Daily Archives: September 17, 2009

Undie 500 shifting


### ODT Online Fri, 18 Sep 2009
Demise of Undie pleases

City and university leaders in Dunedin and Christchurch are elated by yesterday’s announcement the Undie 500 rally will not return to Dunedin, describing it as inevitable after last weekend’s disorder.
Read more + some student reaction…

Other stories in ODT:
Defendants steer clear of waiting media
High school kids charged over Undie
Well, hello! Welcome to Police Arrest 101 – Inspector Dave Campbell’s open letter to Cantabrians.


### RNZ National Thursday, 17 September 2009 17:51
Checkpoint with Mary Wilson
Undie 500 canned
The Undie 500 car rally has been canned after it led to rioting in Dunedin for the fourth year in a row. Audio (2:24)

### RNZ National Thursday, 17 September 2009 17:26
Checkpoint with Mary Wilson
Undie 500 organisers seek new destination
Organisers of the infamous Undie 500 rally say the event won’t be returning to Dunedin in the foreseeable future. Audio (4:24)


### TVNZ News 2:56PM Thursday September 17, 2009
Undie 500 on the move, but who wants it?
Source: ONE News
Sighs of relief can be heard around Dunedin after Canterbury made the decision to move the Undie 500, but other South Island centres are holding their breath.
Read more
Video (2:04)


### RNZ National Thursday, 17 September 2009 07:27
Morning Report with Geoff Robinson & Sean Plunket
Undie 500 mark two?
Canterbury university students who gave Dunedin the Undie 500 and its associated public disorder last weekend now have a new event on its way.
Audio Ogg Vorbis MP3 (4:44)


### ODT Online Thu, 17 Sep 2009
Undie over for Dunedin

Organisers of the Undie 500 were unable to control the fringe elements “down there”, so Canterbury student leaders have turned the key off for the infamous Canterbury car rally to Dunedin.

“The UCSA and ENSOC (the Engineering Society of Canterbury which organised the annual rally), have resolved not to run the Undie 500 to Dunedin in the foreseeable future,” University of Canterbury Students’ Association president Steve Jukes said.
Read more


The Undie 500 will get a new name and a new destination.

The mayors of Nelson, Greymouth, Timaru, Oamaru and Invercargill don’t want it coming to their towns.

Mayor Peter Chin couldn’t be happier. “Sanity has prevailed,” he says.


### ODT Online Thu, 17 Sep 2009
Castle St accused in court
By Debbie Porteous

The Dunedin District Court has started processing the first large group of those arrested in the Undie 500 disorder last weekend. Twenty-four of 67 people arrested in and around Castle St from September 11 to September 13 were scheduled to make their first appearances this morning.
Read more


OUSA president Edwin Darlow continues to blame Dunedin City Council for not allowing a managed Undie 500 event at a Dunedin venue; the council preferring to keep people out on the street with the resulting disorder. He hopes to attend the next North Dunedin Working Party meeting. Mr Darlow maintains the council has its head in the sand.


ODT Online Thu, 17 Sep 2009
Chance to wipe slate
By Sarah Harvey

Travel and career opportunities are the two aspects of life most affected by a criminal record, but people with a minor conviction can wipe their “slate” clean because of legislation put in place in 2004. The people charged after the weekend’s Undie 500 disorder all face the prospect of a criminal record.
Read more

The Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004 means individuals with minor convictions for crimes that were committed seven or more years ago, and who have not re-offended since, are deemed to have no criminal record.

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Stadium construction and sustainability. The review of mega-event stadiums (1990-2012)

What if? has covered a lot of topics on and off stadium subjects since Paul started the website. The following is a paper, now three years old, that by chance (haltingly) summarises many of the issues encountered here through posts and comments on stadiums.

The paper is interesting rather than astonishing as a piece of student writing and analysis goes; clearly English is a second language. The students’ supervisors could have worked them harder across the board.

If nothing else the paper underlines the fact that stadium construction itself is relentlessly astonishing on a global basis – why would we even attempt to equate stadium construction and sustainability in one breath…

We think – we know – we’ve got problems at Dunedin trying to build a rugby stadium for three little RWC pool games…after these, we haven’t thought much about the future of the facility, this has been evident from the very start.

Multiuse notions will be flung ill-fittingly at a relatively inflexible unconvincing building form. The construction budget has always been too small for the so-called multipurpose dream. The operating budget projections are shockingly inconsequential.

The stadium as it rises from the piles will read like a curtailment.

To turn the Otago stadium into a multipurpose venue – indeed, if in any way it is possible – will be the added drain on citizens and ratepayers.

For months the Carisbrook Stadium Trust has been avoiding face-to-face meetings with the Dunedin public (forced as main funder of the stadium), to explain the sustainable future of this building and the activity it hosts, within the city’s urban fabric.

Instead, vaguely interested people in the townships of Cromwell, Wanaka and Oamaru, for example, could be the only ones to interact with the CST ‘live update’ roadshow.

These are not the tactics of a socially responsible and accountable charitable trust – no, was it a trust with own mission working complicitly with Dunedin City Council to build a rugby venue that will stupefy and strangle citizens for twenty years, or more.

The Otago stadium, whether or not a pig’s ear (it is), can’t at all be mistaken for a mega-event stadium in a world city.


Stadium construction and sustainability.
The review of mega-event stadiums (1990-2012)

Contributors: Sertac Erten and Sena Oezfiliz
Date of publication: 2006
Place of publication: Rotterdam, Netherlands

International CIB endorsed METU postgraduate conference, Ankara (Turkey), 17. Mar. 2006 – 18. Mar. 2006
Part of Conference: Built environment and information technologies


This paper will try to review the near past of the mega-event stadium construction, and the recent approaches in stadium-building in terms of sustainable urban development and architecture. The research will cover the period of 1990-2012, from the start of sustainability discussions and their revealing implications on stadium-construction up to the forthcoming London 2012 Olympic Games and its stadium. The focus will be on the notions of flexibility in stadium design and post-event maintenance of stadiums for sustainable urban environment.

Full Text URL: http://www.irbnet.de/daten/iconda/06059012396.pdf

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