This is a work in progress. The following lists are still being populated and inclusions clarified. For example, the names of property investors and intermediaries tied up with stadium land deals as well as players in the SH88 realignment project are not yet named here. Despite its discursive nature, What if? mainly operates as a reference archive for stadium history and identities (and is only fully searchable by site moderators). We and others hold a list of just 20 people to focus on.
Carisbrook Working Party (CWP)
According to Cr Richard Walls (February 2009):
“Arising from an approach by the ORFU in 2003, a Carisbrook Working Party was established with membership comprising representatives [CEOs] of the DCC/ORC/Community Trust/ORFU/Sport Otago with an independent businessman* to investigate the options for acquiring and upgrading Carisbrook versus “doing nothing” and how this would be funded. They consulted widely throughout the region, conducted a comprehsive household survey, and reported regularly to Council with their final recommendations in a report dated December 2004.”
*Cr Walls is referring to local dentist Malcolm Farry, then chairman of the Highlanders rugby franchise.
It is elsewhere stated that in March 2004 the Dunedin City Council’s CEO, Jim Harland, formed the Carisbrook Working Party (CWP), a steering group charged with investigating and consulting with the public on three options regarding the city’s existing stadium. Those options were to: (1) do nothing; (2) progressively upgrade the stadium; or (3) build a new stadium. CWP disestablished late 2005.
Carisbrook Stadium Trust (CST)
The dissolution of CWP came about as a direct result of failing to win consensus on the upgrade of Carisbrook Stadium. This, along with the announcement that New Zealand had won the rights to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup spurred the subsequent formation in August 2006 of Carisbrook Stadium Trust (CST), a self-appointed committee chaired by former city councillor and businessman, Malcolm Farry.* The CST took over the remaining investigative budget from CWP and, on 9 August 2006, released its ‘vision’: a new, covered stadium situated on the harbour front.
[See Sport in the City: Cultural Connections, ed. Michael P Sam and John E Hughson (published online 26 Nov 2012, Taylor & Francis) and Stories of Practice: Tourism and Planning: Tourism Policy and Planning, ed. Prof John Jenkins and Dr Dianne Dredge (published online 2011, Ashgate)]
*A report by the Auditor-General states:
The Councils asked Mr Farry to settle a trust and assume control of the redevelopment process. The trust was to continue assessing options begun by the Carisbrook Working Party and bring a proposal back to the Councils to consider.
The Trust was established in August 2006 by six individuals who are now the trustees, led by Mr Farry as the chairperson. Although there was an initial intention that the Councils might be involved in settling the Trust, this did not eventuate. The Trust is independent of the Councils, and neither Council exercises any control under the terms of the trust deed (for example, neither Council can appoint or remove trustees).
The purposes of the Trust include being responsible for the planning, acquisition, development, construction, ownership, operation, and maintenance of a multi-purpose sporting and cultural venue for the benefit of the region south of the Waitaki River.
Link to Minute Extract from the non-public part of the Economic Development Committee meeting of 4 October 2005.
Carisbrook Stadium Charitable Trust (CSCT)
The CSCT was formed on 9 July 2007.
The Trust was responsible for the concept, the design and development and construction of the Stadium as well as funding from the DCC, the ORC, the OCT and early funding from the private sector.
Trust Deed dated 9 August 2006. Link to PwC Review at DCC website.
Trustees as at 7.9.12:
Malcolm Farry, chair
Darren Burden, Jan 2007 – Jan 2010 (development director from Sep 2008; former Arrow International strategy manager, Nov 2004 – Jan 2007)
Ewan Soper, Sep 2008 – Mar 2009 (fixed term appointment; former Otago District Health Board financial officer)
Project Delivery Team (PDT) – subcommittee of the CST Board
Representatives as at Oct 2008:
Ron Anderson, Arrow International, chair (established PDT; replaced by S Barnett)
Mike Coburn, property developer
Linda Reiper, Westpac Stadium commercial manager
Brian Dackers, Rider Levett Bucknall managing director
John Patrick, University of Otago chief operating officer
Darren Burden, Carisbrook Stadium Trust development director
Stewart Barnett, chair (appointed Nov 2008)
Changes to PDT as at 7.8.09:
Stewart Barnett, chair
CEO of Dunedin Venues Management Ltd/CST [David Davies]
Chief Operating Officer, University of Otago [John Patrick]
CEO of Dunedin City Council [Jim Harland]
Development Director, CST [Darren Burden]
Arrow International Project Manager
Commercial Manager, CST (as required) [Guy Hedderwick]
Role to ensure interests of Otago Stadium stakeholders maintained
Dunedin City Council
Otago Regional Council
University of Otago
Carisbrook Stadium Trust
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