Daily Archives: May 6, 2009

Things you shouldn't hide

### ODT Online Wed, 6 May 2009
Stevenson to apologise for leaking information
By Edith Schofield

Dunedin City councillor Teresa Stevenson will be censured for breaching the code of conduct and standing orders, and asked to make an “appropriate apology” to the council.
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DCC LTCCP: Just Bev and Pete

UPDATED

This afternoon “Stop the Stadium” turned up to make its oral submission to the Dunedin City Council hearings panel.

Bev got herself into hot sling mode and lost all ground. By contrast, Peter Attwooll, her husband, read out an email StS had received recently. He did so nicely and clearly.

No violins though. StS hadn’t sought permission to reveal the writer’s name so wouldn’t declare it when asked. This wasn’t very consultative, we didn’t think.

We were told StS had received many calls and messages lately by people upset by council signing the GMP contract for the stadium.

I noticed no StS co-committee or paid-up members were there to support the two. In fact, only myself and one other woman submitter were in the public gallery to witness the loss of rope. ODT’s reporter was at the media desk.

It sounded like the last hurrah. Hope StS isn’t keeping back donations received for the High Court action as a kitty towards standing in the local body elections next year.

Now I’m being dramatic. They seemed shorter somehow.

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### ODT Online Thu, 7 May 2009
Heated exchanges as Butler fronts DCC
By Chris Morris and David Loughrey

The fallout over the $198 million Otago stadium continues, with vitriolic exchanges between Stop the Stadium president Bev Butler and city councillors during yesterday’s Dunedin City Council annual plan hearing.
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Today at Court: Ch9 video + RNZ News

### Channel 9 News May 6, 2009 – 6:47pm
Another injunction against the ORC and its backing of the new stadium

Queenstown man Basil Walker today filed his injunction against the Otago Regional Council spending $37 million dollars on the Stadium.
After initial proceedings, one side was happy to talk to 9 Local News, the other not.
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After Basil Walker submitted his interim injunction against the ORC to the Court he was reluctant to talk on camera.

ORC Chairman Stephen Cairns said the Applicant was struggling to cope with legal logistics…”even as an independent observer in the court, Mr Walker is challenged with the process”.

According to Mr Cairns, although the judge did try to impress upon the Applicant he could have dealt with the whole substantive matter on Wednesday, “the Applicant has decided to pursue his interim injunction”.

The application will be heard before a new judge next Wednesday (May 13), Justice Chisholm, who dismissed Stop the Stadium’s injunction at the Christchurch High Court.

ORC is not due to make any payment to DCC until August 1 this year.

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### Radio New Zealand News Updated at 10:56am on 6 May 2009
Litigant told stadium injunction application not necessary

An opponent of the Dunedin Stadium project is determined to have an application heard for an interim injunction, despite being informed that it is not necessary.
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More details in Thursday’s ODT…

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DCC LTCCP hearings continue

### ODT Online Wed, 6 May 2009
Councillors challenged as stadium frustration boils over
By David Loughrey

The Awatea St stadium sparked some testy and ill-natured exchanges yesterday, as stadium opponents took out their frustration on councillors.
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Other stories:
Council has ‘duty’ to provide housing
Concern at plan to halt sport funding

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Woodlouse bloat + Farry foam

### D Scene 6-5-09 (page 3)
Michael’s boast
By Ryan Keen

If the new stadium gets built and is the rampant success for the city that all its supporters hope it will be, we’ll all know who to thank – Michael Woodhouse, National MP. Let’s just be clear – that’s according to him. In one of the most shamelessly self-serving press releases (and that’s saying something) to be press released in recent memory, Woodhouse heaps plenty of credit on himself for the stadium getting as far as it has.
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### Media release (Apr 30, 2009) Stadium Great Opportunity for Dunedin

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### D Scene 6-5-09 (page 8)
Stadium in court again
By Michelle Sutton

Former Queenstown property developer – and stadium opponent – Basil Walker is ready to argue Otago ratepayers have been “conned”. He takes his argument to the High Court in Dunedin today.
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### D Scene 6-5-09 (page 9)
The Insider: Interview by Michelle Sutton
Farry’s full steam ahead

Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry has often likened the pursuit of the project to climbing Everest. Despite signing a construction contract last week, he still feels like he’s only halfway to the top.
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