Monthly Archives: May 2010

Stadium Open Day: Saturday 19 June 2010

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@10PARK via @ForBarrStadium #StadiumOpenDay 19 June, 11am-2pm. Entry by gold coin donation or $5 a family. Proceeds to Rotary’s PolioPlus campaign.

*Rotary International

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Dear DCC: about your services when it floods, when we lose our water supply, our roads wash out, our bridges demolish, usual CD dramas and natural disasters…

PLEASE keep your DCC website home page up to date for citizens, and USE Twitter and Facebook – because your customers use social networking services (aka social media) and we’re connected. Why isn’t DCC connected?

That’s all.

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Yes! Westpac Stadium sorts the cheese

### ODT Online Sat, 29 May 2010
Wellington ready for stadium challenge
By Chris Morris
The chairman of the trust running Wellington’s Westpac Stadium is ready for competition with Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Wellington Regional Stadium Trust chairman Paul Collins was responding to comments this week by David Davies, the man tasked with making a success of Dunedin’s roofed venue, who this week predicted “aggressive” competition between the venues.

A Berl report released earlier this month found the venue [Westpac Stadium] had generated $484 million for the Wellington economy, more than double original forecasts.

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Stadium site purchases

### ODT Online Sat, 29 May 2010
$15m site deal for Fonterra
By David Loughrey
Dairy giant Fonterra received the lion’s share of money paid to buy land for the Forsyth Barr Stadium site in Dunedin, it has been revealed. Of the $35.6 million gross cost of land bought by the Dunedin City Council for the stadium, the University of Otago and State Highway 88, Fonterra received almost $15 million.

Figures for the land sales were released following an Otago Daily Times’ Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act request, a request that was held up while the council negotiated land sales for the nearby State Highway 88 realignment.

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### ODT Online Sat, 29 May 2010
Valuer says time pressure hit stadium land purchase
By Chris Morris
A Dunedin valuer involved in land sale negotiations for the Forsyth Barr Stadium says time constraints worked against the Dunedin City Council. Barlow Justice director and registered valuer Ah-Lek Tay said he was advising Scenic Circles Hotel chairman Earl Hagaman and his partners.
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RWC 2011 hospitality and tourism

### ODT Online Fri, 28 May 2010
Industry briefed on Cup
By John Lewis
Rather than roll out the red carpet and spend large quantities of money on premises to attract Rugby World Cup visitors, Dunedin’s hospitality establishments are being advised to focus on the basics.
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### ODT Online Fri, 28 May 2010
PM will keep tourism role
By Hamish McNeilly
In a Monty Python moment, Prime Minister John Key praised himself as Minister of Tourism for doing a “wonderful job”, and said he planned to continue with the tourism portfolio. Mr Key taking on the role as tourism minister has been widely praised by industry leaders, and raised the profile of the high-flying sector, which is responsible for one in 10 jobs and accounts for 20% of export receipts.

Mr Key said 2011 was shaping up as one of the most important for the sector, largely due to the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He singled out the Dunedin stadium for special mention, with the complex set to go “close to the wire”.

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### ODT Online Fri, 28 May 2010
Queenstown to host Trenz event
By Hamish McNeilly
The Southern Lakes region, billed as the “jewel in the crown” of the $9.3 billion New Zealand tourism industry, has been announced as host of a major international tourism conference. Queenstown, as revealed in the Otago Daily Times earlier this week, was confirmed as venue for the 2011 Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand (Trenz) trade event for the first time.

It was hoped the event would alternate each year between North and South Islands, and other regions, such as Dunedin, could be an option in the future.
-Tim Cossar, Tourism Industry Association

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### ODT Online Fri, 28 May 2010
Tourism event coup
By James Beech
Queenstown can cope with hosting a thousand domestic and international tourism agents at Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand (Trenz) next year and the Southern Lakes will be poised to reap the benefits, tourism and civic leaders say.
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Distinction Dunedin: former chief post office

### ODT Online Thu, 27 May 2010
Post office hotel gets marketing push
By Hamish McNeilly
The former chief post office in Dunedin is being promoted as a hotel venue to international and domestic buyers at a tourism conference in Auckland. Distinction Hotels, which owns hotels in Queenstown, Te Anau and Rotorua, is marketing the yet-to-be-completed hotel, located in the Exchange, at the four-day Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand conference. The company aims to finish the 180-room complex in time for next year’s Rugby World Cup.
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RWC 2011 ticket sales + national festival

### ODT Online Thu, 27 May 2010
World Cup tickets selling despite venue uncertainty
By Hamish McNeilly
Uncertainty over which Dunedin venue will host Rugby World Cup 2011 matches has not hampered tournament ticket applications, chief executive Martin Snedden said yesterday. Addressing more than than 50 domestic and international journalists at the Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand conference in Auckland, Mr Snedden said the stadium would be “spectacular”.

Rugby World Cup 2011 festival director Briony Ellis said organisers were also working on delivering a national festival in the lead-up to the tournament. The programme would eventually include 1000 events, with more than 100 already confirmed in the Southern region… Details of the festival would be officially launched on September 9.

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