### ODT Online Sat, 9 May 2009
Rugby: Highlanders crash to fourth straight loss
The Highlanders’ miserable end to their Super 14 rugby campaign continued when they were overrun 27-22 by the Lions in Johannesburg this morning (NZ time).
The Highlanders play the Western Force in their final match at Perth next week.
### ODT Saturday, May 9, 2009 (page 37)
Sports Comment by Brent Edwards
Memo to NZRU: save provincial rugby now
The national championship is almost terminally ill; and the clubs battle on, motivated only by the love of the game.
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### ODT Online Sat, 9 May 2009
Group heads to Appeal Court
By Blair Mayston
In an 11th hour bid to block the construction of a stadium at Awatea St, the Stop the Stadium group has sought to have a High Court judgement overturned by the Court of Appeal.
CORRECTION: In the item, ODT says, “Ms Butcher declined to say last night how this appeal was being funded.” An interesting attribution. We infer ODT means “Ms Butler”.
From the Notice of Appeal we note:
What do you seek from the Court of Appeal?
An order allowing the appeal and making the following orders:
(a) A declaration that it is unlawful and contrary to section 97 Local Government Act 2002 for the Dunedin City Council to resolve to proceed with the proposed stadium prior to adoption of the 2009/10 – 2018/19 Dunedin City Council Long Term Community Plan.
(b) An Order quashing any decision of the Defendant to proceed with the proposed stadium that is made prior to adoption of the 2009/10 – 2018/19 Dunedin City Council Long Term Community Plan.
The Notice of Appeal is signed by LA Andersen, Counsel for Appellant.
Mr Andersen is not legally aided.
See also Updated: StS to Court of Appeal
Seems Basil Walker is up to his usual tricks again, speaking for everyone else – even if we want him to shut up.
First it came with his legal challenge to the Emissions Trading Act taken against the government (get this) on behalf of the people of New Zealand. Now the ODT has revealed that he’s taking action against the ORC, even though he’s not a Ratepayer but is doing it for his family.
Further, of course, if the judge finds against him and awards costs to the ORC (for defending their democratic actions), it’s been revealed that it will be difficult for the judge to award full costs, the man’s a declared Bankrupt.
Sorry Basil, your heart might be in the right place, but I didn’t want your interference with the ETS (some of us liked it), and I don’t want your non-rate-paying interference now.
Full Story here in the ODT
### ODT Friday, May 8, 2009 (page 10)
Stadium Funding processes ‘confusing’
By Rebecca Fox
The processes the Otago Regional Council has had to follow to part-fund the Awatea St stadium are confusing to many, director corporate services Wayne Scott says.
See ORC chief executive Graeme Martin’s report to Extraordinary Council Meeting 11/2/2009 which provides a précis of the council’s stadium decisions.
ORC’s stadium decisions
June 5, 2008:
Council decides to undertake, subject to nine conditions, the proposed new activity of part-funding the Awatea St stadium and recommend a revenue policy.
June 25, 2008:
Sets February 2, 2009, as deadline for it to be provided with evidence of a tender for the stadium for a guaranteed maximum price of not more than $165.4 million.
February 11, 2009:
Council resolves to confirm part-funding of stadium subject to eight conditions including an assurance private sector capital funding shortfall of $15 million be met.
March 9, 2009:
Council satisfied condition 5 – assurance of government funding of $15 million – had been met and resolved for the draft long-term council community plan 2009-19 to incorporate funding of proposed stadium.