Economic Development Committee



Minutes of an ordinary meeting of the Economic Development Committee held in the Edinburgh Room, Municipal Chambers, The Octagon, Dunedin on Tuesday 20 November 2018, commencing at 1.00 pm





Cr Chris Staynes





Deputy Chairperson

Cr Christine Garey

Cr Andrew Whiley





Cr David Benson-Pope

Mayor Dave Cull


Cr Rachel Elder

Cr Doug Hall


Cr Aaron Hawkins

Cr Marie Laufiso


Cr Mike Lord

Cr Damian Newell


Cr Jim O'Malley

Cr Conrad Stedman


Cr Lee Vandervis

Cr Kate Wilson




Sue Bidrose (Chief Executive Officer), John Christie (Director Enterprise Dunedin), Sanae Herd (Consumer and Brand Marketing Advisor), Fraser Liggett (Economic Development Programme Manager), Des Adamson (Business Relationship Manager), Suz Jenkins (Finance and  Operations Manager), Margo Reid (Study Dunedin Co-ordinator), Sarah Bramhall (Public Relations and Promotions Advisor) and Dave Tombs (General Manager Finance and Commercial)


Governance Support Officer       Jennifer Lapham






The Chairperson referred to the passing of Neil Collins who served as a Councillor for 22 years.  He commented that he always treated his fellow councillors with respect and was conscientious in carrying out his responsibilities.  He commented that he had a prestigious and long career in broadcasting.  The Chairperson noted that Mr Collins had made a real contribution to the community and it was appropriate for this to be recognised.

1       Public Forum

There was no Public Forum.   


2       Apologies

There were no apologies.



3       Confirmation of agenda



Moved (Cr Chris Staynes/Cr Christine Garey):

That the Committee:


Confirms the agenda with the following alteration


In regard to Standing Order 21.1, Options C be adopted in relation to moving and seconding and speaking to amendments.


Motion carried (ED/2018/035)



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.


Cr Hawkins  advised that the 2GP Hearings Panel had been disestablished.  It was noted that this also applied to Crs Benson–Pope and Wilson.  


Cr Hall advised that he was no longer a trustee on Supergrans.


Cr Garey advised that Chestnut Forge had ceased trading. 



Moved (Cr Chris Staynes/Cr Andrew Whiley):

That the Committee:


a)     Amends the Elected Members' Interest Register; and

b)     Amends the proposed management plan for Elected Members' Interests.

Motion carried (ED/2018/036)

Part A Reports

5       Enterprise Dunedin July to September 2018 Activity Report


In a report from Enterprise Dunedin an update was provided on the activities undertaken during the period July to September 2018.


Moved (Cr Andrew Whiley/Cr Christine Garey):

That the Committee:


a)     Notes the Enterprise Dunedin 1 July to 30 September 2018 Activity Report.

Motion carried (ED/2018/037)


6       Dunedin Marketing - Autumn/Winter Campaign 2018


In a report from Enterprise Dunedin an update was provided on the results of the 'Where the Wild Things Are' (WTWTA) autumn/winter 2018 campaign activity between February and August 2018.

The purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness of Dunedin as a compelling year-round destination and encourage travel in the winter and autumn periods.  The primary target market focus was Brisbane and surrounding regions in Eastern Australia.  The second phase of the campaign which was rolled out during June and July, included the New Zealand domestic market, targeting Auckland and the lower South Island.

The campaign was in its final year of a three-year marketing strategy for Australia, promoting Dunedin to the Queensland and wider Australian market as an accessible and intriguing destination.  The same ‘wild’ key theme has been used for three consecutive years of the campaign for consistency and reinforcement of the ‘wild’ Dunedin message.



The Consumer and Brand Marketing Advisor (Sanae Herd) and Public Relations and Promotions Advisor (Sarah Bramhall) responded to questions. 


During the discussion Cr Hall left the meeting at 1.28 pm and returned at 1.23 pm.



Moved (Cr Christine Garey/Cr Doug Hall):

That the Committee:


a)     Notes the Dunedin Marketing Autumn/Winter Campaign 2018 report.

Motion carried (ED/2018/038)


7       GigCity/Smart City


In a report an update was provided on GigCity (Gigatown) activities between 2015 and 2018.

Over the past three years, Council and the Digital Community Trust (DCT) had delivered a range of activities to leverage the benefits of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and gigabit internet speed in the city.

With the end of the official Chorus Gigatown rollout and competition benefits period, the DCT resolved to disestablish in September 2018.

The report reviewed activities undertaken by Council and the DCT over the last three years, as well as potential future options and direction identified by consultants MartinJenkins (Martin, Jenkins & Associates Limited).



The Economic Development Programme Manager (Fraser Liggett) spoke to the report and responded to questions.



Moved (Cr Andrew Whiley/Cr Christine Garey):

That the Committee:


a)     Notes the GigCity/Smart City report.

b)     Receives MartinJenkins Direction Setting for Dunedin as a 21st Century Smart City report.

c)     Notes its appreciation to the Digital Community Trust (DCT).

Motion carried (ED/2018/039)


8       Items for Consideration by the Chair


There were no items notified.




Resolution to exclude the public

Moved (Cr Chris Staynes/Cr Christine Garey):

That the Committee:


Pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, exclude the public from the following part of the proceedings of this meeting namely:


General subject of the matter to be considered

Reasons for passing this resolution in relation to each matter

Ground(s) under section 48(1) for the passing of this resolution


Reason for Confidentiality

C1  Centre of Digital Excellence (CODE) Update


The withholding of the information is necessary to enable the local authority to carry out, without prejudice or disadvantage, commercial activities.


The public conduct of the part of the meeting would be likely to result in the disclosure of information for which good reason for withholding exists under section 7.


This resolution is made in reliance on Section 48(1)(a) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, and the particular interest or interests protected by Section 6 or Section 7 of that Act, or Section 6 or Section 7 or Section 9 of the Official Information Act 1982, as the case may require, which would be prejudiced by the holding of the whole or the relevant part of the proceedings of the meeting in public are as shown above after each item.


Motion carried (ED/2018/040)


The meeting went into non - public at 2.14 pm and concluded at 2.27 pm.