NZ Masters Games, stadium or no

The New Zealand Masters Games was first held in Wanganui in 1989 and 1991. Dunedin’s first Games was in 1992 and it has been held in Wanganui and Dunedin on alternate years since. This pattern will continue until at least 2017.

### ODT Online Mon, 13 Feb 2012
No decision yet on future of headquarters
By Alistair McMurran
The Forsyth Barr Stadium was used as the headquarters of the New Zealand Masters Games for the first time this year but there is no guarantee it will be used again in two years. The stadium will be in competition with the University of Otago Union building that has been used as the headquarters in the past.
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No economic impact report has been completed since 2008 […] Dunedin City councillors and ratepayers should be satisfied with the “bang for the buck” the council gets for its involvement.

### ODT Online Mon, 13 Feb 2012
Editorial: Masters Games most welcome
There was a surfeit of energetic athletes of mostly mid to mature years in Dunedin last week. They were the 6000 competitors testing their mettle in the New Zealand Masters Games – the 11th Dunedin has hosted. Just why people from their 20s (yes, you can be a master at 20 – if you are a gymnast) to their 90s would want to enter a competitive multi-sport event is a point probably endless debated around some family dinner tables. But Dunedin should be glad they do.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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9 responses to “NZ Masters Games, stadium or no

  1. Masters Games cash crisis after loss of sponsor

    Don’t worry, as usual the ratepayers will fund the bail-out.

    • Alistair, it is the champion of NZMG, Cr John Bezett, that has to be looked at hard.

      The chairman of the New Zealand Masters Games Company, John Bezett said the budget for the Games is about $800,000 “and we get a return of $5 million for the city.”
      ODT Link

  2. Have just written suggesting crowdsourcing. I think it could work well.

  3. Easy Alistair, after all think of the $5 million economic benefit to the city the NZMG brings. The fact that neither you nor I ever get a sniff of that is totally beside the point.The point is that Cr Bezett gets to blow his own trumpet, especially as it is election year.

  4. We may not personally get a sniff of it, but I think in this case it really is an earner, not a cargo-cult dream. And if it assists ordinary businesses to stay viable that is a benefit to me, they pay higher rates than I do on my house, shops and cafes operating, even if I don’t need their wares, are much pleasant to see when I go into town than more empty shop-fronts with nothing on view but an agent’s sign advertising Premises To Lease.

  5. I don’t mean my comment above to encourage the DCC to chuck my rates money at the Games, that would negate the advantage to me of sharing the rates burden with surviving commercial operators in hospitality and retail.

  6. Phil

    The Masters Games falls into the same category as concerts. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but they are both filled mostly by local residents. Meaning again, no new money. There was a study carried out a couple of years ago on the National Dog Show, which is traditionally held in Wellington each year. Around 10,000 dogs are entered every year. The study found that 75% of the total entrants resided in the Wellington region. The study found, however, that 75% of the winning entrants came from outside of the Wellington region. The summary was that only elite entrants will travel, with the host region being required to bear the cost through the bulk of the entry fees. Common sense stuff but good to see it written down. The NZMG is a great event and I am all for it but let’s not host it in a venue which will only drain more financial resources from our community if used.

    • ### ODT Online Tue, 16 Jul 2013
      Masters Games deal a ‘no-brainer’
      By Chris Morris
      Dunedin city councillors have backed a plan to underwrite the New Zealand Masters Games for any future loss, in return for a deal securing the event’s future in the city for two decades. The deal followed negotiations between the Dunedin (NZ) Masters Games Trust – established by the Dunedin City Council to run Dunedin’s games – and the national body, New Zealand Masters Games Ltd. The arrangement would see Dunedin’s trust, which is part-funded by the council, make a one-off, $12,500 payment in return for a one-third shareholding in the national body.
      The trust also agreed to cover one-third of any future loss, but only up to a maximum of $10,000 in any one year and with an exit clause allowing the deal to be cancelled at one year’s notice. In return, Dunedin’s existing franchise agreement – due to expire in 2016 – would be extended until 2036, meaning the city would host another 10 biennial games. The council would also secure at least two seats on the six-seat national body’s board for the next two decades.
      The details were outlined in a report by Dunedin’s new masters games co-ordinator, Vicki Kestila, to yesterday’s community development committee meeting.
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      ● CDC chairman Cr Bill Acklin, whose company regularly won the Dunedin games’ entertainment contract, withdrew from the debate and vote.

      Report – CDC – 15/07/2013 (PDF, 83.5 KB)
      Proposal to Secure Dunedin as a Venue for Future Masters Games

      Report – CDC – 15/07/2013 (PDF, 248.4 KB)
      Dunedin (New Zealand) Masters Games Trust – Statement of Intent and Service Level Agreement

  7. Hype O'Thermia

    Crowdsourcing would make it possible to get support from all the overseas children and grandchildren of competitors, they aren’t likely to travel here to watch Dad and Nana competing but are quite likely to want it to occur, therefore want to give something towards it.

    Re dog shows, the way it works is that you have to put your animal through enough times to work up to “elite” standard, which is vital for dog breeders. Local shows are training for young animals, a chance to get their paws on the ladder, after which it is worth the hassle and expense of travel.

    Presumably it’s not all that different for humans.

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