Author Archives: Lee Vandervis

Stuff now reporting on Covid-19 Mutations

“It does not appear the strains will grow more lethal as they evolve.” Eight strains of the coronavirus are circling the globe. They’re giving scientists clues Elizabeth Weise15:41, Mar 29 2020 Singapore scientists study genes to fast-track coronavirus vaccine Scientists … Continue reading

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Otago COVID-19 Welfare Helpline 0800 322 4000

The helpline is now available to coordinate requests for assistance in relation to emergency food, household good/services and other welfare-type requests for the Otago region. Dunedin City Council via the Customer Services Contact Centre 03-4774000 will receive calls and log … Continue reading

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Quarantine humour for a larf :<)

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No Vaccine or anti-viral yet, but

Medical science has come a long way in the 100 years since the Spanish flu, as many have said. In my view better hygiene, control of symptoms and understanding how to slow viral spread will ensure that relatively few will … Continue reading

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Don’t hold any hope that Coved-19 will be over in a short period of time.

The 4-week lock-down is just the first stage. Ex Wikipedia – “The Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic,[2] was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic. Lasting from January 1918 to December 1920, it infected 500 million people—about a quarter of the world’s population … Continue reading

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DCC request for remote meetings a week ago…

From: Lee Vandervis <lee@vandervision.co.nz> Date: Monday, 16 March 2020 at 8:53 AM To: Sue Bidrose <Sue.Bidrose@dcc.govt.nz>, Sandy Graham <Sandy.Graham@dcc.govt.nz>, “Council 2019-2022 (Elected Members)” <council.2019-2022@dcc.govt.nz> Cc: Karilyn Canton <Karilyn.Canton@dcc.govt.nz> Subject: Remote meetings Hi Sue and Sandy, Further to my wife having … Continue reading

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT WAGE SUBSIDY INFO

https://www.employment.govt.nz/leave-and-holidays/other-types-of-leave/coronavirus-workplace/wage-subsidy/

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3 NOTICES OF MOTION for the next full Council meeting 31/03/20

Following discussions with Councillors I have limited the number of needed responses to our drastically impacted society to these urgent first 3 Motions. From: Lee Vandervis <lee@vandervision.co.nz> Date: Friday, 20 March 2020 at 9:39 AM To: Sue Bidrose <Sue.Bidrose@dcc.govt.nz>, Sandy … Continue reading

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GOOD that Central Government have finally closed our borders.

There is still a chance of containing Covid-19 on our remote under-populated islands. My personal advice is to keep physical distance, avoid travel [especially in public transport like buses], and do not go to work if that involves significant social … Continue reading

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STAY HOME – Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

Section 83 of the Health and Safety Act details your rights; Right of worker to cease or refuse to carry out unsafe work (1) A worker may cease, or refuse to carry out, work if the worker believes that carrying … Continue reading

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Unsustainable DCC – the practice of our sustainability preachers.

A summary with Neil McMillan on Otago Access Radio… https://accessmedia.nz/ProgrammePage.aspx?PID=de8f455a-1584-4c96-9c34-51ccb60a2027  

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Viral positives?

‘It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good’ Travel restrictions may have a small silver lining for Dunedin ratepayers, as DCC staff discover that most travel is unnecessary… From: Sharon Bodeker <Sharon.Bodeker@dcc.govt.nz> Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019 at … Continue reading

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Dunedin doesn’t have a Democracy, we have a Bureaucracy. There is much more to the 6.5% budgeted rates rise:

In our ‘Democracy’ local government staff are supposed to provide balanced information on which elected DCC representatives then make decisions. DCC Staff agendas and reports can run to several centimeters thick of fine print, but the relevant information is too … Continue reading

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Staff costs causing rates rise

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/dcc/low-income-rates-burden-concern    

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Veteran Dunedin/Brighton Rally Speech

Veteran Dunedin to Brighton Rally.                                                                           18/01/2020 Thank you all for coming here today on the first day of summer to celebrate our brilliant Vintage fossil-fueled Heritage. I am Cr. Lee Vandervis and on behalf of the Dunedin City Council I … Continue reading

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The DCC 2GP has made the housing crisis worse, but ODT Hawkins-friendly reporter Chris Morris fails to mention that Crs Hawkins and Benson-Pope were highly-paid Cull-appointed commissioners on the 2GP that pushed through the crazy zoning and other rules that have reduced building options in Dunedin and made the few available sections unaffordable.

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/dcc/no-quick-housing-fix-dunedin-mayor-says Reporter Morris does say that the DCC Second Generation Plan “had been blamed for holding up the development of hundreds of new homes”, and says that “The 2GP itself has also been described by one property developer as “broken” … Continue reading

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Why ‘Pedestrianisation’ works in ancient European capital Downtowns but won’t work here.

From: Lee Vandervis <lee@vandervision.co.nz> Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019 at 2:11 PM To: Monique Elleboode <Monique.Elleboode@dcc.govt.nz>, “Council 2019-2022 (Elected Members)” <council.2019-2022@dcc.govt.nz> Cc: <chris@redheron.com>, Sue Bidrose <Sue.Bidrose@dcc.govt.nz>, Sandy Graham <Sandy.Graham@dcc.govt.nz>, Simon Drew <Simon.Drew@dcc.govt.nz> Subject: Re: Cycleways and pedestrianisation [#ABE06C] Dear decision-makers … Continue reading

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What was it that enraged so many about the latest Tremain measles cartoon?

Several people have asked me why Tremain has been censored by the ODT because they had not seen the cartoon, just heard the fallout. So here it is: Tremain has been accused of ‘casual and subliminal racism’, with this cartoon … Continue reading

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Some surprises in Election Spending and Donations, especially Cr. Garey at just under the legal $55,000 maximum just topping Cull’s last spend with the same PR business [if the 2016 $42,000+ share claimed by Cr. Staynes can be believed].

Return-of-Electoral-Donations-and-Expenses-Mayor-2019

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Missing Tremain

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