Local media step up reports on RWC 2011 campaign, leaving real costs out

Dunedin Venues Management Ltd chief executive David Davies said the building of Forsyth Barr Stadium was going to plan and it was set to be handed over at the end of July.

### ODT Online Wed, 1 Jun 2011
Cup organisers confident
By Steve Hepburn and Hamish McNeilly
One hundred days from the kick-off of the Rugby World Cup, organisers say they are on track with tournament preparations. Travel companies handling accommodation for teams and fans had sourced hotel rooms as far afield as Queenstown, Oamaru and Gore on Dunedin match days, Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton said.

Dunedin City Council Rugby World Cup co-ordinator Debra Simes said the council’s transport and traffic management plan was in its final stages, and would include suburban train services.

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The council has teamed up with the Otago Chamber of Commerce to provide information for retailers on how to capitalise on the tournament.

### ODT Online Tue, 31 May 2011
Dunedin shops urged to make most of World Cup
Dunedin retailers may extend their shopping hours as they seek to capitalise on the Rugby World Cup. The event represented a “once-in-a-generation chance” for the city, and businesses should start planning now, Dunedin City councillor and George St retailer John Bezett said yesterday.
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11 responses to “Local media step up reports on RWC 2011 campaign, leaving real costs out

  1. Peter

    ‘Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie said he doubted city businesses would be dropping prices during the tournament.’
    Well, I think it’s safe to say John Christie is right on this one. If anything I’d be expecting to see plenty of price gouging. Cr John Bezett says the RWC is a ‘once in a generation event’ so you’d expect there will be plenty of retailers who would also see this as an opportunity to maximise profits. ‘Make hay while the sun shines’ is an adage many people will no doubt take to their hearts.’
    On Close Up last night RWC Minister Mc Cully was obviously aware of the dangers of price gouging on NZ’s reputation.Up in Auckland private rentals for visitors are soaring. One guy with a flash, key location apartment was renting it for $5000 a week. There are long long lists of hopefuls-not all at this range though!
    I think the horse has already bolted on this one. That’s what the RWC is all about. Making money. $500m windfall expected nationally.A once- in- a- generation event.
    It’ll be interesting to see how the international press views NZ’s hosting of the RWC. ‘NZ 100% Pure’- or something else.

    • Elizabeth

      I guess Malcy told them it would be ready in time.

      ### ch9.co.nz June 2, 2011 – 8:12pm
      International Rugby Board visit the stadium
      Only 99 days remain till the kick off of Rugby World Cup 2011, and Dunedin’s venue for the tournament is yet to be completed. Two members of the International Rugby Board paid the stadium a visit today, and upon inspection were confident that the project will make deadline.
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      Tweets:

      (2 June, 09:18) @irbmikemiller Am on way to Dunedin to have a look at the progress on the new Otago Stadium. It’s a fantastic achievement and a real legacy for the area.

      (2 June, 10:42) @irbmikemiller Grass looking good at new Otago Stadium http://twitpic.com/55mivi

      (2 June, 11:08) @irbmikemiller View from the commentary position at new Otago Stadium http://twitpic.com/55mss9

      (2 June, 11:13) @irbmikemiller Last picture of new Otago Stadium. Promise. http://twitpic.com/55muzl

      (2 June, 11:17) @irbmikemiller New Otago Stadium looks great. Can’t wait to see a match here. All seats really close to the action. And you don’t have to worry about rain

      • Elizabeth

        IRB is here on a free ride, pity we’re all paying for it – no wonder everything looks “fantastic”. Robber barons, about sums it up. I’m sure it gave Mr Farry another chance to wear his hard hat and hi-viz vest, so long as someone’s happy…

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        ### ODT Online Fri, 3 Jun 2011
        IRB heads just love stadium
        By Steve Hepburn
        Endorsements probably do not come any bigger. IRB chief executive Mike Miller needed just one word to describe the new Forsyth Barr Stadium yesterday: “Fantastic”.

        Organisers were lucky such a stadium had been built in the South Island and games could be transferred south from the Christchurch stadium after the February 22 earthquake damage.

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  2. Peter

    Yes, the grand tour and assurances would have had the Malcolm Farry seal of approval. Did he show them the kitchen area? Never mind. Pie carts will do.
    I heard him on TV, saying in a kind of soto voce kind of way. Ahem… this is not quite finished yet… You hear assurances in the media that the stadium is either on track, will be finished on time, should be finished on time. It will, I’m sure, be ‘fit for purpose’ which is quite a good way of getting around that one. Unless something untoward happens in the meantime.

  3. Phil

    That was hardly news, was it ? Of course the rugby heads will love a new rugby stadium. Why wouldn’t they ? All they care about is that they can use it for 6 hours in September. Then it’s someone else’s problem. They must be loving it.

  4. Peter

    Six hours in September. That puts it all in perspective, Phil! What if they’d publicly panned the stadium – for whatever reason? Of course they wouldn’t have or couldn’t have voiced their reservations if they had any. It’s all about being upbeat and positive, no matter what, which is understandable. You don’t go to your party hosts and say their preparations for a big event are leading to a big flop. If the event/stadium flops, you could expect a heap of criticism more likely afterwards – especially from their own supporters. Look at how they boot it to the Highlanders when they lose a game or decide to change the jersey colour.

  5. Elizabeth

    Dunedin City Council Media Release
    10 June 2011

    Match Ready – a free online guide to help get Otago businesses ready for RWC 2011
    Otago businesses now have free access to a wealth of information and resources to help prepare for Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011)

    DCC Latest News link

  6. Peter

    I note another big blow for the RWC preparations with the announcement, by Pam Corkery, that her brothel for women wanting male prostitutes has hit a brick wall. What will the ‘scrummies’ (the dumb English ‘girlies’ who follow their lads) do now? Maybe DVML’s David Davies and CST Chairman Malcolm Farry could fill this niche here in Dunedin. After all haven’t we already prostituted ourselves to the IRB and their local pimps, the NZRFU and ORFU?

  7. Russell Garbutt

    I think that there are others round town with experience in this business that will fill the breech….

  8. Elizabeth

    The outcome affects the Dunedin East and Dunedin South Rotary clubs, organisations that have been providing their services to the Otago Rugby Football Union for about 25 years, in return for money that goes to charity organisations.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 27 Aug 2011
    Uniforms a step too far for Rotary volunteers
    By David Loughrey
    White-coated Rotarians, a familiar sight at Carisbrook rugby matches, will make way for surf life-saving volunteers in security uniforms for events at Forsyth Barr Stadium, leaving Rotary facing a $15,000 loss of revenue annually.
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    ### ODT Online Sat, 27 Aug 2011
    Dunedin ready to put on its party face
    By Hamish McNeilly
    From the great Kiwi barbecue to the science behind beer, Dunedin’s largest Rugby World Cup festival aims to show what the city offers, to locals and visitors alike. The organisers behind the New Zealand International Science Festival secured $135,000 in tournament funding from the Lotteries Commission for the Celebrate Hidden Dunedin event. Food, fashion, heritage, education and entertainment events would all feature as part of the festival, and ranged from the established, such as the Baldwin St Gutbuster, to the new, in the form of a Roslyn Village community day.
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    FESTIVAL EVENTS INCLUDE: (via ODT)
    September 9: The Great Kiwi BBQ – share good times with food, friends and family while watching local rugby teams compete in an ultimate team challenge.
    September 15 and 21: Join a brewer, professor and chef as they present an evening of locally crafted beer, science and food at TECHnique Restaurant, Otago Polytechnic.
    September 18: The Baldwin St Gutbuster – join in the fun of one of Dunedin’s iconic running events and take on the “world’s steepest street”.

  9. Calvin Oaten

    Maybe the Rotarians could turn a few “tricks” for Pam Corkery’s clients. Could be a good fund raiser, and they could wear their white coats. A win win, as they say. Unless David Davies has set rules about this activity as well. Perhaps he has no budget for the necessary signage. The Corporate Lounges could be pressed into service. As a backup they could call in the ‘Knights’ Sir Cliff and Sir Eion to impress the English lasses. Who knows?

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