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I miss Tremain, and the DCC group debt which was ‘only’ $200 million when I was first elected and is now budgeted to be $1,000 million, despite my years of effort.

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Aspriations – 10 Year Plan workshop

Today’s workshop produced a wide variety of aspirations from DCC elected representatives in response to the following questions. My response follows: What are your THREE main ambitions/aspirations for your community over the next 10 years? What are THREE key challenges … Continue reading

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DCC Annual Plan promises Increased Rates, Debt, & Staff-costs again [far in excess of inflation] when the Tax-Payer’s Union has 102 Ways Councils can save money…

The DCC has done just some of 2 of the 102 ways… 102_Ways From: Lee Vandervis <lee@vandervision.co.nz> Date: Thursday, 28 May 2020 at 10:40 AM To: “Council 2019-2022 (Elected Members)” <council.2019-2022@dcc.govt.nz> Cc: Sue Bidrose <Sue.Bidrose@dcc.govt.nz>, Sandy Graham <Sandy.Graham@dcc.govt.nz>, Dave Tombs … Continue reading

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The George st 10kph Pedestrian Shared Space debate

Abuse of the Chair’s powers and Zoom muting of my comments – 18.10 is where these abuses begin. I agree that DCC Standing Orders should be rigorously observed at meetings to promote transparency and Democracy.  The relevant Standing Order 25.2 … Continue reading

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George st now Pedestrian Shared Space

George st retail area Traffic Lanes have just today become a Pedestrian Shared Space, with speed humps, a 10kph speed limit, and over $10,000 worth of 10kph signs that were already purchased in advance of the Council 9-4 decision. The … Continue reading

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Personally Positive ODT Letters this week.

My letter to the ODT: “Don’t see the value”. Letter to the ODT Editor Dear Barry, Mayor Hawkins “don ‘t see the value in us going through a process where we significantly reconfigure what it is that we offer our … Continue reading

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How the Dunedin 2019 Mayoral Election was won…

My submission to the Electoral Commission and the Minister of Local Government raising issues from the 2019 Election, with the Minister’s reply recently received: From: Lee Vandervis <lee@vandervision.co.nz> Date: Friday, 28 February 2020 at 10:31 AM To: Justice department <ju@parliament.govt.nz>, … Continue reading

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DCC borrowing $60 million for “Surface Treatments” from George St. to the Exchange, is being ‘justified’ by underground pipe renewals.

I am all for spending on needed deferred maintenance of pipes and cables, but the $60 million still planned for Surface Treatments is unjustifiable. From: Lee Vandervis <lee@vandervision.co.nz> Date: Wednesday, 29 April 2020 at 10:11 PM To: <jared.oliver@dcc.govt.nz> Cc: “Council … Continue reading

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Massive testing required to end lock-downs safely…

How to build and deploy testing systems at unprecedented scale – from today’s Economist magazine. Countries will have to do it to end their lockdowns safely Apr 22nd 2020 SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19, is an unobtrusive piece of … Continue reading

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Up-to-date Statistics for many countries…

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/    

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Is South Korea [50 million people] a covid-response model we should have followed? More testing, less lock-down?

from today’s New York Times: Lifted by virus response, South Korea’s governing party wins election President Moon Jae-in’s governing party, credited with an effective response to the coronavirus outbreak, won a landslide victory in South Korea’s parliamentary elections. Mr. Moon’s … Continue reading

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Economy versus Covid deaths.

It is not a simple choice, as Economic collapse means extra deaths as well from many causes, and we haven’t seen the increase in suicides info yet…from today’s Economist magazine. Does crashing the Economy really save lives? Future historians will … Continue reading

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Explanation of the disappearance of Cr. Benson-Pope from my FaceBook page.

From: David Benson-Pope <David.Benson-Pope@dcc.govt.nz> Date: Tuesday, 7 April 2020 at 6:11 PM To: Lee Vandervis <lee@vandervision.co.nz> Cc: Clare Sullivan <clare.sullivan@dcc.govt.nz>, “Council 2019-2022 (Elected Members)” <council.2019-2022@dcc.govt.nz>, Sue Bidrose <Sue.Bidrose@dcc.govt.nz>, Sandy Graham <Sandy.Graham@dcc.govt.nz>, Simon Drew <Simon.Drew@dcc.govt.nz>, Dave Tombs <Dave.Tombs@dcc.govt.nz>, Nanaia Mahuta <n.mahuta@ministers.govt.nz> … Continue reading

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‘Hospital still being built’ says Health Minister Clark.

“‘…the new Dunedin Hospital is rock solid.’ he said” ODT 4/4/20. This having discovered [after buying the land without doing due diligence] that the land is a deep pug swamp requiring enormously expensive deep foundations that may not support an … Continue reading

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There goes the Cruise-ship business, and like many related businesses, maybe permanently.

From today’s Economist magazine… Holed under the waterline The coronavirus may sink the cruise-ship business The industry has few friends and its main customers, the elderly, may shun it for good It seems that the Cruise-ship industry is unlikely to … Continue reading

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The commercial construction industry is at risk. NBR article by Russell Lund

“A House of Cards based on cashflow” The vertical commercial construction industry is at a precipice. In less than 6 weeks that precipice will crumble and there will be very few, if any locally based larger national main contractors not … Continue reading

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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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