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Carisbrook future…

Meeting: DCC Finance and Strategy Committee
Monday 13 September 2010
Fullwood Room, Dunedin Centre
Commencing at 2.00 PM

Agenda – FSC – 13/09/2010 (PDF, 62.4 kb, new window)

Report – FSC – 13/09/2010 (PDF, 362.3 kb, new window)
Trade Waste Bylaw Implementation

Report – FSC – 13/09/2010 (PDF, 481.2 kb, new window)
Financial Result – 1 Month to 31 July 2010

Report – FSC – 13/09/2010 (PDF, 2.6 mb, new window)
Future of Carisbrook Consultation and Options

Report – FSC – 13/09/2010 (PDF, 2.2 mb, new window)
Carisbrook Stadium Charitable Trust Progress Report

Report – FSC – 13/09/2010 (PDF, 116.5 kb, new window)
2011/12 Annual Plan Timetable

Report – FSC – 13/09/2010 (PDF, 85.2 kb, new window)
Residents Opinion Survey Results


### ODT Online Sat, 11 Sep 2010
Carisbrook plans a ‘missed’ chance for sports
By Stu Oldham
Carisbrook might soon host retirees or engineers in a move that has already been called a missed opportunity for Dunedin sport. City council staff have rejected calls to keep Carisbrook for sport to focus on selling it as industrial land or as a retirement village, or developing an industrial park there. Even if the land is sold, they want to restrict its use to stop it being developed into a shopping centre and to invest whatever profits come from a sale into a fund for South Dunedin.
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Submissions asked for Carisbrook to be developed as:

• South Seas exhibition centre and theme park
• Commuter bus and train depot
• Olympic-sized swimming pool and dive pool
• Playground and library, with swimming holes in green spaces
• Corporate boxes as a health centre and sports hub
• Community recreation space, including skate park
• Sports ground for multiple sporting codes
• Shopping centre
• Commercial, retail, industrial or residential land
• Commercial offices and horticultural/community gardens
• Retirement village and rest-home
• Options staff want to send to new council:
• Sell it as industrial-zoned land
• Sell it as a retirement village and rest-home
• Develop it as an industrial park, then sell the individual lots
Source: Dunedin City Council finance and strategy committee agenda

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Carisbrook ideas

### ODT Online Fri, 30 Jul 2010
Ideas for ‘Brook’s future vary widely
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin public’s ideas for the future of Carisbrook encompass a wide variety of possibilities for the sports ground and surrounding properties, and consensus on the issue may be hard to pin down. A submission period on the future of the historic ground closed this week.
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Public consultation on Carisbrook

### ODT Online Wed, 23 Jun 2010
Carisbrook’s cost issue for meeting
By David Loughrey
The Carisbrook stadium and car park could cost $439,000 a year to maintain after the Dunedin City Council takes over the properties next year. That information is just one matter to consider when a group of “stakeholders” meets at Carisbrook next Monday, beginning a public consultation process on the future of the ground.

An invitation to the meeting asked those invited to “present your ideas for the future of the facility”.
Cr Richard Walls said yesterday the meeting was not just for stakeholders, and anyone could attend.
A timetable shows a forum would be set up on the council’s website for the public to post ideas, and a public meeting held at Carisbrook on July 8, with a deadline for proposals of July 26.

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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

Have your say on Carisbrook’s future at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/public-consultation/consultations/future-of-carisbrook/_nocache


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DCC: “Your City/Our Future” Community Engagement Programme

Tabled at Dunedin City Council’s Finance and Strategy Committee Meeting on Monday:

Report – FSC – 21/06/2010 (PDF, 192.9 kb, new window)
“Your City/Our Future” Community Engagement Programme

“It is proposed that the Council’s futures thinking on the City Development Strategy (Spatial Plan), the Sustainability Programme and the Community Outcomes be undertaken in a single co-ordinated programme… This community engagement programme is a key element of the strategic direction for the City and the Council’s agreement is sought to the proposed approach. Councillors will be involved at key stages to provide leadership in reviewing and setting the vision for the city.”

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DCC Media Release – Consulting on draft digital communication strategy

Dunedin City Council
Media release

Have Your Say On Dunedin’s Digital Future

Last reviewed: 10 Jun 2010 3:45pm

Subject to approval at next Tuesday’s meeting of the Council’s Economic Development committee, plans for the city’s digital future will take another step towards realisation by inviting the public to comment on the draft strategy.

The draft strategy is a plan to provide for the digital communication needs of businesses, residents and visitors across all areas: commerce, information, education, healthcare and community services. ??Now, after extensive consultation with a wide range of community, academic and business groups the Council has completed the initial stage of developing a comprehensive digital strategy for the city.

The strategy itself takes a lead from central government’s digital vision, which recognises the need to balance higher connection speeds with the availability of services, greater confidence and enhanced capability on the part of users.

So far the draft strategy puts it ahead of all the other main centres in New Zealand – a fact widely commented on by the national media.

The strategy is both an exciting opportunity for the city, and an urgently needed plan to provide Dunedin with essential contemporary infrastructure.

It is now time for the whole community to have a say on the draft strategy either by making a formal submission or completing a website survey. The digital strategy website will go live on 16 June 2010.

To participate, go to www.dunedin.govt.nz/dunedin-digital-strategy after that date.

Cr Dave Cull, who has chaired the steering committee in identifying a strategy, says “It is important that this continues to be a community-driven project which responds to the needs of the whole community it will eventually serve – which is why we now need to find out what the public thinks about what we have come up with.”

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

DCC Link

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Have your say: South Dunedin Retail Centre Strategy

Issues and Opportunities Consultation Document
(PDF, 458.7 kb, new window)

DCC weblink for more information

South Dunedin has historically been an important manufacturing and service area for Dunedin, and it remains a destination retail area for a large number of Dunedin residents. However, the trend over the last 15-20 years has been for a general decline in the main retail centre along King Edward Street, and a comparative increase in large format retail activities on the adjacent industrial land along Hillside Road and Andersons Bay Road.

As a result of this general decline, many people have raised concerns over the increasingly dilapidated appearance of the main retail centre and the overall vibrancy and success of the centre from both an economic and social perspective. As a result, the Council has identified the need for a strategy to revitalise South Dunedin’s retail centre.

The purpose of the South Dunedin Retail Centre Strategy is to identify an integrated package of actions that can be used to revitalise the retail centre, both economically and socially. The suggested goals for the strategy are to:

» Re-establish the economic role of the South Dunedin retail centre as a retail destination for the city by developing the centre into a place that people want to visit and spend time.

» Restore the social role of the centre as a place that provides opportunities for local residents to make regular contact with each other while engaged in routine activities.

The package of actions required to achieve these goals will need to include actions by both the Council and the community, in order to be successful.

The Issues and Opportunities Document is open for public consultation from 14 April 2010. Submitters are invited to return the submission form by 28 May 2010.

Make your submissions via

* Freepost: delivery details are on the form included with the consultation document (address to Principal Urban Designer, Dunedin City Council, PO Box 5045, Dunedin)

* Submit your comments online by completing this online form

* Email to south.dunedin@dcc.govt.nz

* Delivery: Customer Services, ground floor of the Civic Centre, 50 The Octagon, Dunedin

Dunedin City Council invites the community to comment on the range and relative importance of issues and opportunities identified to date.

On Wednesday 12 May, a public open day on South Dunedin Retail Centre – Issues and Opportunities was held at the Gasworks Museum in Braemar St, South Dunedin.

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Stadium funding + “open book” for Carisbrook

### ODT Online Tue, 27 Apr 2010
Private funding may top total
By David Loughrey
Private sector funding for the Forsyth Barr Stadium, being raised by the sale of seating products, could reach $10 million more than required by the Carisbrook Stadium Trust, but the future of any extra funding, if secured, is unclear.

Council chief executive Jim Harland said if all the seating products sold, it would give DVML a stronger cash flow. If that “very happy event” occurred, there could be discussion about whether the money could be used to pay off debt more quickly.

The council will begin public consultation on the future of Carisbrook with “a completely open book”, Mayor Peter Chin said yesterday.

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### ODT Online Tue, 27 Apr 2010
Countdown to kickoff
Key stakeholders brave the rain at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin yesterday, marking today’s milestone of 500 days until the Rugby World Cup 2011 tournament begins in New Zealand.
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DCC concerned by Hide’s call for transparency if it means producing more reports

From the can you believe it file…

### ODT Online Fri, 16 Apr 2010
Hide’s call for transparency baffles council
By Chris Morris
A plan by Minister for Local Government Rodney Hide to force councils across New Zealand to open their books in new ways has been questioned by Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin. Mr Hide used part of his address to yesterday’s Sister Cities New Zealand Conference in Dunedin to outline plans for a new financial reporting system for local authorities. Under the new regime, council staff would be required to prepare pre-election financial reports every three years, providing ratepayers with simplified explanations of expenditure over the previous term and plans for the next term.

The move aimed to encourage greater understanding of council finances by ratepayers, who would then be in a better position to “put hard questions” to their elected representatives, Mr Hide said.

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Related ODT story:
Sister cities’ link lauded

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DCC Media Release – South Dunedin

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
DCC Strategy To Breath New Life Into South Dunedin Retail Area

Last reviewed: 07 Apr 2010 12:04pm

The Dunedin City Council is about to consult with the public on the future of the South Dunedin Retail Centre. The consultation will be the first step in the development of a strategy to revitalise the area.

The DCC has released an Issues and Opportunities consultation document, and is inviting feed-back from the community on the range and relative importance of the issues and options identified to date, as well as support for, and prioritisation of, options identified.

Chairman of the DCC’s Planning & Environment committee, Cr Michael Guest, is excited by the opportunities the strategy will offer to the South Dunedin community and the wider city. “I have vivid childhood memories of the special character of South Dunedin with its variety of shops and verandahs. This strategy, arrived at jointly by the Council and the community, is an initiative which is well over-due and which we sincerely hope will bring a new vitality to the area and go some way towards restoring that well-remembered South Dunedin ambience.”

The move has also received strong support from the local South Dunedin Business Association. President Jane Orbell says “We’re really pleased that most of the issues we raised through last year’s Community Plan process have been identified as ‘opportunities’ in the document. South Dunedin is changing – it’s becoming busier, and the time is certainly ripe for us to turn these visions into reality with the support of the Council and the wider Dunedin community. We are excited to be working with the DCC teams towards a long-hoped for positive future for the South Dunedin retail area as part of a stronger community for the benefit of all Dunedin residents.”

Steve Miles, DCC Principal Urban Designer, City Planning, says the Council feels the community has a leading role to play in any revitalisation, especially in those areas where the Council has limited influence.

The final strategy will propose a programme of physical improvement and community-focused projects to be delivered by the Council, in partnership with the South Dunedin community.

The Issues and Opportunities consultation document lays out perceived strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities on topics such as retail development, amenity and community development. It looks at under-used shops in the retail space and questions whether there are opportunities to develop businesses catering to the increasingly elderly population nearby.

The report notes the lack of open public spaces and wonders whether, if people were encouraged to spend more time in the area for meeting friends or other social activities, they would spend more money while there. Emphasising the quality of historic buildings in the area to enhance townscape and amenity values, and capitalising on the uniqueness of the nearby Gasworks Museum are among other suggestions.

Copies of the document will be circulated to community stakeholders and organisations and to owners and occupiers of buildings in the South Dunedin retail area. Copies of the document will be available from various South Dunedin outlets and on the http://www.dunedin.govt.nz website.

Submissions on the proposals will close on 28 May 2010.
Contact DCC on 477 4000.

DCC Link

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ORC: Ports merger only approved if it benefits Otago

### ODT Online Thu, 11 Mar 2010
Public consultation over merger of ports
By Eileen Goodwin
Otago Regional councillors yesterday voted to consult the public over a possible merger between Port Otago and Lyttelton Port, despite deeming such a move to be insignificant. Port Otago is expected to make a formal recommendation on a merger proposal to the regional council this year.

It would be wrong not to consult the port’s owners, the ratepayers, over merging with another port.

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Other stories:
Cairns gets in ahead of criticism
ORC toughens consents stance

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Coastal protection zones

### ODT Online Mon, 7 Dec 2009
Public to have say on coastal reserves
By Chris Morris
Members of the public have until mid-January* to have their say on a new management plan for coastal reserves around Dunedin. Dunedin City Council staff have identified 11 coastal reserves across the city – including at Brighton, Karitane, Long Beach, Ocean View, Waikouaiti and Warrington – to be reclassified under the council’s draft coastal dune reserve management plan.
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There is no way the closing date for submissions would be mid-January.
DCC will need to correct press statements in accordance with its website information.

The Dunedin City Council website entry says:

Draft Coastal Dune Reserves Management Plan
Consultation Starts 25/11/2009
Closes* 12/03/2010



The Dunedin City Council has prepared a draft management plan for those reserves that are located in the coastal dune environment.

The Draft Management Plan includes the following reserves that are vested in the Dunedin City Council:

* Brighton Reserve
* Island Park Reserve
* Karitane Esplanade Reserves
* Karitane Spit
* Kuri Bush Reserve
* Long Beach reserve
* Ocean Grove Reserve
* Ocean View Reserve
* Te Rauone Reserve
* Waikouaiti Domain (Beachfront area)
* Warrington Reserve

Interested parties are invited to lodge written submissions on the draft Plan. Submissions must be received by the Dunedin City Council before 5pm Friday 12 March 2010. For further information please contact the Dunedin City Council by phoning 477 4000.

Consultation documents

The reports and documents are available here in .PDF format.

Draft Coastal Management Plan (PDF, 821.9 kb, new window)
The Draft Management Plan includes the reserves that are vested in the Dunedin City Council:

Submission Form (PDF, 13.3 kb, new window)
Use this form to lodge your submission

Appendices to the Plan (PDF, 2.6 mb, new window)

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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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Town Hall Dunedin Centre architecture for a What if? second

Today DCC and its project team presented the “new proposal” for the Dunedin Centre’s redevelopment to stakeholders and interested people at the Glenroy Auditorium.

In previous days I’d heard very positive murmurs about the design. Indeed, today’s reaction to the plans was almost uniformly positive. Councillors have received the same presentation.

Channel 9 news coverage speaks to the main drivers of the project.

### Channel 9 Online July 1, 2009 – 6:42pm
Town Hall Redevelopment Plans Announced Today

Official plans for the redevelopment of the Town Hall were announced today by the Dunedin City Council.
Video Link

The redevelopment will ensure the old Town Hall building meets contemporary user needs and compliance requirements, as well as protecting heritage values throughout.

The changes are predominantly to the building interior, improving wayfinding and incorporating several level changes between the Town Hall building, which incorporates the Glenroy, and the Municipal Chambers.

A “glass cube” entranceway that only lightly touches the Town Hall’s classical façade to Moray Place is a new addition, one which allows an uncluttered reading of the old building’s scale and detail.

A new square is created on Moray Place, serving as a gathering and flow space for events attracting large crowds of between 3,000 – 4,000 people, such as graduations and rock concerts.

The Glenroy will be gutted to create a new multipurpose hall and conference facility. According to the independent business plan, conference use will help fund community function of the building.

Harrop St (to be incorporated into the square) will be closed to through traffic, to provide an access way for pedestrians and service vehicles. This to my mind is a reasonable compromise, ensuring the District Plan’s protection of the vista is upheld. Landscaping of the square will include stair access to St Paul’s Cathedral gardens, independently due to undergo new landscaping work.

The $45 million Town Hall project goes to Council for approval next week. It is hoped that construction will begin at the end of this year.

The project will be staged to work around user bookings and the continuing operation of the Dunedin Visitor Centre* on the ground floor of the Municipal Chambers. Closure of the Glenroy during gutting and construction will be necessary; as will closure of the Town Hall during programmed upgrades. The council indicated datelines for these today.

*The Visitor Centre will be moved temporarily; the Metro will be closed for about four months, and then intermittently. The council’s property department would have to shift from the Municipal Chambers to the Civic Centre permanently.


The proposed plans will result in a strong, contemporary architectural solution that successfully complements the existing building.

We couldn’t hope for more. The budget is tight and the design brief is manifestly tough – the internal solution is unbelievably complex, but has the right firms, Opus Architecture and Octa Asscociates, to deliver on the programmes.

Opus architect Jeff Thompson correctly identifies the project as an “urban design problem”. He has been working alongside architect Eqo Leung from Opus Architecture in Auckland.

I maintain we really need some new “design edge” in central Dunedin, the conceptual designs for Moray Place and Harrop St ‘square’ achieve this. Thanks to both architects for their innovation. I look forward to seeing the developed design if today’s presentation is any indication.

One of the most pleasing aspects of this project has been the consultation process as it evolved through 2008 and leading up to and including today, in no small part due to the facilitation process guided by Dunedin consultant Liz Rowe. Some real “listening” to public concern has informed directions and architectural solutions, admirably.

The contrast between this project and the handling of the stadium project, in terms of meaningful and respectful consultation process can be summed up as WORLDS APART.

The Dunedin Centre Redevelopment project exemplifies the way forward for local authority consultation processes; the maintenance of loyalty and respect between the council, stakeholders and interested parties should be celebrated.

It’s not a speedy process, deliberations can be lengthy and protracted – nevertheless, keeping the faith can deliver great results and significant architecture projects.


I turned up to the presentation with an open mind, having had a short email exchange with art historian Peter Entwisle last week.

Peter isn’t easily convinced about the use of contemporary glazing in making new additions to heritage buildings…and would prefer that the original detail of the Harrop Street façade is restored to remove picture windows that were added in the 1980s.

I replied that under the ICOMOS Charter of New Zealand the use of glass is acceptable but it obviously depends on how it is used. I said there could be a cost issue in seeking the restoration of the Harrop Street façade within the current project budget, and suggested this could be staged in at a later date… We left it there and looked forward to the presentation.

Not surprisingly, Peter raised these matters with the project team today. His could be a lone voice on the matter of using glass, I suspect. It will be interesting to gauge wider public reaction in the next few days. Peter may have supporters. No doubt he will use his fortnightly newspaper column or other media comment to underline his views. I noticed Radio New Zealand gave him some recording time today… [but this didn't go to air]

As it turned out, retired architect Ted McCoy, with whom I don’t always agree on design matters, echoed in greater detail my congratulatory comments to the project architects today.

Hands off Harrop president Judith Medlicott also offered her congratulations to the project team.

I’d say the project team has cracked it. I hope the councillors will sign this through with no regrets. The budget has been held in the council’s annual plans for last year and this.

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City councillors plump for 7% rates increase


Channel 9 News

After long deliberations the Dunedin City Council has decided on a 7% annual rates increase.

Attracting some debate, the council has also accepted the Long Term Council Community Plan 2009/10 to 2018/19.

ODT will have full coverage tomorrow.


ODT Online Tue, 23 Jun 2009
DCC lifts rates by 7%
By David Loughrey

Dunedin’s rates were finally set yesterday, with a 7% rise. Mayor Peter Chin told a short meeting for that purpose it was the end of a long process of “decisions, debate, deliberation and recommendation”.

The meeting also voted to proceed with a plan for changes to representation in the city, beginning a process to possibly put in place a new 11-councillor super ward, but not before another debate on the issue.
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More rash spending for 2011 RWC


### scoop.co.nz Thursday, 18 June 2009, 5:22 pm
Media Release
City Vision-Labour Councillors – Auckland City Council
For Immediate Release
Thursday 18 June 2009

C&R Afflicted With “Rugby World Cup-itis”

At today’s Auckland City Council meeting, the Citizens and Ratepayers (C&R) councillors voted for an $84.5 million dollar project on Queen’s Wharf which will host the public space activities for the Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011) described as ‘Party Central’ by the Prime Minister.
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### TVNZ News Published: 4:30PM Thursday June 18, 2009
Wharf development to cost ratepayers $84m
Source: Newstalk ZB/ONE News

Auckland City ratepayers will have to come up with $84 million to redevelop Queens Wharf. After lengthy debate on Thursday afternoon, councillors approved a plan that will include strengthening the wharf and turning two empty sheds into cruise liner terminals in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
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### TVNZ News Published: 12:56PM Thursday June 11, 2009
Queens Wharf to be RWC ‘party central’
Source: ONE News

Auckland’s Queens Wharf will be used as ‘party central’ during the Rugby World Cup and could end up with a new cruise ship passenger terminal.
Read more
Video Link (2:50)


### ODT Online Fri, 19 Jun 2009
Funding dispute over Auckland waterfront plan

The day after Auckland City Council voted on a $84 million plan to revamp Queen’s Wharf for the 2011 Rugby World Cup a dispute is brewing over how it will be funded. Any decision about funding will have to be signed off by an board charged with overseeing Auckland’s transition to a single “super city”. NZPA
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### ODT Online Fri, 19 Jun 2009
ARC not keen on plans for Queen’s Wharf

Auckland Regional Council (ARC) chairman Mike Lee does not like the $84 million plan Auckland City Council voted on to revamp Queen’s Wharf for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Mr Lee told Radio New Zealand that he visited the [wharf] sheds today and was under-whelmed.
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### Radio New Zealand National Friday, 19 June 2009 7:12 AM
Morning Report with Geoff Robinson and Sean Plunket
Uncertain future for Queens Wharf development

Joining Morning Report is Auckland City mayor John Banks.
Audio Link (Duration 3′54″)

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Rodney Hide: "Never too late" for a referendum

Butler: Stadium issues caused Mr Hide to “raise his eyebrows a few times”…

### ODT Online Thu, 18 Jun 2009
No Hide inquiry into stadium
By Elspeth McLean

Local Government minister Rodney Hide says he will be “keeping an eye” on issues around Forsyth Barr Stadium, but he will not be calling for a government inquiry.
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Today's ODT: 'Super ward' + Stevenson chasing votes over apology

### 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.


### 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 the slippery Stevenson doesn’t deserve the exposure. Grow up.

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Mr Harland… (on strife?!)

At the end of this comment an interesting observation.

### ODT Online Thu, 04/06/2009 – 1:25pm.
Comment by russandbev on The Budget doesn’t mean a thing

[last paragraph] I also note – just to rub salt into the wound – that our DCC CEO will be addressing a Local Body conference in Wellington in a month to tell them how to communicate with the divided community on the stadium issue. I’d be delighted to write his speech for him. I look forward to reading his version of it.
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Jim Harland will be speaking at this New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) forum:

2009 Local Government Communication Forum
Communicating in Challenging Economic and Political Times

Dates: 16-17 July 2009
Venue: The Duxton Hotel, Wellington

Programme Day 2 (includes)
Communicating Across a Divided Community – Dunedin City Council

Jim Harland, Chief Executive, Dunedin City Council
Deborah Simes, Marketing and Communication Manager, Dunedin City Council

Jim and Deborah will talk about their communication strategies for the publicly divided Awatea Street Stadium. They will outline how the Dunedin City Council along with the Carisbrook Stadium Trust and other stakeholders, managed to provide balanced communication in an environment of division amongst the community.


The wrath of gods should descend on this pronouncement, “the Dunedin City Council along with the Carisbrook Stadium Trust and other stakeholders, managed to provide balanced communication”.

Disgusting. This load of complete crap deserves some letters to the CE by offended citizens and ratepayers, surely.


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Basil Walker's strange day in court

Can Mr Walker score any relevant points, of a judicial sort…we’ll know in seven days.

### ODT Online Fri, 5 Jun 2009
Stadium challenge questioned
By David Loughrey
A Queenstown man trying to stop Otago Regional Council funding for the Forsyth Barr stadium in Dunedin came up against a High Court judge who questioned many of his arguments yesterday.
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Temporary road closures or road stopping?

Dunedin City Council Notices appearing in ODT 23/5/09 (page 4):

ODT 23-5-09 DCC Notices p4 (Best 1)

I’ve written to Dunedin City Council Chief Executive Jim Harland seeking public clarification on the difference between “temporary road closure” and (permanent) “road stopping” of the streets named in the Notices, in regards to established council policy and relevant legislation (see Local Government Act and Public Works Act).

My letter (rightly or wrongly, in the spirit of Council’s Road Stopping Policy) requests that any proposed road closure in the stadium area, including for the purposes of facilitating construction work and or providing alternative access to the Boat Harbour Recreation Reserve and State Highway 88, be notified for full public consultation should the real effect of any “temporary road closure” be the permanent stopping of any road.

Dunedin City Council Road Stopping Policy


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Roading changes, but what of public consultation?

Thanks Channel 9 and ODT. This story has been slow to emerge, not helped by a response lacking detail from one councillor visiting What if?
ODT provides a graphic showing realignment of the proposed roading.
Full public consultation on the changes looks to have suffered a detour and avoidance – why are we not surprised?

### ODT Online Sat, 23 May 2009
Redrawing the map for stadium
By Chris Morris

With Awatea St already closed for stadium construction purposes, Dunedin City Council staff yesterday confirmed nearby Leander St, running almost parallel, would be the next to close, in about two weeks. That would be followed by the closure of parts of Parry and Magnet Sts leading to the nearby railway and level crossing, expected at the beginning of July.
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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


### 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


### 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.


### 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: Submitters distrustful…

### ODT Online Fri, 8 May 2009
DCC reminded of social duty
By David Loughrey

After 36 hours at the table listening to 184 submitters, the Dunedin City Council will now turn its attention to who gets what, and how much ratepayers will pay when its annual plan process is complete.
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### ODT Online Fri, 8 May 2009
Claim stadium debate cost trust
By David Loughrey

The Dunedin City Council needed to take a good look at its consultation process following an acrimonious debate on the stadium, and loss of public trust, Dunedin educationalist Pat Harrison said in her submission.
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