Great Dunedin Brainstorm planned

Eager to hear ideas from Dunedin residents are Otago Polytechnic deputy chief executive of Maori...
Eager to hear ideas from Dunedin residents are Otago Polytechnic deputy chief executive of Maori development Janine Kapa, Mayor Aaron Hawkins and Grow Dunedin Partners director John Gallaher. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
Did you have a lightbulb moment during lockdown? You might be just what the Great Dunedin Brainstorm is looking for.

Those with an interest in solving local social and economic problems exacerbated by Covid-19 are invited to apply for the idea-generating workshop.

It is hoped the event, to be held on September 11 and 12, will assist the city’s response to the pandemic.

It is being co-ordinated by Enterprise Dunedin, in association with the Grow Dunedin Partners, a group comprised of city stakeholders including the University of Otago, Ngai Tahu, Otago Chamber of Commerce, Otago Southland Employers Association, Enterprise Dunedin and the wider Dunedin City Council.

Grow Dunedin Partners chairman Chris Staynes said the event encouraged people from the Dunedin community to tackle Covid-19-related challenges in workable, positive and impactful ways.

"Concepts and ideas will be formed, workshopped with mentors and then presented to a judging panel.

"The best ideas will be presented to Grow Dunedin Partners and Dunedin City councillors and may be selected for further support from the council’s Covid-19 fund, which has $500,000 earmarked for initiatives to assist the community."

Three themes had been developed to focus on; jobs in a post-Covid world, raising hope and social connectedness, and supporting a resilient economy.

Sixty spaces were available for the event and those wanting to take part were invited to submit an expression of interest by September 4, outlining ideas.

The event will follow Alert Level 2 guidelines, including contact tracing, social distancing and hygiene procedures, and is subject to postponement should alert levels change.


How about the university starts paying rates to offset everyone else carrying the burden? Given they are more focussed on property than education that sounds more than fair. While we are there, why doesnt ngai tahu pay tax, given their dozens of farms and tourist companies i.e shotover jet?

First off get rid of the greens and their anti development, anti business policies.

i think this shows that DCC are interested in some inclusive partnering from the community and fair enough - i would hardly call these people green - we are in uncertain times and a discussion at this juncture, on what businesses could be reimagined or started, could be very effective, maybe even bring new jobs for our city. have some faith

Not trying to be rude here Kris, but if you think Dunedin doesn't have a greens run council then maybe you need to take a look at the councillors credentials, party memberships and their actions.

The greens are fundamentally anti business and have done nothing to foster business growth. If you ever want to look at greens impact take some time to research their negative impacts in Tasmania during the 1990 when they held the balance of power. Tasmania lost thousands of manufacturing jobs directly attributable to greens policies. And those businesses simply went to other Australian states.

Remove the clown in the middle would be a good start.



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