Chris Morris

Pro-drilling councillor criticises MP's stance

Pro-drilling councillor criticises MP's stance

A Dunedin city councillor has accused Dunedin North Labour MP David Clark of putting votes before jobs as the debate over exploratory gas drilling heats up in the South.

Chinese celebrations reach new heights

Chinese celebrations reach new heights

The Year of the Horse started with a bang as a crowd of several thousand gathered at the Dunedin Chinese Garden to celebrate Chinese New Year last night.

Protests planned against drill ship

Protests planned against drill ship

Protesters are vowing to ''peacefully confront'' Anadarko's drill ship when it arrives off Otago's coast, but another seismic survey vessel working for oil giant Shell has already slipped into the area.

Chamber may back higher commercial tax

The Otago Chamber of Commerce says it could support a rates hike that would result in Dunedin's commercial sector paying more.

Targeted rate for events dropped

Targeted rate for events dropped

The Dunedin City Council has scrapped an ''unworkable'' plan to hike rates for some businesses - but not others - to help pay for the Forsyth Barr Stadium's events fund, deputy mayor Chris Staynes says.

Rates focus in review of stadium

Rates focus in review of stadium

The Dunedin City Council's review of the Forsyth Barr Stadium operating model will have to grapple with the potential to fuel a money-go-round that could drive up rates across the city, council staff say.

Chairman defends stadium profit predictions

Chairman defends stadium profit predictions

The chairman of the company running Dunedin's troubled Forsyth Barr Stadium, Sir John Hansen, has been forced to defend ''optimistic'' predictions of profit, as the company eyes a possible six-figure drop in revenue next year.

Review does not discourage CEO candidates

The planned shakeup of Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium has failed to discourage candidates lining up to run the troubled venue, stadium company board chairman Sir John Hansen says.

DCC's bid to boost public meeting crowds

The Dunedin City Council is to consider revamping the way it consults its community in a push to boost crowds at some public meetings.

Concerns disaster insurance lacking

Concerns disaster insurance lacking

The Dunedin City Council is relying on guaranteed access to a $200 million loan in the event a natural disaster strikes, it has been confirmed.