Economic Development Committee



Confirmed minutes of an ordinary meeting of the Economic Development Committee held in the Edinburgh Room, Municipal Chambers, The Octagon, Dunedin on Monday 16 May 2016, commencing at 1.02 pm





Cr Chris Staynes


Deputy Chairpersons

Cr John Bezett

Cr Andrew Whiley


Cr David Benson-Pope

Cr Hilary Calvert


Mayor Dave Cull

Cr Doug Hall


Cr Aaron Hawkins

Cr Mike Lord


Cr Jinty MacTavish

Cr Andrew Noone


Cr Neville Peat

Cr Richard Thomson


Cr Kate Wilson




John Christie (Director Enterprise Dunedin) and Bree Jones (Business Tourism Events Advisor)


Governance Support Officer      Pam Jordan




1       Public Forum

There was no Public Forum.   


2       Apologies


Moved (Chairperson Chris Staynes/Deputy Chairperson John Bezett):


That the Committee:


Accepts the apology from Cr Lee Vandervis.


Motion carried (ED/2016/001)


3       Confirmation of agenda



Moved (Chairperson Chris Staynes/Cr Hilary Calvert):


That the Committee:


Confirms the agenda without addition or alteration


Motion carried (ED/2016/002)



4       Declarations of interest

Members were reminded of the need to stand aside from decision-making when a conflict arose between their role as an elected representative and any private or other external interest they might have.


There were no new declarations of interest.

Part A Reports

5       Business Events Update


A report from the Destination Dunedin Manager (Ryan Craig) and Business Tourism Events Advisor (Bree Jones) provided an overview and update on the business events activity undertaken by Enterprise Dunedin.  It noted that business events contributed to Dunedin's Economic Strategy theme, "Compelling Destination" and linked into other key themes such as "Business Vitality", "Alliances for Innovation", "Linkages Beyond our Borders" and "Hub for Skills and Talent".



A video, "Host it at Home", was played to highlight the resources available to academics when bidding for international conferences.  The Business Tourism Events Advisor commented on conference bids made and the contribution to the economy if bids were successful, and responded to questions from Councillors.



Moved (Cr Jinty MacTavish/Cr Kate Wilson):


That the Committee:

a)        Notes the Business Events update

b)        Requests staff investigate and report back on ways current Business Events operations can contribute directly to Council's broader strategic framework, including through promotion of local carbon offsetting and voluntourism options.

Motion carried (ED/2016/003)


6       Notification of Agenda Items for Consideration by the Chair


The following items were notified:


·                Mayor Cull requested staff to report on opportunities that might be afforded to Dunedin on recent cycling initiatives and how the city might capitalise on them.  The Director Enterprise Dunedin advised that staff had already started looking at how Dunedin might access some of the available funding and would work with other organisations such as the Trails Trust.


·                Councillor MacTavish suggested that the Business Events Update should be included on the next Māori Participation Working Party agenda.


The meeting concluded at 1.35 pm.