National Government puts champagne and stadium before shelter housing

A replacement stadium for the earthquake-damaged AMI Stadium in Phillipstown will be built on the old Turners & Growers site, on the edge of the CBD’s new eastern frame. It will be a covered stadium with natural turf and seating for 35,000 people. –The Press

Christchurch residents in the eastern suburbs are left to fend for themselves…

The first project to get underway is the river precinct along the Avon

### Last updated 18:03 30/07/2012
Bold plan for a new Christchurch
By Lois Cairns
Christchurch’s new city centre will be compact and low rise, with all key facilities and precincts corralled between the Avon River and a new green ‘frame’. The 100-day blueprint released by the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) outlines a bold plan to significantly shrink the size of the CBD by designating two strips of land – one in the east of the city and one in the south – as open spaces. These spaces, along with the Avon River, which will be widened in stretches and developed into a riverside park, will serve to frame the new CBD, ensuring that all development is concentrated within a tight geographic area. Building heights in the city will be kept at a maximum of 28 metres, although exceptions may be made in some areas around the planned convention centre to accommodate hotel developments. The convention centre will occupy a prime site next to Victoria Square and will be big enough to allow the city to host three events simultaneously. It will stretch the entire block between Gloucester and Armagh streets and incorporate two new hotels.
Read more + Flyover and Interactive Map

At The Press…
Excerpt from comment made by Nicholas Lynch #8 06:34 pm Jul 30 2012
“The whole thing is a racket,” Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby recently observed. “Once again the politicos will expand their empire. Once again crony capitalism will enrich a handful of wired business operators. And once again Joe and Jane Taxpayer will pay through the nose. How many times must we see this movie before we finally shut it off?”

At Otago Daily Times…
Wider Earthquake Communities’ Action Network (WeCan) spokesman Mike Coleman said today marked further evidence of a “corporate recovery” while residents in the eastern city suburbs were being “left to flounder”. “They open up the champagne bottles for the CBD but there’s mere drips of water for the plebs in the suburbs.” APNZ (ODT Link)

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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36 responses to “National Government puts champagne and stadium before shelter housing

  1. Elizabeth

    ### Monday 30 July 2012
    Checkpoint with Mary Wilson

    18:10 New look for central Christchurch unveiled
    The Prime Minister has unveiled the new look for central Christchurch. (4′24″)
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    18:14 More from Gerry Brownlee
    The Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says Christchurch will be a better city. (5′54″)
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    18:35 Thoughts from Chch people on city plans
    The blueprint for Christchurch’s CBD has been unveiled and it is for a smaller, greener and more compact central city divided into precincts with entertainment, health and justice buildings (6′20″)
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    • Elizabeth

      CGI video of new Christchurch CBD (VIDEO via 3News)



      ### Mon, 30 Jul 2012 6:00p.m.
      The new-look Christchurch CBD unveiled
      By Hamish Clark
      Prime Minister John Key was at the City Council headquarters this evening for the launch of the new CBD, where he presented a three-minute video showing a bird’s eye view of the new city. It is a compact, green city centre. “I think it’s a very good plan,” Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee told media today. In the wake of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, over 70 percent of buildings in the central city have been, or will be, demolished. Christchurch residents were called on to put forward ideas of what their new city should look like. They responded with over 106,000 ideas for the blueprint and the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. The new compact CBD will be made up of 12 anchor projects, framed by a corridor of green, wide open space.
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      ### Mon, 30 Jul 2012 6:04p.m.
      Christchurch’s new recreation centre plans unveiled
      By Dave Goosselink
      A proposed 35,000-seater covered stadium with natural turf could be the future entertainment hub for central Christchurch. “This is a multi-purpose venue, obviously it can cope with international and local fixtures and concerts – it’s a rectangular format,” says Christchurch Central Development director Warwick Isaacs. The stadium will be built on the former Turners & Growers site, on the corner of Tuam and Madras Streets. The area has long been empty, and former proposals have included an urban winery and village, but now it’ll be the new home of the Crusaders, with the stadium conveniently located just a block from the new bus exchange.[…]A multi-purpose Metro Sports Facility will replace QE2 stadium, on land near the old Canterbury Brewery site. Close to South Hagley Park, it will feature a 50m swimming pool along with dive and leisure pool, plus indoor facilities including eight courts. “So you can imagine in there that there’ll be tennis, netball, volleyball, basketball, pretty much anything that you can do indoors,” says Mr Isaacs. But the final design and funding of both sports venues is yet to be worked out by the city douncil, which earlier rejected calls for a stadium roof.
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    • Elizabeth

      “What we have here is a very bold plan, that is not costed. If you look at what ours cost, for a bigger, covered stadium, I’d say it’s going to cost half a billion [dollars].”

      ### ODT Online Tue, 31 Jul 2012
      Cull not worried by Chch stadium plan
      By Debbie Porteous
      Any plans for a roofed stadium in Christchurch were far from certain and likely to be at least 10 years away, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says. A covered 35,000-capacity stadium similar to Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium was announced yesterday as one of 17 proposed large “anchor projects” outlined in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan to rebuild the earthquake-damaged Christchurch CBD.
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      Christchurch stadium
      • 35,000 seat capacity with 4300 demountable seats to allow for staging and scaling of events.
      • Corporate suites and lounge spaces with 4000 seat capacity.
      • Option of a fixed, transparent roof to allow natural turf and enable multiple uses.
      • Optimum spectator viewing through rectangular format for field of play and seating.
      Source: Christchurch Central Recovery Plan


      ### ODT Online Tue, 31 Jul 2012
      Animators deliver in 2 1/2 weeks
      By Allison Rudd
      When Ian Taylor was asked only two and a-half weeks ago if his staff at Animation Research Ltd could produce a video on the plans for rebuilding Christchurch central city in time for last night’s launch, he immediately said yes. But the Dunedin businessman said yesterday even he was impressed by the finished product, which was completed on Sunday night.
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      • Elizabeth

        A disturbingly bland city centre. No-one I know living there (perhaps a perverse bunch?) likes the height limit despite people now being wary of tall buildings.

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    I don’t quite get the idea of “precincts” for things that can co-exist. By all means separate noisy 24/7 and smelly industries from ones they would adversely affect – though with the noise and emissions regulations these days there is far less need for this – but why corrall other activities? It looks like there would be parking probs around daytime activities then plenty of space and no people there when the crowds descend on the entertainment & dining section. Why not let people make up their own minds to the maximum extent practicable? And wear the consequences if they decide to open a (soundproofed etc) cafe in a place where it turns out not to be profitable.

  3. Phil

    I like Honest Dave’s estimate of a half billion dollars to build a new stadium. It only costs a half billion if you use the Farry clan rule of land purchasing.

    The cost for an uncovered stadium can be proportionally estimated based on the seating capacity. The cost of a roof for a stadium, which accounts for about 30% of the build cost, does not increase proportional to the seating capacity. The roof for a 30,000 seat stadium may only cost 20% more than the roof for a 20,000 seat stadium. If you increase the capacity by 50%, you don’t increase the covered footprint by 50%.

  4. Russell Garbutt

    Years ago, the rule of thumb was $10k per seat for an uncovered stadium + the cost of the roof. Despite bringing this to the attention of the stadium councillors et al for ages, it was ignored by all and sundry who only wanted to hear good things. The truth is always discarded by those that want to tell lies.

  5. Calvin Oaten

    Dave, ten years is but the blink of the eye. You should be very worried about the effect on Dunedin’s Stadium. That is assuming of course, that you do worry about anything of real moment. Trust me (or not) but Christchurch’s administration is just as reckless as ours when it comes to “Vanity Projects”, witness Mayor Bob Parker’s comments.

  6. Hype O'Thermia

    Ten years is how many elections?
    Nah, no worries.

  7. Hype O'Thermia opinion poll
    What do you think of the Christchurch CBD rebuild plan?
    It’s great
    It’s average
    It’s disappointing

  8. Anonymous

    Curious array of similar looking fat neck corporate boys circling the government purse holders. Brownlee must be so proud to make sure the wolves get a good chew on his fat before those people out back are thrown some broken bones. John Key, his arrogant ministers and that smarmy little shite John Campbell sure love the rugby to make a stadium an essential focus of recovery.

    The stakeholders are on safari. The millions, the billions… oh, my!

    • Elizabeth

      ### 9:43AM Tuesday July 31, 2012
      Developer ‘penalised’ by Christchurch blueprint
      Source: ONE News
      A leading developer says he was shocked to discover that the Government’s blueprint for Christchurch impacted on several of his sites. The Government last night revealed plans for a more compact city centre, with large green spaces lining the banks of the Avon River and “anchor” projects being sited close to Cathedral Square. The plan wipes out 10 major commercial projects developer Richard Peebles has been working on for 18 months.
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      ### 5:32AM Tuesday July 31, 2012
      Government keeps quiet on Christchurch CBD land costs
      Source: Fairfax
      The Government will not say how much it will cost to buy the Christchurch land required for the new city centre. More than 840 properties are affected by the CCDU blueprint’s anchor programme, many of which the Government will have to buy or compulsorily acquire. Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee would not comment on how much that would cost, but Prime Minister John Key said he had a “broad sense” of the total bill.
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      Video: What place have Christchurch suburbs in rebuild? (4:28)
      Source: Breakfast
      Peter Townsend from the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce says Christchurch central city and suburbs need to be rebuilt concurrently.


      Video: Saving Christchurch’s heritage during rebuild (3:56)
      9:30AM Tuesday July 31, 2012
      Source: Breakfast
      The man behind the new plan to rebuild Christchurch CBD is confident the city’s heritage is being preserved.

  9. Anonymous

    ‘Ratepayers face having to bankroll most of Christchurch’s planned new civic facilities … like the new sports stadium, convention centre and metro sports facility.’

    At least the government boys were calling it a “multi purpose” stadium from the get-go, unlike our scum sucking bottom feeders that were making stuff up as their so-called private funding lies became more public.

    Christchurch’s filthy stakeholders and corrupt council staff have the benefit of hindsight with much appreciation going to their equivalents here in this city’s corrupt office.

    Land sales, construction awards and high yield bonds for the few.

    All seems like a bad case of the deja vu rorts to me.

  10. Hype O'Thermia

    Ours was multi-purpose from the get-go according to Mr Farry’s initial spiel at open meetings.
    “Sell assets to pay for it” was the message I heard on NatRadio this morning from an articulate suit who couldn’t see the point of the Chch Councillor (didn’t catch his name, a pity because he was SO sensible, so clear-headed) who argued that selling income producers to buy “assets” that cost and cost and cost forever was outstandingly unwise.

  11. Anonymous

    I hope Mr Taylor got $50K+ for the animation, if his staff spent 500 hours on it…or is the “expects to get further work” just part of his permanent “loss leader” approach to doing business? What happened to the Industry Project Fund money?

  12. Elizabeth

    ### 5:30 AM Saturday Aug 4, 2012
    Plan lacks key element: action
    By John Roughan
    Two months ago, Earthquake Minister Gerry Brownlee invited a number of us journalists who sometimes write about Christchurch to come and see what was happening. We went, we saw and there wasn’t much to report. For what was mainly happening was more destruction.[…]All the city was waiting for the plan. This wouldn’t be the theme park of solar-powered trams that the City Council produced some months earlier. This would be a serious, heavyweight Cera plan.

    The plan handed down to Christchurch on Monday night is a planner’s mirage. It would compress the central city by several blocks, surround it by green spaces and allow no building taller than seven floors…The plan has two anchor projects: a 35,000-seat sports stadium, possibly covered, and the convention centre…There are to be “precincts” for everything.

    As soon as the plan was published this week, reporters asked who would pay for the work. Somebody quickly worked out that the City Council could raise the seed capital by selling some assets, especially shares in its airport, recently and splendidly renovated.
    Full opinion

  13. Elizabeth

    ### Last updated 07:59 05/08/2012
    The Press
    Rebuild needs a rethink
    By Rod Oram
    OPINION: Christchurch’s plan can only fail to reach its aspirations.
    There’s a lot to like about the plan for rebuilding the centre of Christchurch. Plenty of spaces and civic amenities will make the city an even more pleasant place to live. Tight timeframes to deliver some of them by 2016 gives a sense of urgency and action. Rightly, many residents are excited by the goals to make the city international, sustainable and prosperous. They’re relieved the centre will soon show more signs of life. But there is a chasm between expressing those aspirations and what’s needed to achieve them. This is a conceptual failure, not a lack of detail to be filled in later. Strategies still to come on economic regeneration and transport won’t bridge the gap. Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee asked the right question in the foreword to the plan: “What could a 21st century city look like if its people were given the chance to ‘build again’, keeping the good and improving the rest?” But the Government has given the wrong answer. It believes rebuilding existing amenities in different places to better design amid lots of green space will do the job. That, though, is now normal in plenty of cities around the world. Nothing in the plan distinguishes Christchurch from the pack.
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  14. Hype O'Thermia

    Can’t understand why Bob Jones’s ideas didn’t get more serious comment. He looked pretty realistically at the nature of the land itself and proposed a way to optimise use of the most usable parts, while turning the dodgy areas into an asset instead of something to be skirted around or used after “remediation” for no better reason than that they had been used before and the objective was to go back as far as possible to what the city was before – minus distinguishing features, interesting quirks, individuality and so on. Milton Keynes 2013, wow, how special can that be.

  15. Elizabeth

    The estimated residential rebuilding timeframe has been extended from five to seven years while commercial work is expected to be “a decade or longer”

    ### ODT Online Fri, 17 Aug 2012
    Christchurch repair and rebuilding gradually moves into gear
    By Simon Hartley
    Almost $1 billion has been spent during the past nine months on residential and commercial rebuilding in Christchurch, but the “overwhelming majority” of quake-affected property owners are waiting for work to begin. Lead contractor Fletcher Building, which has already paid $623 million to contractors, has fully repaired 20,000 houses, but about 80,000 more await repair. Rebuilding is estimated to cost $20 billion in total, or 10% of New Zealand’s annual gross domestic product, of which the “vast bulk” is residential work worth $13 billion, Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens said yesterday.
    Read more

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Tue, 21 Aug 2012
      Lower-end profit expected
      By Simon Hartley
      Analysts are picking Fletcher Building – the lead contractor of Christchurch’s multibillion-dollar rebuilding – will deliver after-tax profit at the lower end of its forecast range of $310 million to $340 million range tomorrow. Estimates of the Christchurch rebuilding work are being pushed out further, while softening construction conditions are being reported in Australia, where Fletcher was expected to be making larger gains.
      Read more


      ### Updated at 9:06 am today
      Radio New Zealand: News
      Dunedin could create modular house industry
      Dunedin City Council says the city could create a new industry making modular houses for Christchurch. South Island communities are looking for business opportunities as post-earthquake reconstruction ramps up. Business information sessions about being part of the $30 billion rebuild are being run around the South Island. The council says it is becoming clear the best opportunities are in making things and shipping them to Christchurch. Canterbury Chamber of Commerce agrees, but says construction projects must be done through partnerships with companies already operating in Christchurch.
      RNZ Link


      ### Tuesday 14 August 2012
      Morning Report with Geoff Robinson & Simon Mercep

      07:36 Dunedin urged to build for Christchurch
      The Dunedin City Council says the city could create a whole new industry building modular houses for Christchurch. (3′24″)
      Audio | Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3 | Embed

      • Dunedin firms don’t want new business at the Christchurch rebuild – is that the (non-aggressive) message ?

        ### DScene 8 May 2013
        No sign yet of rebuild boom (page 4)
        Initiatives fail to develop into work for Dunedin
        By Wilma McCorkindale
        The Canterbury rebuild is so far failing to inject boom into Dunedin companies seeking earthquake damage work, a Dunedin City Council (DCC) report says. Some Dunedin companies were getting some specialised earthquake rebuild work via normal tenders, DCC Dunedin-Christchurch business facilitator Graham Williams said. However, rebuild construction activity was not increasing at the expected rate, Williams said.

        ● Results of opportunities and relationships through Williams’s liaison between businesses in the two cities had not been recorded.

        With the Christchurch situation remaining dynamic and unpredictable, a service agreement supporting the engagement of Dunedin companies was ‘‘obsolete to some degree’’, Williams said. His statistics showed he had approached dozens of Dunedin business promoting the aspects of the agreement, including rebuild work. He initially approached about 50 Dunedin businesses. Fifteen requested and received more information. ‘‘Feedback has not been sought to ascertain results.’’ He reported face-to-face meetings with about 25 Dunedin businesses, some on several occasions, communicating opportunities to Dunedin companies and providing advice on the various tender information services and how to access them. Williams said listed identified opportunities related to modular home building, engineering and steel fabrication, painting and plastering, and roofing. ‘‘These have been communicated to Dunedin firms and relationships initiated between parties in some cases. At this stage there are no reports of these initiatives developing into contracts or other forms of business.’’

        ● Williams completed his six-month contract toward the end of last year, working with a Dunedin Christchurch steering committee to drum up rebuild and other opportunities for Dunedin businesses. His report said the steering committee had met just once.

        He said Dunedin involvement in the rebuild had been hampered by slow progress on the commercial and residential rebuild, although repairs to homes and infrastructure were well under way. ‘‘Many Christchurch businesses are struggling to maintain business momentum themselves, which delayed the engagement of out of town contractors or partners.’’ Christchurch businesses were handling jobs without having to look further afield for support, he said.

  16. Elizabeth

    Christchurch Central City blueprint – SHREDDED

    A rainy Christmas Day in Christchurch
    Posted on 5th Aug, 2012 by Puddleglum

    Worth mulling…

  17. Anonymous

    I just can’t trust the guy. There’s just too much money at stake, too many questionable groups popping up, too many stakeholders circling and too little concern about how that money is being distributed. No matter how bad it is for people and country there are always those who are prepared to cross the line for their own selfish interests.

  18. Phil

    Well, you known you’ve touched a nerve when even Gerry couldn’t force himself to say that a new stadium would generate any new income for the city. Although he did his best to try and go down that road by misquoting the reporter (who in turn had been given misinformation). Nice to see him comparing a stadium to a library. Neither produce any wealth, that’s true. But one allows for the entire city to use it every day, while the other allows for 15 locals to use it once a fortnight. Subtle difference there, Gerry. I bet even the uneducated, starving, wife beating, Finns could understand that.

    Christchurch does have an advantage over Dunedin in that it has a $140 million insurance headstart, and already owns the required land. So not really comparing apples with apples when assessing the effect on public debt. And if they build smart, they can build it for a better price than Dunedin. No-one builds a new covered stadium today as a one-piece item. We got outdated technology. If they had built the roof as an independent structure sitting over the stadium like a tent, the entire complex could have been built as a lightweight structure with a greatly reduced ground loading. That’s the way these things are built today, and I noted that one Christchurch designer has already suggested such.

    At the end of Lee’s piece I did get the feeling that he wasn’t trying so much to save Christchurch as he was about trying to save Dunedin. Once Christchurch gets a covered stadium, there’s no-one coming to Dunedin. I got that feeling about Lee’s piece.

    • Elizabeth

      Yes Phil, by the end of Lee’s piece there’s a collective feeling of abandonment – marooned, Dunedin all alone with the great white elephant, much worse than if it was the last white rhino (at least you can sample DNA for clones). Hopeless really.

  19. Hype O'Thermia

    Gerry said (precis) after all they’d been through Christchurch people deserved a stadium. Yeah. After renting, paying to heat homes with cold air whistling through the cracks, battling for insurance, waiting for their properties to be assessed and reassessed, losing jobs – losing workplaces, paying far more for a new house, they deserve to pay a whole lot extra on their rates for years to come. And as Gerry said, if it’s like Dunedin’s it’ll only NOT pay its way for, um, how many years was it? I’ve noticed that many of the people still waiting for settlement are elderly – they’ll get to pay for the stadium till they die, but if they believe in heaven or reincarnation they’ll be happy on their deathbeds to know they’ll eventually be able to see its wonders being enjoyed by their great-grandkids if the whole family hasn’t left Christchurch/NZ after Nana and Pop died, left for somewhere they can afford to live.

  20. Elizabeth

    Ironically, if Christchurch was a literal war zone, “citizens’ [property] rights would be better protected under United Nations’ sanctions”.

    ### Last updated 05:00 16/09/2012
    Sunday Star Times
    History comes with a high price
    By Lorraine North

    OPINION: Christchurch feels like a city under attack

    So much of its central business district has been demolished that its streets are unrecognisable, even to those of us who have spent most of our lives here. The inner-city area within the Four Avenues is described by locals increasingly in terms of a war zone. Comparisons with Kabul or Baghdad abound. Citizens are in a state of shock and many avoid the CBD altogether, grief-stricken at how much of their city has been destroyed – not by earthquakes, but by order of the Canterbury Earthquakes Recovery Authority (Cera).
    According to Warwick Isaacs, Chief Executive of the Central City Development Unit (CCDU) who is backed by Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, the demolitions will not cease until 20 per cent of the original CBD remains.
    After the February 22 2011 earthquake, Dr Kit Miyamoto, a structural seismic engineer with 25 years’ international experience in earthquake recovery, stated he believed that, at the most, about 30 per cent of the CBD might need to be demolished. The announcement that 80 per cent is to be demolished he later described as “unbelievable”.
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    ● Lorraine North is Chair of Canterbury Arts and Heritage Trust

  21. Peter

    With so much that has come down, my concern for Christchurch is the possibility that while the new Christchurch may end up looking ‘spick and span’ and greener there won’t be any kind of backstreet, ‘grunge’ area in the CBD where you find the quirky and unexpected that gives character to a city. It would be a shame if Christchurch ends up looking like Canberra. All very nice, but somehow souless.

  22. Calvin Oaten

    Shades of Vietnam in the ’70’s’ when the US military deemed it necessary to destroy a village in order to save it. That is the sort of ‘bureaucrat think’ at work here. Dunedin is no different, except we haven’t had the earthquakes. “YET”

  23. Hype O'Thermia

    I know one Dunedin school leaver who has a building apprenticeship in Chch. Do you think the DCC would like his contact details so they can spin his initiative in getting first a job, then an apprenticeship, into a Good News story for which they can claim credit?

    • Hype, wonderful, yes! And, a whole lot cheaper on DCC’s ‘account’ (with Allied Press) than contracting Mr Williams for six months to achieve nothing – with imperceptible foundations for, er looking forward.

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