Monthly Archives: August 2009

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

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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STS v DCC – Court of Appeal

### ODT Online Wed, 19 Aug 2009
Stadium appeal delay questioned
By David Loughrey

Stop the Stadium’s counsel Len Andersen called yesterday for a contract to build the Forsyth Barr Stadium to be quashed so “proper consultation” could be held, despite being told the horse may have already bolted.
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STS day in court

Counsel for DCC: “We are at the point of no return.”

### ODT Online Tue, 18 Aug 2009
Appeal court reserves decision on stadium

The Stop the Stadium group has gone to the Court of Appeal, seeking to quash a decision to go ahead with Carisbrook’s replacement, despite the piles already being in the ground for the $198 million project. The Court today reserved its decision following complex legal arguments, but promised to release its findings as soon as it could. NZPA
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Construction pics of the day 2



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DCC Media Release – Carisbrook

Dunedin City Council Media Release
Council Acquires Carisbrook

Dunedin (Monday 17 August 2009) – The DCC has completed negotiations with the Otago Rugby Football Union that sees the Council assume ownership of Carisbrook.

The all up price of the purchase is $7 million which includes three packages made up from Carisbrook, the adjacent car park site and a block of rental housing in Burns Street.

The ORFU has repaid the $2 million DCC loan from the proceeds of this transaction.

However, the purchase of the three packages will be neutral to the Council for the next three years during which time the ORFU will be responsible for the operational expenditure and maintenance.

As a result, the Council has also agreed to guarantee the interest on the ORFU’s seasonal debt for three years from the settlement date of 11 August 2009. The maximum seasonal debt covered by this agreement is up to $1.2 million.

Under the terms of the agreement Carisbrook will be leased back to the ORFU for a three year period on a set lease basis which is neutral to the DCC.

Unless any future use of the assets meets overheads associated with the properties the Council will incur additional debt servicing costs.*

The Council recognises the importance of this site to the future of South Dunedin and the city as a whole, and the future use of Carisbrook will be determined by Council only after analysis of the sites’ potential, alternative uses, and discussions with the community and stakeholders.

Mayor Peter Chin has responded enthusiastically to the acquisition of Carisbrook. “This is good news for the ratepayers and for the ORFU. It represents a sound investment based on a rigorous independent valuation of the current and future values across a range of land uses, all of which makes this a canny investment.”

The details of the purchase price will remain confidential for reasons of on-going commercial sensitivity.

Further details may be obtained from:

Peter Chin: 474 3855 or 0274 372 126
Cr Syd Brown: 0274 360 104
Athol Stephens, GM Finance & Corporate Support:
474 3867 or 0274 326 603

*See asterisk added by Cr Richard Walls in the media release received; he says: “For clarification, this relates to the position three years hence if the future use of the ground etc is not resolved by then.”

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Wi-Fi: DCC favours Octagon businesses to exclusion of others

It doesn’t get much thicker than this.

### ODT Online Tue, 18 Aug 2009
Free wireless internet for Octagon to be trialled
By Chris Morris
Plans to trial a free wireless internet service have been approved by the Dunedin City Council. Councillors at yesterday’s full council meeting voted to accept a recommendation to trial the wireless (Wi-Fi) internet initiative, which came from a meeting of the council’s economic development committee last month.
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Related Post:
20.7.09 Want/need free Wi-Fi network – do we???

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Stadium jobs assertion

### ODT Online Tue, 18 Aug 2009
Stadium could create more jobs than forecast
By Chris Morris

Construction of the Forsyth Barr Stadium could create more jobs in Dunedin than first thought, Carisbrook Stadium Trust officials say. It was possible original estimates of jobs for 600 workers “could well be exceeded”, trust development director Darren Burden said yesterday.
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Carisbrook purchase debatable + Test $hype

### ODT Online Tue, 18 Aug 2009
Council’s Carisbrook deals released
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council will underwrite Otago Rugby Football Union debt for the next three years as part of a deal which includes the purchase of Carisbrook for $7 million. The council confirmed the cost yesterday, and that the Otago Rugby Football Union had repaid a $2 million loan to the council.
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The tripe continues…

### ODT Online Tue, 18 Aug 2009
NZ-France test benefits city $5.3m
By David Loughrey
Dunedin reaped a $5.3 million benefit from the All Blacks-France test match in June, a new report says, a figure the Dunedin City Council claims has “a whole new meaning” with the Forsyth Barr Stadium under construction.
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The figures:
All Blacks v France, June 13. –
Out-of-town ticket sales: 12,122
Average expenditure: $479
Total expenditure: $11.3m
Total value added: $5.3m


### RNZ News Updated at 8:55am on 18 August 2009
Dunedin council buys Carisbrook for $7m
Dunedin City Council has bought hallowed southern rugby ground Carisbrook for $7 million. The deal was struck by the council and the Otago Rugby Football Union and includes a $2 million loan repayment in return for a three-year lease. Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin says the agreement represents a sound investment, based on a rigorous independent valuation. But critics argue the deal bails out the rugby union to ensure it becomes a reliable user of a new $198 million* stadium being built in the city. Stop the Stadium president Bev Butler says it appears the council and the union are now “joined at the hip”.

*woops RNZ isn’t up with the increased cost of the stadium published in DCC Chief Executive Jim Harland’s affidavit…

RNZ on Morning papers:
The [Otago Daily Times] also reports that Dunedin City Council will underwrite Otago Rugby Football Union debt for the next three years as part of a deal that includes the purchase of Carisbrook for $7 million.

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My God they are relentless….

Relentlessly ignorant/arrogant aren’t they.


I mean really, where does David O’Kane get off in that section of the ODT commonly known as Grumpy Kiwi central, moaning about the stadium turf.

It’s that line “If Not, Why Not”. The bloody smug arrogance of it. It smacks of that famous Dunedin anti-stadium affliction, “I know all the answers and the CST hasn’t thought of anything”.

It screams of, “I bet the CST hasn’t even considered this” mentality, and it’s bloody boring people. We’ve all heard it before with countless ‘the public knows best’ comments. However I would have thought this sort of stuff would have died down by now. Argh!

I did like the response from the CST though, essentially it was “yawn, yes we have tested this, and we did consider putting down scrum after scrum, and yawn, yes we did test placebo strips of grass…”

Once again the man in the street knows best eh.


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Rugby NZ 2011 organisers seek detailed plan from CST

### ODT Online Fri, 14 Aug 2009
Stadium plan required for cup
By Chris Morris

July 2010 is shaping as an important milestone in construction of the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, as the city’s new venue is negotiated along the road to the Rugby World Cup 2011.
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Report – Council – 17/08/2009 (PDF, 36.6 kb, new window)
Stakeholders report

CST’s stadium progress report (24 July 2009) is an attachment to the Stakeholders Report and alludes to the Rugby NZ 2011 tournament requirements.

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CST proposes event Edinburgh excels at…

### ODT Online Fri, 14 Aug 2009
Tattoo plan for stadium
By Chris Morris

Dunedin could add to its reputation as the Edinburgh of the South, with plans to host a “Dunedin Tattoo”, with performers from around the world. Carisbrook Stadium Trust officials have begun discussions.
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Report – Council – 17/08/2009 (PDF, 36.6 kb, new window)
Stakeholders report

CST’s stadium progress report (24 July 2009) is an attachment to the Stakeholders Report.


Fascinating reading…

Report – Council 17/08/2009 (PDF, 31.2 kb, new window)
Appointment of Director to ORFU Board


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Campbell Live: "Backers of the stadium are under intense pressure"

STS goes to the Court of Appeal in Wellington next week
Tuesday 18 August at 10am…

### TV3 Campbell Live Tue, 11 Aug 2009 19:54
Construction of Dunedin’s new stadium underway – Video

After years of delays and in a decision that divided a community, work is finally underway at the new stadium in Dunedin – the first stadium in the country to have a permanent roof.
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See Video

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Stadium: Conditions on government grant released

### ODT Online Thu, 13 Aug 2009
Clause allows $15m demand if stadium late
By Chris Morris

Failure to meet construction targets for the Forsyth Barr Stadium project could result in the Dunedin City Council being given just 20 working days to repay the $15 million Government grant for the project.
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CST problem with stadium cost?

The Carisbrook Stadium Trust put its case for the $198,000,000 covered stadium being built in Dunedin to the Rotary Club of Oamaru on Monday night. (ODT, Wed 12 Aug 2009 Link)

Last Friday, CST announced newly appointed Arrow International director Lale Ieremia as the project manager for the $188,000,000 Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza. (ODT, Sat 8 Aug 2009; page 5)

What was the figure published by the Otago Daily Times: $261,000,000 – cost to ratepayers. (ODT, Tue 23 Jun 2009 Link)

And sorry, the figure in Dunedin City Council Chief Executive Jim Harland’s affidavit: $217,400,000 (ODT, Sat 16 May 2009 Link)

Could someone get the story straight and tell Malcolm. Please.

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CST: "Exceptional measures" to protect culvert

### ODT Online Wed, 12 Aug 2009
Culvert on stadium site to be braced
By Chris Morris

A culvert carrying Opoho Stream under the Forsyth Barr Stadium construction site in Dunedin is to be reinforced because of fears it could collapse under the weight of giant machinery at the site.
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Carisbrook deal

### ODT Online Wed, 12 Aug 2009
DCC finalises deal to buy Carisbrook
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council has confirmed it is the new owner of Carisbrook, having finalised the deal to purchase the ground from the Otago Rugby Football Union. Details of the deal would not be made public until after they were presented to councillors in the closed part of next week’s full council meeting, Mayor said yesterday.
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D Scene, a quiet week for stadium, apart from the bamms

Not an exciting week for stadium mentions…
[But hey, museum board and management are doing a great “keep-down-put-down” job on staff and ex staff. Read more about it…]

### D Scene 12-8-09
Your say: Paying the Price (page 9)
By Barry Gibbons, Mosgiel
With the over-valuation of properties, increased rates, Otago Regional rate rises, and the increase in the cost of the stadium, someone’s got to pay for it and it stops here with us, the ratepayers, so get used to it.

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Rugby decline a positive (page 13)
By Joseph Romanos
It’s not a bad thing that interest in rugby is declining. New Zealand is no longer a rugby, racing and beer society, and thank goodness for that. Boys attending big colleges aren’t automatically shepherded towards rugby. There is much more individual choice. Our country is growing up.

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STS rates revolt

### ODT Mon, 10 Aug 2009 (page 24)
Dunedin rates arrears on the rise
By David Loughrey

Overdue rates owed by Dunedin ratepayers have increased as the recession drags on, and the city council has urged people falling behind with their payments to get in contact, and obtain help to sort out the situation.
Cr Fliss Butcher said it was hard to quantify how many people were withholding rates for the stadium, but a “very small” number had communicated that motive to the council.

Read more in the print and digital editions of the Otago Daily Times.


In May it was reported that 104 ratepayers had delayed payment as a stadium protest. ODT Link

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Stadium project manager

### ODT Sat 8 Aug 2009 (page 5)
In brief: Ieremia stadium project manager

Newly appointed Arrow International director Lale Ieremia would assume direct control of the construction of the $188 million Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza, it was announced yesterday.
Arrow is a Dunedin-based project management and construction company.
Arrow founding director Ron Anderson said Mr Ieremia joined the company in 1999 and had managed projects approaching $1 billion in value.
As well as overseeing the stadium construction, Mr Ieremia would also drive the company’s entry into future major projects.

This item is available in print and digital editions of the Otago Daily Times.

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The piles, again…and the roof

### ODT Online Sat, 8 Aug 2009
Pile-driving progresses according to plan
By David Loughrey

Work driving piles into the ground at the Forsyth Barr Stadium site is going ahead successfully, but the most difficult stage of the project, lifting about 700 tonnes of steel roof trusses into place 35m above ground, will be the major challenge of the project.
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### ODT Online Sat, 8 Aug 2009
Hitting the roof considered to be quite a feat
By David Loughrey

Otago rugby players, and visitors to the province, will have a new challenge when they play at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The lowest part of the stadium’s roof will be 30m high near the edge of the field, and the highest kick mapped during games when the Carisbrook Stadium Trust did its research on the issue was about 29.4m.
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It happens…

### ODT Online Fri, 7 Aug 2009
Southland beats Otago 26-19

Another chapter in the long history of deep south rugby rivalry was written tonight when Southland beat Otago 26-19 in an Air NZ Cup match in Dunedin.
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Ripper rugby tournament at Carsibrook 7th August

### ODT Online Thu, 6 Aug 2009
Your say: Otago rugby union being miserable
By Sparky

I am disapointed that those family members and carers who wish to watch their kids compete in the finals of the rippa rugby competition can’t see them without paying between $15 to $20 per adult. This is the price of the tickets to watch the Otago v Southland game that is on after the rippa final.

The ORFU reply includes: “We would like to think that the parents and grandparents of players will join in the spirit of the occasion and stay (or come back) for the Otago Southland match and watch their children form the guard of honour for the two teams.”
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BammBamm says

At the STS website, a conundrum appeared early this morning, about the stadium piles. True or false. Does this associate with the rumour last year that steel had already been stockpiled for the project…

Anyway, BammBamm says:

“The concrete supports are prefabricated, pre-stressed castings that have taken months to cast, and produce for the stadium foundations. You can hear them being driven in daily. Many of you will not realise that to obtain full structural strength, that the concrete needs to cure. Usually Portland cement is around 8 months. So, using that logic, you will find that the pillars were cast, cured, assembled and transported before the Council made a ‘decision’ on construction of the stadium itself.”
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Wellington design firm… applying the logo


Cato Partners “Identity Management and Design” (Wellington) unfurls the stadium logo onto (were the apparel items made in China, New Zealand or where) merchandising…

See Cato’s Case Studies – 17: “FBSaUP”
(not to give the name sponsor too much credit over ratepayers’ contribution)
Hit the dots at the top to advance through the [eyelash blink blink] ‘merchandising’…

Far out…
Would YOU wear it.


Thanks to UglyBob at Skyscraper for projecting these visual delights.

And for alerting us to this ah, was it, little gem:

July 20, 2009
Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza will be New Zealand’s largest indoor multipurpose stadium! Overlooking Otago Harbour, this fully roofed facility will have capacity for over 30,000 avid fans. A world-class conference centre, Forsyth Barr Stadium will also host educational, sporting, business, entertainment and cultural events.


(so have ratepayers got a lighting budget ready)

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Loughrey on Chin – ODT


### ODT Online Thu, 6 Aug 2009
Mayor bullish on council record
By David Loughrey

The Dunedin City Council may be reeling from a barrage of criticism from an angry public, but Mayor Peter Chin says the decisions it has made to support major multimillion-dollar projects are the right ones.
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Why keep plugging Facebook group The DCC has lost the plot. Sorry ODT, what’s your fascination there. It’s a minor thing of little substance and is not a true reflection of the public view – get out and speak to Dunedin citizens and group leaders if you want the real picture.

I’m still trying to picture Peter Chin as “bullish”… sly perhaps.

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