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DCC Representation Review: Electoral wards and boundaries

### ODT Online Tue, 23 Sep 2014
Central ward questioned
By Chris Morris
Dunedin could consider scrapping its central ward – and even the need for some councillors – as part of a shake-up of its local body electoral system. However, exactly what – if anything – will replace the current arrangements remains up for debate, as the council searches for panel members to consider the alternatives. Dunedin’s representation review was required by law this term, but councillors at yesterday’s full council meeting voted to extend the deadline for recruiting panel members until November 3.
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Report – Council – 22/09/2014 (PDF, 77.3 KB)
Representation Review – Update on Appointment of Review Team

DCC Ward and Community Board Maps 2013

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2013 Central Ward Boundary Map2013 Mosgiel Taieri Ward Boundary map2013 Waikouaiti Coast-Chalmers Ward Boundary map

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New Zealand: Salmond on democracy

Dame Anne Salmond [tepapa.govt.nz] 2

Dame Anne Salmond says it is imperative that New Zealanders stand up for democratic freedoms … A quiet, obedient, and docile population; a culture of passivity and apathy; a meek acceptance of what politicians say and do – these things are not consistent with democracy.

### NZ Herald Online 5:30 AM Sat, 13 Jul 2013
Dame Anne Salmond: A warning to New Zealanders keep hold of democracy
By Dame Anne Salmond
In 2007, John Key, then Leader of the Opposition, gave a powerful speech to the New Zealand Press Club against the Electoral Finance Bill. He declared: “Here in New Zealand we often take our democratic freedoms for granted. We think they will always be there. We have a Bill of Rights which is supposed to protect our right to freedom of expression. What on earth could go wrong?”
I have a different view. I believe what Thomas Jefferson said – that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. There are times when we have to stand up for our rights, and the rights of our neighbours and friends, and indeed the rights of people we totally disagree with, or else these rights will begin to erode away.
I agree with these sentiments, absolutely. New Zealanders must stand up for their democratic rights when they are threatened, or they’ll lose them.
Who could have imagined that in 2013, this same political leader would be presiding over an assault upon the democratic rights of New Zealanders? This is a matter of such gravity that last month, the Law Society felt impelled to report to the United Nations that in New Zealand “a number of recent legislative measures are fundamentally in conflict with the rule of law”.

When a body as authoritative and dispassionate as the Law Society feels forced to report to the United Nations that the Government in New Zealand is acting in conflict with the rule of law, all New Zealanders should be very worried.

Extraordinary though it may seem, this statement is no more than the truth. In its report to the United Nations, the Law Society lists a series of recent acts that have allowed the Executive to use regulation to override Parliament, that deny citizens the right to legal representation and cancel their right to appeal to the courts to uphold their rights under the law.
The Law Society also draws attention to the use of Supplementary Order Papers and urgency to avoid proper Parliamentary scrutiny of legislation. They express their concern that a number of bills formally declared by the Attorney-General to be in breach of the Bill of Rights have recently been enacted.
This report does not mention other key defects in the law-making process in New Zealand at present. These include the willingness of a minority government to pass laws that impinge on the rights and wellbeing of New Zealanders at the request of foreign corporations – Warner Brothers, for instance, or SkyCity and various oil companies. None of these deals, which amount to “legislation for sale”, can claim a democratic mandate.
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● Anthropologist and author Dame Anne Salmond is the current New Zealander of the Year.

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*Image: tepapa.govt.nz – Dame Anne Salmond

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DCC LTCCP: Stadium opposition, environmental concerns and harbourside

### ODT Online Tue, 5 May 2009
Debate continues on disputed stadium project
By David Loughrey

The contract might be signed, but debate over the $198 million Otago stadium showed no sign of going away during yesterday’s Dunedin City Council annual plan hearings.
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### ODT Online Tue, 5 May 2009
Environmental issues dominate hearings
By David Loughrey and Chris Morris

Dunedin residents’ chance to tell the city council what they want for the future has come again, with annual plan hearings beginning yesterday. Decisions on major issues like the town hall extension – successfully quashed by opponents – and the stadium – a contract to build it was signed last week – have changed the political landscape. But as Dunedin City Council reporters David Loughrey and Chris Morris report, other issues are emerging.
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### ODT Online Tue, 5 May 2009
DCC urged to consult on harbourside
By Simon Hartley

Dunedin’s harbourside rezoning proposals should be stopped and go back to the drawing board for more consultation, the Dunedin City Council draft annual plan hearing was told yesterday.
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### ODT Online Tue, 5 May 2009
Editorial: Submission fatigue

Achieving an effective balance between an involved community and an overburdened, paper-heavy, and sometimes off-point, or merely cantankerous, submissions culture is a growing challenge to modern and efficient government.
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