Daily Archives: April 24, 2009

DCC VICTORY – sts who?

“Justice Chisholm said he was unable to make a decision based on those figures as there was no analysis with them and he had a limited time frame.”

StS has had weeks and months to get ANALYSIS to its figures, notwithstanding the impromptu application for an injunction.

Obviously, Justice Chisholm is no fool. I await his written determination with great interest.

Why didn’t StS keep aside (and build) the fighting fund started when ‘the brains trust’ was still on committee and use that to buy its legal team some meaningful information analysis.

Oh no, StS spent all its funds on the successful public meeting (successful insofar as gaining public and media attention). But where was the mandate from the membership to void the three linked bank accounts set up?

If StS tries anything else to stop the stadium it risks a public backlash of bruising proportion, because it’s all FAR TOO LATE.

The mere idea (hot air, I hope) of taking individual councillors to court via interpretation of the Local Government Act is a losers’ path for twerps.

We get a stadium for ruggerheads plus or minus an innovative venues management company – that’s the great unknown. As is public support. We actually do know the maths.

Sod it.

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StS Court Action Dismissed

Hit the ODT for more news coming.
Monday morning let the diggers begin!

Updating….

### ODT Online Fri, 24 Apr 2009
Stop the Stadium’s injunction dismissed
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council will sign off on a contract to build the city’s new stadium on Monday, after a high court injunction bid by Stop the Stadium to halt the project was thrown out this morning.
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Christchurch Court News April 24, 2009
Bid to block Dunedin stadium dismissed
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### Newstalk ZB 24/04/2009 11:46:36
Stadium will revitalise Otago – Mains
Otago rugby icon Laurie Mains is overjoyed the controversial Dunedin stadium project is going ahead. A High Court judge in Christchurch has not granted an injunction to stop the $200 million dollar project. It means the Dunedin City Council is now free to sign the construction contract.
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### LATEST ODT Online Fri, 24 Apr 2009
Stop the Stadium’s injunction dismissed
By David Loughrey and NZPA
After the hearing, Stop the Stadium president Bev Butler said she was extremely disappointed but would not give up the fight. She expected the community to keep helping with costs, which were reserved.
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### Newstalk ZB 24/04/2009 12:56:37
Anti-stadium group disappointed
There is disappointment from the group that tried to prevent Dunedin’s new stadium from going being built.
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### TVNZ News Published: 10:48AM Friday April 24, 2009
Dunedin stadium given go ahead
Source: ONE News
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Decision due 10am – www.odt.co.nz

### ODT Online Fri, 24 Apr 2009
Stadium decision due 10am
By David Loughrey
Stop the Stadium’s injunction in the High Court at Christchurch yesterday covered well-worn arguments over costs, capital, revenue and bridging loans.
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Stadium woe

“Just about every unlikely event has occurred and every worst-case scenario has become a reality.”

Finance Minister Bill English talking about the stadium?

NO. He might as well have been.

Yesterday, Mr English warned that big-spending budgets were a thing of the past and that he would be focusing next month on a “clear message of restraint”.

“It goes without saying that the budget is being prepared against a backdrop of global and domestic economic conditions considered unthinkable, even by the most pessimistic forecasts, just one year ago. Just about every unlikely event has occurred and every worst-case scenario has become a reality.”

In preparing the 2009 budget, Mr English had focused on redirecting large sums of low-quality spending into higher-priority areas. He had been surprised by how much low-quality spending he had found.

### ODT Online Thu, 23 Apr 2009
Budget aims to deal with downturn
By Dene Mackenzie
Finance Minister Bill English yesterday warned that big-spending budgets were a thing of the past and that he would be focusing next month on a “clear message of restraint”. Speaking in Auckland, Mr English said the Government was committed to retaining social entitlements and improving public services.
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