Build it, we'll come: gonna cost you

### ODT Online Tue, 7 Apr 2009
Warriors, Phoenix express interest in using stadium

By Chris Morris

The New Zealand Warriors and the Wellington Phoenix have sent signed expressions of interest to the Carisbrook Stadium Trust, confirming their keenness to stage matches at the $198 million Otago stadium, if it goes ahead.

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The lengths he’ll go to…


In the same news item, Mr Farry said there were also plans for a regular farmers market to be held at the stadium, although it was not known if the city’s existing Saturday morning farmers market would relocate from the Dunedin Railway Station.

“I have had some receptive talks with them. That’s all I can say at this stage,” he said.


I can’t speak for the current OFM Trust but…

Submitted by ej kerr at ODT Online Sat, 04/04/2009 – 12:12am.
Otago Farmers Market at Railway Station

I’ll stick my oar in as one of the originators and founding trustees of the Otago Farmers Market.
If mikenette thinks the proposed stadium is an appropriate place for re-siting the market he/she is meddling amateurishly and unhelpfully with the aims of the highly successful private business governed by a private charitable trust, the revenues of the participating vendors, and what I would credit as the ethical and moral beliefs of many of the loyal shoppers.
I doubt if Mikenette has much inkling of how the business model works peculiar to the current site, the customer base and the general catchment.
The market – at the present location, relying on return customers who shop there for “essentials” – has been recognised as one of New Zealand’s best by leading chefs, food writers, photographers and tourism specialists, amongst others, and by a swathe of international visitors.
We collectively worked very hard to research this business and to implement its set up and continuance. The vendors have been phenomenal in their support and development since.
Why is it people from the pro stadium lobby, and some pushing the harbourside vision of “caféville”, see the Otago Farmers Market as their own and transportable. The market is not the fall guy to bring “life and vitality” to their forlorn, poorly explained projects.
Elizabeth Kerr


UPDATE See post Otago Farmers Market organisers respond and news item at ODT Online.


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5 responses to “Build it, we'll come: gonna cost you

  1. The current site of the Farmers Market is now outgrown, cold, windblown, inconvenient for parking, strangely arranged etc etc, but I do not for one moment think it should be housed in the new stadium.

    However if another more logical location can be found, I think it should be investigated. As for Cafeville – that’s one take on it, a good idea but as we all know it needs more investigation. If the market was in a more permanent location, say a massive indoor historic warehouse, where one was out of the weather all the time, where business could locate on a more permanent basis (week trading) then that would be fantastic. I visited a very similar one in London last year. It too grew out of a quaint local outdoors thing, now it’s a fantastic indoor homage to all things local, good and yummie

  2. Elizabeth

    Paul, mate. The current site is not managed to the best it can be, I agree. Too many vendors. We always planned it as limited number and build quality. Who knows what they (the OFM management) think they’re up to now crushing the site to the point of irritation.
    However, the site fees are low and the vendors benefit accordingly thanks to getting the site for free from the Dunedin City Council.
    Like a lot of other people I have seen markets here there and everywhere. You don’t have that on your own.

  3. Richard

    Says Elizabeth:
    “However, the site fees are low and the vendors benefit accordingly thanks to getting the site for free from the Dunedin City Council.”

    Careful. Rodney Hide may want to investigate why you are not being charged rent!

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