Innovation precinct Plan Due:
September, October, November, December 2013, January, February, March, April, May?? Nope it’s today the 3rd June 2014 at 4.33pm
The rumours about Vodafone in the innovation precinct have been bubbling away for months and all the while CERA/CCDU/MBIE has been delaying the release of the “Innovation Precinct plans” until they could “find, bribe, con, secure” – take your pick, an anchor tenant. Looks like Vodafone is to be the “anchor tenant” they have so desperately wanted. Why they needed an anchor tenant is a bit of a moot point, but it was the only way they could stick with the “Innovation Precinct” moniker.
Is it not ironical that CERA/CCDU/MBIE have the power to hold up all the other building owners in this precinct for over 3.5 years while they mess around trying to prove that they know what they are doing. While they have been stalling they have been playing with people’s livelihoods. It looks like an orchestrated manipulation of the market designed to force the building owners into selling out (as we pay rates and expenses etc on useless un-tenantable buildings.) It seems to me that this was not the way to get progress in this zone. They have deliberately slowed progress. Is this really the function of central government? I think not.
And then they wonder why the land owners are refusing to rebuild and co-operate! Amazing stupidity really. They are still playing some mysterious game. It is called selling the land off to the rich landowners in the city and forcing the small ones out. The same game they have played across the city for 3 plus years.
It appears that a developer has finally managed to get Vodafone’s signature on paper. I have not seen cast iron confirmation of this. I bet there was a sweetener! I believe that the owner of the land has sold to a “middle man” who has on sold to Vodafone.
Look at the great glass structure that we are going to get. Thank my lucky stars that we are not opposite this monstrosity! Link here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/10103341/Giant-screens-on-Vodafone-building
Now you tell me why we had to wait 3.5 years for CERA to release the Innovation Precinct plans? Waiting for one anchor tenant and holding up all progress until it was signed sealed and delivered makes no sense to me at all. The silence has been deafening.
So presumably, this deal should be confirmed today. Link here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/10111599/Rebuild-at-a-turning-point[
Based on this we should get the Innovation Precinct details released this week. Make a bet on Thursday/Friday. CERA/CCDU always releases information late in the week. It stops protests.
Now while you peeps in other parts of the country may think that this is all a Christchurch problem, I need to point out that you need to remember, that this is a NATIONAL government orchestrating all this. The actions that they have taken here will be used as a blueprint for any other disaster that will occur in any of our main cities. This scenario is easily transferred to Wellington or Dunedin, both of which have a large number of buildings that are unreinforced masonry ie brick and are on small land parcels. It is not just the buildings that the government wants down it is the amalgamation of small land parcels. This is not good for small land owners. It is also about a re distribution of wealth.
My guess is that many building owners in Christchurch will never vote for national again.
Christchurch is a NATIONAL DISGRACE
Southern NO response – owned by the government
EQC owned by the government
CERA owned by the government
CCDU owned by the government
MBIE owned by the government
All organisations tasked to help us, but who have failed us miserably.
The sun is shining, it is freezing. And we are still above ground!
Well wonders do never cease. Vodafone is confirmed as an anchor tenant and within hours (4.33pm) of this confirmation the long awaited Spatial Document for the “Innovation Precinct” has been released. Along with an accompanying email. My guess about the release of this document was out by 2 days! My bad!
A quick peruse of the document shows lots of pretty pictures and “spatial” concepts. At first glance it is short on detail. I still can not work out what sort of access we get to our building from the proposed rear lane way. Until this detail is clarified I can not proceed with repairs in this part of the building.
ho humm, think of all those high paid CERA/CCDU/MBIE planners spending years on preparing this document….. on high wages!
The purpose of this email is to provide you, as an owner of a property within that part of the South Frame bordered by Montreal, Tuam, Manchester and St Asaph Streets, with an update on progress within the Innovation Precinct.
Today Minister’s Brownlee and Joyce released the Spatial Framework for the Innovation Precinct, the following link will take you to the document http://bit.ly/T8mcsL. In addition to the release of the Spatial Framework, the government announced its support for the development of an innovation hub within the precinct. Start-ups are significant idea generators within innovation precincts but often can’t afford the high rental cost of new builds. The innovation hub offers the opportunity for lower rentals. Support such as this, in a knowledge rich environment among other innovators will help start-ups flourish and ultimately see the innovative ecosystem grow.
Also announced today was the news that the Innovation Precinct is going to be home for the Government’s new Information Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate School programme, a programme that will also be rolled out to other main centres in the country. This programme will deliver industry – focused education and research and will connect tertiary education providers and graduates with key ICT firms.
In addition to the Government’s commitment to the Precinct, Vodafone also announced their new South Island headquarters, along with the international incubator hub ‘Xone’, will be based in the Innovation Precinct. The ‘Xone’ incubator hub is one of only six in the world and will be a first for New Zealand. The ‘Xone’ incubator offers advice, support and assistance to technology start-ups with a focus on mobile platforms, consumer electronics, smart charging etc.
Christchurch Central Development Unit
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)
Private Bag 4999, Christchurch 8140