Thinking Inside Of The Box

24 Jul

So the Bluff Service Centre will be about $170,000 (….cue Tui billboard)

The accepted tender for earthquake strengthening of the Bluff Service Centre is from Amalgamated Builders Ltd for an amount of $157,738.  With other associated works such as installation of a new water connection to the fire sprinkler system, the total cost is expected to be $170,000. 

We are awaiting an updated work schedule from ABL to know when the work will be completed.  This information may be one to two weeks away.

I had also asked about tender advertising.

The tender was not advertised, it was a selected tender to four potential tenderers and they received it on Tuesday 27 May 2014

 The tender closed at 4 pm on Tuesday 10 June

 Two tenderers submitted tenders and two declined to provide tenders.

I asked a while ago and had forgotten to post it when it came through but really…I just don’t care…because this is what I would prefer

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Can be scaled down a little for Bluff and use some of the space for council business.  Hmmmm….best I bite my tongue now….I have a ‘think big’ vision for the area…


Tut, Tut Bluff

23 Jul

Bluff residents get a telling off in ICC Noticeboard.

Sadly there is no mention of ‘biodegradable’ fly dumping, an issue one of my first posts was about.

The World According To Jan

22 Jul

‘The full story’ according to the Bluff Beacon (regarding the oyster festival site and ICC) along with an A2B timeline.

I reserve my right to speak at a later date (my big sis is down from the big smoke – Wellington)

Your Stadium

21 Jul

Financial notes from the indoor stadium finances (just because I find them interesting)

Year ended March 2011

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Year ended March 2012

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Year ended March 2013

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And more from the 2013 finances (dated 16 December 2013)

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And the money they have received…

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Eight Days

21 Jul

The council year (and annual plan) started on 1 July.  There was a council meeting on 8 July.  Documents were tabled.  It seems they (ICC) only took eight days to forget a promise made.

Here is the response I received to my annual plan submission.


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No they have not been but feel free to check yourself.

Rort I Would Have Thought

20 Jul

This headline has me confused

Queenstown’s taxi route rout

I admit to not knowing the word so I consulted my friend, Google.   She (far too clever to be a man) repeatedly (and from reputable sources) claimed this

A rout is a chaotic and disorderly retreat or withdrawal of troops from a battlefield, resulting in the victory of the opposing party, or following defeat,

More reading shows more uncommon and obscure uses

a. A disorderly crowd of people; a mob.
b. People of the lowest class; rabble.
When I think I’ve come up with what it could be I realise that most meaning refers to ‘defeat’ and I don’t think price gouging Queenstown taxi companies are ‘defeated’ in any way or disorderly (a), possibly b).  Maybe they are referring to the customers as defeated? 
Can a more learned reader clarify it for me?

How Is That Fuelling Our Future?

19 Jul

Methane harvest may power region’s future claims the Southland Times.  Given this comment

Dairy Green Ltd agricultural consultant Quinton Scandrett said the results from 18 months of monitoring at the Dacre farm showed up to 70 per cent of the farm’s annual energy needs could be met from harvested methane.

In addition to these comments

The Green Party announced its economic policy on Wednesday – $1 billion of government funding for research and development over three years.

Norman said the methane recovery project was exactly the type of project that funding would be aimed toward. “We can’t simply keep expanding dairy,” he said.

The only outcome I see from this is increasing the profits of dairy farms especially if government funding goes toward it.  It will have no benefit off the farm nor will it prevent dairy expanding (possibly the opposite).

Good on the farmers for finding alternatives but I doubt it will help anyone else to any great degree.



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