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RWC 2011 – DVML and the maximum seating rule

### ODT Online Wed, 10 Nov 2010
Temporary seats must stay for cup
By David Loughrey
Rugby World Cup rules mean temporary seating at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin will have to be in place for each game of the tournament, whether it is needed or not. That rule will mean an extra cost for Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML), which runs the stadium, as some of the seating will be hired, and high demand for temporary seating during the world cup means prices will be at a premium.

Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry said using seats from the Carisbrook stadium had been considered, but they were not new and had been subject to “wear and tear”.

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### ODT Online Wed, 10 Nov 2010
Seating supplier to stadium confirmed
By David Loughrey
Seating at Dunedin’s new stadium will be coloured a “speckled” grey, black and white, Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive David Davies said yesterday.
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Auckland cleans up

### Auckland Council: Latest news 9/11/2010
Colourful campaign to keep the CBD clean
A hearts and flowers campaign will encourage city businesses to adopt the habit of keeping the inner CBD area clean and rubbish free. Starting this month, Heart of the City and Auckland Council are jointly funding the “Beautify Your City” campaign over the 10 months leading up to Rugby World Cup. The campaign will centre on educating businesses to put out their rubbish and recycling at the correct times and discourage illegal dumping on the inner city streets.
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David Kirk, big supporter of stadium

### ODT Online Fri, 22 Oct 2010
Cup offers long-term benefits: Kirk
By Hamish McNeilly
New Zealand could be a winner on and off the pitch at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, former All Black captain David Kirk says.
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DCC Media Release – RWC 2011 Volunteer team

Dunedin City Council
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Time running out to join RWC 2011 Volunteer team

The deadline is looming for those wanting to put their hand up and join the team of volunteers needed to make Rugby World Cup 2011 the best ever.

Registrations for volunteers close on Friday, 24 September, 2010. Volunteers can indicate their interest and areas of expertise at www.rugbyworldcup.com/volunteer or visit the Dunedin City Library’s Volunteer Registration station.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to play their part in making RWC 2011 a success,” said Brendon Ward, Volunteer Manager for Tournament Organisers, Rugby New Zealand 2011.

New Zealand netball legend, Dame Lois Muir, has added her support to the Volunteer recruitment campaign: “This is a great way of getting involved in the city’s RWC efforts – it will be something to tell your grand-children. But you’ll need to be quick as we have to move soon on training up our Volunteer team.”

There are plenty of hosting jobs to apply for in Dunedin, ranging from greeting visitors at Dunedin Airport, drivers and media assistants, to guiding the way on match day.

More than 5000 volunteers are needed across the country to assist the expected 60,000-plus international visitors, along with the playing teams.

Volunteer Ambassador Michael Jones says RWC 2011 will succeed “through the efforts of all New Zealanders.

“We aim to be a nation of four million great hosts, and volunteers will play an important role in helping the country to welcome our guests.”

Dunedin will host three matches: Scotland v. Georgia, Ireland v. Italy and England v. either Uruguay or Romania – (Romania and Uruguay will play-off in November for the last spot in the Cup).

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

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D Scene – Another ra-ra from CST

### DScene 8-9-10
Details: The finer points (pages 9-11)
Stadium ‘will be on time’
By Mike Houlahan
A year from now, the first 2011 Rugby World Cup game being played in Dunedin will kick off. Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry is adamant the players and spectators will be under cover at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.

“The swings and roundabouts are evening out nicely.”
-Malcom Farry

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University phase 1 building

### ODT Online Thu, 26 Aug 2010
Stadium Uni building not ready for Cup
By Allison Rudd
The University of Otago’s building at the Forsyth Barr Stadium will only be partially completed by next year’s Rugby World Cup. While the exterior would be finished by August, the month before the event starts, the internal fit-out was not expected to be completed until December, university property services stadium project manager Jamie Cargill said yesterday. That meant the building – which would house a new Unipol student gymnasium and recreation centre, the Foundation Studies language centre and foundation year programme, and a cafe for staff, students and the public – would look finished during the World Cup as interior work continued, he said.
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We understand the building doesn’t address the university’s Critical Space Plan, “an accelerated capital works programme valued at around $140 million”. “The plan was produced by the Property Services team in conjunction with the academic divisions to address the current and future space needs of staff and students.”
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RWC 2011: Looks like it’s Carisbrook and a local festival

### ODT Online Mon, 2 Aug 2010
DCC bids for festival funding
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council is hoping a slice of a $9.5 million Rugby World Cup funding carrot could see popular festival events – such as Dunedin’s midwinter lantern parade – restaged during next year’s tournament. Details of the nationwide festival fund – to be paid for by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board – were released by Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully last week.
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Rugby continues to be expensive… and devisive for hospitality

### ODT Online Tue, 27 Jul 2010
Road realignment near new stadium begins
By David Loughrey
Work on the State Highway 88 re-alignment around the Forsyth Barr Stadium, in Dunedin, began in earnest yesterday, with diggers moving on to what will become the site of a new roundabout.
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### ODT Online Tue, 27 Jul 2010
‘Fan zone’ planned for Octagon
By Chris Morris
Dunedin’s Rugby World Cup “fan zone” is likely to be an on-again, off-again party. Dunedin City Council marketing and communications agency manager Debra Simes told the Otago Daily Times it was “unlikely” a permanent fan zone would be in place in the Octagon for the duration of next year’s tournament.
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Snedden: “can’t afford [for] anything to go wrong”

### ODT Online Tue, 6 Jul 2010
Rugby: Cup chief keeping close eye on progress at stadium
By Tracey Roxburgh
Rugby World Cup organisers were “keeping a really close” eye on Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium, RWC 2011 chief executive Martin Snedden said yesterday.
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Stadium: Oh yeah, maybe. WHEN?

And about that carpentry contract, Mr Farry, we haven’t got amnesia!

### ODT Online Sat, 12 Jun 2010
Stadium ‘will be completed on time’
By David Loughrey
Neither recent bad weather nor re-tendered carpentry contracts have resulted in changes to the completion date for Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium, Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry said yesterday. The project was within its budget and “will be completed on time”. Mr Farry was responding to questions from the Otago Daily Times after a run of bad weather and a delay in signing the contract.
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DCC Media Release – Call for RWC 2011 volunteers!

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

Hands Up! Who Wants To Be Part Of Rugby World Cup 2011?

The Rugby World Cup event grows each time, and it provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life to play a part in making it a success.

We are seeking people to SPIN IT WIDE during Rugby World Cup 2011, and help Dunedin host teams and visitors when they pour into our city. Whether directing visitors to Otago Stadium, greeting incoming flights, or working at the Stadium on match day, the volunteers can create the memorable experiences that visitors take home.

Dunedin’s Volunteer Programme is being launched on 14 June at the Glenroy Auditorium, with two information sessions during the day, at 12.30pm and 5.30pm. For those unable to attend either session, there is also information available at http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/volunteer.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Rugby World Cup 2011 and will receive training and experience to ensure they are prepared and supported.

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

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2011 RWC plans for Dunedin

### ODT Online Thu, 10 Jun 2010
Rugby World Cup plans gather pace
By Debbie Porteous
The build-up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC) is gathering momentum in Dunedin, with plans progressing for entertainment, management and security of what is expected to be the biggest international event held in the city. Dunedin will host three pool matches and six teams during the event in September and October next year.
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RWC 2011 hospitality and tourism

### ODT Online Fri, 28 May 2010
Industry briefed on Cup
By John Lewis
Rather than roll out the red carpet and spend large quantities of money on premises to attract Rugby World Cup visitors, Dunedin’s hospitality establishments are being advised to focus on the basics.
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### ODT Online Fri, 28 May 2010
PM will keep tourism role
By Hamish McNeilly
In a Monty Python moment, Prime Minister John Key praised himself as Minister of Tourism for doing a “wonderful job”, and said he planned to continue with the tourism portfolio. Mr Key taking on the role as tourism minister has been widely praised by industry leaders, and raised the profile of the high-flying sector, which is responsible for one in 10 jobs and accounts for 20% of export receipts.

Mr Key said 2011 was shaping up as one of the most important for the sector, largely due to the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He singled out the Dunedin stadium for special mention, with the complex set to go “close to the wire”.

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### ODT Online Fri, 28 May 2010
Queenstown to host Trenz event
By Hamish McNeilly
The Southern Lakes region, billed as the “jewel in the crown” of the $9.3 billion New Zealand tourism industry, has been announced as host of a major international tourism conference. Queenstown, as revealed in the Otago Daily Times earlier this week, was confirmed as venue for the 2011 Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand (Trenz) trade event for the first time.

It was hoped the event would alternate each year between North and South Islands, and other regions, such as Dunedin, could be an option in the future.
-Tim Cossar, Tourism Industry Association

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### ODT Online Fri, 28 May 2010
Tourism event coup
By James Beech
Queenstown can cope with hosting a thousand domestic and international tourism agents at Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand (Trenz) next year and the Southern Lakes will be poised to reap the benefits, tourism and civic leaders say.
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Distinction Dunedin: former chief post office

### ODT Online Thu, 27 May 2010
Post office hotel gets marketing push
By Hamish McNeilly
The former chief post office in Dunedin is being promoted as a hotel venue to international and domestic buyers at a tourism conference in Auckland. Distinction Hotels, which owns hotels in Queenstown, Te Anau and Rotorua, is marketing the yet-to-be-completed hotel, located in the Exchange, at the four-day Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand conference. The company aims to finish the 180-room complex in time for next year’s Rugby World Cup.
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RWC 2011 ticket sales + national festival

### ODT Online Thu, 27 May 2010
World Cup tickets selling despite venue uncertainty
By Hamish McNeilly
Uncertainty over which Dunedin venue will host Rugby World Cup 2011 matches has not hampered tournament ticket applications, chief executive Martin Snedden said yesterday. Addressing more than than 50 domestic and international journalists at the Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand conference in Auckland, Mr Snedden said the stadium would be “spectacular”.

Rugby World Cup 2011 festival director Briony Ellis said organisers were also working on delivering a national festival in the lead-up to the tournament. The programme would eventually include 1000 events, with more than 100 already confirmed in the Southern region… Details of the festival would be officially launched on September 9.

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D Scene – South Dunedin library, Hillside, RWC 2011

### D Scene 26-5-10

Former councillor welcomes news (page 5)
News that negotiations for a potential site for the South Dunedin library are all but finalised has been welcomed by former St Kilda councillor Anne Turvey.

Turvey said the issue is greater than that of the simple provision of a library.

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Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 8)
Your say: Letters to the editor
Give New Zealand workshops a go by Stuart McKenzie, Dunedin
In a dream world by Jimmy Jones, Caversham
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Details: The finer points (pages 9 -10)
South in a spin
By Mike Houlahan
Planning is already well in train to make sure Rugby World Cup 2011 will be about more than just the games. Rugby World Cup chief executive Martin Snedden is, naturally, taking a keen interest in whether Dunedin is ready to host its allotted Rugby World Cup games next year. But it is the combined promotional campaign devised by Otago and Southland councils and tourism organisations that has got him really excited.

“Have you seen the Spin It Wide DVD?”

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Biz: Crunching the numbers (pages 12-13)
Light at the end of tunnel?
KiwiRail’s Hillside workshop is a hive of activity right now, but remains a shadow of its former self. Mike Houlahan considers the past, present and future of a Dunedin landmark. Amid the smashes and the clashes that are KiwiRail’s Hillside Workshops hard at work, it’s easy to forget that the workforce at the South Dunedin institution is about 10 per cent of what it once was.

Today, Hillside employs 185 staff. A few decades ago, when rail was the dominant means of moving freight and people around New Zealand, more than a thousand people worked at Hillside, building and maintaining locomotives and carriages.

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Scarfie: Life on campus (page 19)
Audacious winners: Design Studies students do well in entrepreneur competition
Designing a future
By Gavin Bertram
Last week the ten winners of the NBR 24/7 Audacious Business Idea Competition were announced, and four were from Design Studies. That’s not a bad return from the University of Otago department that is soon for the chop – an irony not lost on the students.
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RWC 2011: what it can mean

### ODT Online Mon, 24 May 2010
Opinion: RWC may leave nasty financial hangover
By Peter Lyons

Peter Lyons warns of taking Rugby World Cup hype too much to heart. It could lead to poor decision-making. We should be wary of politicians who talk of the “national interest” and showcasing the country when they are referring to the Rugby World Cup (RWC). There is a risk of bad decision-making and poor financial judgement as a result. This is a major international sporting event and the vast majority of New Zealanders want it to go well. But let’s keep it in perspective.
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• Peter Lyons teaches economics at Saint Peters College in Epsom.

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The Rugby World Cup visits Dunedin

Dunedin City Council
Sports: Events

Dunedin will be the final stop on the Rugby World Cup 2011 Roadshow giving an opportunity for Dunedin’s fans to come along to view and have their photo taken with the Webb Ellis Trophy.

The Cup will be on display on Friday 21 May at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery from 6:30am to 9:00am before it jets off to Japan.

TVNZ’s breakfast weather presenter, Tamati Coffey will be broadcasting from the Art Gallery and is calling on Dunedin to come along in the colours of their “second favourite” team. On the day “best dressed” fans will have an opportunity to win 2 Venue Pool Packs to Rugby World Cup 2011.

To make it even easier for everyone, the Dunedin City Council is providing free parking in the Upper Moray Place carpark between 6:30am and 9:15am on Friday.

When: 21 May 2010 6:30am-9:00am
Where: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Price: Free
Contact: Kim Newman
Telephone: 477 4000
Email: knewman@dcc.govt.nz
Parking: Free parking at Upper Moray Place Carpark 6:30am – 9:15am

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DScene – Public libraries, Hillside Workshops, stadium, pools

### DScene 19-5-10
Book it in (page 1)
The long-awaited South Dunedin Library looks to be on the horizon, with Dunedin City Council coming closer to a final deal on a site. See page 3. #bookmark

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Harsh economic lesson taught at Hillside (page 2)
Dunedin was taught a brutal economic lesson last week, when KiwiRail confirmed its preliminary view that it would not tender for its own contract to build railcarriages and engines for Auckland.
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Council set to finalise deal (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedin City Council is about to finalise a deal on a potential location for the South Dunedin library. City property manager Robert Clark, who has been negotiating with an undisclosed vendor, said he expected to secure a site for the proposed library in the next three weeks to a month.
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Factory staff uncertain of future (page 3)
By Mike Houlahan
Work programmes at KiwiRail’s Hillside workshops are decided for the next two years, but the 185 staff employed there remain unsure what will happen after the factory’s current contracts end.
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Snedden checks stadium progress (page 5)
By Mike Houlahan
Rugby World Cup chief executive Martin Snedden has been checking progress on the construction of the Forsyth Barr at University Plaza stadium as his top priority for his visit to Dunedin this Friday. Snedden’s Dunedin visit is the latest in a series of excursions around the country, to the various towns and cities hosting Rugby World Cup matches.
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Raising the roof (page 5)
The 398 tonne, 130m long roof truss for the Forsyth Barr multi-purpose roofed stadium in Dunedin, was lifted 35m into the sky at the weekend. The challenging five-hour operation could only be achieved in spcific weather conditions.
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The Rugby World Cup itself, the Webb Ellis Cup, will be on show in Dunedin on Friday. TVNZ’s Breakfast weather presenter Tamati Coffey is touring the country, and will be broadcast live from the Art Gallery in the Octagon, from 6.30-8.30am. Two pool game ticket packs will be given away to the best dressed rugby fan.

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Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 8)
Your say: Letters to the editor
Landmark to the rich by Harvey Kong Tin, South Dunedin
Stadium issues by Lee Vandervis, Roslyn
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Details: The finer points (page 10)
Library plot twist
By Wilma McCorkindale
A sudden plot twist last week has mystified readers of the continuing mystery entitled “Where will Dunedin’s new public library be built?” The main character in the story, the former Dunedin Chief Post Office building in the Exchange, had loomed as the most likely suspect in this “where-will-we-do-it” saga. But the plot thickened last week after the building was sold to another buyer whose four-star hotel plans mean the city’s books must find accommodation somewhere else.
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Library needs overhaul according to report (page 11)
In its report to the council in December 2005, Octa backed [Dunedin Public Libraries chief librarian] Bernie Hawke on the need for a South Dunedin library but also said that the Dunedin Public Library needed to be redeveloped. The library building, tucked in behind the staircased Dunedin Civic Centre, was designed in the 1970s and built in 1981.
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Little library needs a helping hand (page 11)
After almost a century of people borrowing from its shelves, St Kilda Community Library is asking folk to lend it a hand. It is looking to boost a small six-strong team of volunteer librarians, its dwindling membership, and its stack of titles, library committee president Gillian Lemon said.
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Taking shape (page 12)
By Mike Houlahan
A year into Hillside Engineering’s newest contract, workers can begin to see the finished product take shape. Well, one-third of it anyway. This week the KiwiRail-operated workshop unveiled its latest work in progress, carriages for the sightseeing trains the TranzCoastal and the TranzAlpine.
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Game: Beyond the scoreboard (page 20)
Pool problems
Dunedin’s pools are a success story, with the four main council-managed pools racking up three quarters of a million visits in the 2008/09 financial year. However, all that glitters isn’t gold. Huge demand by casual and fitness swimmers for their turn in the city’s pools has in turn limited access to the water for competitive swimmers and pool sports such as water polo.
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A recent report commissioned by the Dunedin City Council on pool services suggested a three-pronged strategy: upgrades at Moana and St Clair pools, new business practices, and a new pool at Mosgiel and a new inner city training pool.

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DScene – Geoff Thomson buys back former CPO

### DScene 12-5-10
Four star future (page 1)
The former central post office is set to become a luxury hotel, scuppering a proposal to redevelop the historic landmark as a central library. See page 3. #bookmark

Former PO to become hotel (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedin’s former Chief Post Office building will not become the city’s new library, and will instead be developed by Invercargill businessman Geoffrey Thomson into a luxury hotel. It is the second time Thomson, owner of the Distinction Hotel chain – with hotels in Te Anau, Queenstown and Rotorua – has owned the Dunedin building. In 2003 Thomson announced he had bought the property and had a $230 million revamp of it in mind.
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Quinn to visit Hillside Workshops (page 3)
By Mike Houlahan
KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn steps into the lion’s den today, visiting workers at its Hillside [Workshops] to explain the company’s position on tendering for the building of carriages and engines for Auckland’s rail system. […] “We believe there are good opportunities for any of the tenderers to be looking at Hillside and all the other suppliers to see if there is an opportunity to align themselves with New Zealand companies in order to fulfil the tender requirements.” –John Christie, Otago Chamber of Commerce

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Youth Zone: Final days to have your say (page 6)
The Dunedin City Council has had a huge response from young people to the Youth Zone(s) consultation, which has been underway for two months. The aim is to identify what the city currently offers young people for recreation and leisure, and what the gaps may be.
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Plan open to public now (page 7)
The public gets to see the Dunedin City Council’s plans for South Dunedin today. People like DCC principal urban designer Steve Miles and South Dunedin Business Association president Jane Orbell are presenting a public display and information day as part of consultation on the new South Dunedin Retail Centre Strategy document. Consultation ends May 28.
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Party scene with Pete Hodgson (page 8)
NZ transport is off the rails
Transport Minister Steven Joyce made a public pronouncement recently that New Zealand does not have the capacity to build Auckland’s new electric trains. He is wrong.
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Biz: Crunching the numbers (pages 14-15)
Robot love: Robotic applications key
Two nondescript sheds off Portsmouth Drive are home to a world-leading engineering firm. Mike Houlahan profiles Realcold. Very few firms worldwide have the capacity to build and install a state-of-the-art meat and food chain from scratch. In fact, long-established Dunedin firm Realcold Milmech think they may be the only ones.
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DCC Media Release – Chief Post Office

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

Chief Post Office’s Future Sorted

Last reviewed: 11 May 2010 9:10am

The former Chief Post Office building in Princes Street will be given a new lease on life – but not as a new site for the city’s central library.

The DCC has been conducting a feasibility analysis on the building’s suitability for adaptation to a library/office accommodation complex under an option from the building’s current owner South Canterbury Finance.

That option recently expired before the DCC analysis was completed and the Council has been unable to negotiate an extension after a firm offer to develop the building as a hotel was received by its owners.

The CPO building will now be developed as a 4 star hotel by Distinction Hotels whose owner, Mr Geoffrey Thomson, already owns hotels in Queenstown, Te Anau and Rotorua.

Mr Thomson, who hopes to have the Dunedin hotel open in time to meet demand for the Rugby World Cup, is excited by the opportunity to add to the city’s accommodation capacity.

“I think this is the most appropriate use of the building. Not only will it bring new construction jobs during the conversion to a hotel and then deliver dozens of permanent new jobs when complete, it will also grow the tourism market in Dunedin, Otago and Southland” said Mr Thomson.

Meanwhile, Mayor, Peter Chin, says the news is bittersweet. “We’re disappointed our plans for the Library have come to nothing. But the city will benefit from the development of a new hotel, which, like our Library plans, will revitalise an iconic heritage inner-city precinct.”

The Council had made no financial commitment to the development of the CPO. The costs of the analysis have been absorbed by the generosity of the consultants wishing to see the city landmark building put to good use.

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

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RWC 2011 ticket applications

### radionz.co.nz Updated at 1:04pm on 30 April 2010
World Cup ticket applications reached 325,000
Rugby fans worldwide have applied for 325,000 tickets worth over $55 million for next year’s World Cup in New Zealand. Rugby New Zealand 2011 chief executive Martin Snedden says that’s the equivalent of filling the redeveloped Eden Park more than five times over. The figure includes 190,000 tickets applied for since applications to the general public opened on Tuesday. The figure does not include 85,000 tickets already sold as part of the official travel and hospitality packages.
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### rnz.co.nz Updated at 6:37am on 30 April 2010
Work being found for Maori wardens at Rugby World Cup
Police are considering how they can use Maori wardens to help with any extra work associated with the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Superintendent Grant O’Fee, who’s in charge of police planning, says wardens and police are working more closely after a police-led training programme. He told Waatea News it makes sense to include them in planning for the cup. Some districts are more advanced than others and the response from Maori wardens has been extremely positive.
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DCC Media Release – RWC 2011

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

500 Days And Counting…

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 27 April, marks 500 days until the beginning of Rugby World Cup 2011, and planning is well underway.

Dunedin is familiar with the requirements of staging national and international events. Rugby World Cup 2011, however, sets a new standard and the Dunedin City Council, under direction from Rugby World Cup 2011 and NZ 2011, is well down the track in the nuts and bolts preparation for this tournament, working closely with the Otago Rugby Football Union, Tourism Dunedin and Otago Stadium.

The group has formed 13 steering groups to ensure nothing slips between the cracks. DCC Marketing and Communications Manager, Debra Simes, says, “From city beautification to traffic management, from training grounds to team hosting, the DCC, through these steering groups, will plan so that Dunedin is fully prepared and makes the most of the huge opportunities that the world’s third largest sporting tournament presents.”

The events calendar is beginning to fill up, with planning for the proposed Fan Zone in the Octagon and an eclectic range of Dunedin-wide events in the pipeline, from Port Chalmers, where locals are investigating a seafood festival, to sports event in Middlemarch where supporters can be the players and “represent their country” for fun rather than the glory. The Celtic Arts Festival, the Last Night of the Proms and other regular Dunedin events in October are ramping up their preparation and calendars to ensure the city has events to suit everyone.

The Otago Stadium construction schedule is progressing to plan and David Davies, CEO, Dunedin Venues Management Limited, says, “Rapid progress has been made on the construction of the Otago Stadium, and we are on track for completion in August 2011, well on schedule for the Rugby World Cup 2011. The finished product will be a world class venue that the region can be proud of and an important catalyst for the city’s future development.”

Workshops are already taking place for community and business groups to learn about how they can get involved, whether in the volunteer, hospitality, business or entertainment sectors. CEO of Rugby New Zealand 2011, Martin Sneddon, will be speaking at a lunch hosted by the DCC, Otago Rugby Football Union and Chamber of Commerce to encourage and inform the business community to embrace the opportunity presented by Rugby World Cup 2011.
Contact details

Contact Kim Newman on 477 4000.

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Note: “Otago Stadium” was the name used before the stadium’s name sponsor was announced in 2009.

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Construction: Inside Eden Park

@Aucklandtrains Latest Photos: Inside Eden Park as construction continues http://bit.ly/cf9XHr #auckland #RWC2011 #rugby #RWC

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OUTSIDE Eden Park…

@Aucklandtrains Talk about paved with gold Here’s Eden Park’s $3 million walkway for RWC rugby fans http://bit.ly/9yr66A #auckland #RWC2011 #rugby #edenpark

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NZRU comes a gutser

Don’t waste your energy weeping, New Zealand…
Anyone up for football? Use the round ball.

### ODT Online Thu, 22 Apr 2010
NZRU posts record $15.9m loss
The NZRU announced a record loss of $15.9 million for 2009 at its annual meeting in Wellington, attributing it to the impact of the global recession, along with investments in hosting the 2011 rugby World Cup. NZPA
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