### D Scene 24-2-10
What’s next for the Octagon? (front cover)
Radical plans to revamp the Octagon have been viewed by city councillors. #Bookmark
Plans may be shelved (page 3)
By Michelle Sutton
Plans for a radical revamp of Dunedin’s Octagon, described by Mayor Peter Chin as “visionary”, seem doomed to gather dust on a shelf.
[Use of the word “Architect” is legally protected under the New Zealand Registered Architects Act (2005). On 21 August 2009 a query was put to the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) seeking to clarify if Fred van Brandenburg was a registered architect. The same day a reply was received that Mr Brandenburg was not registered and that NZRAB was beginning a procedure to get him registered. On 12 November 2009, subject to a further query, the NZRAB chief executive confirmed that Mr Brandenburg was now a New Zealand Registered Architect, registration number 2493. -Elizabeth Kerr]
3D may come to Dunedin cinema (page 3)
Hoyts are expected to announce Dunedin’s first 3D cinema theatre next month. Hoyts Octagon location manager Darryl McLeod cautioned there could be some difficulties. “There are no guarantees.”
Mobile kitchen proving popular (page 5)
By Wilma McCorkindale
“Please can I have some more?” It was a common question from Otago University students lining up for fresh fruit and a cooked meal at the Otago Farmers Market new mobile kitchen launched during Orientation Week on Monday. Otago Farmers Market Trust chairman Paul Crack said it had been purpose-built to promote healthy eating and to show the public how to cook seasonal foods from the Otago Farmers Market.
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Vandalism message (page 5)
Dunedin city has been dubbed New Zealand’s capital of heritage vandalism by disgruntled city landlord Jeff Dickie. Dickie erected this sign [pictured] on one of his tenanted buildings in George St depicting his version of a new city slogan yesterday, claiming the city council had a lack of interest on the heritage value of some city buildings.
[The Dunedin Heritage Fund is not “a city council fund”, as mentioned in the article. The Fund is a separate legal entity to that of “Dunedin City Council”, and has its own deed of constitution. The Fund is jointly administered by representatives of Council and New Zealand Historic Places Trust. For more information contact the Fund secretary Pam Jordan at Dunedin City Council. -Elizabeth Kerr, former NZHPT Otago Branch chair and representative on the DHF Committee]
Wards format still open (page 6)
By Wilma McCorkindale
The future format of Dunedin City Council wards remains undecided with a new March deadline given by the Local Government Commission. Local Government Commission chief executive Donald Riezebos said commissioners were striving to deliver representation reviews for a number of New Zealand centres.
Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 8)
Your say: Letters to the editor
Stadium stance by Ross White, Dunedin
Investigation key by Peter Attwooll, Dunedin
Well answered by Gavin MacDonald, St Kilda
Pre-draft plan by Bill Jeffreys, Woodhaugh
Details: The finer points (pages 10-11)
Waste not: New processes for plant
There may be not a drop of water to drink, in spite of it being everywhere, at the Tahuna Wastewater Treatment Plant in Dunedin. But it’s getting purer by the day as the city council takes plunges into the second stage of its upgrade. Wilma McCorkindale reports.
Counting down: Stadium countdown (pages 12-13)
Stadium bosses are on a count down. Michelle Sutton reports.
Five hundred and twenty two days to go until stadium D day – and counting. Well, stadium bosses are. Numbers from an old cricket scoreboard hanging in the Carisbrook Stadium Trust offices serves as a daily reminder to staff working towards the August 1, 2011, completion date, of how many days are left to go.
Dunedin eyes 3D industry (page 18)
By Michelle Sutton
Dunedin is gearing up to become New Zealand’s 3D hub. 3D experts say the city is poised to cash in on the multimillion-dollar industry, which is gaining momentum and growing in NZ on the back of 3D hit Avatar. They say Dunedin’s film industry is picking up more 3D work, and is well positioned to become the country’s 3D hub, with the skills and experience to cover work in television, sports, animation and cinema.
Post by Elizabeth Kerr