Waterfront hotel developer Jing Song. Photo supplied.
The Otago businesswoman behind Dunedin's proposed
waterfront hotel stepped into the public arena yesterday,
talking about her passion for the city and the vision for the
As earlier indicated in the Otago Daily Times, Jing
Song is the promoter behind Betterways Advisory, the company
wanting to build the 28-storey hotel in Wharf St.
Responding to critics of the project, Ms Song said yesterday
the development was about advancing the city.
''The hotel is an exciting and invigorating project for
Dunedin, a city I love.
''We've got the opportunity to have the best hotel in the
country. Dunedin is ready for a world-class hotel and here's
A model of the proposed waterfront hotel.
The Dunedin City Council committee considering the
company's application for a resource consent for the project
resumes its hearings on Monday. Betterways was asked for five
additional pieces of information by the committee before the
resumption of the hearings.
Ms Song, who is in her late 20s and lives in Queenstown, was
educated at St Andrew's College, in Christchurch, before
winning a scholarship to the University of Otago to study for
degrees in accountancy and theatre.
By 22, Ms Song was a member of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants and practised accountancy with WHK in Dunedin,
previously known as Taylor McLachlan Ltd. She is an associate
member of the CPA Australia and a former member of Dunedin
''I can't talk highly enough about the education and
motivation I received at Otago, she said.
''Otago University is the best tertiary education provider in
New Zealand. They opened my eyes to business opportunities
and that's why I live and work here.''
Ms Song lived in Dunedin for about eight years.
She now runs her own consulting business as well as a wine
exporting company promoting world-class trophy award-winning
wines, such as Central Otago's Valli wines, into China.
Otago Chamber of Commerce president Peter McIntyre welcomed
Ms Song's declaration she was behind the hotel project.
''This adds flavour and colour to the project. In the current
environment, most new development is being pushed into
Auckland and Christchurch.
''We should feel privileged Ms Song chose to build the hotel
The hotel project fitted with the new Dunedin's economic
strategy which called for inward investment, he said.
''There is nothing to be afraid of here. The hotel fits in
with our recent infrastructure projects, such as the Forsyth
''It will benefit Dunedin and the Otago region, but also the
rest of New Zealand. We will have a top hotel and another
destination for inbound tourists,'' Mr McIntyre said.