Having lived amongst people in Brazil where 'elected '
representatives can live anywhere, and can be arbitrarily
selected by absentee leaders (like our List system), I know
there is a huge difference between electorate-only and list.
The fact that electorate MPs have to deal with the day-to-day
troubles of those locals who voted for them means that the
MPs get to see first-hand the outcome of their policy-making.
The electors get to see the MPs' kids at school and at the
park: people can observe the MP going about their normal
life, and decide for themselves whether the MPs are in fact
bona-fide members or just lackeys of foreign powers (sounds
ott but it isn't, look at the Chinese milk investment
Labour List Leader Little is the logical outworking of a
poorly thought-through experiment that has failed.
Yep that's great Mr Cull, well done. Answer me this though.
As I would have already paid does that mean I get a free
residents pass to all the games while those from out of town
pay to watch? It's about time those of us living here start
to get to use this place for free as we subsidies the place
to stay open. When I pay for something I like to use it!
. . . on the internet would have told anyone interested that
the Forsyth Barr stadium was going to lose significant money
annually. I think Dunedin needs an audit investigation to
show everyone who profited from the stadium. We need to know
the details so that ratepayers are never forced into simply
terrible spending again. Accountability is important, and the
first step to making better future decisions. This woud help
Dunedin regain confidence in the DCC.
Love that commitment. The wall should not get worse, it might
hold up, only a few small voids could open up. Hey let's hope
nobody is standing over that small void if it does decide to
open. Sounds like a nice little earner for somebody to
continue to patch this up. Wave goodbye to St Clair promenade
as the sea will win over a few buckets of sand and a
fingers-crossed approach. I am only suprised the council are
not voting for a cycleway along it!
"A pedestrian struck by a car at 40kmh has twice the chance
of surviving as one struck at 50kmh." What about if the car's
speed was 30kmh, or 20kmh? Would it be an improvement if we
reverted to having a person bearing a sign "Beware, motorised
vehicle follows" walking ahead of the car?
Two vehicle lanes in Kaikorai Valley Road were great. One
could go slowly in the slow lane looking for a particular
business, without being a pest to those who were on their way
straight through between Taieri Rd and Green Island / the
Kaikorai Valley Road from the roundabout to Burnside is a
planner's disgrace, ribbon development without parallel
feeder streets servicing the businesses along it so as to
avoid dozens of driveways between each side street. It also
has an extraordinarily low number of pedestrians on the
footpaths, and as for any crossing the road they are so
scarce that amateur astronomers while away the hours of
daylight attempting to be first to see one.
So cyclists and pedestrians could surely sharing the footpath
so that motorists could drive a little faster along this long
flat wide road - wide until a previous traffic-phobe DCC
Manager, long before the current cycle lane craze, decided
that his mission was to prevent ease of getting around (or
through) Dunedin. He it was who reduced the previous 2 lanes
each way to one. He was big on "traffic calming", the
official euphemism for messing around with roads that people
had the brass neck to use, resulting in drivers becoming
short-tempered. Wear and tear on our equilibrium forced us to
find alternative routes to avoid his speed humps and other
annoyances, which in turn provided him with even more
opportunities to fix what hadn't been broken, not till he got
QsRC: it's not a home it's a business, if your business is
losing money eventually you throw in the towel and get back
what you can - the land alone is worth $35m (that's what we
paid for it), plus if someone else is using it we can charge
them $2m a year worth of rates (according to this document)
that aren't being paid now - together that pays down roughly
half the stadium debt, leaving half for us to pay, the
alternative is paying ALL of the debt plus subsidising DVML
and professional rugby to the tune of 3 million a year for
the next decade and $6m a year after that (again according to
So which would you rather have? Pay for half of the stadium
or all of it? I know which is cheaper.
Will this be as it has been all along for ratepayers. Pay up
and shut up or will ratepayers have some say in any rate
increased stadium funding? Most of us feel we've paid enough
and others should now pay their share if more is now needed!
Maybe the council should hold a binding referendum which asks
ratepayers what they want. User pays for continued use,
closure to save the opperating cost or to carry on as we are
with ongoing rate increases required to cover the increasing
ongoing losses. Why should this be up to a small group who
seem to not have the ratepayers' interest at heart.
If the council force this increase then there should be
organised resistance. This will not be the end of rates
increases or council asset sales to feed this money wasting
@Its me: Moana Pool v the stadium. Moana pool pays its way
and is an asset, the staduim will never pay its way and is a
Are you certain all NYC roads are 40km/h, that is a mighty
call, and most residential streets in Australia are 50km/h
not 40 as you point out and the main throughfares through the
built up areas are 60km/h plus to keep the traffic moving.
This actually works very well and does what the large wide
carrigeways are designed for - to move vehicles not to hamper
the flow, depending on the State there are 40km/h past
schools between 8.30 - 9.30 and 2.30 - 3.30 heavily policed.
Are you classing Kaikorai Valley as a residential road
because it is not, it is an arterial route and should be free
flowing, from four lanes to two and more cars on the road,
another example of let's fix what isn't broken.