminded of social duty

It’s happened, and every bit as stomach-churning as expected, (TV-One News, approx 12.25pm today). Those who didn’t see this unsavoury spectacle might also be interested to know that our Mayor, looked straight into the camera and assured viewers nationwide that the people of Dunedin were ‘behind’ it, as well as the nation, while his offsider sat in the cab of a wrecking-device grinning inanely at something off-camera.
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### Radio New Zealand National Monday, 25 May 2009
Checkpoint with Mary Wilson
Work to make way for Dunedin’s new stadium begins

Demolition work has begun in Dunedin to make way for the construction of the city’s new $198-million enclosed sports stadium, after more than three years of planning.
Audio Link (duration: 2′43″)

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[Simon Cunliffe] Tomorrow’s ODT “takes a tongue-in-cheek look at what happens when you put a mayor on an excavator”.

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The place enveloping, so far

### ODT Online Sun, 10/05/2009 – 10:20pm.
Comment by Duke of Ban Phai on Case(s) against the Stadium: Communique to Prostadia

Now I understand. The two stadium factions live in parallel universes. In the pro-stadium universe (Prostadia) there must have been a tiresome series of court-cases and appeals against the stadium, whereas in the universe where I live (Antistadia) there has only been one court–case and one appeal.
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(ODT 9/5/09) When Mayor Peter Chin was contacted on Friday evening about Stop the Stadium’s application to the Court of Appeal, he said: “I suppose there is a right of appeal, and they have chosen to take it up. I find it very disappointing, and I hope it’s going to be very unsuccessful.”

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### ODT Online Mon, 11/05/2009 – 4:59pm.
Comment by Duke of Ban Phai on No outcome yet in Antistadia

No result yet here in Antistadia. Another Prostadian (mike38) mentioned multiple court cases and appeals in your universe. Which particular appeals are you referring to, and can you tell us what the other cases and appeals were all about? Just interested.
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### ODT Online Sun, 10/05/2009 – 7:26pm.
Comment by mike38 on Get on with it

Let’s get the show on the road. This is getting way out of hand with all these court cases going on. Just when things are looking good to go another appeal pops up.
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"We the people"… and some others

Seems Basil Walker is up to his usual tricks again, speaking for everyone else – even if we want him to shut up.

First it came with his legal challenge to the Emissions Trading Act taken against the government (get this) on behalf of the people of New Zealand. Now the ODT has revealed that he’s taking action against the ORC, even though he’s not a Ratepayer but is doing it for his family.

Further, of course, if the judge finds against him and awards costs to the ORC (for defending their democratic actions), it’s been revealed that it will be difficult for the judge to award full costs, the man’s a declared Bankrupt.

Sorry Basil, your heart might be in the right place, but I didn’t want your interference with the ETS (some of us liked it), and I don’t want your non-rate-paying interference now.

Full Story here in the ODT

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