Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says he is ''delighted'' by the
continued interest of developers pushing to build a $100
million waterfront hotel in Dunedin.
However, it seems all eyes remain fixed on the proposed site
at 41 Wharf St, despite earlier indications the company -
Betterways Advisory Ltd - might consider a move to an
Mr Cull was in Auckland yesterday to meet the proposed
hotel's developers, Jing Song, of Queenstown, and husband
Ping Cao, the owner of a Chinese construction company.
Mr Cull, speaking to the Otago Daily Times afterwards, said
the meeting had been positive, although no agreement had yet
The discussion centred largely on the results of free and
independent planning advice, first offered to the developers
by Mr Cull after the decision to decline consent for the
hotel was announced in June.
The advice had examined the ''quite complicated'' issues of
traffic disruption, pedestrian access and building design
raised during the hearing process, together with options for
addressing them, which were discussed at yesterday's meeting,
Mr Cull said.
While the possibility of other sites for the hotel had been
''acknowledged'', yesterday's discussions centred on
addressing the issues brought up by the consent decision for
41 Wharf St, he said.
Both sides had agreed to take the information ''on board''
and meet again, hopefully within ''a month or so'', Mr Cull
In the meantime, the developers would need to decide whether
to proceed with an Environment Court appeal by the end of
''Clearly, the developers have got more than one option,'' Mr
Cull said, while declining to elaborate.
Mr Cull said he was encouraged by the meeting.
''I'm delighted that the developers, after all this time and
all this expense, are still talking to us, still considering
''I think that's very positive,'' he said.
Betterways' lawyer, Phil Page, had nothing to add to Mr
Cull's comments when contacted late yesterday.