Daily Archives: June 3, 2009

QUALMS over STS website

www.stopthestadium.org.nz has a new appearance theme: Quentin.

The home page now resembles an invitation to the Queen’s garden party.

Gone is the photographic banner showing protest…in its place a statement:

STOP THE STADIUM!
SAVING DUNEDIN FROM UNCONTROLLED SPENDING

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Our worst fears have been realised. STS has stupidly inflated its brief within the thrust of one line – that is, gone beyond the unequivocal brief enshrined in its deed of constitution.

STS is now intent on SAVING DUNEDIN.

We would’ve thought preparations for the Court of Appeal hearing would keep things amply in perspective. But no. We’re about to be saved.

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Item 3 of the STS constitution says:

Objects
The objects of the Society are:

* To ensure through effective action that the construction of a publicly funded stadium at Awatea Street is prevented from happening.

* To ensure that the views of the members of the Society are communicated effectively through all means at the Society’s disposal to the wider community.

* To provide an asset base for associated research and communication in line with the Society’s aims.

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We think it’s nearly time for the STS Annual General Meeting. To explore progress, governance and finances.

** {Re deletion and substitution above, a follower says by email: “public dissing of that sort is what alienated the exec from its membership and the general public”. Hell, Charles could be right about the ‘Tamaki’ phenomenon. So ah, keep it tight, people, keep it tight.}

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Calvin Oaten: "a very bad project at a very bad time, made by a seriously negligent council"

### ODT Online Sun, 31 May 2009
Opinion: Your Say
Budget and Stadium
By Calvin Oaten

An open letter to Mr English and PM Key:

Mr English, dear sir,
I have followed with interest your presentation of the budget with all the qualifying comments pertaining to the protection of the country’s economy during these stressful times…
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Mr Oaten goes on to discuss funding for the stadium, including the effect of government’s $15 million grant to part bridge the shortfall in private sector funding.

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D Scene gives up or takes a break…

Slim pickings on the stadium in this week’s edition. As if there isn’t any scandal. Has Fairfax gone down to the 9-day fortnight already. Wake up D Scene.

D scene probably read this story in the ODT. Note D Scene’s lack of investigative research and primary interviews…

### D Scene 3-6-09 (page 9)
Stadium appeals

The controversial $198 million Otago stadium project faces its next day in court tomorrow. Queenstown resident Basil Walker is facing off with the Otago Regional Council about its $37.5 million stadium contribution in the High Court at Dunedin.
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### D Scene 3-6-09 (page 10)
Your Say: Stevenson support
Comment by Calvin Oaten, Pine Hill, Dunedin

City councillor Teresa Stevenson’s interview (D Scene, May 27) demonstrates once again the effects of the pervasive culture of control existing in the Town Hall.
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