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DCC New Year 2017 Fireworks Event : Severe eye injury

█ WorkSafe NZ notified of the incident by the Boss family.

Dunedin man Wayne Boss’ eye was seriously injured during the fireworks display in the Octagon during New Year celebrations.

### ODT Online Mon, 2 Jan 2017
Fireworks end in anguish
A Dunedin family’s New Year celebrations in the Octagon took a gruesome turn when debris from a fireworks display left a man with blood gushing from his eye. Wayne Boss faces an excruciating wait to find out whether he will  be able to see with his right eye again.

News of the incident prompted Dunedin woman Vicky Watson to come forward with a chillingly similar story.

Ms Watson said the same thing happened to her three years ago when she was celebrating and gazing up at the fireworks, standing in the same spot where the Boss family had been. […] “The next day, I rang the council and they just brushed me off. They said it would never happen again, it’s just a freak accident,” she said. “I never got an apology letter. I was so disgusted.”
Now she wanted answers.
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● Wayne Boss is an environmental health and safety specialist, working for Dunedin City Council.

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Wayne Boss’s pupil is in three parts after the incident at the city council-run fireworks display.

### TVNZ 1 News Sun, 1 Jan 2017 at 5:31 p.m.
‘I’m just worried that I won’t see’ – Dunedin man hit in eye by fireworks debris [Video]
By Sean Hogan
A Dunedin man is facing the prospect of blindness in one eye after being struck by debris at the city’s public fireworks display. Wayne Boss was watching the city council-run fireworks display when the rogue piece of debris hit his right eye, throwing him to the ground. “I’m looking up at the Dunedin council Octagon building where the fireworks are being set off and it’s black obviously. And just for a split second I saw an object which I thought was a spent rocket. But we are talking milliseconds because then I get a blow to my right eye which was so hard it just floored me.”
….Wayne has spoken to WorkSafe about the incident and he and his family want answers as to what went wrong. “You go to events like that because they are meant to be safe. It’s a public event and people go there so they can experience fireworks in a safe environment where they don’t have to deal with them themselves. And if you can’t enforce a safe display it shouldn’t really be going on,” Ben Boss [son] told 1 NEWS.
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“spendidly” —Unfortunate choice of words.

### ODT Online Sun, 1 Jan 2017
Dunedin welcomes New Year with a bang
By Rob Kidd
….Dunedin City Council community events co-ordinator Marilyn Anderson said the night went “splendidly” even with the rain. […] Ms Anderson said partygoers were a little slow getting into town but she reckoned there were about 18,000 there when the big hand hit 12. The thunderous boom of the Robbie Burns cannon marked the end of 2016 followed by a five-minute explosion of fireworks atop the Civic Centre which painted the sky above Dunedin’s eight-sided heart with the fluorescent hope of a new year.
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Pollution in Chinese cities

China pollution dnews-files-2013 [ddmcdn.com]City pollution [ddmcdn.com]

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 12:20, March 7 2015
Film highlighting pollution woes vanishes from China’s Internet
By Dian Zhang
A 104-minute film lecture that outlines the serious pollution in China has been removed from the nation’s internet, after receiving millions of views and raising hopes that the country’s leadership might tackle China’s widespread smog problem. The film – by Chai Jing, one of the best-known journalists in China and a well-known former state television reporter – was released right before China’s two most important political events, the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Before the movie was censored, a story from Xinhua News Agency, China’s official press agency, praising the film was deleted online the same night the article was posted, offering a hint of the government’s real attitude.

Released last Saturday, Under the Dome had received 42.9 million views on Youku, a video-sharing website like YouTube, by 5 pm Thursday (local time). It prompted 530,460 posts on Weibo.

In the film, Chai gives a speech and shows data and interviews with government officials and environmental experts from China and abroad. The film shows striking images of the extent of air pollution in a number of Chinese cities, as well as rivers fouled by chemicals and littered with flotsam and dead fish. Chai also travelled to Los Angeles and London to gauge their experiences dealing with smog.
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█ Chai Jing’s documentary is well worth watching. Preamble via CNN.

CNN Published on Mar 3, 2015
China smog documentary goes viral
Director of China Environment Forum Jennifer Turner discusses a new documentary titled “Under the Dome” that discusses pollution in China.

Linghein Ho Published on Mar 1, 2015
Chai Jing’s review: Under the Dome – Investigating China’s Smog 柴静雾霾调查:穹顶之下 (full translation)
ENGLISH SUBTITLES ARE FULLY TRANSLATED
For more information: http://www.linghein.me/tr_u/
English Subtitles: FULLY UPDATED | Japanese Subtitles: update to 09:25 | French Subtitles: update to 31:06
Former celebrity TV anchor Chai Jing quit her job after her baby daughter was born with a lung tumor, and after a year of rigorous investigation, launched this 1 hour 40 minute documentary about China’s smog: what is smog? Where does it come from? What do we do from here? It is very powerful in many ways. English subtitles are now completely finished, and other languages are being added.
Music: “Brotherhood” by John Dreamer (Google Play • iTunes)

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Dunedin stormwater: more differences between ORC and DCC

Dunedin residents favour a cleaner harbour and coastal environment?

### ODT Online Thu, 7 Jun 2012
Impasse over stormwater
By Debbie Porteous
Disagreement over improving the quality of stormwater could see the Dunedin City Council and the Otago Regional Council at loggerheads for some time – and may even end up in court. City council infrastructure services committee chairman Cr Andrew Noone says the regional council may be slowly changing its view, but there is a long way to go before the two councils reach a position on which they can agree. The DCC applied to the ORC late last month to renew four 35-year resource consents – expiring in November – to discharge stormwater into Otago Harbour, the ocean at St Clair and Second beaches and Andersons Bay inlet.
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City wildlife… DCC abandons duty of care

“The Dunedin City Council has nothing in its budget with which to tackle the potential feral cat population problem in North Dunedin. […] Council environmental health and animal control team leader Ros MacGill said her staff responded to complaints as they arose, but that there was no funding for an active control programme. […] Ms MacGill said there had been no recent complaints about feral cats in the student area.” -ODT

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/197310/feral-cat-fears-north-dunedin

Heaven forbid DCC staff would look for work within their jurisdiction rather than wait for “complaints”. Talk of sick dog mentality.

In the central city DCC is putting little energy or resource into culling pigeon populations that nest in neglected buildings; creating havoc for responsible neighbouring property owners.

The councillors are OBLIVIOUS, despite a worthy submission to last year’s draft annual plan by local businessman William Cockerill.

We get the message. DCC would rather spend ratepayer funds on “hazardous projects” such as its in-house marketing team, low-quality event management (including RUGBY), horrendously-priced IT pirates (again, in-house), doing up South Dunedin’s main street atrociously and, oh yeah, STADIUMS (plural)… not all of which expenditure appears ‘whole’ to the public view via Annual Plans, Long Term Council Community Plans (LTCCP) and audited financial reports. Why.

Pest control should happen as if by magic.
A bit like DCC’s approach to debt management.

SPCA bears the brunt
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/197243/spca-grant-be-part-annual-plan

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