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DCC Representation Review: Electoral wards and boundaries

### ODT Online Tue, 23 Sep 2014
Central ward questioned
By Chris Morris
Dunedin could consider scrapping its central ward – and even the need for some councillors – as part of a shake-up of its local body electoral system. However, exactly what – if anything – will replace the current arrangements remains up for debate, as the council searches for panel members to consider the alternatives. Dunedin’s representation review was required by law this term, but councillors at yesterday’s full council meeting voted to extend the deadline for recruiting panel members until November 3.
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Report – Council – 22/09/2014 (PDF, 77.3 KB)
Representation Review – Update on Appointment of Review Team

DCC Ward and Community Board Maps 2013

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2013 Central Ward Boundary Map2013 Mosgiel Taieri Ward Boundary map2013 Waikouaiti Coast-Chalmers Ward Boundary map

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30.11.11 amalgamation, Anyone?
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16.6.09 ‘Super ward’ + Stevenson chasing votes over apology (ODT)

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Election campaigns: Butcher doesn’t see the point of social networking with blogs or Facebook sites

### ODT Online Sat, 10 Apr 2010
Candidate groups may come to fore
By David Loughrey
With changes to Dunedin’s ward system creating a large urban ward for the central city, sitting councillors and new candidates are reviewing their options for the campaign ahead. Success in politics rests heavily on having a name that voters recognise. While that has always been the case, changes to the ward system in Dunedin this year will mean more candidates to choose from across a wider area.

Key election dates
> July 5: Enrolment campaign begins, election packs sent.
> July 23: Nominations open.
> August 20 (midday): Nominations close, electoral roll closes.
> September 17-22: Voting papers sent out, voting starts on 17th.
> Saturday, October 9: Election day

Last election spending
> Mayoral candidate Olivier Lequeux: $35,275 (unsuccessful).
> Mayor Peter Chin: $24,853
> Former councillor Lee Vandervis’ Open Democracy (five candidates, unsuccessful): $29,366
> Greater Dunedin (five candidates, three successful): Dave Cull: $10,605, Chris Staynes: $11,141, Kate Wilson: $8767
> Most councillors spent less than $5000.
> Deputy Mayor Syd Brown spent just $572 on advertising.

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Voting system heralds change

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Super ward at Dunedin?


### ODT Online Tue, 8 Sep 2009
Councillors vote for Dunedin super ward
By David Loughrey

Dunedin looks set for a major change to its local government voting system, with the city council opting for a super ward that will mean the four wards taking in most of the urban area get dumped. Councillors foreshadowed what they said was an eventual move to a single unitary authority for the city, with a merged regional and city council.
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### Channel 9 News Monday, September 7th, 2009
DCC votes to change the ward system

The Dunedin City Council voted this afternoon to change the ward system that will effect the 2010 Local Body elections.
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The Mayor recommended the change.

Does it help or hinder then, to know Michael Guest is already pitching fast and loose for the development of scenic sites around the city? (ODT Link)

He, the developer’s friend, obviously wants to stay on council. Should we give him the opportunity? Does he still want to be a mayoral contender?

These are the million dollar questions.

Yes, some development of scenic sites should happen but not at the mercy of shredding the central city further of its charm and vitality.

Increasingly, the main street is looking like (facadist) Dunedin disneyland.

More encroachments on our heritage city fabric are planned and in the wings, in the absence of a well-thought out master plan for the city.

Under Cr Guest’s watch as Chair of Planning and Environment we’re losing too much of value in the built environment – and the heritage strategy is turning out to be an unrequited farce.



### ODT Online Mon, 7 Sep 2009
Opinion: Buildings were expected to last
By Peter Entwisle

Do Victorian buildings have a use-by date conveniently just expired? It would be significant for Dunedin if they did. Some people are seriously asserting this.
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### ODT Online Thu, 10 Sep 2009
Opinion: City has no difficulty in ignoring its history

An awareness of history is the key to support for heritage buildings, Jo Galer of Dunedin, believes. The threat to a row of historic buildings in Princes Street shows how, despite the frequently regretted loss of so much of Dunedin’s early architecture, the lessons of our past keep being ignored.
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– Jo Galer researched the story of the Stock Exchange Building for her BA (hons) dissertation in history at the University of Otago.


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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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‘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.


### 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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