Daily Archives: May 16, 2009

No aspersions here

There are no aspersions whatsoever being cast on Ewan Soper or his executive work for the Carisbrook Stadium Trust by the two authors at What if?


Some call it a challenge but what a dreadful combination for a senior administrator to oversee in this next phase of stadium development: ensuring construction meets the completion deadline to secure the government’s $15M grant and a host of other complex requirements – with a case heading to the Court of Appeal in the preliminary period; and setting up a new events management business in a ‘too small’ town of competing and factional events and venues interests. OMG.

We know an early hearing at the Court of Appeal can be applied for, but what are the chances given the workloads of the Court.

Will the $15M offer of government funding to deadline be treated as a reason to move the Appeal up the priority list? We expect transparency and accountability from the Court around this – justice on the one hand and government pressure(?) on the other. Who wins? – and that’s before the appeal process itself gets under way.


In the global scheme of things, the Otago stadium can be seen as a relatively uncomplicated, low-value building. Is the CST job description likely to be solved by recruiting one individual? Or by utilising a tight team or partnership approach ‘at the top’?

DCC should be looking at Populous, formerly known as HOK Sport Venue Event (the firm rebranded recently). As we know, it’s one of the world’s leading design firms.

If Dunedin City Council wants the Otago stadium to actually work for its living, then the council shouldn’t go past recruiting from “the field” of proven experts it has an existing relationship with.

We know Populous costs, but so will getting it wrong by recruiting from anaerobic depths of the incompetence food chain.

Populous has some of the world’s finest and most experienced architects and event managers.

Populous is a global design practice specialising in creating environments that draw people and communities together for unforgettable experiences.

With clarity of vision and purpose, all of the people, portfolio, capabilities and expertise of the architectural firm formerly known as HOK Sport Venue Event continue as Populous.

Populous website
Earlier post: Who? HOK Sport

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DCC and ORC affidavits + Walker précis

DCC’s spend on the stadium was $52+ million at March end…

### ODT Online Sat, 16 May 2009
Stadium affidavit details revealed
By David Loughrey

The main points of next month’s Forsyth Barr Stadium case in the High Court have been revealed in affidavits from the Dunedin city and Otago regional councils, and a précis of stadium opponent Basil Walker’s planned argument, as have details of the city council’s spending on the project.
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CST's Ewan Soper moves on

Oh-oh, the job description becomes another ‘9-page’ document, detailing the role of stadium operator and event manager, as we feared…

### ODT Online Sat, 16 May 2009
Contract ends for stadium executive
By David Loughrey

Carisbrook Stadium Trust chief executive Ewan Soper has finished his contract with the trust, and plans to let someone with skills in organising the construction of the Forsyth Barr Stadium, and setting up an events management business, take over.
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Adopting a moderate tone

…TO ASK A FEW QUESTIONS, or we’ll send the terriers in.

Dear Dunedin City councillors, anyone?

Regarding the Awatea (St) site, how are the consents going for the proposed building(s)? And what of the road stopping?

From reading council’s website we note the public consultation process required to close a public road – any time soon for this? Or is a Public Works Act seize-and-desist (sic) regime to hit us?

Road Stopping Policy (PDF, 17.5 kb, new window)

Under Legal Requirements the policy says:

“The law recognises that the need to retain road reserve can change and the Local Government Act allows Territorial Authorities to both create new roads and stop all or part of existing roads. The processes laid down in the Act are public processes and include provision for public notification of intentions and input to the result. If objections are received with respect to a stopping proposal the power to make a final decision is removed from the Council and passed to the Environment Court. This reflects the strong protection of the public’s rights.

“There is also provision in the Public Works Act to allow roads to be stopped in conjunction with creation of new roads. This is a non public process and is used where roads are being realigned and the like. It is also used when it is found formed roads are not within the legal road reserve and allows a new road reserve to be created in the correct position in exchange for the old reserve.”

We await formal explanation of the processes and timeline required for the stopping of a road(s) at the Awatea site.

Now then, let’s go directly to the realigning of State Highway 88 to skirt the proposed stadium, as feeds into the proposed harbour arterial (aka Dunedin’s strategic corridor) – we’re talking about the section of new road to run between Frederick St and Ravensbourne Rd.

Where is the funding and construction timeline now at for this?
Is the massively overblown and expensive gyratory still in the plans?

This whole roading project may have to be fully funded by DCC if not of a suitable priority status with the Otago Regional Transport Committee.

We have to ask.
Lots of little process questions coming at us. We’ll drip feed these in the week ahead.

Don’t use the CST PR-diversion method to stall your answers, we don’t need to know the stadium’s opening act is Kenny Rogers ‘fresh’ from Star of the Desert Arena.


The What if? Team


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