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Stadium: Brent Edwards cuts the grass (ODT 29.1.14)

Sports Comment (ODT 29.1.14, page 26)
Underperforming stadium needs to lift its game
By Brent Edwards
OPINION There needs to be a more collaborative approach if Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin is to have a chance of fulfilling its enormous potential. It’s here and it’s not going away, whether the naysayers like it or not. It’s a prized asset which has to be maximised and that is not the case at present. […] Rugby watching at the stadium is an experience. But there has been a lack of strong leadership, of continuity, and the resignation of two chief executives in quick time has not helped placate the doubters. Cont/

Free speech and all. Discursive, ill-informed, vacuous —how did Edwards’ opinion piece get past the editor. The column isn’t available online, imagine the comments if it was. By letters or email, pens and typewriters across the city should be flaring with indignation, and FACTS, to pummel the columnist —to educate his sorry arse.

Because papers are still selling today, for the avoidance of ‘plagiarism’, the column isn’t scanned for your amusement. Read it though if you get the chance —at your local library, cafe, McDonalds or workplace staff room. Damned silly to pay for his thoughts.

All those ideas, Brent. Are you rorted, doubters ?????

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What to do, what to do!

Today’s uproar at Twitter, besides the ice hockey, Hide and Brash, concerns the temporary housing to be provided for Cantabrians…

Tweets:

@five15design Once again #EQNZ post quake relief takes a comic turn for the worse http://bit.ly/ewRNCY with these offensive house designs – fark me

@10PARK Brownlee country *sigh

@five15design I think I puked in my mouth a little when I saw them. It’s so freaking typical of NZ sweet jesus why is AVERAGE & EASY the way @10PARK

@10PARK @five15design Twizel repeats

@ronindotca @five15design gross and braindead

@five15design @10PARK but the lesson from Twizel is temporary can last for decades not years. They were good for a short time (well built though – hot)

@ronindotca @five15design @10park it’s a fucking double wide with a pitched roof

@five15design … and really offensive. EVERYTHING that is wrong with NZ is encapsulated in those house designs for #EQNZ relief @ronindotca

@10PARK @five15design in any language or historic view this is an assault on the good people

@sarahbutcher @five15design @10PARK Those houses are awful.

@DawgBelly @five15design good grief… Why not just use kitset garages…

@10PARK @sarahbutcher @five15design @ronindotca CRAVEN http://bit.ly/ewRNCY

@five15design @10PARK yeah they’ve already put up with enough. WTF is up with the no GibBoard walls – they are good? It’s insanity I tell ya,

@10PARK @five15design it’s too sad #designdies ;_;

@AxlVanGok @five15design lol! (or you cry) “Houses like those built last century inspired Jennian Homes …” … um yeaaah … inspired

@10PARK @AxlVanGok who does this stuff *implores !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@sarahbutcher @10PARK @five15design @ronindotca Guess they’ll also end up being built facing the wrong way so won’t be passively heated either.

@10PARK i turns my music up loud (drowns out the sight)

@AxlVanGok @10PARK someone who needs a degree in architecture/design … or a seminar … or read a web page on proportion and composition …

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Resource Management Act streamlining by National-led government

### beehive.govt.nz 8 March, 2011
Nick Smith | Environment

RMA changes support Christchurch recovery

The Government is streamlining the resource consent processes for land remediation works to enable homes to be rebuilt more quickly for Christchurch families hit by the 4 September and 22 February earthquakes, Environment Minister Nick Smith says.

“These are extraordinary circumstances that require extraordinary processes. There is no provision in any council’s plans for this sort of land remediation work. This is the worst liquefaction known anywhere in the world and poses huge challenges in the reconstruction of Christchurch as it cannot proceed until the land is made safe,” Dr Smith said.

“These new regulations enable resource consenting for this land remediation work to be fast-tracked. The normal process of public notification, hearings and appeals would delay the rebuilding of suburbs for months and potentially years. Instead, affected parties will have two weeks to provide written comments prior to councils making decisions. This minimum requirement for consultation can be extended if councils wish – although the Government’s priority is facilitating the rebuilding as quickly as possible.

“The sort of land remediation provided for includes stone piles and land compaction and vibration works that will stabilise liquefied land and provide greater protection from any future earthquakes. We are expecting the first applications for this work next week and therefore need to have the processes in place as soon as possible to ensure these consents can be advanced quickly and the work begun.”

These changes were approved today as Orders in Council under the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2010.
http://bit.ly/faruGe

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(5.45pm) @10PARK So WHERE are the geotech report/process mentions, huh??? #NickSmith #RMAstreamlining #LandRemediation

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