Locked out of undamaged factory for 764 days….

Locked out of undamaged factory for 764 days….

Do we still own our building????  230 days…..   who knows?????

Interesting week really.

I was sent on the 18th of March 2013, by my sister in Auckland, 2 documents:

“Request for Expressions of Interest relating to the Christchurch Innovation Precinct.”  In a nut shell-13 pages of verbosity, using many words like: Connectivity, critical mass and the precinct brand, access to services, inspiring… I will not bore you too much.

Basically the stated aim is for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) seeking expressions of interest from organisations interested in locating in the Christchurch Innovation Precinct.  Unfortunately for us we are already in said precinct.

The second document  “Request for Proposals relating to Supply of a Spatial Framework for the Christchurch Innovation Precinct”.  Date: 14 March 2013. 32 pages of details requesting consultancy service to “provide a high level Spatial Framework to inform future development plans for an Innovation Precinct”.  (total value of tender $100,000 – $150,000 Incidintally why would you go through all that work preparing a tender, for a return of $100,000 – $150,000 ?  Seems to me to be the wrong way to deal with such a situation.

Very nice, very useful, (?)  very verbose, very incomprehensible.  Interestingly I read an article in the National Business review this morning, talking about the  “millions of words” produced by the MBIE .  Thank you Matthew Hooten, a very timely reminder of the need for simple language in a concise manner.  This document does not fulfil that brief. Link here: http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/coherent-economic-story-needed-ck-137649

Anyway back to the point.

I have a building in the innovation precinct, one of the few left standing and repaired, (nearly). Would you think that I would be sent a copy of said documents by CERA/CCDU/MBIE?
No, that would require someone to think.  I was sent this document by a family member who fell upon it in the government tenders website by chance.

Anyway over the weekend a colleague and I attempted to read said documents, no mean feat I might add.  And what did we find?  Under section 2.7 Briefing for respondents.  MBIE will host a briefing for potential respondents at 5.00 – 7.00 pm on Monday 25 March 2013.  This Presentation will be aimed at small and medium enterprises to encourage their participation and understand their needs.  Please RSVP by the 20th March.

They really don’t want us in the Innovation precinct do they.  We get it, we are not completely thick.

Interestingly enough one of my colleagues “gate crashed” this meeting, (he said there was plenty of extra seats and their assertion that the meeting was full, when I emailed them, was not borne out by the empty seats)

His summary was: ” At the recent CDC/NZTE Innovation precinct Forum attended by IT professionals and stakeholders the common points raised in respect of the innovation precinct were. speed, it needs to happen now. Ensure development is market lead – it needs to be organic.  IT tenants don’t care what the buildings look like and can operate from anywhere. One overriding comment was that the ownership model doesn’t need to be changed and that owners, developers and tenants are capable of  getting development in this precinct underway without excessive control which could further delay matters.”

The final report should be in the hands of MBIE by July 2013.  Two and a half years after the February earthquakes.  Heavens above, lets not rush the recovery phase.

ho humm, life in the CBD red Zone is such fun.

 

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