August 30, 2016
My farmer had a meeting in Dunedin this afternoon which gave me an opportunity to have a couple of hours in the city.
My mother’s family lived there so we went down periodically when I was young to visit relatives which also provided the opportunity to go to Moana Pool.
Like most who studied at Otago, I hold fond memories of Dunedin as a student city.
A few years later my children were born there and although two of them also died there the standard of care we received takes the edge off that sadness.
Later still I returned to the city to study again which gave me a different but still positive perspective on Dunedin student life.
When I’ve gone down more recently it’s been for a particular purpose so I enjoyed the opportunity for a little retail therapy and a wander this afternoon.
Today I’m grateful for memories of Dunedin. being able to visit the city and also that I can come home to the country.
February 10, 2015
The Wellington 7s used to attract a sell-out crowd.
This year numbers were well below that :
In past years, Wellington Sevens tickets sold out in minutes, but this year the crowd peaked at 18,000 in the 34,500-capacity Westpac Stadium.
That has opened an opportunity that Dunedin is keen to seize.
A Facebook page has been created and garnered more than 4,000 likes in a couple of days.
There’s a long way from there to winning the right to host the tournament but it’s an enthusiastic start.
November 27, 2014
You’ve won the Gigatown competition and will be the first in the country to get one gigabit per second internet connection.
Please seize the day and make the most of it.
Your success is vital for the success of the south and in the past few years you’ve been letting the rest of us down.
While North, Central and South Otago and Southland have been positive and doing their best to help themselves, too much of the news from Dunedin has been negative.
Being the first Gigatown in the country is your opportunity for to build on your strengths which include education, health, technology and the community spirit which helped you win the competition.
Companies like Animation Research and Natural History have shown the way without ultrafast broadband.
Now you’ve got the communications edge on the rest of the country they and others will be able to do so much more.
The university has always attracted young people from around the country and other parts of the world but the city has been able to keep too few of them after graduation.
You now have the opportunity to create jobs which will entice graduates to stay and strengthen the city’s economic and social fabric.
You’ve worked hard to win the competition but you can’t stop now.
The real prize will be what you do with the opportunities it will enable you to grab and build on.
Go for it for your own sake and that of the south.
August 16, 2014
Dunedin is supposed to be the second reddest patch in the country after South Auckland.
In his speech launching the National Party campaign for Michael Woodhouse and Hamish Walker last night, deputy leader Bill English gave the numbers from the last few elections which shows that is no longer the case.
National candidates have been steadily eroding Labour majorities in the Dunedin North and South seats and National’s party vote has been steadily rising.
He also gave some numbers which showed why Dunedin voters should be supporting National which included unemployment below the national average at less than 4%.
You wouldn’t know that from the way some of the city leaders, who ought to be building Dunedin up, keep talking it down.
National has a much more positive view of the city and the team – MPs, candidates and volunteers including a very active group of Young Nats – are working hard to get the good news out.
The city that was red could now be considered purple which is getting very close to blue.
Mike, Hamish, Tamaki MP Simon O’Connor and Bill.
April 17, 2014
In Dunedin: Hotel project terminated.
Plans for a $100 million waterfront hotel in Dunedin have been scrapped and the developers’ partnership with the Dunedin City Council has descended into acrimony.
Hotel developer Jing Song yesterday confirmed she had torn up a memorandum of understanding with the council, signed just last month, which had aimed to find ways to progress the project. . . .
In Auckland: New luxury hotel to boost Auckland economy:
A new five-star hotel development on Auckland’s waterfront will strengthen the region’s visitor economy says Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).
Waterfront Auckland and Beijing based developer Fu Wah International Group have formed a partnership to build a 200 room hotel on the western edge of the Viaduct Harbour by 2017.
ATEED Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says the new hotel will be excellent for Auckland and help contribute to growing the visitor economy, in line with the targets in the Auckland Visitor Plan.
“The hotel – in its amazing location on the water’s edge in the heart of Auckland’s innovation precinct – will enhance our premium accommodation offering. As part of our strategy to attract more high-net wealth individuals to holiday and do business here, we’ve been working with the Fu Wah Group to help them identify the advantages of doing business in Auckland,” he says.
“We are focussed on positioning Auckland as a premium destination and having a globally recognised luxury hotel will add to the tourism offering.” . . .
This looks like two cities with two difference approaches to development.
One welcomes it the other does not.
Whether or not that is fair, is moot, but that’s the perception and anyone contemplating investment will be aware of it.