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Calvert on DCC, ‘We could have a much more democratic and transparent operation of council’

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### ODT Online Thu, 8 Sep 2016
Scope for more democracy with checks and balances
By Hilary Calvert
OPINION In the past three years Dunedin City Council has functioned just as central government does, with a government and an opposition. But the problem is that in Dunedin it means central government-style politics without the checks and balances. Because the mayor of the day is allowed to choose the chairs of the council committees, if the mayor anoints those who are similar in their views to him or her, effectively a “government” is formed. Those on the “government” side support each other, forming a version of the “cabinet”, with meetings between themselves alongside senior council staff to discuss the issues of the day. Those who are not part of this grouping are obliged to form a loose “opposition”, because this is the only place where any public challenges and questions are likely to come from.
In Dunedin […] the chairs of committees forming the “cabinet” meet secretly and without any minutes which can be accessed. They may be part of working parties with other groups, which never report back to the council, for example groups meeting with NZTA about cycleways. They may have information either before the rest of the council or outside the rest of council papers, never to be seen by council. […] In Dunedin, the ODT describes what happens in council meetings, talks to the chairs of the meetings, and prints press releases, having clarified the situation with a relevant staff member. There is little chance for any challenge of prevailing views unless a major debate happens during meetings, or unless the issues raised are ones which the ODT chooses to follow up in an in-depth way.
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● Hilary Calvert is a Dunedin City councillor, who is not standing for re-election.

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If, for example, the solutions involved “massive urban renewal or massive pumps” then Government help could be sought.

### ODT Online Fri, 9 Sep 2016
Work on South D issues
By Vaughan Elder
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says it is too early to make a formal approach to the Government for help with the problems facing South Dunedin. Mr Cull made the comments while outlining the council’s response to its vote last month to “immediately engage” the Government over the threat groundwater and sea-level changes pose to the low-lying area. Mr Cull said that in recent weeks he and chief executive Sue Bidrose briefed local MPs on the situation in South Dunedin and in the past he had spoken to ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett about the possibility of “collaboration” between local and central government in addressing South Dunedin’s issues.
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Election Year. This post is offered in the public interest.

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DCC in firing line

Again, what is public consultation – it’s not a desktop exercise…

### ODT Online Tue, 28 Jul 2009
Editorial: Losing the plot

Seldom has the Dunedin City Council been under such sustained opprobrium as at present. Every move seems to bring a torrent of criticism. While the fiercest and most bitter attacks have come through opposition to the Forsyth Barr Stadium, a series of other matters have also raised ire, protest or disquiet.
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Carisbrook purchase by borrowing

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### ODT Online Fri, 19 Jun 2009
Carisbrook difficult to value
By David Loughrey
It emerged this week [Carisbrook] will be sold to the Dunedin City Council in the next few weeks for $7 million, and while he was unwilling to confirm the figure, council finance and corporate support general manager Athol Stephens said yesterday the money would have to be borrowed.
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### ODT Online Fri, 19/06/2009 – 1:48pm.
Comment by russandbev on Life membership for Harland and Chin
Let’s just track what is going on here. The ORFU owe the City $2m and this is overdue for repayment. The ORFU also owe the BNZ something like $4m but it could be a little more. The ORFU run at a yearly loss. The DCC borrows $7m to give to the ORFU for a property that will not be used for its current purpose. The ORFU then give $2m of the borrowed money back to the DCC and $4m to the bank…
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DCC's funding line continues…

### ODT Online Thu, 14 May 2009
Council will carry on with stadium
By David Loughrey

The Dunedin City Council plans to carry on with its funding of the stadium, despite the two court cases being taken against the project.
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Stop the Stadium’s notice of appeal has been received by the Court of Appeal in Wellington. The case has a six-month time-frame in which to be heard.

Basil Walker’s High Court challenge against the Otago Regional Council’s funding of the project, has a hearing set down for June 4.

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Mayor Chin: ‘Aspects of letter may seem patronising’

More of the circus in your town…

### ODT Online Wed, 13 May 2009
Dunedin | Annual Plan 2009-10 | Stadium
Letter explains city council’s actions
By David Loughrey
A nine-page letter explaining the Dunedin City Council’s actions on the stadium got a thorough page-by-page, line-by-line grilling from councillors yesterday, before its expected release after June 2.
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The article reveals the Otago Rugby Football Union has a 35-year venue-hire agreement with a licence to use the stadium…

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Cr Walls: Some "extra-ordinary" calculations of costs in stadium blogs

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### ODT Online Tue, 12 May 2009
DCC promises answers on stadium submissions
By David Loughrey

A reply to residents who presented submissions to the council opposing the Awatea St stadium has become “half the size of The Forsyte Saga”, as the council tries to clear up what Mayor Peter Chin says are factual errors and wrong assumptions.
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The budget will not be finalised until approved at a full Dunedin City Council meeting next month…

### ODT Online Tue, 12 May 2009
DCC trims probable rates rise
By Chris Morris

Ratepayers could be spared a proposed 7.8% rates increase, after Dunedin City Council staff yesterday announced they had shaved nearly $1.3 million off roading budgets.
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Linked story…
Council delegation to meet opponents

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### ODT Online Tue, 12/05/2009 – 11:49am.
Comment by Baxter on The DCC’s time…

The DCC’s time would be better spent actually listening to what we want; not writing “detailed reports” telling us what they want us to want.

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### ODT Online Tue, 12/05/2009 – 3:03pm.
Submitted by ro1 on de-confusing

By “de-confusing” Mr Harland clearly means “reasserting the spin”. People who oppose the stadium aren’t confused; they are simply not comforted by the spin.
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### Channel 9 News May 12, 2009 – 8:04pm
Annual Plan Still Under Deliberation

Today’s main topic was the Stadium, and given the number of responses it prompted, everyone who put forward a submission will receive the same rebuttal from Council.
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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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Contract signed

### Radio New Zealand News Updated at 4:08pm on 27 April 2009
Dunedin mayor signs contract to build stadium
Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin has signed a contract for the construction of the city’s stadium. The $165 million contract with Hawkins Construction means work can start at the Awatea Street site in May.
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### Channel 9 News April 27, 2009 – 7:24pm
Legal Contract of the Forsyth Barr Stadium signed
The legal contract between the Dunedin City Council and Hawkins Construction for the construction of Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza was signed this afternoon. Mayor Peter Chin put pen to paper during a DCC Extraordinary Meeting today.
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Construction Contract for the Proposed Forsyth Barr Stadium at the University Plaza – Chief Executive Jim Harland’s report to Dunedin City Council (dated 20 April 2009).

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Mayor Chin: "I think the decision is the right decision."

That’s a YES and a big red fatuous tick from your local newspaper…

### ODT Online Tue, 21 Apr 2009
DCC votes ‘Yes’ on stadium
By Chris Morris and David Loughrey
A judge will decide the immediate fate of the $198 million Otago stadium within days, after Dunedin councillors yesterday voted to sign a construction contract despite the threat of a High Court injunction.
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### ODT Online Tue, 21 Apr 2009
Government grant for stadium confirmed
By David Loughrey
A government contribution of $15 million for Dunedin’s planned stadium firmed from an “underwrite” to a “grant” yesterday. Once the Government was informed of the council’s decision on the stadium, officials from the Ministry of Economic Development would work with the mayor on arrangements for the grant.
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What the Councillors said… ODT Link

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UPDATED Contract approval, pending…

…outcome of interim injunction.

According to ONE News.
STS application for injunction to go to High Court at Christchurch this Thursday.
Farry saying bulldozers poised…well, he would.
Full coverage of today’s meetings in ODT tomorrow.

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### Radio New Zealand News Updated at 5:48pm on 20 April 2009
Council approves stadium contract pending hearing
The Dunedin City Council has approved a construction contract for a new enclosed stadium, pending the outcome of a court hearing on Thursday.
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### ONE News Published: 2:24PM Monday April 20, 2009
Source: Newstalk ZB
Dunedin council to fight for stadium
The Dunedin City Council will fight a group seeking a High Court injunction against the planned stadium.
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### TVNZ News Updated 18:48 Monday April 20, 2009
Source: ONE News/Newstalk ZB
Council votes to sign stadium contract
The Dunedin City Council has voted to sign a contract to build the controversial stadium, but there is still a hurdle to jump.
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### Channel 9 News Apr 20, 2009 – 7:16pm
Eleventh Hour Attempt To Stall The New Stadium
The debate over the proposed Otago Stadium has reached a new level.
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Injunction: Dunedin City Council response

### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2009
Council responds to STS injunction
By David Loughrey

The Dunedin City Council has surfaced from its closed door meeting to announce its response to Stop the Stadium’s court injunction, designed to stop the council from agreeing to sign a contract to build the project.

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More on South Dunedin meeting

### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2009
Meeting calls for referendum
By Elspeth McLean

A call for the Dunedin City Council to hold a referendum on the Otago stadium issue before the signing of the construction contract was made at a lively public meeting in Caversham last night attended by about 140 people.
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ODT editorial air…

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### ODT Online Sat, 18 Apr 2009
Editorial: Sharing the risk

A fully roofed large public stadium, able to cater for a range of entertainment and sporting events, has been so long a desirable entity for Dunedin that the case for one is unarguable.
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REBUTTAL SUPPLIED:

There’s a flaw in today’s editorial namely that opponents of the stadium point out that candidates opposed to the stadium WERE elected to the council at the last election: Stevenson and Butcher overtly, Cull, Wilson and Staynes questioning, while nearly all of the others elected – including Peter Chin – recorded no decided opinion.

The election gave a mandate only to those against, not for.

Also, the university will NOT use the stadium, only its own adjacent buildings.

The editorial does show that some of these facts we’ve had to push to re-assert HAVE been taken on board. It’s worth persevering with the good
work of reminding people of such things.

One could also take issue with the editorial’s claims about multi-functionality.

Ohhh yes…

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Like a hole in the head, mate

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### ODT Online Sat, 18 Apr 2009
Opinion: Stadium is vital for Dunedin, in every way
By Cliff Skeggs
With a decision to build the Awatea St stadium, Dunedin has an opportunity to take the city forward. We only fail ourselves if we do not seize the opportunity, argues Sir Clifford Skeggs.
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ODT credits Sir Clifford Skeggs as a former Dunedin mayor.
Cough. How could so many good folk of Dunedin be so wrong, Cliffie. Your hopes for Monday’s meeting at Council seem dashed. Our sympathy and condolences, don’t stress.

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Rebuttal supplied:

“Dear old Clifford Skeggs’ article…
His whopper is talking about the public library as though he supported it. When first elected Mayor he opposed it. Every other councillor had committed themselves, so of course he had to fall into line. He got its costs marginally reduced. But he was part of the “minority group” which opposed it.”

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Xmas, for a little while

### ODT Online Sat, 18 Apr 2009
Injunction threat hits stadium
By Allison Rudd and Elspeth McLean

In an 11th-hour bid to derail Otago stadium construction plans, the Stop the Stadium group late yesterday sought a High Court injunction barring the Dunedin City Council from next week signing a construction contract.
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### ODT Online Sat, 18 Apr 2009
Stadium meeting may be last play in grim contest
By David Loughrey

The scheduled meeting of the Dunedin City Council on Monday – thrown into disarray last night by Stop the Stadium’s application for a High Court injunction – could still yet be the final play of five years of angry debate, allegation, claim and counter-claim over the city’s proposed stadium.
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Copies of the papers seeking the injunction including the sworn affidavits were forwarded to What if? late last night.

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Stop The Stadium to Court

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According to Channel 9 news tonight Stop the Stadium has lodged a claim for a High Court injunction…to ‘stop the stadium’.

### ODT Online Fri, 17 Apr 2009
Stadium fight going to High Court

Opponents of the proposed $200 million Dunedin stadium have taken the fight to the High Court.
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See post Whatever next? Available processes…
See comment on StS committee line up changes: MORE

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The Star: Social Housing + Caversham Public Meeting

### The Star April 16, 2009 (page 5)
Housing not cut to pay for stadium: Chin
By Bruce Munro

Mayor Peter Chin has vigorously rebutted claims the Dunedin City Council’s social housing budget is being stripped to pay for the planned Otago Stadium.
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### The Star April 16, 2009 (page 5)
Meeting to proceed: organiser
By Brenda Harwood

The organiser of a public meeting on the Awatea St Stadium, set for this Sunday night, plans to go ahead despite three Dunedin city councillors declining the invitation to attend.
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Not sure Rob Hamlin is the best choice since he uses humour that some confuse as truth or fact. If you don’t get irony don’t say anything.

Cr Dave Cull is the best choice.

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Public Notice

Things heating up…

### ODT Apr 16, 2009 Public Notices (page 32)

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D Scene: 'Silent ones' + 'No done deal'

### D Scene 15-4-09 (page 3)
Silent ones
By Ryan Keen

ONE of the more disquieting features of the debate about the controversial megabucks roofed stadium is that many business people in this town are timid about displaying any public opposition to it – for fear of the consequences.
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### D Scene 15-4-09 (page 8)
‘No done deal’ – Butler
By Michelle Sutton

Last-minute moves are being played out by both sides of the Otago stadium debate as a key decision on construction looms.
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Hide onto DCC and ORC, just to check…

### ODT Online Wed, 15 Apr 2009
Minister wants stadium details

By Chris Morris

Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has requested “all relevant information” to ensure the Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional Council are acting appropriately in backing the planned $198 million Otago stadium.

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April 19: Councillors invited to South Dunedin public meeting

### ODT Online Fri, 10 Apr 2009
Stadium: last chance to quiz councillors

By Brenda Harwood

A public meeting in South Dunedin will give local residents one last chance to express their opinion on the Awatea St stadium ahead of the final decision day for city councillors, April 20.

South Dunedin city councillors have been invited to attend the public meeting at 7pm next Sunday, April 19, at Caversham Presbyterian Hall, 61 Thorn Street.

All four South Dunedin councillors would have the opportunity to speak at the meeting, while hearing directly from ratepayers. A facilitator would ensure the meeting remained orderly.

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D Scene says

### D Scene 8-4-09 page 3
There’s time
By Ryan Keen

Let’s face it – the only reason Dunedin city councillors and Mayor Chin don’t want a referendum on whether the public should fund the planned megabucks stadium is they’re afraid of the result.
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### D Scene 8-4-09 page 9
Scrutiny of stadium contract clauses
By Michelle Sutton

A recommendation on the fixed price construction contract to build planned $200 million Otago Stadium is being thrashed out behind closed doors over the next week or two.
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Acklin on poison

Or how to piss off the public…

So DCC/CST provided a series of meetings to fully explain the stadium project to the Dunedin public? DCC/CST, you’ve had years of opportunity to do so. Why haven’t you. Again, why haven’t you.

### ODT Online Wed, 8 Apr 2009
Opinion: Why the STS bug is poisonous

By Bill Acklin

Opponents of the proposed Awatea St stadium conveniently ignore the origins, history and true purpose of the project, argues Bill Acklin.

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ODT credits Bill Acklin as a Dunedin city councillor and ratepayer.

• Tomorrow: Stop the Stadium vice-president Dave Witherow questions the DCC’s commitment to consultation.

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Next local body elections: no-one's safe.

It’s not like we want to wreck your plans with a referendum, Mr Chin.
Yeah right.

### ODT Online Tue, 7 Apr 2009
Not enough time to hold referendum – mayor

By Chris Morris

Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin yesterday dismissed calls for a city-wide referendum to decide the fate of the planned Awatea St stadium.

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Comment by Paul Roth at ODT Online Mon, 06/04/2009 – 11:12pm.
No referendum needed

“One hundred and fifty people attend a meeting and that makes the front page. The ODT is getting soft. Since when did meetings of that size get a full front page photo and associated story?”

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Comment by Roller at ODT Online Tue, 07/04/2009 – 9:21am.
Dunedin’s disgrace

Thank you, Mayor Chin for not surprising us. You have been in denial about the existence of any opposition to this profligate project and closed in your mind to any possibility of abandoning it for so long – why would you change?

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