Daily Archives: February 18, 2011

“Malcolm, it’s about stadium DEBT”

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### 3news.co.nz Fri, 18 Feb 2011 6:38pm
Dunedin’s new stadium happy to prove critics wrong
By Dave Goosselink
It’s what you might call “grass roots” rugby. Former double international Jeff Wilson gave the turf at Forsyth Barr Stadium its first mow, less than a month after a special blend of seeds was first planted.

Critics have long questioned whether grass would actually grow under the stadium’s clear roof. Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry is delighted to prove them wrong.

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### ODT Online Sat, 19 Feb 2011
Hard to grow? Get off the grass
By David Loughrey
Just under four weeks since it was sown, the much-discussed grass at Forsyth Barr Stadium appeared more than ready for the whirling blades of a motor mower last week. And Carisbrook Stadium Trust (CST) chairman Malcolm Farry, clearly remembering those who said turf could not be grown, invited a swag of media to the event, which he described as an “historical moment”.
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Malcolm will continue to rub the faces of the Dunedin public in the so-called grass right through RWC to Elton John, but what then? When does CST sink into the mud, better not lose the tops off those sprinkler taps, Malcolm.

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Audit New Zealand requires DCC to write to DVML

“DCC here, about the advances . . .”

### ODT Online Fri, 18 Feb 2011
DVML to get ‘letter of comfort’
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council has been required to write a “letter of comfort” to Dunedin Venues Management Ltd, the company set up to run the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The letter, to the directors of the council-controlled organisation, has been called for by Audit New Zealand. Both Audit NZ and council acting chief executive Athol Stephens said yesterday the requirement was not uncommon, and Mr Stephens described it as a “formality”.
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Report – Council – 21/02/2011 (PDF, 57.5 KB, new window)
Audit New Zealand Requirement for a Letter of Comfort

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