Daily Archives: August 20, 2009

Otago Community Trust

### Otago Community Trust 2009 Annual Report (page 2)

OCT 20-8-09 pic crop

Forsyth Barr Stadium at the University Plaza overlooking the Otago harbour, will be New Zealand’s largest indoor arena.

The Otago Community Trust has continued its long-held tradition of underpinning major community assets in Otago, and will provide $7 million towards the cost of construction of this new Stadium over the next two years.

Work has started and is on track for an August 2011 completion, planned to be ready for the 2011 Rugby World Cup – an opportunity to showcase the region to New Zealand and worldwide.

The new Stadium will be a multipurpose facility that can be used for a wide range of cultural, learning, community, business and sporting events. It will have capacity for over 30,000 in maximum event mode under one roof, and the flexibility to cater for smaller events.

Covered by a state-of-the-art roof, the purpose-built Stadium will protect everyone inside from the elements.

The University of Otago will become New Zealand’s first and only campus stadium, with new University buildings co-locating alongside the Stadium to house teaching, research and student services.

The net economic benefit to Otago and Dunedin was assessed at $24 million a year, bringing economic benefits through new jobs, attracting more visitors and students and retaining visitor spend within the region. Around 600 new jobs will be created during construction and 1,000 people will be employed for major events.

Forsyth Barr Stadium will be the focal point for major events south of the Waitaki.


We’re reliably informed that the University of Otago is MORE THAN a “campus stadium”. A little editing of the OCT item required…


### ODT Online Wed, 26 Aug 2009
Trust’s annual meeting more relaxed this year

The Otago Community Trust’s annual meeting last night was a subdued affair, despite a year when its investments were hit by the global financial crisis and it awarded its biggest grant – $7 million to the Forsyth Barr Stadium at the University Plaza.
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D Scene: Hotseat for mayor

### D Scene 19-8-09 (page 1)
Will Peter Chin be seeking re-election as Dunedin’s mayor? What does he think of the council’s critics? He responds to these and other questions from D Scene. See page 7
Cartoon by Pat McCarty. Peter Chin starring as Miss Havisham in ‘Great Expectations’.

Mayor speaks (page 3)
By Dave Wood, Acting Editor
Mayor Chin answers our questions, and his responses give a frank perspective of where he sees the council at…but his answers are also equivocal, curious and condescending.

Register to read D Scene online at http://fairfaxmedia.newspaperdirect.com/

Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin Talks to D Scene:
My job is like a swan (page 7)

The questions:
What’s your leadership style?
In view of the criticism you’re coming under, do you cringe when you pick up the ODT each day?
What in your mind have been the council’s biggest achievements?
What in your mind have been the council’s biggest mistakes?*
How’s your blood pressure?
What are the good news council stories you think residents should know about?
What is your view of the increasing council debt as outlined by Calvin Oaten in last week’s D Scene?
Why do you think various anti-council residents’ groups are mobilising?
Why do you believe it’s the council’s role to help stimulate economic activity with its own projects?
What do you think about the Government’s investigations of the Delta land purchases?
It’s been said your leadership is undemocratic because you’ve always not involved councillors in decision-making, for example, your letter to the Government offering a social housing deal. Your comments?
How do mayoral pressures impact on your personal life?
What are your thoughts on seeking another term as Dunedin mayor?

Read D Scene for disheartening answers…

*Note to Mayor Chin: There is no group called “Save Harrop Street”. You listened to the (gutsy and polite) incorporated society Hands off Harrop, as well as other stakeholders and council personnel.

We hope that’s not “Swann” you mean, given your confusion with names.


Other stories:

Stadium fight hits court by Michelle Sutton (page 6)
‘Brook price confirmed by Michelle Sutton (page 6)

Councillors become rubber-stampers (page 13)
Dunedin people need to complain loudly about city council decisions, says former councillor and 2007 defeated mayoral candidate Lee Vandervis.

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Stadium in public view…

### ODT Online Thu, 20 Aug 2009
Stadium construction viewing stand mooted
By Chris Morris

A public viewing platform may be built to accommodate the interest in the construction of the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
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Counsel for STS denies Jim Harland's claim

### ODT Online Thu, 20 Aug 2009
STS denies own rules breached
By David Loughrey

The Dunedin City Council took on Stop the Stadium’s processes at the Court of Appeal in Wellington this week, claiming the group did not stick to the rules within its own constitution. That claim was denied by Stop the Stadium’s counsel, who said while internal documents had not been released to the council, the rules had been followed.
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The realm of accountants…

Not long ago we were told by council sources the $66 a year may spin out to more years of ratepayer contribution than anticipated if the cost of the project grew significantly. That’s not alluded to here.

### ODT Online Thu, 20 Aug 2009
$66 a year ‘demonstrably incorrect’
By David Loughrey

An assurance the Forsyth Barr Stadium will cost the average ratepayer no more than $66 a year cannot be true, when other costs for the project have increased, Stop the Stadium’s counsel Len Anderson says.
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STS Notice of Annual General Meeting

As emailed to all members…

From: Stop the Stadium Announcement list
Date: 19 August 2009 12:31:23 PM
To: sts mailout
Subject: [sts] Notice of AGM
Reply-To: bevkiwi@hotmail.com

Dear Members

Stop The Stadium Inc
Date: Sunday 30th August 2009
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Place: Pioneer Women’s Hall
362 Moray Place (opp Countdown carpark)
Members only

Kind Regards
Bev Butler


What if? Questions:

1. How many STS members are there? (circa 1400?)

2. What’s the capacity of the Pioneer Women’s Hall?

3. Has there been a public notice as required?

4. The President is compiling the Agenda (not a question!)

5. The email notice gives very little time for people to submit agenda items (due today 20 Aug, hell – lots of questions?????)

6. Will President be taking new nominations for committee from the floor?

7. Is there a General Business item in the agenda? (who knew!)

8. Will President take items for discussion from the floor in 7. above?

9. What is the STS constitutional rule that applies to AGMs? (god help us, a fact!)
Rule (9) General Meetings
The Annual General Meeting of the Society shall be held on such day before the first day of September each year as shall, from time to time, be determined by the Management of the Society.
The Secretary shall at least ten days before the Annual General Meeting in each year make public notice stating the date, time and place of the meeting together with particulars of the business to be transacted.

10. What are members for?


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