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‘Super ward’ + Stevenson chasing votes over apology (ODT)

### ODT Online Tue, 16 Jun 2009
Super ward supported – now it’s over to the public
By David Loughrey
Plans for a “super ward” that could give voters a far greater say on which councillors represent the city have been supported by the Dunedin City Council. It is now the turn of the city’s voters to have their say on the issue before a final ruling is made.
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Stevenson is prone to abstain from voting when the going gets tough; she isn’t backing the super ward idea. This councillor has served a long term and not picked up any chairing or senior responsibilities in all that time. She’s probably feeling a bit threatened by the prospect of representational change. And so she should.

What comes next?
June 22: Council to consider yesterday’s vote.
July 4 to August 4: Public consultation period.
September 15: Final council decision.
October 15: Close of appeal period.
April 10, 2010: Final date for Local Government Commission decision.

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### ODT Online Tue, 16 Jun 2009
Stevenson apology sent to ‘third party’
By Chris Morris
Cr Teresa Stevenson has sent a second apology to Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin, but doubts it will be good enough.
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This is nothing more than a bid on Stevenson’s part to attract voter sympathy – but actually we’re sick of it. This protracted stoush between Chin and Stevenson doesn’t deserve the exposure. Grow up.

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ODT editorial for 'super ward'

### ODT Online Sat, 13 Jun 2009
Editorial: Super wards

Every voting system – just like every rating structure – has its advantages and drawbacks…Matters like the stadium or spending on sewage protection, the library or the botanic gardens are not concerns of particular wards but every citizen.
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It’s true, “voters need a wider choice on the quality and character of councillors than the limited choice presented in a restricted ward”.

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'Super ward' + stadium

### ODT Online Thu, 11 Jun 2009
Super ward system of little concern
By David Loughrey

Councillors and former candidates spoken to yesterday said the proposed new super ward system for the Dunedin City Council would not change unduly the way they campaigned in local body elections.
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### ODT Online Thu, 11 Jun 2009
News: Dunedin | Local government
‘Super ward’ mooted for DCC
By David Loughrey

Substantial changes to Dunedin’s voting method could see its system of wards scrapped in favour of a “super ward”, with 11 councillors representing the urban area, and three representing two rural seats.
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