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DCC pals up with Chorus —gigatown and telecoms cabinets

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
Return of the Cabinet Art

This item was published on 05 Nov 2014

Chorus cabinet art DunedinThe Dunedin City Council is calling on Dunedin artists to send in designs for the second round of Chorus’ telecommunications cabinet art programme, adding to the city’s growing street art scene.
Earlier this year the DCC and Chorus worked together with artists to transform regularly vandalised cabinets into works of art, many of which reflect stories about the communities surrounding them.
Following the success of this first round of cabinet art, the DCC and Chorus have opened up a second round and are calling for proposals for cabinets in Caversham, Roslyn, Concord, Brockville, Bradford, Mosgiel, St Clair, Wakari, The Glen and Momona.

Artists wanting to submit proposals need to supply an A4 hand sketch of their design, clearly define which cabinet the design is for, a short description of what the design means and a brief biography of any relevant experience. Proposals should be sent to the DCC by 12 noon on 12 December 2014.

For each of the ten cabinets Chorus will again pay $1000 to cover the design, painting and application of graffiti guard to protect the works. Materials, such as paint and brushes, are paid for on top of the fee. Artists are also provided with instructions on how to prepare the cabinet and graffiti-guard it once the painting is finished, with payment being made once the work is satisfactorily completed.
The DCC is helping collate submitted proposals and organise consent for the works while Chorus is the final judge of the art work chosen. Chorus will also consult with any adjoining landowners, if necessary, and engage successful artists to do the work. It is expected chosen artists will be asked to complete the works in January-February, once consents are finalised.
A list of the specific locations for this round of cabinets and entry details can be found at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/cabinetart. All finished art will be included on the Chorus website and already completed murals can be seen at http://www.chorus.co.nz/cabinet-art.

Contact DCC Policy Planner on 03 477 4000.

DCC Link

● 5.11.14 ODT More cabinet art for Dunedin city

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*Images: chorus.co.nz – street box art by (from top) Sam Ovens (Castle/Dundas Sts), Jon Chapman (George/Warrender Sts) and Aroha Novak (Neville St)

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Front page NEWS @!&^#$%

ODT 17.5.13 Budget page 1 lowres

Received from Grahame Sydney
Friday, 17 May 2013 5:35 p.m.

Just in case you were nursing some warm notions that our proudly independent local newspaper slaved to keep a balanced, objective approach to the day’s news and its presentation, a glance at today’s dominating front page story by Dene Mackenzie on yesterday’s National Party Budget might prove instructive.

Under the banner headline “It’s a Win for the South”, Mackenzie begins the story as follows:

“Budget 2013 provides plenty for the South” (my italics) then goes on to state “Most attention was directed towards the Budget’s focus on the lack of housing in Auckland and on the rebuilding of Canterbury – but there was certainly something for those in business south of the Waitaki.”

Given the statement that “most attention” was directed at Auckland housing and the rebuilding of Canterbury – by which single stroke Christchurch now becomes Canterbury – it’s hard to see where the “Win for the South” emerges triumphant, unless of course you’re in business south of the Waitaki.

Tough bikkies if you’re not in business…

The article then goes on to state that “Mr English’s Budget was reasonably exciting for the South”, listing at the top of its illustrations the allocation over the next four years of money for an additional 20 places at Otago Medical School, though not necessarily in Dunedin. Exciting indeed !

Further evidence of the “Win for the South” apparently lies in the additional money for aged care and dementia services, because “the South has an ageing population (and) regional medical services should be in line for some of that money.” Hmmmmmm.

I suppose Mackenzie would also claim a significant win for the lower latitudes in the $19 million taken from the general education allocation to fund John Banks’ charter schools project. That’s what you get with cynical coalitions.

However the best comes mid-way in the lead story, Mackenzie plainly stating the ODT’s biased position as follows:

“The major disappointment of the day was the failure of the Opposition to land a significant blow on what was Mr English’s fifth Budget.”

and
“Labour leader David Shearer resorted to cliches, calling it a “blackjack Budget””

and
“Green Party co-leaser Russel Norman demonstrated again his inability to read a balance sheet.”

and
“Apart from the three leaders saying National was, in various ways, catering for its “fat-cat developer mates” there was nothing for the Government to worry about from yesterday’s Opposition statements and speeches.”

Hey, here’s a bold idea:
Why not try keeping the front page news stories to reporting the facts, with some effort at balance, and let readers make their own decisions on matters of interpretation ? The Op Ed columns are the place for heavily-weighted opinion like this.

Grahame Sydney
Cambrian Valley, Central Otago

{ODT Online says —Editor: The article was clearly marked ‘Budget Comment’ in the ODT print edition. That it was not marked as such online was an error which was rectified.}

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