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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Post by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Geography, Politics, Stadiums

2 responses to “Local body elections: stadium proponent out of the race

  1. Russell Garbutt

    It has never been satisfactorily explained why the Otago Regional Council – and people can look up the core purposes of this entity – decided to borrow close on $40m of cash to assist in the building of a new rugby stadium.

    To know from this report that Stephen Cairns views this decision as a highlight of his time with the ORC should come as no surprise whatsoever to those that took the trouble to make one of the huge number of submissions to the ORC Annual Plan process in opposition to that decision, and who saw the effect of those submissions on the ORC under his stewardship.

    Time for a change.

  2. janet

    The ORC under Cairns’ leadership also dismissed over 100 submissions on the proposed office building on the waterfront. He was very keen for this project to go ahead. Bring on the change of leadership and a sensible, cost effective solution to the shortage of space in the present premises.

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