Chris Morris

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.

Spending warning, rates likely up 3%

Spending warning, rates likely up 3%

The Dunedin City Council has pencilled in a 3% rates rise for its next budget, but only after a last-minute warning the council was ''tempting fate'' by planning to spend $600,000 in hard-earned savings.

Hearing support criticised

Hearing support criticised

The Dunedin City Council's support for lengthy public consultation over exploratory oil and gas drilling has been criticised by one of its own councillors.

$50,000 fund to explore savings

$50,000 fund to explore savings

The Dunedin City Council hopes more funding to investigate potential savings initiatives could create a snowball effect that benefits ratepayers.

Stadium review careful, not quick

Stadium review careful, not quick

The Dunedin City Council's top-to-bottom review of the Forsyth Barr Stadium operation could take longer than first thought, chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose says.

Library debate drags on

Library debate drags on

The Dunedin City Council will consider funding a temporary library in South Dunedin as a stopgap measure, after Mayor Dave Cull yesterday urged councillors to help an area ''neglected for decades''.

Book Bus review a possibility

Plans for a South Dunedin community complex - including a library - could spell the end for some of the city's urban Book Bus routes, a Dunedin City Council manager says.

Inquiry over manager continues

The Dunedin City Council expects an investigation into a possible conflict of interest involving one of its managers to take another couple of weeks.

Spending cuts trim rates rise

Spending cuts trim rates rise

The DCC cannot afford to be ''profligate'' when attention turns to its next budget later this week, despite staff trimming millions of dollars of spending to cut the forecast rates increase to just 2.5%, Mayor Dave Cull says.

Council set to crest debt summit

Council set to crest debt summit

The Dunedin City Council looks set to reach the summit of its debt mountain and start paying it down over the other side.