Monthly Archives: April 2010

RWC 2011 ticket applications

### Updated at 1:04pm on 30 April 2010
World Cup ticket applications reached 325,000
Rugby fans worldwide have applied for 325,000 tickets worth over $55 million for next year’s World Cup in New Zealand. Rugby New Zealand 2011 chief executive Martin Snedden says that’s the equivalent of filling the redeveloped Eden Park more than five times over. The figure includes 190,000 tickets applied for since applications to the general public opened on Tuesday. The figure does not include 85,000 tickets already sold as part of the official travel and hospitality packages.
RNZ Link


### Updated at 6:37am on 30 April 2010
Work being found for Maori wardens at Rugby World Cup
Police are considering how they can use Maori wardens to help with any extra work associated with the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Superintendent Grant O’Fee, who’s in charge of police planning, says wardens and police are working more closely after a police-led training programme. He told Waatea News it makes sense to include them in planning for the cup. Some districts are more advanced than others and the response from Maori wardens has been extremely positive.
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Local body elections: stadium proponent out of the race

### ODT Online Fri, 30 Apr 2010
Cairns not seeking further council term
By Rebecca Fox
Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Cairns will not be standing in the local body elections in October. Mr Cairns, who has spent three terms on the regional council, two of those as chairman, has decided to stand down to concentrate his “energies” on his role as branch manager of Colliers International, a commercial real estate consultancy.

He was proud of the part he played in the Forsyth Barr Stadium process and “would not have done anything different”.

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China’s largest stadium under construction


@inhabitat Construction has begun on a gigantic flower-shaped stadium that will be the largest in China.


### 27/04/10
Comment by william rogan, shenzhen, china
good reporting on yet another dreadful chinese colossus: airplane architecture par excellence. can you imagine yourself as one of the ants finding your way across this site, a searing griddle?

See editorial at WAN:
Olympic-sized stadium is the largest planned for construction within the next decade

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DCC Media Release – RWC 2011

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

500 Days And Counting…

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 27 April, marks 500 days until the beginning of Rugby World Cup 2011, and planning is well underway.

Dunedin is familiar with the requirements of staging national and international events. Rugby World Cup 2011, however, sets a new standard and the Dunedin City Council, under direction from Rugby World Cup 2011 and NZ 2011, is well down the track in the nuts and bolts preparation for this tournament, working closely with the Otago Rugby Football Union, Tourism Dunedin and Otago Stadium.

The group has formed 13 steering groups to ensure nothing slips between the cracks. DCC Marketing and Communications Manager, Debra Simes, says, “From city beautification to traffic management, from training grounds to team hosting, the DCC, through these steering groups, will plan so that Dunedin is fully prepared and makes the most of the huge opportunities that the world’s third largest sporting tournament presents.”

The events calendar is beginning to fill up, with planning for the proposed Fan Zone in the Octagon and an eclectic range of Dunedin-wide events in the pipeline, from Port Chalmers, where locals are investigating a seafood festival, to sports event in Middlemarch where supporters can be the players and “represent their country” for fun rather than the glory. The Celtic Arts Festival, the Last Night of the Proms and other regular Dunedin events in October are ramping up their preparation and calendars to ensure the city has events to suit everyone.

The Otago Stadium construction schedule is progressing to plan and David Davies, CEO, Dunedin Venues Management Limited, says, “Rapid progress has been made on the construction of the Otago Stadium, and we are on track for completion in August 2011, well on schedule for the Rugby World Cup 2011. The finished product will be a world class venue that the region can be proud of and an important catalyst for the city’s future development.”

Workshops are already taking place for community and business groups to learn about how they can get involved, whether in the volunteer, hospitality, business or entertainment sectors. CEO of Rugby New Zealand 2011, Martin Sneddon, will be speaking at a lunch hosted by the DCC, Otago Rugby Football Union and Chamber of Commerce to encourage and inform the business community to embrace the opportunity presented by Rugby World Cup 2011.
Contact details

Contact Kim Newman on 477 4000.

Last reviewed: 26 Apr 2010 3:39pm

Note: “Otago Stadium” was the name used before the stadium’s name sponsor was announced in 2009.

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Cycle route feasibility and city parking

### ODT Online Wed, 28 Apr 2010
Opus to investigate cycle routes
By Mark Price
Consultants have been engaged by the Dunedin City Council to explore the best route for cyclists to traverse the hills between Dunedin and Mosgiel. Acting manager transportation planning Lisa Clifford confirmed yesterday Opus International had taken up a $50,000 contract to prepare a feasibility study into possible cycle routes.
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This is not a success story….

### ODT Online Wed, 28 Apr 2010
Parking debacle: DCC makes 150 changes
By David Loughrey
A raft of parking changes made in Dunedin during the past few months appears to have brought the debacle of the Dunedin City Council’s new parking strategy to a close.

An independent report would be written on the strategy’s release to discover “how we could have interacted better, so we can learn and go forward”.
-Cr Syd Brown

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DCC Media Release – Parking Review Cases Settled
Last reviewed: 27 Apr 2010 12:05pm

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Stadium funding + “open book” for Carisbrook

### ODT Online Tue, 27 Apr 2010
Private funding may top total
By David Loughrey
Private sector funding for the Forsyth Barr Stadium, being raised by the sale of seating products, could reach $10 million more than required by the Carisbrook Stadium Trust, but the future of any extra funding, if secured, is unclear.

Council chief executive Jim Harland said if all the seating products sold, it would give DVML a stronger cash flow. If that “very happy event” occurred, there could be discussion about whether the money could be used to pay off debt more quickly.

The council will begin public consultation on the future of Carisbrook with “a completely open book”, Mayor Peter Chin said yesterday.

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### ODT Online Tue, 27 Apr 2010
Countdown to kickoff
Key stakeholders brave the rain at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin yesterday, marking today’s milestone of 500 days until the Rugby World Cup 2011 tournament begins in New Zealand.
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Academia’s 2cents worth

As promised (several times actually), here’s some of the 120 published academic articles I have found on stadium related issues. Not risking copyright breaches, I’ll include all the bibliographical material, an abstract and if interesting some quotes etc.

Hope these are of some interest to some. I know they won’t be to everyone’s taste, but some of these are very very interesting and add an academic context to some of the discussions we’ve been having here. Some that were published in the 1990s and I know have been redressed I’ll chase up tomorrow when on campus.

If there’s an interest I’ll create a separate page for the inclusion of these – only 100+ to go.


New Sports Stadiums, Community Self-Esteem, and Community Collective Conscience

Rick Eckstein
Villanova University

Kevin Delaney
Temple University

Sports economists have created a sizable literature on the costs and benefits of publicly funded major-league sports stadiums. This research suggests a growing consensus that stadiums provide little economic advantage for local communities. In response, some stadium supporters have modified their tactics to increasingly avoid claims of tangible economic benefits. Instead, they insist that new stadiums offer communities more intangible social benefits. These alleged intangible benefits can take many specific forms but usually have something to do with a community’s self esteem or its collective conscience. This article draws on the authors’ primary research in 10 U.S. cities that are involved in different stages of new stadium construction. The authors demonstrate how local elites socially construct ideas such as community self-esteem and community collective conscience to help them reap large amounts of public dollars for their private stadiums.

Journal of Sport & Social Issues, Vol. 26, No. 3, 235-247 (2002)
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If You Build It, We Won’t Leave:
Turner’s social drama in newspaper coverage of stadium construction controversies

Ronald Bishop
Drexel University, USA

Controversy over the construction of new professional sports stadiums has occurred with such regularity that it now amounts to a “ritual”, using the definition developed by anthropologist Victor Turner. The process that begins with a team expressing its desire for a new stadium and concludes with the construction of that stadium has all the markings of a “social drama”. Playing a key role in this social drama are print journalists working in cities where stadium controversies unfold. Using a case study approach, I explore the social drama of stadium construction in Philadelphia, New York and New England. News coverage in these markets reveals the four stages of social drama: breach, crisis, redressive action, and reintegration. Team owners manufacture the breach, with the help of government officials who do not want to see franchises move elsewhere. Crisis emerges out of negative reactions to plans for a new stadium. Team and governmental officials then use very public means to try to bring the crisis to an end. Often, they fail in this attempt, and the parties are once again enveloped in crisis. New alliances, often built on cooperation between former opponents, emerge as the parties try to end the crisis. My analysis reveals that journalists in these cities have acted as agents of reintegration. They move from criticising to endorsing these stadium projects. The narrative that emerges gives the impression that everyone agrees on the need for the new facility, and that construction, though it may be delayed while the parties come together, is inevitable. My findings can help journalists to take a critical look at their coverage of stadium controversies, and to explore the impact of the coverage on their relationship with the communities they serve.

Journalism Studies, Volume 2, Number 3, 2001, pp. 373–392


Not in my back yard! Sports stadia location and the property market

Larissa E Davies
Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University

In recent years sports stadia have been built in the UK, not only for their intended sporting purpose but with the twin aim of stimulating economic and physical regeneration. However, proposals to locate stadia in urban areas often prompt a negative reaction from local communities, fearing a decline in property prices. This paper will use a case study of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and the City of Manchester Stadium to illustrate that in contrast to this widely held belief, sports stadia can actually enhance the value of residential property. Furthermore, it will argue that stadia also contribute indirectly to property value through the creation of pride, confidence and enhanced image of an area.

Area (2005) 37.3, 268–276


Stadia tours and the power of backstage

Sean Gammon, Victoria Fear
The University of Luton

Stadia tours arguably represent the least researched area within the sport tourism literature. Consequently, this paper explores the reasons for the growth and popularity of this relatively new type of visitor attraction by suggesting its appeal is similar to non-sport related tours as outlined by Couldry’s (1998) analysis of the Granada studio tour in Manchester. It is argued that the success of a stadium tour is in its ability to promise and consequently reveal the authentic backstage. Moreover it is suggested that these types of tours illustrate (by use of a case study at the Millennium Stadium: Cardiff) the growing recognition of sports stadia being salient symbols of local, national and international heritage.

The stadium tour is fast becoming a significant part of many destinations’ tourism portfolios. Many sports stadia have evolved from being functional utilitarian buildings to places that hold meaning and instant recognition to both fans and non-fans alike (Bale, 1994; Gaffney & Bale, 2004). The global nature of sport has meant that such venues are fast becoming iconic symbols of place; drawing tourists to them in a similar manner to other more conventional attractions (John, 2002). However, at this time it is unclear what the draw is to such tours and what is typically offered on them. Consequently, this paper aims to gain a deeper understanding of the motives and experiences of visitors to stadium tours by referring to, and adapting Couldry’s (1998) study of soap fans to the Granada Studios Tour (GST) in Manchester. For added context an analysis of the Millennium stadium tour (Cardiff) will be included which will outline the tour design and explore the experiences of the tour visitor.

Journal of Sport Tourism 10(4), 2005, 243–252


Important Places and Their Public Faces: Understanding Fenway Park as a Public Symbol

Michael Ian Borer

Places are not only the settings for a culture’s myths, narratives, rituals, and ceremonies. Sometimes, they become the main characters. And people are drawn to those places where a culture’s narratives are not only told but play an important role in defining that town’s or city’s or nation’s character and identity, helping to remind them not only who they are but why who they are is important. Places act as reminders of a community’s identity, past, and present. As a public symbol, Fenway Park reminds the people of Boston who they were yesterday and who they are today.

The Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2006


Do Economists Reach a Conclusion on Subsidies for Sports Franchises, Stadiums, and Mega-Events?

Dennis Coates
Department of Economics, University of Maryland

Brad R. Humphreys
Department of Economics, University of Alberta

This paper reviews the empirical literature assessing the effects of subsidies for professional sports franchises and facilities. The evidence reveals a great deal of consistency among economists doing research in this area. That evidence is that sports subsidies cannot be justified on the grounds of local economic development, income growth or job creation, those arguments most frequently used by subsidy advocates. The paper also relates survey evidence showing that economists in general oppose sports subsidies. In addition to reviewing the empirical literature, we describe the economic intuition that probably underlies the strong consensus among economists against sports subsidies.

August 2008
Working Paper Series, Paper No. 08-18
International Association of Sports Economists
North American Association of Sports Economists


Beyond the Economic Catalyst Debate: The Importance of Consumption Benefits

Charles A. Santo
The University of Memphis

A host of empirical studies have indicated that stadiums and arenas have no significant impact on metropolitan area income or employment. In light of this evidence, the continued proliferation of public investment in sports facilities begs the question: Is there some other justification for this spending, or are policymakers simply acting against the public interest (either irrationally, or in response to political-economic influences)? A possibility that has not been fully explored is the notion that stadiums and teams generate tangible and intangible consumption benefits that could support some level of public investment. This research builds on a small foundation of literature that is moving discussion beyond the economic catalyst debate by providing an empirical measure of the consumption benefits that accrue to a region as the result of hosting a major league sports team. A contingent valuation survey is used to quantify the consumption benefits that would be associated with the relocation of a major league baseball team to Portland, Oregon. An empirical measure of the region’s aggregate willingness to pay for the benefits associated with hosting a team is disaggregated into option and existence values, which can then be compared to any proposed level of public contribution to a new stadium. The findings indicate that consumption benefits would only support a capital investment of approximately $74 million; a figure far smaller than the typical stadium subsidy. The majority of projected benefits are associated with expected public goods and externalities, rather than anticipated attendance, indicating that an equitable financing plan should employ nonuser revenue sources. The level of projected benefits does not vary by locality within the metropolitan area, which argues for a regional cost-sharing approach. The willingness of residents to pay for stadium construction is tempered by a concern about other pressing social needs in the Portland area and a reaction to the current tax climate.

JOURNAL OF URBAN AFFAIRS, Volume 29, Number 5, pages 455–479.


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Another Stadium, another debate

There doesn’t seem to be a week go by in which the construction of stadia doesn’t attract media attention, dividing opinion and posing interesting urban planning issues. I have said my bit re the place of stadiums in the community and my belief that they provide a greater social, political and economic role than their perceived face value brings. As John Bale states “The stadium, like the church, is a place of congregation—and, some would say, worship” [Temples of Earthbound, Gaffney, 2008, University of Texas Press].

Debate continues to rage, and much of this is conducted in the press, but here I’ve included link to a couple of books which I have found fascinating on this topic (I won’t bore you with the 30 odd published academic articles on the topic from the last couple of years).

So a touch of light Sunday reading of the San Jose Mercury News revealed this front page article on the Proposed new A’s stadium. The Oakland A’s are a baseball team based across the water from San Francisco in Oakland, having been there since 1968. As is the way with US based sports teams, they are only franchises, and as such are at the whim of their owners as to where the team is based, and as such there have been some funny/interesting/sad team relocations over the years, this could be just another of these.

As an aside, here’s yet another Stadium Debate, with similarities strangely close to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

{Warning the PDF file is 800kb large}

Nice front page read, if you like newspapers, you can browse many of the world’s newspapers’ front pages at Newseum

You can follow the full debate over at the San Jose Mercury News special section on the A’s relocation @ I do have a soft spot for the A’s, as they were the first MLB team I saw play on our return from Yosemite National Park. They play at the Oakland Coliseum, sharing the ground with the local NFL Football team, a true multipurpose stadium, hence my interest in this topic.

This is a street tour of the area of the proposed Ball Park, with poor old Patty’s Inn one of the casualties of the development.

The following are great reads.

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Stadium tenders, turf + future of Carisbrook

### ODT Online Fri, 23 Apr 2010
Stadium tenders over budget
By David Loughrey
Tenders for carpentry at the Forsyth Barr Stadium have come back “significantly over budget”, a new report on the project says. Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry said last night that meant the trust would have to go back to the market to try to negotiate a more acceptable price, something he said had been done before, successfully, during the building process.
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The following reports will be discussed by the Dunedin City Council finance and strategy committee on Monday:

Report – FSC – 26/04/2010 (PDF, 1.0 mb, new window)
Stadium Stakeholders Group Report

Report – FSC – 26/10/2010 (PDF, 65.2 kb, new window)
Future of Carisbrook


### ODT Online Fri, 23 Apr 2010
Public say on Carisbrook
By David Loughrey
A thorough consultation process will soon begin on the future of Carisbrook, and the Dunedin City Council is looking to the public for “reasonably practicable” options for its future. The high level of public interest in the historic ground means public meetings will be held to help decide the matter, but a report to next Monday’s finance and strategy committee meeting said the council was keen to “avoid devoting a lot of time, energy and expense to the consideration of impractical, expensive or frivolous options”.
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Construction: Inside Eden Park

@Aucklandtrains Latest Photos: Inside Eden Park as construction continues #auckland #RWC2011 #rugby #RWC


OUTSIDE Eden Park…

@Aucklandtrains Talk about paved with gold Here’s Eden Park’s $3 million walkway for RWC rugby fans #auckland #RWC2011 #rugby #edenpark

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NZRU comes a gutser

Don’t waste your energy weeping, New Zealand…
Anyone up for football? Use the round ball.

### ODT Online Thu, 22 Apr 2010
NZRU posts record $15.9m loss
The NZRU announced a record loss of $15.9 million for 2009 at its annual meeting in Wellington, attributing it to the impact of the global recession, along with investments in hosting the 2011 rugby World Cup. NZPA
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Stadium ‘JAFAS’: a wildlife report

D Scene was counting sheep this week Zzzzzz

What of scandals breaking, or little items of interest? Try this:

### Facebook: The DCC has lost the Plot. Wed 21 April 2010
Pat McCarty On the St Clair bus (one of the usual bone-shakers supplied by our impoverished council), I got talking to a JAFA, imported to Dunedin to help finish the stadium for the RWC. He informed me that he is one of the 70+ JAFAs and assorted Northerners recently drafted here to work on the FUBAR Stadium. There seems to be …more than a little concern that FUBAR will not be finished in time. He informed me that if by Christmas Farry’s ant-hill looks like it won’t make the deadline, Carisbrooke [sic] will be hurriedly refurbished.
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Stadium GMP clarification

In reply to Calvin Oaten.

### ODT Online Tue, 20/04/2010 – 9:16pm.
Comment by Richard Walls on Answers to your questions:

(1) Whether the turf remains part of the GMP or is taken out is subject to current commercial tender and under discussion.
(2) Half of the temporary seating is included within the $165.4m Design and Construction budget. (My understanding is that the remainder will be hired in as required).
(3) The lighting of the playing area is included within the GMP.

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SH88 realignment – update

### ODT Online Wed, 21 Apr 2010
Stadium property issues near resolution
By Mark Price
One of the last outstanding property issues concerned with the Forsyth Barr Stadium is expected to be resolved within the next few days. The Dunedin City Council needs a piece of land owned by USC Investments Ltd, of Christchurch, to complete its 1.1km, $10 million realignment of State Highway 88, on the eastern side of the stadium. USC is owned by Earl and Keith Hagaman.
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Related Posts:
31.3.10 SH88 realignment
24.2.10 SH88 realignment project: Are ratepayers buying the land twice?

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$19m for Auckland’s temporary ‘Party Central’


### ODT Online Tue, 20 Apr 2010
‘Party central’ to be $9m temporary structure
“Party Central” for the Rugby World Cup at Queen’s Wharf in Auckland will now be a $9 million, 160m temporary building which will service two cruise ships and cater for up to 8000 people. The Government and Auckland Regional Council, which owns Queen’s Wharf, confirmed their preferred option today following the decision of Auckland Mayors not to fund anything permanent by next year. NZPA

The Government will fund the $9m structure, while the ARC will spend about $10m on wharf strengthening and re-sealing.

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Calvin Oaten comments

Earlier today, the following item was uploaded to the Dunedin Tweetup thread.

Since that thread isn’t about stadium finance or theories about stadium finance, editorial discretion has turned Calvin’s comment into a post – this means his current views receive greater prominence and What if? enhances their searchability for readers.

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Calvin Oaten 2010/04/18 at 10:19am

It seems that Dunedin is to have its own ‘Ponzi’ scheme. Worse, it may well be setting up its own ‘Sub Prime’ fiasco. How can this be happening? Well, it all has to do with the stadium. In the current Dunedin City Council Community Plan 2009/10 on page 30 it shows the total cost of the stadium had moved from its $188m not a cent more, to $198.3m This was to be financed as follows: Otago Regional Council $37.5m, Community Trust Of Otago $7.0m, University of Otago $10.0m, Government $15.0m, Dunedin City Council $98.5m and Private Sector Funding $30.3m. Total $198.3m. The DCC has also allowed an additional $6.4m to be set aside as a capital maintenance fund (read interest costs etc).

Moving on to the current plan’ s Net Debt projections, page 152 we see it is to peak in 2010/11 at $383. 795m but reducing to $288.732m in 2012/13. A reduction of $95.06m. This presumably is the DCC’s amount which is to be offloaded to Dunedin City Venues Ltd, a new Council Controlled Operation (CCO) which is to take ownership of the stadium.

In the new Draft Annual Plan on page 98 we see that the peak Net Debt projection in 2010/11 is now $329.357m. It then reduces to $266.675m in 2012/13. A reduction of $62.68m. The difference between the 2010/11 peaks is $54.438m. So how does that come about? Well, we know that the land purchase cost $37.5m plus costs and we know that in Athol Stephens’ February 2009 report that he was allowing to capitalise $14.43m in interest costs. We now know that the land purchase was facilitated by the issuing of $40m worth of three-year bonds with an interest rate of 8.5% per annum. That interest would come to $10.2m so those bonds may have been denominated to cover the interest as well. Also, a body such as the Carisbrook Stadium Trust could administer the issue of those bonds to a third party/s with the DCC able to go guarantor for same. This could mean that the land changed hands for just the exchange of the bonds paper. No money involved with no debt appearing on the DCC’s books. Further, if the bond recipients were in fact the vendors, then if the 8.5% on the face value of $37.5m was transposed to the land value of just $15m (which was the original budget estimate) then the interest would be a healthy 21.25%. A good little earner. It is interesting to note that these bonds were not floated to the public, but rather, just to some “strategic investors”.

We know that the bond issue is true because an associate asked a council person of authority, who has replied to a request for information on the bonds, and he has agreed that they were for the land purchase, and went on to say, “when the bond expires, it will be repaid by raising a new bond and, depending on the terms available, may be for a longer term or a different amount”. This of course leaves an open ended situation, which now possibly explains a lot of unanswered questions. It would explain how the debt attached to the stadium construction can disappear off the DCC’s books as it apparently does. It also leaves an avenue to disappear some very substantial cost increases which seem to be cropping up.

Why? Well, if we look at page 112 in the new Draft Plan it outlines the new capital requirements for the stadium as well as the borrowing costs. It clearly shows that between 2009/10 and 2011/12 these will be $143.951m and $21.566m for a total of $165.507m. A substantial increase on the $108m last admitted as DCC’s contribution. In fact this pushes up the total stadium cost to over $265m. One would presume this is to cover the items such as the temporary seating, the turf placement, the pitch lighting and large screens, all of which do not appear to be in the main construction contract. It still may not cover the cost of the land, as this is also a separate item. Who knows? All this is another reason to use the issuing of bonds for financing. It keeps the debt off the balance sheet, out of the public’s knowledge and leaving only the DCC guarantees. As well, the rolling over and upgrading of the bonds would allow for the covering of any losses in operations of the stadium with DVML, the managing company under Mr David Davies, being unable to meet its obligations to fund interest and holding costs. The only moderating factor would be DCHL’s chipping in of its $5m per annum as budgeted for. In a word, it wouldn’t matter whether the stadium was profitable or not.

All this, together with the city’s projected net debt of $301.427m in 2013/14 plus the outstanding construction bond guarantees of $165.5m and the $40m land bond guarantees total $506.927m of liabilities the city carries.

The questions I would like addressed are, if when the bonds progressively come due and are unable to be renewed or rolled over how will the DCC honour its obligations? Where will they borrow the money from then? Would this mean the bankruptcy of the city? It’s this sort of ‘sub prime’ financial paper collapsing that caused the meltdown of the world’s financial position, and is about to impact on the property market, both domestic and commercial. I think we citizens should be worried, very worried.

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Stadium steelwork. CST boys caught out in a lie?

Lo, with impeccable timing and courtesy this letter appears…

### ODT Saturday 17 Apr 2010 (p34)
Letters to the editor
Remarks demeaning to Dunedin companies
By John Whitaker, Chairman, Dunedin Engineering Cluster
I take serious objection to recent claims by both David Davies and Malcolm Farry, of the Carisbrook Stadium Trust, that Dunedin firms were not capable of manufacturing the stadium roof. Both have claimed that the skills and capacity are simply not here in Dunedin and the work had to go outside the city. This is not the case and their comments are demeaning of local industry.

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

ODT editor: [This letter was referred to the Carisbrook Stadium Trust but no reply has been received.]

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Harbourside: more negotiation to come

### ODT Online Sat, 17 Apr 2010
Plan for harbour resolved
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council appears to have staved off what could have been a bitter Environment Court battle with the city’s business community, after a joint announcement yesterday that an agreement on the harbourside development had been signed. For its part, the council has agreed to dump much of stage two from its harbourside plan, meaning a reduction to its “50-year vision” for the area. Businesses have agreed to accept stage one, subject to further negotiation.

• DCC has signed an agreement with Otago Chamber of Commerce and businesses affected by harbourside development to avert Environment Court battle.
• Council has agreed to drop stage two of the development, reducing its size.
• Chamber and businesses have agreed to stage one, subject to continued negotiation.
• Parties will now negotiate, before taking resolved issues to Environment Court for approval.
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DCC media release – Harbourside Stage Two

[Otago Chamber of Commerce Media Release below]

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

DCC To Withdraw Part Of Stage Two Harbourside Development

Dunedin (16 April 2010) – The Dunedin City Council has resolved to withdraw part of its planned Harbourside development partly in response to concerns raised by appellants concerned about effects on local businesses.

Cr Colin Weatherall, authorised to represent the Council in negotiations with the Otago Chamber of Commerce and five affected businesses, says the Council will withdraw part of its proposed Stage Two of the development.

It will continue to mediate with those affected to confirm objectives, policies and rules for the rest of the Harbourside zoning.

Along with all of Stage One, the Council is planning to retain from the original Stage Two parts to the south of Stage one and the designations of the Fairley Street Walkway, and the Heritage Buildings identified in the plan.

Parties to the agreement to withdraw part of stage 2 are local businesses Crawford Glass Dunedin Ltd, Kaan’s Catering Ltd, Bradken Resources Pty Ltd, and Farra Engineering Ltd, along with the Chamber.

The Council’s vision for a revitalised inner Harbourside basin, with a mix of activity, people, places and industry, depends on changing zoning in the area. A change of zoning to Harbourside was approved in February last year, but has looked likely to end in the Environment Court due to concerns about the effects on businesses.

Cr Weatherall says all parties hope that by removing the most controversial parts of the proposal, mediation can continue with goodwill on all sides, hopefully without need to have lengthy appearances before the Environment Court.

He says the parts of the zoning north of Willis Street, which will be abandoned, were unlikely to take place for several decades anyway and, given the changes to Dunedin and the world economy in just the past couple of years, it seems sensible to come back to the inner harbour as the principle focus .

“This allows us to keep the visionary view of what the area can become, but retain the viability of local businesses” says Cr Weatherall.

Public notice of withdrawal of part of Plan Change 7: Dunedin harbourside to the Dunedin City District Plan
Clause 8D of Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991

The Dunedin City Council gives notice of its withdrawal of the area marked ‘A’ on the map below which was rezoned as Harbourside by way of Plan Change 7: Dunedin harbourside. The area marked ‘A’ on the map below will revert back to Industrial 1 Zone or Port 2 Zone as it was prior to notification of Plan Change 7 on 26 January 2008.

There will be consequential changes to some District Plan provisions to remove reference to the area that is now being withdrawn. A full copy of the updated provisions for Plan Change 7: Dunedin harbourside are available from the City of Dunedin website

The reasons for the Dunedin City Council’s decision to withdrawal part of the Harbourside Zone are:
a) this is a compromise with appellants to resolve the appeals.
b) it allows the objectives of the plan change to be met while protecting industrial activities in the area.

Otago Chamber of Commerce
Media Release

Council Votes to Save Jobs

The signing of this agreement and the resolutions passed by Council on the 29 March 2010, are a clear indication that the Council has listened to the Chamber’s representations and has reassessed its “vision” for the Harbourside development.

The Chamber, on behalf of its members, and in the best interests of the city, has opposed part of the Harbourside development plans as proposed in the conviction that, had it proceeded as planned, existing jobs would be lost along with any future job prospects. The Chamber, together with the other appellants Farra Engineering, Bradken Resources, Kaan’s Catering and Crawford Glass Dunedin, have worked hard with Council representative Cr Colin Weatherall to reach a position that will satisfy many of those concerns.

On behalf of the Chamber and the appellants, and all the industries within the Harbourside, I wish to take the opportunity to thank all those many people who assisted in the outcome. Particular thanks are due to Cr. Weatherall who, on behalf of the Council, has worked tirelessly with us to fully understand our view of the impacts of the proposal on industry and jobs and, having understood, represented those issues to Council with total integrity to achieve this positive outcome.

The Chamber has worked successfully with Council on a number of initiatives over the last twelve months. The Harbourside Plan Change is one of the few issues that have taken longer to successfully resolve.

I take this opportunity to place on record the Chamber’s pride in its working relationship with the Council. On behalf of its members we remain committed to offering the large pool of expertise represented among our members and to working with the Council on issues that will improve the economy of Dunedin and the lifestyles of its residents.

For more information, contact John Christie, Chief Executive on
Phone 03 479 0181 or 0274 915 916

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DCC concerned by Hide’s call for transparency if it means producing more reports

From the can you believe it file…

### ODT Online Fri, 16 Apr 2010
Hide’s call for transparency baffles council
By Chris Morris
A plan by Minister for Local Government Rodney Hide to force councils across New Zealand to open their books in new ways has been questioned by Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin. Mr Hide used part of his address to yesterday’s Sister Cities New Zealand Conference in Dunedin to outline plans for a new financial reporting system for local authorities. Under the new regime, council staff would be required to prepare pre-election financial reports every three years, providing ratepayers with simplified explanations of expenditure over the previous term and plans for the next term.

The move aimed to encourage greater understanding of council finances by ratepayers, who would then be in a better position to “put hard questions” to their elected representatives, Mr Hide said.

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Target Field: Greenest ballpark in America

### Apr 8, 2010 12:49 pm US/Central
Target Field Is Ballpark With Highest LEED Rating

(WCCO) Target Field was awarded with LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The newest ballpark in Major League Baseball is also the greenest of any ballpark in America.

Target Field was awarded with LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It received the highest LEED rating, with 36 points, making it the most sustainable outdoor baseball facility in the country.

It’s only the second Major League ballpark in the U.S. to get that status, receiving two more points than Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system that was designed to distinguish buildings that have less of an impact on the environment and are healthier for those who use the building.
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Stadium and sea level rise

### ODT Online on Thu, 15 Apr 2010
Stadium floor designed to beat rising sea
By David Loughrey
A minimum floor level of about 3m should make sure the Forsyth Barr Stadium will not succumb to the sea level rise predicted for Dunedin, Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML) says. A report released on Monday identified the harbourside shoreline as a “hot spot” vulnerable to what could be a sea level rise of up to 1.6m by 2090.
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### ODT Online Thu, 15 Apr 2010
ORC quits Chamber of Commerce
By Mark Price
The Otago Chamber of Commerce campaign against Otago Regional Council harbourside plans has cost it one of its biggest members – the Otago Regional Council. Council chief executive Graeme Martin sent a letter of resignation to the chamber in July last year. The letter, provided to the Otago Daily Times after an Official Information Act request, gives three reasons for the move.
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Stadium what stadium

### ODT Online Wed, 14 Apr 2010
Stadium submissions drop by 494
The Forsyth Barr Stadium has waned spectacularly as a subject for those making annual-plan submissions to the Dunedin City Council this year. Last year, the stadium was the subject of 500 submissions, and almost half of those who spoke took on the subject.
Public hearings begin on May 3.
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### ODT Online Wed, 14 Apr 2010
Stadium roof rising high
By Chris Morris
A large piece of the support structure that will hold up the roof of the Forsyth Barr Stadium was swung into place in Dunedin yesterday – helped by a giant 400-tonne crane. The 11m-high piece of primary truss – which will eventually connect a support column to the stadium roof – was positioned on top of one of the two 24m-high roof columns installed last month.
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Global construction industry: New Zealand chances to rebuild its wool industry

THANK GOD THE LIGHT IS SEEN. For 15 years or more our sheep’s wool has foundered on the back of zero marketing and collapsing management of the industry sector. Global customers with the smarts to use sustainable products in their building design and fitouts ARE WHO WE WANT. The fact that New Zealand and ‘allied’ international wool producers failed to reverse the drafting of building specification standards almost universally favouring the use of synthetics is UNFATHOMABLE, but it happened. Have to change the (global) rules, grow our sheep numbers again, and start rigorously processing and trading natural wool products!

### ODT Online Mon, 12 Apr 2010
Exposing architects to virtues of wool
By Neal Wallace
Thirteen of the world’s leading architects will be exposed to the virtues of wool during a week-long visit to the South Island. The architects will be shown the merits of wool, visit farms, absorb South Island scenery and then follow the fibre from the sheep’s back to finished products before being tasked with designing a hotel which makes maximum use of wool in every aspect of the building.

The project was part of the International Wool Textile Organisation’s international wool promotion programme and was mostly funded by the National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests (NCNZWI).

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