ODT 2013.2

Articles that have appeared in Allied Press publication Otago Daily Times from March 2013.

Editorial, photos and pictures of persons related to articles are those published by the ODT and available from its online content at the links provided. Break out quotes and voting information amended in table format are my tweaks.


Council to help with groyne design work

By Debbie Porteous on Tue, 5 Mar 2013

The Dunedin City Council has agreed to work with the group proposing a rock groyne that could protect Te Rauone Beach from erosion, to ensure the application for a resource consent contains the best information possible.



Dunedin’s cultural reputation boosted

By John Gibb on Wed, 6 Mar 2013

The Toitu Otago Settlers Museum’s $37.5 million redevelopment is adding to Dunedin’s growing reputation as a nationally significant culture and heritage visitor destination, museum director Linda Wigley says.



Plenty of questions but financial reports accepted

By Debbie Porteous on Thu, 7 Mar 2013

Presenters were peppered with questions from one councillor yesterday as Dunedin city councillors otherwise whipped through a series of regular financial reports indicating general improvements in council and council-owned company performance.



Illegal truck moves a safety concern

By Debbie Porteous on Thu, 14 Mar 2013

The New Zealand Transport Agency and Dunedin City Council have had talks with Cadbury staff after being horrified to learn large trucks were sometimes driving against one-way traffic to enter the Dunedin factory yard.



Interim DCC finance team details soon

By Debbie Porteous on Sat, 16 Mar 2013

An interim leadership arrangement for the Dunedin City Council’s finance team is expected to be announced early next week, following the departure this week of the general manager of finance and resources.



Groups able to use part of stadium free of charge

By Debbie Porteous on Tue, 19 Mar 2013

The managers of the Forsyth Barr Stadium have opened up one end of the venue for use by the community free of charge as part of a $750,000 annual service level agreement with the Dunedin City Council.



Heritage building projects awarded

Thu, 21 Mar 2013

A 130-year-old former head office and a project to strengthen a 104-year-old student hall of residence are the big winners of Dunedin’s annual heritage reuse awards this year.



Council concerns for road funding

By Chris Morris on Wed, 24 Apr 2013

There are fears Dunedin could lose out to Auckland as a result of proposed changes to the way the New Zealand Transport Agency allocates funding for roading projects.



Council yields on street naming policy

By Chris Morris on Sat, 27 Apr 2013

The developer of a Mosgiel subdivision has won the right to name his own streets and pathways, but only after threatening to use hard-to-pronounce Scottish village names instead.



Botanic Garden sculpture provokes outrage

By Debbie Porteous on Tue, 14 May 2013

If art is meant to provoke a reaction, then the Friends of the Botanic Garden’s proposed 150th anniversary sculpture for the Dunedin Botanic Garden has achieved its purpose before it is even installed.



Plans for library may be hastened

By Chris Morris on Tue, 14 May 2013

Plans for a South Dunedin library may be accelerated after city councillors pushed for faster progress yesterday.



Gasworks repairs may cost $2.5m

By Chris Morris on Tue, 14 May 2013

Dunedin City Council funding for the Dunedin Gasworks Museum is ”chewing gum to stick the thing together”, and more than $2.5 million could be needed to save the buildings, the council’s city property manager says.



Linking of cycleways sparks concerns about ‘grand prix’

By Chris Morris on Wed, 15 May 2013

Plans to plug a missing link in Dunedin’s harbourside cycleway near Forsyth Barr Stadium risk creating a ”grand prix” racing circuit complete with hairpin corners, city councillors fear.



Council opts to drop fluoride level

By Chris Morris on Wed, 15 May 2013

The amount of fluoride being added to Dunedin’s drinking water is to be reduced within days, after city councillors opted to play it safe despite lingering doubts over the science behind the debate.



Council funding round lucky for some; others miss out

By Chris Morris on Thu, 16 May 2013

Dunedin city councillors were forced to grit their teeth and pick winners and losers when confronted with a list of smaller funding requests yesterday.



Help for gas works a ‘no-brainer’

By Chris Morris on Thu, 16 May 2013

The Dunedin City Council has authorised a $100,000 emergency loan and will seek expert advice to tackle mounting concern over the deteriorating condition of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum.



Late bid for more money rejected

By Chris Morris on Thu, 16 May 2013

A last-minute bid to increase the Dunedin City Council’s share of funding for a rock breakwater to protect Te Rauone Beach, on Otago Peninsula, has failed.



Parking changes for cycling safety approved

By Debbie Porteous on Tue, 21 May 2013

Plans to rejig parking to improve the safety of cyclists on Dunedin’s main thoroughfares have been approved after many questions and some criticism from city councillors.



Mayoral contest heats up

By Chris Morris on Wed, 22 May 2013

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull faces a political challenge – possibly from all sides – as the race for the city’s robe and chains later this year begins to heat up.



Bankrupt Lequeux bidding for mayoralty again

By Chris Morris on Thu, 23 May 2013

Bankrupt businessman Olivier Lequeux wants to swap the horse stables for the mayor’s office.



Aaron Hawkins Greens mayoral candidate

By Chris Morris on Sat, 25 May 2013

Student radio broadcaster Aaron Hawkins took aim at the Dunedin City Council as he was confirmed as the Green Party’s candidate for the Dunedin mayoralty last night.



Museum target $520,000 away

By John Gibb on Mon, 27 May 2013

Only another $520,000 has to be raised towards a $12.05 million community funding target for the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum redevelopment, thanks mainly to successful fundraising.



Council firms must get back to basics

Opinion: Thu, 20 Jun 2013

Are the Dunedin City Council-owned companies out of control, asks city councillor Lee Vandervis.

Revelations in recent years regarding our DCC-owned companies’ performances has taken my councillor levels of concern up to serious worry.



53 Delta employees earning $100,000-plus

By Rebecca Fox on Thu, 20 Jun 2013

Despite making 40 people redundant by closing its Christchurch civil contracting business this week, DCC-owned Delta employs 53 people on salaries of $100,000 or more.

Dunedin City councillor Lee Vandervis said Mr Cameron was paid more than $460,000 a year and received significant bonuses, ”despite awful financials and ongoing layoffs”.



Whiley to stand for council and mayoralty

By Chris Morris on Sat, 22 Jun 2013

Chisholm Park Golf Club professional Andrew Whiley is to take another swing at local politics in Dunedin.



Worries of businesses hit cycleway

By Chris Morris on Wed, 17 Jul 2013

Dunedin’s multimillion-dollar cycleway plans have hit a speed bump after opposition from a group of businesses forced part of the new network to be put on hold.



Calls for accountability over failure of sea wall

By Chris Morris on Wed, 17 Jul 2013

Calls for accountability were met with pleas for a trial before a hanging as Dunedin city councillors considered the failure of the St Clair sea wall yesterday.



Draft strategy approved

By Chris Morris on Fri, 19 Jul 2013

Public councillors gave their tick of approval this week.



Calvert confirms bid for mayoralty

By Chris Morris on Fri, 19 Jul 2013

Hilary Calvert has joined the race for the Dunedin mayoralty, saying she hopes to cash in on disillusionment with Dave Cull’s performance in his first term.



Stadium cost may blow out to $260m

By Chris Morris on Fri, 2 Aug 2013

Heads will not roll over the Forsyth Barr Stadium budget blowout, but the total bill could rise again to more than $260 million, it has been revealed.

Cr Lee Vandervis said the lack of accountability was ”extremely disappointing”.



DCC nominations on a par with 2010

By Chris Morris on Sat, 10 Aug 2013

The traditional last-minute rush is set to begin for Dunedin City Council candidates, as more names emerge a week before the nominations deadline.



Local body elections 2013: The Nominations

Sat, 17 Aug 2013

Dunedin City Council

* = sitting member

Mayoralty (One required):

  • Kevin Dwyer
  • Andrew Whiley
  • *Dave Cull
  • Aaron Hawkins
  • Hilary Calvert
  • Pete George
  • Lee Vandervis
  • Olivier Lequeux
  • Steve McGregor

Central Ward (11 required):

  • *John Bezett
  • Kevin Dwyer
  • Kevin Neill
  • David Benson-Pope
  • Warren Voight
  • Neville Peat
  • Andrew Whiley
  • *Chris Staynes
  • *Teresa Stevenson
  • Ali Copeman
  • Tat Loo
  • Irene Mosley
  • *Dave Cull
  • Aaron Hawkins
  • Pete George
  • Rachel Elder
  • Letisha Nicholas
  • Doug Hall
  • Hilary Calvert
  • Malcolm Dixon
  • Conrad Stedman
  • Lindsay Harrison
  • *Jinty MacTavish
  • *Richard Thomson
  • Phillip Cole
  • Christine Garey
  • Nigel Harwood
  • Lee Vandervis
  • Olivier Lequeux
  • *Paul Hudson
  • Francisco Hernandez
  • John Evans
  • Tom Ross
  • Julian Crawford
  • Kim Mitchell

Mosgiel Taieri Ward (Two required):

  • Martin Dillon
  • Mike Lord
  • *Kate Wilson

Waikouaiti Coast-Chalmers Ward (One required – no election required):

  • *Andrew Noone



Race for public office begins

Sat, 17 Aug 2013

The race for public office is officially under way after nominations for local body elections closed yesterday.



Even tighter pokie rules?

By Debbie Porteous on Tue, 20 Aug 2013

New rules on poker machine numbers in Dunedin could be tightened even further.



Video: Rumblings over Harbour Cone

By Chris Morris on Tue, 20 Aug 2013

There was plenty of heat, but no eruption, as Dunedin city councillors pointed fingers over a new management approach for Harbour Cone yesterday.



Candidates outline strategies on tourism

By Debbie Porteous on Thu, 29 Aug 2013

Dunedin’s nine mayoral aspirants did their best to court the tourism sector at their first mayoral candidates forum in the city last night.



Radical highway plan for city

By Chris Morris on Thu, 29 Aug 2013

A radical plan to build a new state highway close to Dunedin’s waterfront – freeing other parts of the city from heavy traffic – could be set for another hearing.



Draft transport strategy passes

By Chris Morris on Tue, 3 Sep 2013

Dunedin’s draft transport strategy has cleared another hurdle, despite being criticised again by one of the city councillors considering the 30-year plan.



Council to consider variable speed zones

By Chris Morris on Wed, 4 Sep 2013

The Dunedin City Council is to consider introducing new 40kmh variable speed limit zones outside some schools.



Council, board clash over rights to money

By Chris Morris on Thu, 5 Sep 2013

The Dunedin City Council is locked in a tussle with one of its community boards after both claimed rights to money from trees harvested at Walton Park.



Waipori Fund improves to $76.3m

By Chris Morris on Thu, 5 Sep 2013

The return to health of the Dunedin City Council’s multimillion-dollar Waipori Fund should not encourage councillors to consider selling it, the fund’s head has warned.



Recycling in landfill ‘not an option’

By Debbie Porteous on Thu, 5 Sep 2013

Stockpiled recycling will not be put in the landfill if no new market can be found, the Dunedin City Council says.



Mayoral candidates put on an entertaining show at arts forum

By Nigel Benson on Fri, 6 Sep 2013

Perhaps they should do a season. The Fortune Theatre was three-quarters full for last night’s entertaining premiere of the Dunedin mayoral arts forum.



Key issues set to spur lively debate

By Chris Morris on Tue, 10 Sep 2013

Expect a clash of ideas and styles when the nine contenders fighting to be Dunedin’s next mayor square off in public later today.




City's debt and future main issues in debate

Image: ODT Online.

City’s debt and future main issues in debate

Platforms set out at mayoral forum

By Chris Morris on Wed, 11 Sep 2013

Battle lines were drawn as Dunedin’s mayoral candidates squared off yesterday over the future of the city and its economy.


However, Cr Lee Vandervis insisted the city was being sucked dry by debt costs that continued to mount under Mr Cull and his ”Greater Debt Dunedin” team.



Fiery reconvening of transport group

Fiery reconvening of transport group

Tempers flare over draft strategy wording changes

By Chris Morris on Sat, 14 Sep 2013

There have been more last-minute changes to the Dunedin City Council’s draft transport strategy after another fiery debate that brought allegations of political grandstanding yesterday.



Cat committee causes concern for SPCA

By Debbie Porteous on Sun, 15 Sep 2013

Dunedin’s newly formed ”cat committee” is already running into controversy.

[…] Candidates were asked by an audience member if they would consider licensing and registering cats.

Olivier Lequeux was all for it, but Cr Lee Vandervis said it was an ”absolutely absurd” idea, and asked what would be next: ”Budgies?”