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looking after what we have

It’s the DCC’s job to provide safe drinking water, treat and get rid of wastewater, and dispose of stormwater. It’s also our job to look after the city’s assets, including public roads, footpaths and bridges, unless they are part of the state highway network, and parks and reserves.

We have a plan for managing DCC three waters and transport networks for the next 50 years.

We’ve looked 50 years ahead so we can prepare for what the city will need in the future. Once we get past the first 10 years, it’s harder to be certain about what will need to be done and when.

We also need to respond to anything that comes up, such as the recent issue of elevated lead readings in the drinking water at Waikouaiti, Karitane and Hawksbury Village. We are working hard to try to find the source of the lead. We are replacing about 5km of old pipe with lead joins in the area. The upgrade of the local treatment plant is planned for the first year of the 10 year plan. That work is being prioritised.

Replacing assets such as ageing water and wastewater pipes is critical. We now know more about our assets than we did three years ago, but we need to learn more. We think that some assets may be in better condition than we expect given their age, and they will still work well, but others may need replacing sooner. In the first three years, our focus will be on fixing the things that need it most. We plan to spend a lot more than we have in the past doing this. At the same time, we will continue our work to get even better information on the condition of our assets and their performance, to help us plan our programme of future work.

If we find that the condition of some of our assets is worse than we expect, we may have to spend more money to fix them. We would be able to pay for this by debt. We could also reprioritise planned spending so we can continue to provide the expected level of service. Either way, we want to make sure that the services we provide to you are maintained. In doing all this work, we need to balance what we do and how we pay for it.

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This means that of our $1.5 billion capital budget, we’d be spending about $950 million on replacing things, compared to $520 million included in our last 10 year plan. This is more than we put aside for the entire capital budget in the last 10 year plan.

The $950 million will be spent on:

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old water, wastewater and stormwater pipes, mains and sewers

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roads and footpaths, kerb and channel work, and maintaining bridges and retaining walls

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public facilities such as playgrounds, swimming pools, toilets, gardens and sportsfield lighting

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Looking after

our properties, such as our community housing units

This graph shows how much we plan to spend on replacing and improving things, and on providing for growth in Dunedin.

Capital Spending Graph
This table contains the Capital spending on our assets for years ending 30 June shown in $million
Growth New things Replacing things Totals
Draft Budget 2022 3 64 86 153
Draft Budget 2023 6 60 84 151
Draft Budget 2024 8 56 80 143
Draft Budget 2025 8 60 89 157
Draft Budget 2026 9 67 79 155
Draft Budget 2027 9 54 91 154
Draft Budget 2028 9 42 101 152
Draft Budget 2029 9 39 106 154
Draft Budget 2030 8 24 111 144
Draft Budget 2031 8 32 124 164

Investing in the right way

We’ve taken a lot into account when we’ve looked at what our capital spending programme should be. We’ve considered:

  • our assets and their conditions
  • possible impacts on climate change and zero
  • carbon targets
  • what we’re required to do by law
  • our ability to deliver – in terms of staff and contractors
  • timing – what we can get done over the 10 years
  • how we would pay for the work.

We know delivering a $1.5 billion work programme will be a big challenge. We’re doing a range of things to try to make this happen, such as improving our planning, talking to contractors earlier and doing a better job of managing projects. We are also entering into long term contracts with both designers and construction contractors, to help secure delivery of our projects.

We’ll also be reviewing the capital budget figures in May, before the final plan is adopted.

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moving around our city

We want to make sure people can get around the city as safely and easily as possible.

It’s good news that our population is growing and that some big projects, such as the new hospital, are planned for the city, but this will have an impact on how we get around. We’re doing our best to co-ordinate projects so they happen in the right order and we keep things moving as well as we can. Construction of the new Dunedin Hospital is expected to start next year. Since 2018, we’ve been working with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and the Otago Regional Council on the best ways for people to get around the city during, and after, the hospital construction. This package of work is called the Shaping Future Dunedin Transport (SFDT) programme.

Our key aims are improving public transport, creating good alternative routes and providing clear information so we have an accessible city while the hospital is being built and afterwards.

As part of the SFDT programme, the DCC is proposing to carry out six projects totalling just over $50 million – some of the projects are partly funded by Waka Kotahi. For each project, our share of the capital costs would be funded by debt.

The ongoing costs that are paid for by rates include interest, depreciation and maintenance.

The proposed six projects:

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Harbour arterial improvements

$16.6 million

(our share is $8.1 million)

Completion of the harbour arterial route so traffic has an alternative route which bypasses the central city. This route will be particularly useful to divert heavy vehicles from the city centre.

When finished, the harbour arterial will run along Frederick, Ward, Thomas Burns and Wharf Streets.

There will also be real-time signs showing motorists the quickest routes to take around the city.

When finished in 2026-27, $900,000 ongoing costs each year, paid by rates.

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Central city parking management

$11 million

(we pay the full cost)

We know people are concerned about the availability of parking in the city centre and around the new hospital. We plan to improve the way we manage parking by:

  • providing ways to help motorists find a parking spot, e.g. electronic signs showing where and how many parks are available across the city
  • improving technology to make it easier to manage parking
  • extending paid parking areas in the central city.

When finished in 2025-26, $800,000 ongoing costs each year, paid by rates.

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Park and ride facilities at Mosgiel and Burnside

$10.3 million

(our share is $5 million)

Most of the car trips (65%) into the city are made by people coming from the south. We want to provide parking so people from areas such as Mosgiel and Burnside can leave their cars and take an express bus into the city. This would reduce traffic congestion in the city, particularly at peak times.

When finished in 2028-29, $500,000 ongoing costs each year, paid by rates.

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Princes Street bus lane

$6.6 million

(our share is $3.2 million)

Princes Street is a busy road for commuters and has a high road safety risk. The aim of this proposed project is to provide a separate bus lane along Princes Street, from South Road to Manse Street and then to Moray Place, so bus trips would be faster, encouraging more people to take public transport. We plan to install pedestrian crossings along Princes Street connecting each side of the road and providing good access to bus stops. We also want to make improvements so it’s safer and easier for people who want to walk and cycle into the city from the south.

When finished in 2023-24, $300,000 ongoing costs each year, paid by rates.

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Central cycle and pedestrian improvements

$5 million

(our share is $2.4 million)

We plan to fill gaps in the central cycle network by providing cycleways in St Andrew, Bank/George and Albany Streets.

As the cycleway network has been completed on the harbour side, there would then be a direct link from the harbour to the city centre via the University of Otago. We will also be improving the footpaths in these areas to make it safer to walk along this route.

We propose putting in more Barnes Dance crossings to make it easier to access the new hospital.

When finished in 2025-26, $300,000 ongoing costs each year, paid by rates.

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Central city bike hubs – parking and facilities

$2.5 million

(our share is $1.2 million)

Currently, the central city doesn’t have much secure and sheltered bike parking. We hope to encourage more people to cycle by installing hubs where bikes can be securely stored. The hubs, which would be in North Dunedin, the central city and South Dunedin/the Oval, would also have repair and charging services.

When finished in 2026-27, $100,000 ongoing costs each year, paid by rates.



Dunedin is moving from a low to higher growth city. A major part of responding to growth is looking at housing.

As well as improving the situation for people who live here now, we also need to plan for our growing population.

What we’re doing

Dunedin needs to have more homes that are healthy and affordable. We know we can’t do this on our own, so we’re working with other organisations and developers to make this happen. We’re also asking central government to do its part, including investing in more houses.

As part of our work, we’re making it easier for developers by providing help with planning and building processes, and continuing to invest in the Cosy Homes Charitable Trust and Warm Dunedin programme. visit: for more information.

Planning changes

We are proposing changes to the Second Generation Dunedin City District Plan (2GP) to provide for more housing. With the city’s growing population, more capacity is needed.

If the rule and zoning changes go ahead, some areas will be rezoned so new houses can be built. The changes would also mean the density of housing could be increased in existing suburbs, through measures such as allowing smaller site sizes, providing for duplexes and removing the restrictions on who can live in family flats. visit: to find out more about these proposed planning changes, which are called Variation 2: Additional Housing Capacity.

Services to cater for growth

The planning changes we’re proposing to cater for growth have been developed in conjunction with work to make sure new homes will have access to services such as roads, water and wastewater. We must also make sure current pipes and roads can take any extra load from further development in existing suburbs.

We intend to spend $77 million over 10 years to extend services into areas that will be developed for housing.

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our role as landlord

DCC community housing

The DCC is the largest landlord for community housing in the city, with about 940 units. We want to hear from you about what direction we take with our housing.

DCC community housing is meant to break even, but in reality it costs us more to run and maintain the units than we get from rents. This means some rates funding is used to provide the service. We want to know if the DCC should aim to provide community housing at no cost to ratepayers. This would mean putting up rents for community housing tenants. Our rents are low compared with other centres and market rents.

Do you support rates being used to subsidise rents for the DCC’s community housing?

While we continue to replace and upgrade existing units, we haven’t built any new ones since 2010. We think it’s time to develop some new community housing and we want your feedback on two options. Our preferred option is to spend $1 million a year for the next 10 years, and this is what we’ve included in the draft budget. $1 million will get us four new housing units each year. The other option is to spend double this – $20 million over 10 years.

That the DCC spends $10 million to build more community housing units

$10 million

capital cost paid for by debt

$2 million

from rates (in total over the 10 years)*

This means an average homeowner would pay about $30 more in rates (in total over the 10 years)*

That the DCC spends $20 million to build more community housing units

$20 million

capital cost paid for by debt

$4 million

from rates (in total over the 10 years)*

This means an average homeowner would pay about $60 more in rates (in total over the 10 years)*

*If rates continue to subsidise rents

At the moment, priority for our houses is given to people aged 55 and over. This age limit was decided when the demand for housing was lower. Now we have a larger waiting list, we are considering giving priority to people aged 65 and over. Most of our current tenants are in the 65+ age group and the number of people in that age category is projected to rise over the next 20 years.

Do you support the DCC prioritising its community housing for people aged 65 and over?

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performing arts venue

Dunedin does not have a flexible, mid-sized auditorium of 350 – 450 seats. After discussion with mana whenua, the arts sector and funding organisations, we’re asking the community about two options, the Athenaeum in the Octagon and the Mayfair Theatre in South Dunedin. Neither site is currently owned or operated by the DCC. The Athenaeum would be a partnership project with developer Zeal Land Ltd. The Mayfair Theatre option would mean redeveloping the existing theatre, which is owned by the Mayfair Theatre Charitable Trust but could possibly be bought by the DCC.

The Council’s preferred option is the Athenaeum. Developing a theatre there would support our plan to develop the wider Octagon area into a creative precinct. The Athenaeum is also close to restaurants and bars, and the bus hub. If this option is chosen, we expect the venue would open in 2027-28.

Redeveloping the Mayfair Theatre would support our efforts to regenerate South Dunedin and would be a boost for businesses in the area. If this option is chosen, we expect the venue would open in 2026-27.

The Athenaeum

$17.1 million

capital cost, paid by debt

$4.6 million

ongoing costs each year, paid by rates, once the venue is open. This means an average homeowner would pay about $65 more in rates each year.

The Mayfair Theatre

$31.2 million

$31.2 million capital cost, paid by debt

$3.7 million

ongoing costs each year, paid by rates, once the venue is open. This means an average homeowner would pay about $50 more in rates each year.

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mosgiel pool

Cost: $19.2 million

Construction of a new pool for the Mosgiel and Taieri community starts in June. It will be completed and open at the beginning of the 2022-23 summer.

Community support for the new pool has been strong with the Taieri Community Facilities Trust raising more than $4 million and the DCC paying the rest.

The new complex will include an eight-lane main pool, hydrotherapy pool, learn to swim pool with a toddlers area and spa pool. There will also be family and accessible changing rooms, and a community meeting space.

The new pool will be built next to the current pool at the western end of Memorial Park. It will be open all year, compared to the current pool which is open seven months of the year. The existing pool will be demolished before construction of the new facility begins, so this season will be its last.

The new pool has been designed with energy efficiency in mind and will be heated using boilers run on wood chips.

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south dunedin library and community complex

Cost: $11.6 million

The South Dunedin library and community complex has been planned for a long time. Now we are ready to start work on the new, purpose-built complex, located on the corner of King Edward Street and Macandrew Road.

This work will begin mid-2021. The facility will be a focal point for the community, and it will help with the regeneration of the South Dunedin area.

The new complex will be designed to at least a four Green Star environmental rating, and it will be built to minimise the risk of flooding.

We expect the facility to open in the 2023-24 year.

here’s a couple of other things we’re doing:

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moana pool

We’re planning a multi-million dollar upgrade of Moana Pool over the next four years to make sure it remains the region’s top aquatic facility.

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playgrounds, sportsfields and tracks

Over the next 10 years we’re planning on spending $9.2 million improving our parks, playgrounds, sportsfields, tracks and trails.

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public toilets

We’re planning to spend $3.2 million over the next 10 years to improve 65 existing public toilets, build a new Changing Places bathroom and put in two new toilets a year from 2022-23.

Where do you think the new public toilets should go?

A Changing Places bathroom is a place where people with multiple or complex disabilities can get changed in a safe, clean environment. It has toilet, shower and change facilities for adults or children, and their caregivers.

As well as the Changing Places bathroom we’re planning to build in the central city in 2021-22, one will also be included in the new South Dunedin Library and Community Complex.

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replacing roads and more

Over the next decade we plan to spend $246 million on replacing sealed roads and footpaths, compared to the $161 million we budgeted for last time. This is to help us maintain our roads.

Waka Kotahi helps pay for this work, but its funding is limited so any shortfall will come from debt and rates.

Here are some transport updates.

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Peninsula Connection

The low road around the Otago Peninsula is being widened and raised to make it safer and more attractive. Most of the road is being widened by 5-6m and a new rock seawall and shared cycle/pedestrian path are being built. Work is currently underway on the section of road between Company Bay and Broad Bay. We’re planning to spend a further $9.7 million to finish the section from Vauxhall to Portobello. There’s no budget to complete the project beyond Portobello at this stage.

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The bridge

In the last 10 year plan we included $20 million for an architectural pedestrian/cycleway bridge to link the city centre and the waterfront. Staff are working with mana whenua and other stakeholders to review the aims and scope of this project and will report back to the Council in May.

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Tertiary precinct

In the last 10 year plan we talked with you about upgrading the area around the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic campuses. The aim was to improve the safety and accessibility of the area, as well as lifting the look and feel for students, staff and the wider community.

We still want to do this work, but it makes sense to delay it until after the central city upgrade work is done. We plan to spend $1 million in 2030-31 on some preliminary planning work, with a view to starting work in the next 10 year period.