Google Street View – 658 Princes St, Dunedin [Owner: DCC City Property]
“They had their clothes all ready hanging up in the windows which could be seen from Princes St.” –Go Bus complainant
### ODT Online Mon, 17 Oct 2016
Migrants housed illegally
By Vaughan Elder
Go Bus has been accused of exploitation after it illegally housed migrant workers in an office building at its Dunedin depot early last year. The Tramways Union, which represents workers at the site, said the housing of workers, believed to be Filipinos, at the depot was part of a wider problem where Go Bus was employing foreign workers to keep wages low. The workers were moved after the Dunedin City Council, which owns the building, informed Go Bus it was illegal under the district plan for people to live in commercial premises “due to fire risk and other safety factors.
Go Bus South Island operations director Nigel Piper initially said “three perhaps four” migrant workers were housed in the building for less than a week in January last year.”
█ Why has the matter taken this long to surface as news ??????
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr
This post is offered in the public interest.
Filed under Business, DCC, Democracy, District Plan, Dunedin, Economics, Housing, Media, New Zealand, People, Property, Public interest, Site, Town planning, Transportation, Travesty
### ODT Online Mon, 22 Sep 2014
Cull calls for end to exploitation
By Timothy Brown
Dunedin’s mayor has added his voice to the chorus of local politicians calling for an end to worker exploitation. Speaking to the Otago Daily Times about the issue recently, Dave Cull said: “It’s a major focus of council to create jobs in this community, but not sweatshop jobs. Those employers aren’t welcome, we don’t want them and we don’t need them.”
█ Sketchy outline of Dodo Daaave’s confusion:
On results of the latest Residents’ Opinion Survey (ROS 2014):
“Mayor Dave Cull said it was ironic the community rated economic development, jobs and businesses so highly given changes to local Government meant councils no longer had a mandate to work in that area.” ODT 29.7.14
█ Dodo Daaave saves jobs from extinction:
Dunedin Economic Development Strategy (2013), a blueprint for increasing incomes and job opportunities for Dunedin people —creating 10,000 jobs and lifting the median income by $10,000 pa within 10 years.
Partners: Dunedin City Council, Ngai Tahu, Otago Chamber of Commerce, Otago Polytechnic, Otago Southland Employers Association, and University of Otago.
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23.7.14 Minister of Finance Bill English on Dunedin governance #Regions #Cull
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5.3.14 Stadium: Mayor Cull stuck in his rut, ‘going forward’
23.2.14 Mayor Cull ‘handshakes’ Hodgson
24.12.13 Daaave’s $47 million Christmas present to Jinty. We’re paying.
17.11.13 Cull, MacTavish: (to borrow a phrase) “Have you fixed the debt crisis?”
19.8.13 Cull on senility (firing up graduates)
8.7.14 Bloody $tupid cycleways and Cull’s electioneering…
30.4.13 Shrinkwrap the Mayor of Dunedin —Cull snubs Dalai Lama #shame
15.3.13 Dunedin showcase (election year tripe): economic development strategy
28.9.12 Turkey. Cull.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr
*Image: thegreenupgirl.com – Dodo bird
Filed under Business, DCC, Economics, Geography, Media, Name, New Zealand, Otago Polytechnic, People, Politics, Project management, Stadiums, Tourism, University of Otago, What stadium
### sstlive.co.nz Last updated 05:00 21/02/2010
Epoch-defining insight … and the govt missed it
By Rod Oram – Sunday Star Times
Opinion: Rip, shit and bust is a classic strategy, seductive to many corporates and countries. It often looks good in the short term. Exponents exploit abundance such as natural resources, cheap labour or lax regulation to make quick profits.
Yet in their careless haste, they sow the seeds of their own destruction. They over-exploit their present opportunity and under-invest in their future. In due course, the enterprise or nation goes bust.
Take an oil and gas producer such as the UK. For 40 years it has lived high on the hog of cheap fuel and lavish royalties from the North Sea. Now both are dwindling fast, it has a crippling hole in government revenues, energy policy and industrial strategy.
Or take investment banks in the US and Europe and finance companies in New Zealand. They profited by scoffing at feeble regulations over the past decade. Now their heavy losses are borne not by their shareholders but by savers and taxpayers.
Not all disasters are purely financial. Exponents can also blight the land they exploit, as colonial foresters did here or plantation farmers are today in the Amazon and Indonesia.
Yet, this is exactly the economic strategy our government is proposing for New Zealand.
Yes, the government understands our natural resources are the key to our prosperity. But it can only see how to flog them harder, not nurture them smarter.
Post by Elizabeth Kerr