Monthly Archives: April 2009

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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Cr Staynes premature (or realistic…)

### The Star April 23, 2009 (page 3)
Staynes calls for public to get behind stadium
By Bruce Munro
On Monday, Dunedin City councillors voted 10-4 to sign a contract with Hawkins Construction to build the $198 million Otago Stadium. On Friday, the Stop the Stadium group sought an injunction barring the DCC from signing the construction contract. The injunction application was scheduled to be heard by the High Court at Christchurch today. The councillors’ vote was subject to a favourable decision from the High Court. The court’s decision is expected to be delivered by Justice Lester Chisholm tomorrow morning.
Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry said Cr Staynes had voiced his intention to support the project directly after the council voted on Monday. It was an important gesture, Mr Farry said. ‘‘Cr Staynes’ attitude was commendable.”

Story continues at The Star www.thestar.co.nz

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On the same page, Brenda Harwood reports on Bev Butler’s aim of attending today’s High Court hearing at Christchurch.

Ms Butler did not expect to take the stand, but told the Star the court would consider affidavits from herself, Nicole Holman and an “independent expert”. Lawyers from both sides would then “argue it out in front of the judge”, she said. If [the] decision did not go Stop the Stadium’s way, there were more plans in the pipeline. “We won’t stop our opposition [to the stadium], put it that way.”

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Industry player on GMP Contract

### ODT Online Thu, 23/04/2009 – 7:31pm.
Comment by gplusa on Coming Clean ?
A timely reminder to all who seem to think that the stadium will be built for a total cost within the GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price). This is not true. What the average person believes a Maximum Price to mean, is not what the phrase means in this contract. For the benefit of those who have missed it previously, we can repeat the problem again.
ODT Link

Link to CEO Report

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STS v DCC: News at High Court (2)

### ODT Online Thu, 23 Apr 2009
DCC to get stadium decision tomorrow
The Dunedin City Council will know tomorrow whether it can proceed with the city’s new stadium project. The council says timing is now critical for the stadium project which was stalled by review action in the High Court in Christchurch today.
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Christchurch Court News Link

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### ODT Online Thu, 23 Apr 2009
STS asks about ‘missing $13m’
By David Loughrey
Stop the Stadium has given its own calculations of the stadium’s cost today, as the group opened its injunction in the Christchurch High Court.
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9 Local News “will endeavour to catch up with the winners and losers tomorrow”. Link

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### Radio New Zealand News Updated at 4:59pm on 23 April 2009
Stadium could cost ratepayers double, court told
A lawyer acting for opponents of a proposed sports stadium in Dunedin has told a court it could cost ratepayers twice as much as the city council has claimed.
RNZ Link

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STS v DCC: News at High Court (1)

### ODT Online Thu, 23 Apr 2009
Stop the Stadium has day in court
Dunedin’s bid for a new $165.4 million sports stadium turned into a rolling maul in the High Court at Christchurch today with a citizens’ group trying to stop Dunedin City Council signing the construction contract.
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### http://www.stuff.co.nz Last updated 13:26 23/04/2009
Judge swamped with stadium papers
NZPA Read more

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Rugby: Bleak financial news

### http://www.stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 23/04/2009
Storm brews at rugby HQ
By Toby Robson – The Dominion Post

Heavy foreign exchange losses, growing disharmony in the provinces and a controversial board nomination have set the stage for a tumultuous New Zealand Rugby Union annual meeting in Wellington.

It is understood the NZRU will announce a profit of about $300,000, but will exclude millions in foreign exchange losses as is now allowed under new international accounting rules.

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Stop The Stadium v DCC

### ODT Online Thu, 23 Apr 2009
Stop the Stadium seeks court case funds
By Sarah Harvey
Stop The Stadium is attempting to raise $20,000 in donations for its High Court injunction hearing in Christchurch today – and may have to raise more funds if it loses.
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### Newstalk ZB 23/04/2009 6:20:08
Court deciding on stadium case
A High Court hearing in Christchurch today will determine whether the proposed $200 million Dunedin stadium will go ahead.
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Sports development in limbo following court action

Unbelievably this isn’t Dunedin but in the Hawkes Bay. I had to really watch the news hard, because I thought I was listening to new news about Forsyth Bar Stadium, but no, seems the NIMBYS (yes reductionism for the sake of argument) want their day in court.

http://www.3news.co.nz/News/Region/HawkesBay/Hastings-sports-development-in-limbo-following-court-action/tabid/753/articleID/100573/cat/148/Default.aspx

Go figure. I wonder if these are the same orchardists who wish to dump 10m trays of Kiwifruit?

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Retractable roof: Wimbledon Centre Court

### 3 NEWS Wed, 22 Apr 2009 10:44a.m.
New Wimbledon roof could mean some late nights

The new retractable roof over Wimbledon’s Centre Court could keep players, and fans, at the All England Club later than usual.
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### The Independent Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Tennis: Wimbledon’s roof takes Centre stage
By Paul Newman

Centre Court with the roof closed feels like a halfway house between an open-air court and a modern indoor stadium. The roof is made of a fabric that is 40 per cent translucent. The natural light goes some way towards preserving Centre Court’s unique atmosphere, in contrast, for example, to the solid sliding roofs at the Australian Open, which shut out all natural light. Nevertheless, artificial lighting will be used when the roof is closed.
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Official website: Wimbleton 2008
About Wimbledon – Behind the scenes

LONG TERM PLAN Link
Centre Court of the future
How the roof works

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2011 RWC: Eden Park consents

### Radio New Zealand News Updated at 10:30am on 22 April 2009
Final Eden Park resource consents passed

Final resource consents for upgrades at Eden Park for the 2011 Rugby World Cup have been passed. Work on the $240 million redevelopment began in August last year. The final two consents cover the construction for the last part of the stadium, a concourse linking the different stands, and landscaping of the park and the temporary facilities for the world cup.
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Rates revolt: slow news day

### ODT Online Wed, 22 Apr 2009
More people withhold rates in protest
By David Loughrey
The number of Dunedin ratepayers who have heeded the call for a rates revolt to protest the Awatea St stadium project has risen to 88.
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Contract offer extended

### ODT Online Wed, 22 Apr 2009
Injunction decision expected Friday
By David Loughrey
A High Court decision on an injunction barring the Dunedin City Council from proceeding with the planned Awatea St stadium is expected on Friday.
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University thinks around 2011 RWC

### ODT Online Wed, 22 Apr 2009
University looks at two-stage stadium project
By Allison Rudd

The university plans a $50 million L-shaped development to house several stand-alone activities including Student Health, the Unipol gymnasium, and the foundation studies department, and possibly child-care facilities, research spaces and a café.
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D Scene: Judge weighs up consultation concern

### D Scene 22-4-09 (page 6)
All ready for stadium finale
By Michelle Sutton

The High Court will focus on consultation with Dunedin ratepayers when it decides the fate of Otago’s $200 million stadium tomorrow.
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Register to read D Scene online at http://fairfaxmedia.newspaperdirect.com/

What councillors said at Monday’s key meeting:
Neil Collins: “We need to have facilities that we are proud of and this will be one.”
Michael Guest: “We should thank Malcolm Farry, and the Mayor. It’s a wonderful project for Dunedin.”
Paul Hudson: “We haven’t communicated this well enough for our ratepayers.”
John Bezett: “You have to understand a lot of information has been given to the council that we haven’t been able to release.”
Teresa Stevenson: “As the community have said we don’t want it, we have become more firm in our view as council and have been fixated on the stadium.”
Dave Cull: “I think the issues are both funding and the public ownership. They are both financially problematic.We are rushing this to put this through. We are making decisions without detail.”
Andrew Noone: “People want us to make a decision. Dunedin has a history of punching above its weight.”
Chris Staynes: “We have an obligation to listen and we should be waiting until we have had the submissions.”

HOW THEY VOTED
YES Peter Chin, Syd Brown, Bill Acklin, John Bezett, Neil Collins, Michael Guest, Paul Hudson, Andrew Noone, Richard Walls and Colin Weatherall
NO Dave Cull, Chris Staynes, Teresa Stevenson, Kate Wilson

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StS: blatant fundraising mode

Home at their website…
StS Link

URGENT APPEAL FOR FUNDS FOR
STS HIGH COURT INJUNCTION

Dear Members

You will know, by now, of the High Court injunction we have taken out against the DCC, in a last minute attempt to get them to listen to the submissions on the Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) before signing the contract with Hawkins Construction.
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StS emailed members this afternoon with the same message. StS didn’t tell members before this that everything “went” on the Town Hall meeting.

What no ability to seek sponsors. What no ability to fundraise in advance, not after the event. How many months has StS had to collude or collide with ‘money’.

StS reaches new heights. Mind you, I suspect it has a $$$$$meaty advance from somewhere to get to Court, Thursday. It’s after the hearing that hurts.

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Stadium: Letters are 'no use'

Much has been made by CST and DCC pro stadium councillors of the letters of support (in principle) received from various organisations. CST made the approaches, with the result most if not all letters arrived in January.

They were published in the report to Council on February 9, 2009. Link

Make up your own minds whether they carry something substantive to the proposed stadium’s operational viability.

PricewaterhouseCoopers at page 7 of their report dated 30 January 2009 (see above link) said:

“Although the underlying assumptions for rugby related cash flows are now more conservative (a reduction in total rugby event revenue of on average $276,000 per annum), we reinforce the caveats noted in our December 2007 report and in [Horwath HTL’s] December 2008 Report that there is uncertainty about the structure of NZRU and SANZAR competitions after 2010. Consequently, there is uncertainty about the number and quality of games that will be played in Dunedin.”

We all know the proposed stadium is ascendant on the theory that three 2011 RWC pool games to be played at Dunedin make a new stadium mandatory…

[ignore the fact the games have been assigned to Carisbrook]

We find ourselves building a very expensive shed for just three games and as a sop to future rugby.

Is the ‘national game’ worth this sort of investment. Only complete fools would think so. And yet we have these sorts of people on the Dunedin City Council and the Carisbrook Stadium Trust.

They are people we cannot afford to support, and should not support for our community well-being. We have some fruitful months ahead to debate this.

The wolf is already at the stadium’s door.

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Local businessman Michael Stedman in a letter to the editor (ODT, 20.4.09) said:

“Cr Bill Acklin’s response (ODT, 8.4.09) to Mark Laughton’s article (ODT, 7.4.09) is long on rhetoric and nostalgia but, like so many before him, short on fact and detail.

{continues}

This is a fair ask.

Cr Acklin responded (abridged by ODT):

“Your correspondent can find information on proposed users of the stadium on the city council website, under ‘Council meeting of February 9, 2009, under reports, attachment 2, part 2’.
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How absolutely futile to educate Cr Acklin on the fact that Dunedin is a well established, mapped and revered New Zealand city, today and into the future.

This attractive liveable city district is made special by the people who reside here, including those who strongly work their connections regionally, nationally and internationally.

Fear, it is the Dunedin City Council who makes us small – or dying – since according to pro councillors without a “wow” “fantastic” stadium there is no future in town.

The plastic lunch box exercise – call it what you will – is nothing short of a disingenuous, relentless undermining of business ethics, transparency and public accountability.

Watch the bad apples.

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Stop The Stadium on war path

### Channel 9 Online April 21, 2009 – 7:07pm
Stadium Another Step Closer
Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza may be another step closer with the council’s 10 to 4 vote yesterday but whether it proceeds or not rests with the High Court in Christchurch. The council says it will seek costs if its defence is successful, while lawyers for Stop The Stadium say if they lose, it won’t stop them.
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Mayor Chin: "I think the decision is the right decision."

That’s a YES and a big red fatuous tick from your local newspaper…

### ODT Online Tue, 21 Apr 2009
DCC votes ‘Yes’ on stadium
By Chris Morris and David Loughrey
A judge will decide the immediate fate of the $198 million Otago stadium within days, after Dunedin councillors yesterday voted to sign a construction contract despite the threat of a High Court injunction.
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### ODT Online Tue, 21 Apr 2009
Government grant for stadium confirmed
By David Loughrey
A government contribution of $15 million for Dunedin’s planned stadium firmed from an “underwrite” to a “grant” yesterday. Once the Government was informed of the council’s decision on the stadium, officials from the Ministry of Economic Development would work with the mayor on arrangements for the grant.
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What the Councillors said… ODT Link

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In the immortal words of Luke Skywalker

“Almost There”, and to paraphrase Han Solo, once the final shot had been fired against the evil dark side (played rather admirably by the StS),

“Let’s build this thing and get on with it”.

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To the masses WE say

### ODT Online Sat, 18 Apr 2009
Opinion: Your Say: The Feudal manor of Dunedin
By Duke of Ban Phai
Feudalism is alive and flourishing in Dunedin. I guess that all over the world crucial differences persist between the wealthy, powerful, high status, and largely self-appointed elite and the much poorer, powerless, low status, and struggling underdogs. In its more extreme form, this poisonous social system is usually hidden behind a screen of euphemisms and political spin, but sometimes the screen is breached, and we see it in all its naked ugliness. We see it here and now in Dunedin. “Cough up, you peasants, pay your feudal dues! Your Lord and Masters require a fine new stadium.”
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UPDATED Contract approval, pending…

…outcome of interim injunction.

According to ONE News.
STS application for injunction to go to High Court at Christchurch this Thursday.
Farry saying bulldozers poised…well, he would.
Full coverage of today’s meetings in ODT tomorrow.

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### Radio New Zealand News Updated at 5:48pm on 20 April 2009
Council approves stadium contract pending hearing
The Dunedin City Council has approved a construction contract for a new enclosed stadium, pending the outcome of a court hearing on Thursday.
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### ONE News Published: 2:24PM Monday April 20, 2009
Source: Newstalk ZB
Dunedin council to fight for stadium
The Dunedin City Council will fight a group seeking a High Court injunction against the planned stadium.
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### TVNZ News Updated 18:48 Monday April 20, 2009
Source: ONE News/Newstalk ZB
Council votes to sign stadium contract
The Dunedin City Council has voted to sign a contract to build the controversial stadium, but there is still a hurdle to jump.
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### Channel 9 News Apr 20, 2009 – 7:16pm
Eleventh Hour Attempt To Stall The New Stadium
The debate over the proposed Otago Stadium has reached a new level.
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$15M government ‘grant’ (offer)

The brass hurrah….

### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2009
Govt confirms $15m stadium grant
By David Loughrey and Chris Morris
The planned Otago Stadium has received a boost at today’s extraordinary Dunedin City Council meeting, with confirmation the Government’s $15 million contribution will come as a grant.
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Injunction: Dunedin City Council response

### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2009
Council responds to STS injunction
By David Loughrey

The Dunedin City Council has surfaced from its closed door meeting to announce its response to Stop the Stadium’s court injunction, designed to stop the council from agreeing to sign a contract to build the project.

View resolutions and read more ODT Link

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Public deliberations delayed

### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2009
Lawyers to discuss next move in stadium battle
By Mark Price
Lawyers acting for the Dunedin City Council are expected to be given the floor this morning when debate begins over the next move in the Otago stadium debate.
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### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2009
Public deliberations on stadium delayed
Public deliberations on the planned $198 million Otago stadium have been delayed until early this afternoon as Dunedin City Councillors continue to weigh up legal advice.
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Tahuna Upgrade or Stadium, or both

### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2009
Opinion: Tahuna vital, stadium not
By Neville Peat

Former Otago regional councillor Neville Peat says that, new stadium or not, the City Council must complete the Tahuna wastewater treatment project on time.
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ODT credits Neville Peat as having chaired the panel of commissioners at the Otago Regional Council’s Tahuna wastewater outfall resource consent hearing.

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### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2009
Report on $74m sewage plan due today
By Chris Morris

A $74.3 million plan for the scheduled stage two upgrade of Dunedin’s secondary sewage treatment facilities is to be considered by city councillors today.
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