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FYI Dunedin Dec 2014 —Mayor’s desk

Urban Dictionary on the meanings of fringe

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Comment from CONCERNED RATEPAYER:
Have you noticed that very recently Daaave’s hairdo has been altered, see photo in latest FYI, and if so have you wondered if this is anything to do with sensitivity about the “lunatic fringe” ?

FYI Dunedin 24 | December 2014 (PDF, 800.6 KB)
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Stadium Review: LGOIMA request and 2009 Town Hall speeches

████ Download: Stadium Review Nov v 15 (585 KB, DOC)

Copy received from Bev Butler
Sun, 30 Nov at 12:17 p.m.

Message: A while back I was told there was Rugby pressure happening behind the scenes to exclude the mothballing option.
Cheers, Bev

From: Bev Butler
To: Sandy Graham [DCC]; Grace Ockwell [DCC]
Subject: LGOIMA REQUEST: Stadium Review/Mothballing
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:10:47 +1300

Sunday 30 November 2014

Dear Sandy and Grace

Earlier in the year it was announced that the stadium was to be reviewed and that all options would be considered, including mothballing.
Now with the recent release of the Stadium Review only two options are presented, namely, the status quo and the most extreme option of demolition.
1. Why were the options of sale and mothballing not reported on?
2. Did the Stadium Review committee look at the sale and mothballing options? If so, I request a copy of the findings. If not, why not?
3. Whose decision (names) was it to not include mothballing as an option?
4. Did the NZRU and/or ORFU have any input into the Review? If so, I request a copy of all documentation.
5. Who (names) from the NZRU/ORFU was consulted/involved in the Review?
6. Did any member of NZRU and/or ORFU influence/pressure/request that the mothballing option be removed/excluded from the Review? If so, who (names)?
7. Mayor Cull has publicly stated that the demolition option was included in the Review to show the “lunatic fringe” that demolition is not a realistic option.
a) Who (names) are the “lunatic fringe”?
b) If Mayor Cull is unable to name members of the “lunatic fringe” then why was the demolition option considered?
c) Why were the mothballing options not considered when well informed stadium critics had publicly called for this option? ie. Why was the extreme option from an unidentified “lunatic fringe” considered over the mothballing option proposed by identifiable well informed stadium critics, like myself, who have been proven correct in their predictions?
8. What part did Sir John Hansen play in stifling the mothballing option?
9. Will the mothballing options now be reviewed?

Yours sincerely
Bev Butler

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REFRESH
Speeches made to Stop The Stadium public meeting held at Dunedin Town Hall on 29 March 2009:

Alistair Broad
Dave Cull
Gerry Eckhoff
Michael Stedman
Sukhi Turner

Speeches to Otago Regional Council (ORC) public forums for stadium:

Public Forum Speech to ORC by Bev Butler 11.2.09 – stadium meeting
Public Forum Speech to ORC by Bev Butler 3.3.09

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On behalf of ratepayers and residents Dunedin City Council decided on and publicly listed ten conditions (10 lines in the sand) to be met for the stadium project. Unfortunately, this summary table shows the extent of departure!

Received from Bev Butler – Summary of Conditions
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at 7.44 a.m.

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Summary of Conditions Butler

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ODT puffery for stadium rousing ?

The banner at today’s ODT Online home page

ODT 22.11.14 Tuning up the DCC (screenshot bidrose) 1

Received, a snapshot at 11:14 a.m. (to read the article get the latest budgie cage liner full of advertising with not much else EXCEPT an exclusive interview)

ODT 22.11.14 Tuning up the DCC (article image bidrose) 1

Oh Dear Times
Sue Bidrose, ‘I’ve always said I just don’t want to work for someone who’s not as good as me’.

Alternative text, just an observation
From King James Bible, Psalms 8:2, “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength”.

Updated post 23.11.14 at 10:47 a.m.
● Read the interview (Sunday release) at ODT Online

The completely under-researched yet highly threshed and winnowed
Fubar Stadium Review released on Thursday 20 November will be tabled at Monday’s Extraordinary Council Meeting (Edinburgh Room, Municipal Chambers at 1:00 PM).

████ Download: Stadium Review Nov v 15 (585 KB, DOC)

As to timing of review and puffery, coincidence?

ODT used the same new face the day before to sell the ‘Stadium in the black’ message (see Friday’s front page graphic)

ODT 21.11.14 Stadium in the black - front page1

Anything for tenure. The motorbike makes her one of the boys, and the girls. This popularity farce-triumph(ant) is costing ratepayers +$20million pa.

The newspaper can’t distract from an extremely inadequate Stadium Review by throwing us lines about a recreational biker’s “life, job and sleepless nights”. There’s a public excluded Chief Executive Appraisal and Appointment Committee meeting at the Mayor’s Office on Monday 8 December, 8:00 AM.

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Harland to scale

  • Jim Harland and Sukhi Turner (via ODT 2.6.04) - supplied by Calvin Oaten 9.9.14
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    █ Ten years ago. Whoever typed THAT ?

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    ODT Public Notice 31.3.14 (page 26)

    ODT Public Notice 31.3.14 (page 26)

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    Stadium: Fairfax business editor pokes DCC’s Fubar

    ### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014
    Business
    Empty seats, empty pockets
    By Chalkie
    […] Chalkie is concerned by a $48 million scheme to build a stadium in Petone for the benefit of the Phoenix A-League football team and its fans. From what we know of the proposal, the Hutt City Council – which means ratepayers – will be asked to contribute $25m towards building a “boutique” 10,000 to 12,000 seat arena at the southern end of the Petone Recreation Ground. […] The good burghers of the Hutt will be best placed to judge the practicalities of the scheme when further details are available, but the financial side has worrying similarities to the set-up of Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Arm’s length charitable trust controlling the budget? Check. Private sector funding promised? Check. Troubled sports franchise as anchor tenant? Check.

    […] In Dunedin, those involved in developing the city’s shiny new covered stadium are far from universally popular after ratepayers ended up with huge debts and an ongoing headache from running the thing. The original idea, itself controversial, was for ratepayers to contribute $129m – split between $91.4m from the city council and $37.5m from the regional council – towards the $188m cost of the stadium, with private sector funding contributing $45.5m. The balance was coming from local trusts and a government grant. In the end, the stadium cost $224m and the ratepayers were hit up for $200m of that. The private sector funding was virtually zero.

    You could write a book on the series of failures that left a relatively small number of people – Dunedin has a population of about 126,000 – exposed to such high costs. But even in the short version written by PricewaterhouseCoopers it seems councillors were not well informed about the project and financial controls were inadequate. The controversy still simmers. Local campaigner Bev Butler, a determined and resourceful opponent of the stadium scheme, continues to unearth aspects of the process that do not reflect well on its management. One of the latest involves the relationship between Carisbrook Stadium Charitable Trust, which runs the project, and the council.

    The problem in this instance is the lack of transparency around public spending, even when there was obviously concern at the outset to keep a firm grip on it. More than that, Dunedin got in over its head and allowed itself to be the schmuck landed with everyone’s bill at the end.

    Money from the council was supposed to be transferred to the trust only to pay for third-party invoices billed to the trust. An exception to this rule provided for the trust’s administration costs to be covered by a general monthly payment from the council. These “trust costs” invoices were for between $40,000 and $90,000 a month, running from July 2007 to January 2010. According to Butler’s information, which tallies with the council schedule, the payments totalled $2.2m over the period. An Official Information Act response from the council to Butler said the money was paid “to cover staff and administration costs” of the trust “to facilitate ease of administration”.

    Chalkie can see that it would be easier to pay for the trust’s incidentals in this way. However, it opened a big hole in accountability for spending because the staff and administration costs detailed in the trust’s annual reports for the period total $1,068,796, more than $1m less than the sums invoiced. It is not clear from the accounts how the other $1.1m was spent because no combination of other costs – marketing, PR, fundraising or project administration – seems to come close to the right figure. Chairman of trustees Malcolm Farry told Chalkie he could provide documents to clarify the details last week, but unfortunately they were not yet available as we went to press.

    There are several lessons for the Hutt City Council, including to beware of using a charitable trust as the development vehicle, to ensure private sector money is paid up front with a buffer for contingencies, and to ensure there is no ambiguity about costs.
    Read full article

    ● Chalkie is written by Fairfax business bureau’s Tim Hunter.

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    Stadium: Accountability, paper trail leads unavoidably to NEWS

    Stadium, Dunedin [espnscrum.com]Stadium under construction [photo via espnscrum.com]

    Comments received.

    Bev Butler
    Submitted on 2013/07/30 at 2:25 pm

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8981153/Phone-records-given-to-inquiry
    Parliament’s speaker, David Carter:
    “I view any actions that may put at risk journalists’ ability to report very seriously.”

    Both Sir Eion Edgar and Sir Julian Smith have some explaining to do as to their “actions” in preventing the reporting of the information contained in the press release below which one of the ODT reporters contacted me about on 3 July 2013, asked me questions, then nothing being published in the ODT.

    PRESS RELEASE
    “Philanthropist” reneges on promised $1m donation
    Full independent enquiry sought

    The deceptions surrounding the Forsyth Barr Stadium continue to be revealed by official documents released on 11 June 2013.

    The public, on many occasions raised doubts that the promises of private funding for construction of the stadium, had been met, but were assured by Mr Malcolm Farry, Chair of the Carisbrook Stadium Trust as reported in NBR and ODT 2007 that in fact several substantial donations had been promised. Indeed he went so far to tell the public that he had promises of three individual donations of $1 million each to be put to the costs of construction. Sir Eion Edgar also confirmed in DScene in 2009 that he would be making a donation of $1m.

    That, as has now been revealed officially, was untrue.

    It was also untrue as Mr Farry claimed when leading the project, that advance ticket or product sales revenue could be counted as construction capital. This was nothing other, as many ratepayers pointed out, simply advance operational revenue which could not be charged in the future. While Mr Farry denied this, the PricewaterhouseCoopers investigation found that there was little or no capital raised from ‘private funding’ for construction.

    The relevance of this should not be lost when the evidence supplied to the High Court in Christchurch by the Carisbrook Stadium Trust through the DCC also stated that substantial private donations had been made for construction. At the time of the Stop The Stadium court case in April 2009, Mr Farry had stated publicly that more than $30m of the required $45m had already been contracted in private funding for construction of the stadium. It appears that evidence in the High Court case was also not truthful.

    The role played by Forsyth Barr and its Chair, Sir Eion Edgar also come directly under a brighter spotlight from the release of the documentation. Sir Eion Edgar promised a substantial donation of $1m as reported in DScene 2009, but again this has proven not to be true. But this lack of philanthropy also extended to an obscuring of the facts surrounding the naming rights of the stadium. Despite Sir Eion Edgar claiming in the National Business Review (29/01/09) that a “substantial cheque” had been written for these rights, and The Marketing Bureau commissioned by the CST reporting to council the naming rights were worth $10m, the fact was that instead the stadium was named after his company for a period of two and a half years before any revenue was received. It has already been reported in the media that the naming rights were no more than $5m. An upfront substantial sum in advance reported in PwC peer reviews was somehow altered to a much lesser sum in monthly arrears payments which didn’t begin until late 2011.

    Sir Edgar also had a significant role as President in his connections with the Otago Rugby Football Union when a fundraising function for the ORFU in August 2011 at the new Forsyth Barr Stadium defaulted in its payments to the Dunedin City Council leaving ratepayers to pick up the tab for booze, food, hireage and cleaning while the ORFU pocketed the gross income less a substantial organisational fee paid to the wife of the Deputy Chair of the ORFU, Laurie Mains.

    While the PwC investigation was not intended to be a forensic audit of all financial matters surrounding the stadium, sufficient grounds now exist for such a full independent investigation to be carried out, and it is difficult to see just why this should be resisted unless some have got matters to try and continue to conceal. Doubts have also been expressed over the laxity of the billing and payment processes whereby blanket monthly CST accounts with no detail were passed for payment by the then CEO of the Dunedin City Council, Jim Harland, and there remains uncertainty over the validity of many of the expenses and other monies claimed for and paid by the ratepayers of the City.

    [Response 1]

    Elizabeth
    Submitted on 2013/07/30 at 2:46 pm

    Bev, quite apart from the content of the Press Release, are you saying the ODT journalist who contacted you about the release was lined up to do a story based on the content of the press release? Or that the editorial team did not support the reporter and canned the story as filed? Or for the newspaper’s own reasons there was never a story?! In other words, something of a spying mission took place?

    Media can choose whether or not to cite the content of press releases in whole or in part.

    Should a newspaper decline to reference a press release in its general news coverage, surely that leaves the writers of the release free to pay for an advertising statement. This is exactly what has been required with The Press in Christchurch over the fight to restore the Christ Church Cathedral – paid advertising by Cathedral advocates tied to education of the Press editor underlining the editorial bias which has run to the benefit of the Bishop and the CPT. We consider The Press’s stance deliberate to force use of paid advertising. The Press has softened since being SPOKEN TO.

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    [Response 2]

    Russell Garbutt
    Submitted on 2013/07/30 at 8:25 pm

    Bev’s post needs as wide a circulation as possible and I would urge any readers to pass on the URL of this post to as many of their friends as possible, but it is as sure as God made little green apples, that the ODT will neither investigate nor publish anything that is detrimental to the interests of those that have certain influence and connections. I wonder if Sir Julian would be willing to show his phone records? Particularly those from the Central Otago region?

    All of the material that Bev mentions regarding the naming rights is backed up by documentation – in fact so much of what Bev is talking about is now being played out in National politics with the Henry inquiry and Vance’s phone records. The story has to be dragged out before it is grudgingly admitted that a great wrong was done. And even then the perpetrators can’t get their story straight.

    This is what I mean by accountability in many ways. Many have claimed that deceit, lies and obfuscation were just part of the normal business around the CST, DCC, ORFU and associated parties and it has also been suggested that this culture of deceit and lies extended to the High Court. Who am I to argue that this was not the case? But the same people’s names turn up time and time again. Reported are Farry, who continues to harangue from the side-lines, Edgar promising much and apparently confused between what is a donation and what is part of a payment for a sweetheart deal with the organisation of which he was part, or Harland, in the middle authorising payments on behalf of the ratepayers to the CST – a private Trust that remains a closed window.

    And who is going to push for exposure of all the facts? We should be forever grateful for Bev’s assiduous work in prying out the necessary documentation and proof of what many have alleged for years. I can only hope that Bev Butler is, within the near future, able to ensure that any serious wrong-doing by those connected with the greatest waste of ratepayer funds, is put forward in a high profile way.

    And if it can be shown in a separate jurisdiction that the allegations are well-founded – and I’m sure it can by the documentation that exists in private and on public record, then hopefully these people will be made accountable. But I’m not holding my breath.

    ****

    [Response 3]

    Bev Butler
    Submitted on 2013/07/30 at 10:11 pm

    Elizabeth, to now answer your questions – just briefly for now.
    “The Edgar Story” was first published on Stuff News on Wednesday 3 July 2013. About an hour later the story was “pulled”.
    Rarely does a story get “pulled” – it is generally due to major factual errors or a threat of defamation. As I know the information was correct then I assumed the latter.
    I wrote to Fairfax management then emailed Forsyth Barr/Edgar’s lawyers. Two days later the story was published in The Mirror – a Central Otago Fairfax publication.
    Interestingly, also on Wednesday 3 July an ODT reporter contacted me, questioning me about the Stuff News item. The reporter wanted to know who else I had sent the press release to. At the time I thought this was unusual – what did that have to do with reporting the news? I suspected that someone was wanting to do damage control behind the scenes. A week later I then heard from a good source that this was the case.
    What really concerns me, apart from the serious issues in the press release, is the behind-the-scenes manipulation of ‘freedom of the press’. Dunedin citizens are no longer able to rely on the local media for local news. The damage done by this behind-the-scenes manipulation is dangerous. How this can be allowed to happen in a democratic society should be a concern for all in Dunedin. I don’t blame the reporter as he/she would have been instructed to question me.

    [ends]

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    Stadium: Edgar will honour $1M personal pledge to project

    KUDOS to Dunedin’s Bev Butler for putting the pressure on !!!

    Thanks to Wilma McCorkindale (Fairfax) for professional follow-up

    Queenstown Mirror 10.7.13 (page 1)

    Queenstown Mirror 10.7.13 (page 1 detail)Queenstown Mirror 10.7.13 (page 2 detail)

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    DScene 13.5.09 (page 9) Eion Edgar c3### DScene 13 May 2009
    The Insider: Big questions answered
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    Winter Games NZ chairman Eion Edgar | Interviewed by Ryan Keen
    COMMUNITY-MINDED Queenstown-based businessman Eion Edgar, who retired as New Zealand Olympic Committee president last week and left a $1 million donation, on his support for knighthoods, backing Blis and why he’s not slowing down. #bookmark page 9

    DScene 13.5.09 (page 9) merge

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    Sunday Star Times: Stadium story: any sliced bread in the murk?

    Major debate and valid questions remain about how the stadium was funded and built and whether the council made the right decision to throw in so much public money (originally $91m, but later $148m) as explained in the sidebars to this story.

    ### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 03/06/2012
    Dunedin’s House of Blame
    By Steve Kilgallon – Sunday Star Times
    The prospect of yet more glittering new stadiums being constructed by ambitious city fathers – as being debated right now in Christchurch and Auckland – is met with scorn by some in Dunedin, where the saga of the Forsyth Barr Stadium has left a city divided and its ratepayers facing vast debts.

    “five years of internecine warfare in Dunedin, three High Court actions, claims of conflicts of interest, a divided council, a pile of debt and an even bigger pile of documents”

    A covered stadium was a grand concept for a city of just 125,000. At various times, it was imagined that it might host international soccer, rugby league and even swimming; that penguins would frolic in a (converted) adjoining quarry, and not just that the biggest names in rock music would visit, but, perhaps, the Dalai Lama and British royalty. With significant “private finance” support, the cost to the taxpayer would be capped at a mere $91 million and the stadium delivered to the dollar at a total cost of just $188m. Now it’s been built, there remains debate on quite how much it actually cost. Its creator says it came on time, on budget. Some critics argue double that. Dunedin council engaged consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers to give them a figure, and explain any blowout.
    Read more

    UPDATE: Steve Kilgallon’s story reposted at Stuff Sport
    Stadium plans met with scorn [05:00 03/06/2012]
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/7038067/Stadium-builds-under-fire

    In full here, the sidebar appearing in Sunday Star Times print edition:

    ON THE MONEY

    Council wasn’t meant to bear all the weight of the stadium: a much spruiked “private sector finance” contribution was kicking in $45m.

    The latest PricewaterhouseCoopers report says just $700,000 of a promised $45m had been found by last November (two months after opening day), and reported how various updates to the council scaled back the timing of that funding from 100 per cent received before completion to just three per cent. Peter Chin says when he left office in 2010, it was “on track”; however his successor, Dave Cull, dismisses the private sector finance (PSF) as “risky”.

    It’s argued, perhaps validly, the PSF was really just advance operating revenue: it wasn’t philanthropic donations but long-term seat sales, sponsorships and lounges. If used to fund the build cost, it begs the question: what would offset operating costs once it was open?
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    Farry’s CST overspends budget by 46%

    They spent $5.4 million on their own activities, as opposed to a budget of $3.7 million.

    Comment received from Rob Hamlin
    Submitted on 2012/05/12 at 3:47 pm

    The critical part of the PWC report is given below. A deeply buried nugget on page 28 (of 43). As PWC note, the overruns excluding interest amounted to 206.4 – 198 = 8.4 million dollars – an overrun of around 4%. Which as PWC point out, is not that bad by the standards of such things.

    However, 20% of this total is accounted for by budget overspend related to the Carisbrook Stadium Trust’s own internal activities. They spent $5.4 million on their own activities, as opposed to a budget of $3.7 million, an overspend of 46% of budget – as opposed to the rest of the project, which overspent by 3% once the CST’s contribution to the overall overspend is removed.

    In addition, the reasons for the overspend in the other areas is covered in some detail in the other sections of the report and are fairly easy to understand (if not necessarily to agree with). The CST’s blowout contribution is different, with no real reason for this overspend appearing in the passage below. They were given a budget – they blew it – Why? PWC is silent – read on…

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    SUNK Stadium: TOO MUCH ratepayer money going west STOP

    Garrick Tremain – 11 May 2012


    The point is $224 million is not the TRUE COST. It is FAR HIGHER. Dunedin City Council must stop all OBFUSCATION. Open the books to a full independent forensic audit of the council and related entities NOW.

    Meantime, close the stadium to stem the losses.

    ### ODT Online Fri, 11 May 2012
    Budget blowout pushes stadium cost to $224m
    By Chris Morris
    The final cost of the Forsyth Barr Stadium has risen to $224 million, after independent auditors uncovered a budget blow-out of more than $8 million, it has been confirmed. The findings showed the stadium’s capital cost had risen by $8.4 million, from $198 million to $206.4 million. Interest accrued during the stadium’s entire construction period, as loans began to be drawn down, also hadn’t been included in costs.

    The $8.4 million overspend meant costs exceeded budgets by 4.2%.

    The PWC review did not seek to apportion blame, but findings had been passed to council chief executive Paul Orders, who told reporters he would study them “coolly and calmly”.
    Read more

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    DScene reflects on DCC’s unholy mess

    ### D Scene 21 Mar 2012
    Butler lifts lid on ‘deception’ (page 2)
    By Wilma McCorkindale
    Stadium opponent Bev Butler has handed confidential project papers to council commissioned auditors in her bid for a major inquiry into Dunedin’s stadium project. Butler has passed previously withheld information to a PricewaterhouseCoopers forensic auditing team reviewing variances in stadium completion costs identified by the Dunedin City Council (DCC) earlier this month.
    {continues} #bookmark

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    Fury over bail-out of ORFU (page 3)
    By Mike Houlahan
    The Otago Rugby Football Union ‘‘desperately’’ needed to be put in to liquidation so it could be properly audited, Cr Lee Vandervis says. Vandervis was one of five Dunedin City councillors who voted against approving a bail-out of the cash-strapped ORFU in an extraordinary council meeting last Wednesday. […] The DCC’S decision came after a marathon night meeting and sparked immediate outcry. Council offices were flooded with angry calls and emails, and D Scene understands councillors who voted in favour have received abusive messages.
    {continues} #bookmark

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    We’re rugby-mad but not in a good way (page 7)
    By Mike Houlahan – Editor
    As the Otago Rugby Football Union faced liquidation, a lot of rhetoric was heard about a ‘‘proud rugby province’’ and the depth of feeling Otago had for the game. Otago, people said, could not be left in the lurch. Otago rugby administrators got caught up in the spirit. ORFU president Wayne Graham – a man who had looked aghast on February 27 when revealing the union’s plight – seemed stunned last Wednesday when interviewed on Campbell Live at 7pm. He thought the rescue package Dunedin City Council was weighing up at that moment was so good that they would sign the deal in half an hour, and seemed perplexed they were still thinking about it.
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    Opinion (page 8)
    The truth, the whole truth . . .
    By Bev Butler
    It is expected that every large project undertaken by a council will require extensive consultation with all ratepayers but the crucial element missing from consultation in this case [the stadium] was the requirement to adhere to the principles of good faith – openness and transparency – during the consultative process. It was that failure by the DCC to truly listen and act to placate the genuine concerns held by so many that draws the inevitable conclusion that the DCC totally failed to act in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002.
    {continues} #bookmark

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    DScene: Call for full inquiry into stadium project

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    ### DScene 7.3.12
    Open the books (front page)
    Anti-stadium campaigner Bev Butler says an audit into the Forsyth Barr Stadium cost should just be the start; she is calling on Dunedin City Council to hold a full inquiry into the project. See page 3. #bookmark

    Stadium inquiry demanded (page 3)
    By Wilma McCorkindale
    Stadium opponent Bev Butler has urged Local Government Minister Nick Smith to initiate a full inquiry into the project. Butler believed an inquiry would prove it simply too expensive to maintain empty and unused. Confidential documents obtained through the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) solidify Butler’s determination. She was heartened by the Dunedin City Council decision two weeks ago to commission a review of stadium completion figures by a PricewaterhouseCoopers forensic auditing team. But that wasn’t enough, she said.
    {continues} #bookmark

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    UPDATED 7.3.12 at 7:20 pm
    Smell the Delta rat…

    {storyline as published today at DScene is under review -Eds}
    Delta pursues damages from councillor (page 5)
    By Wilma McCorkindale #bookmark

    Refer to the following news stories at ODT Online:
    14.9.10 Swings hoping to sway voters
    16.9.10 Candidate’s advertising sign sparks power cut
    18.9.10 Candidates’ sign sites pose risks

    UPDATED 8.3.12 at 7:05 pm
    —— Forwarded Message
    From: Lee Vandervis
    Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2012 18:29:15 +1300
    To: EditorDscene , “Wilma McCorkindale (STL)”
    Conversation: Delta pursues damages from Councillor – misinformation
    Subject: Delta pursues damages from Councillor – misinformation

    Dear Mike and Wilma,

    Delta pursues damages from Councillor – misinformation
    I was very disappointed in your 7/3/12 article ‘Delta pursues damages from Councillor’, because of its judgemental presentation of untruths.
    The damage done to a power cable by me is only alleged at this point, and did not happen last September as claimed but 18 months ago prior to the last local body election.
    The claims that I personally hit a steel peg that pierced the cable and that it exploded are false, as the more accurate ODT articles on the issue in 2010 made clear.
    The claim that Delta had heard nothing from me is false as I have verbally invited Delta to produce their evidence when they have rung.
    Also false is the claim that my election sign was erected about 20 metres south of the Council designated site, as 2010 ODT photographs show.
    If DScene staff had read relevant 2010 ODT reports, or told me what was claimed in this article, this belated misinformation could have been avoided.”

    In the interests of accuracy and on-going good relations, I would appreciate you running this letter with similar prominence to the offending article in next week’s Dscene.

    Regards,
    Cr. Lee Vandervis

    —— End of Forwarded Message

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    “High Performance Sport New Zealand Dunedin Centre of Excellence” – another gift to RUGBY GOBs

    Where was this project proposed and tabled in the DCC Annual Plans for public submissions ? Is there a clear track on this… It’s not enough that the Mayor of Dunedin supports the facility’s emergence, or backs the ‘rugby’ thinking of his spendthrift councillors.

    HPSNZ was created in August from a merger of Sparc and the New Zealand Academy of Sport, after the Government announced a review of New Zealand’s high-performance sport structure.

    ### ODT Online Tue, 20 Dec 2011
    New centre to churn out champions
    By Nigel Benson
    A multimillion-dollar Dunedin sports excellence academy could be a factory for future world champions. The High Performance Sport New Zealand Dunedin Centre of Excellence was officially opened at Forsyth Barr Stadium yesterday. The $4.8 million building will be a hub for Otago athletes and house HPSNZ and its tenants – the Highlanders, Sports Medicine New Zealand and New Zealand Turf – which formerly occupied the old Logan Park art gallery building.
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    Cr Dave Cull speech to Town Hall Meeting

    TOWN HALL SPEECH 29TH MARCH 2009-03-31
    CR DAVE CULL —Copy supplied.

    [begins]

    A year ago I opposed public funding of the Stadium project on three grounds:
    • Affordibility – This city cannot afford a project this expensive, largely paid for with borrowed money, and showing little or no return.
    • Risk – of building budget blowout and on-going revenue shortfalls.
    • Opportunity costs – what will we not be able to do or afford because all of the City’s spending and debt carrying capacity is committed to the stadium?

    However, although it had already ignored a number of its own deadlines, Council decided to proceed with the stadium project subject to a number of conditions.

    Some of those conditions were:
    • Project cost not to exceed $188m. Remember “not a penny more”?
    • Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for construction.
    • Contract entered into with Uni and we would have written confirmation of facilities they proposed for land.
    • We would sight and approve occupation and revenue agreements between CST and ORFU
    • That Council continues to identify ways to reduce ratepayer contribution by $20m.
    • Minimum of 60% of Private Sector Funding (PSF) $45.5m be signed up, and Council to be satisfied as to funding the remainder (incl funds to service any bridging finance required). That last condition was added some 6 months later.

    In addition:
    • Community Trust of Otago was to contribute $10m.
    • The stadium promised was a state of the art, multi-purpose venue that would set a new bench-mark for stadia in NZ.

    Fast forward almost exactly a year to now, and what do we find with those conditions?

    • The total project cost has risen by $10m. That’s a lot of pennies.
    • The GMP contract offer contains exclusions that potentially expose DCC to risk of price increases. The Otago Regional Council was specifically warned about that by its chief executive. If those exclusions remain and something unforeseen turns up then there is a very real possibility of cost increases.
    • A contact has not been finalised with the university
    • An occupation and revenue agreement between CST and ORFU has not been finalised.
    • The $20m has not been found or even any part of it.
    • The CTO promised only $7m
    • The design and specification of the stadium had been changed in order to keep the construction cost within the agreed budget. And those changes have:
    They have:
    1) reduced the ability and flexibility of the stadium to cater for much more than rugby without spending a lot more money.
    2) lowered the specification and standard of finish so that while initial costs are lower, long term maintenance costs will be higher.

    • 60% of PSF had not been obtained. But Council decided to accept unsigned agreements for corporate boxes and seating as if they were finalised.

    But in any case, and far more worryingly, the whole concept of the PSF had been changed. In fact to call it PSF now is farcical. It was initially reasonably understood as money raised from non-public sources (ie not ratepayers or taxpayers) and contributed to the construction cost of the stadium. So there was an expectation that the money (or most of it) would be available on Day 1 of construction. However by March last year, a shortfall was already predicted and some $10m bridging finance was identified as being needed to make up the difference at the start of construction.

    Well the PSF fell even further short of target. The private sector didn’t buy in. So the marketing was changed and now the PSF will be:
    • obtained from the sale of seating products (corp boxes/lounge memberships and sponsorships)
    • no payment for these will be required until the stadium is built
    • after that payments will be made annually

    But as I said, the money is needed for construction. And the amount of bridging finance required to tide things over has risen now to $27m loan + $15m underwrite. That’s some $42m + interest on some of that over time, required to achieve the balance of $45.5m now.

    The CST obviously can’t raise that debt itself because it can offer no security, so Council will effectively borrow the $27m and the govt will underwrite the $15m. That’s an additional liability on ratepayer and taxpayers and that borrowing will have to be repaid from the revenue from those seating products etc after the stadium is operating. I’ll come back to this.

    So a year ago I had concerns about Risk, Affordability and Opportunity Costs. But we now have a further reason to be extremely concerned about this proposed project. And that is the process by which Council has progressed it.

    Because all of those failures to meet the Council’s own conditions are CHANGES from what was promised a year ago.
    Individually, some of them might not seem so important. Taken together however, they amount to a significant change to the whole project and impose a huge amount more risk and liability on the ratepayer.
    In brief:
    • The overall cost is higher.
    • The stadium isn’t the same as the one the community was promised.
    • Ratepayers’ liability for debt is increased markedly because Council is effectively taking responsibility for the PSF.
    • the GMP is really a Claytons GMP because if the exclusion clauses remain the price could rise.
    • And that doesn’t even start to take into account the deepening world-wide economic recession. If ever there was a time to be careful, to limit your risk, to keep your powder dry and your cash liquid: it’s now.

    These are all have pretty ominous implications but before I look a bit closer at the PSF I’ll touch on the GMP:

    Other speakers have looked at this so I will simply point that once Council is locked into a construction contract, with clauses allowing the construction price to increase under certain circumstances, there is no way out. If those clauses are activated, we will have to keep going and paying and the ratepayer will have to foot the bill. So much for a GMP.

    Now the PSF.
    We have been told that just 3% of the so-called PSF will be paid up on the day the stadium opens. After that the revenue stream from the leasing of corporate boxes and lounge memberships and naming rights sponsorships and other revenue will come in each year. So in fact, apart from some naming rights and sponsorship deals, the PSF is actually revenue earned by the stadium for facilities or services offered. In any case, most of the other 97% will have already been borrowed by Council, and that debt is expected to be serviced AND repaid by those on-going revenues.

    BUT, and here’s the catch; the reason that extra borrowing is necessary is because the revenue stream, the cashflow, the PSF was so weak. But hang on. Isn’t that the very cashflow that is now expected to be strong enough to cover the borrowing AND pay interest on it as well as the operating costs?! Spot the contradiction.

    If that cashflow stream is not forthcoming, or it peters out for whatever reason, like the Highlanders franchise disappearing followed closely by its audience, Council will be left with a debt and few funds to cover it and they will also have a football stadium with no user. Who will have to stump up year after year in that event? The ratepayers. You.
    So not only has the PSF been largely taken over by the ratepayer, the means provided to cover it could be shaky.

    But how likely is that?
    A couple of professional reviews of the CST’s cashflow projections have been done. Those reviews described the predicted cashflows as “not conservative”. In other words they thought the Trust was being overly optimistic about what the place could earn. So the reviewers reduced the cash quantum of some assumptions, and even after that they still reckoned there were “significant risks” that even the reviewers’ reduced predicted revenues would not be achieved. Indeed the reviews concluded that there is very real chance that the stadium will run at a considerable loss. And that’s after Council and its companies (read ratepayers) have paid the bill for interest on the main borrowing and depreciation. After all, almost no stadium anywhere in the world makes a profit.

    And it gets worse. The changes made to the design to reduce construction cost, like no synthetic turf reinforcing and no dividing curtain at the east end, also reduce the stadium’s useability. So it’s earning power is also reduced.

    Anyway by the time the money promised in those seating contracts and sponsorships has started coming in, the Council will own the stadium, and the PSF obligations will have been passed to Council. It will be Council’s job to find the money, the so-called PSF, and make the place pay, if it can.
    How on earth can that be called PSF?

    The worst case is the combined effect of the two possibilities: PSF revenue shortfalls and a blow-out in GMP could see double digit rate rises for years just to stay where we are! No possibility of anything else being afforded. You can forget other capital projects.

    In that case the cost to ratepayers over the 22 odd years it takes to pay this off are likely to be much, much higher than the $66 per annum for the average residential ratepayer that is so often quoted. That is the very real risk this project carries.

    I am deeply concerned about that risk of increased cost: either from increased construction cost and operating deficits or both.

    But I am even more concerned by the cavalier way the Council, of which I am a member, has treated this community. I am deeply embarrassed to acknowledge that:
    • Assurances have not been honoured.
    • Conditions designed to give the public confidence that risks were being contained, have not been met. Indeed risks have been allowed to escalate.
    • Promises have not been kept.
    • And the community has not been listened to. And I’m sorry to say it looks as if a deaf ear will continue to be turned your way. The projected spending for the stadium is contained in the draft annual plan currently going out for consultation with, and submissions from, the community. “We want to hear what you think.” You are told.

    But despite that and despite all the changes to this project in the last year: its funding problems, its increased costs and liabilities and ratcheting risks; despite all of the clamorous protest, letters to the newspapers, submissions to Council, and overwhelmingly negative survey results; it is quite possible that a contract for construction will be signed before a single one of your submissions is heard.

    I wonder how this community can have confidence that they are being listened to, that their opinions, their interests and most importantly their futures are cared about, when this project continues to be rammed through regardless of so many ominous indicators, changes for the worse, unachieved targets and greatly heightened risks; all of which ratepayers will ultimately have to pay for.

    What can you do? Council needs to know the weight of your opinion. Tell us. Make submissions. And send Council a message that we can’t mistake.

    [ends]

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    ### ODT Online Tue, 15 Mar 2011
    Extras for stadium approved
    By David Loughrey
    Forsyth Barr Stadium extras with a combined cost of $5.15 million have been approved by the Dunedin City Council. The funding has been described by Mayor Dave Cull as an “underwrite”.
    Read more

    Related Post and Comments:
    11.3.11 Stadium funding

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    D Scene: Dunedin City Council housekeeping

    ### D Scene 28-7-10

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    Call to liquidate STS (page 3)
    By Wilma McCorkindale
    [In brief] Dunedin City Council (DCC) has called for the last rites to be said over Stop The Stadium (STS), and applied to have the incorporated society liquidated. The DCC said STS was insolvent, and unable to pay the remaining $9,860.91 court costs owing after STS lost stadium legal battles between the two organisations last year. The application is due to be heard on August 30. STS chairman Dave Witherow said there was nothing fair about the move and STS would defend the action.
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    STS Notice of Special Meeting

    As received:

    From: sts-bounces@taniwha.com [mailto:sts-bounces@taniwha.com] On Behalf Of Stop the Stadium Announcement list
    Sent: Thursday, 12 November 2009 8:44 p.m.
    To: sts@taniwha.com
    Subject: [sts] STS Meeting reminder

    To all STS members.

    Notice of Special meeting, to be held at Pioneer Women’s Hall, 362, Moray Place. (near Dick Smith’s), on Sunday, 15th November, at 3:00pm.

    Dear Members,

    Sunday’s meeting (a rescheduling of our previous fixture) has been called to debate the future of STS. We urge you to attend and participate.

    The forthcoming local body elections (now less than a year away) are likely to be more fiercely-contested than at any time in Dunedin’s recent history. Controversy is likely to intensify, rather than abate, as the existing Councils continue to operate unconstrained by financial reality. The Stadium’s new manager – a bargain at $250,000 per annum – is merely an item of petty cash to the present councillors, and it is symptomatic of our current malaise that Bevan Dodds, of Dunedin City Holdings, yesterday found himself unable to respond to a few simple points raised by Ian [Pillans] in the ODT. It would require too much editorial space, said Mr Dodds, to explain the complex financial dodgery whereby the City Council is able to conjure millions of dollars out of thin air, without cost or disadvantage to anyone. One sympathises with Mr Dodds, for this is certainly a tough assignment – but it would be nice if he were to make the attempt. At the very least we could have a good laugh – and the ODT would hardly wish to abridge such a wonderful exercise in creative jiggery-pokery.

    The coming elections will be interesting, with every likelihood of a dramatic cleanout of deadwood both in the DCC and the ORC. We believe that the people who brought about the Stadium disaster (to name just the most prominent debacle) should be returned to the obscurity they merit. We believe that STS can play a useful role in achieving this.

    The main business of Sunday’s meeting will be to debate changes to STS’s name and constitution. These changes, which were detailed in our previous mailout, are necessary if we intend to constructively participate in the restoration of honesty and democratic responsibility to the governance of Dunedin. Please come along on Sunday.

    Dave Witherow (President). Gavin MacDonald (Vice-President). Pat Johnston (Treasurer). Carol Sawyer (Secretary). Rolf Feitscher. Darryl Ostrer. Lyndon Weggery. (Committee).

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    Slow news

    That said, Syd Adie is to be commended.

    ### ODT Online Wed, 11 Nov 2009
    ‘More militant’ call prompts Adie walk-out
    By Chris Morris

    Syd Adie says calls for the Dunedin Ratepayers and Householders Association to become “more militant” were a personal attack on his leadership style after 20 years’ involvement in the organisation.

    Mr Adie said yesterday it was the call – by Stop the Stadium member Peter Attwooll – that prompted him to walk out part-way through the association’s public meeting on Monday night.
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    STS website apology

    ### ODT Online Sat, 7 Nov 2009
    Stop the Stadium apologises
    By David Loughrey and Chris Morris

    Stadium opposition group Stop the Stadium has apologised publicly on its website, admitting there was no factual basis to attacks published on the website and directed at the Otago Daily Times. The apology follows allegations that appeared on the site early this week.
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    D Scene – entrepreneurship skirts the stadium

    ### D Scene 4-11-09

    Feast for workers (page 15)
    By Michelle Sutton
    A feast of burgers, bacon sandwiches, jobs and business opportunities are being served up and devoured at Dunedin’s stadium.
    Otago Chamber of Commerce president John Christie said the stadium was a catalyst for private sector innovation, and people had seized entrepreneurial opportunities around its development.
    {continues}

    Council to talk about parking (page 5)
    By Wilma McCorkindale
    Parking recommendations to the Dunedin City Council are in, and an extraordinary meeting of the council will discuss them tomorrow.
    The working party has released a nine-page report and map, and included two pages of recommendations for council to consider.
    {continues}

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    Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 10)
    Your say: Stadium stance

    Letter by Bev Butler, Former President, Stop The Stadium Inc
    Malcolm Farry states in D Scene (28/10/09), “Stadium – Game On”, that his one regret in the stadium debate has been the “personal attacks”.
    {continues}

    Letter by Bill Allen, Dunedin
    Why is it that pro-stadium supporters state that the extra rates for the new stadium will only be on average $66 when they know, or should know in the positions that most of them hold, that this does not reflect the true additional rates increase.
    {continues}

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    New post

    A word missing?
    Now added…

    ### STS website 01/11/2009 at 9:02 am
    Debate on StS
    We denigrate ourselves when we insult and [attack] each other.
    It makes us none the wiser and only reinforces our prejudices.
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    D Scene – Game on, stadium

    Carisbrook Stadium Trust is 15 months out from the 31 July 2011 deadline.

    ### D Scene 28-10-09
    Stadium – game on (page 10)
    Dunedin’s stadium is not yet built, but it is already hosting a fiercely contested, high-stakes game. This game is a race against the clock, spurred on by the 2011 Rugby World Cup, with millions of dollars riding on it. Michelle Sutton talks to the home team, and looks at its opposition.
    {continues}

    Group weighs in on stadium (page 6)
    By Wilma McCorkindale
    The Dunedin Ratepayers and Householders Association is in recess until its future is decided. However, in a media statement the association said it had called a meeting because it had heard about unexpected stadium charges on rate demands. Association secretary Neville Poole said the assciation would meet at the Pioneer Women’s Hall on November 9.
    {continues}

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    Ecosanctuary to open (page 2)
    By Wilma McCorkindale
    Orokonui Ecosanctuary officially opens Friday night after two decades in the making. Manager Chris Baillie said the $5m facility is officially opening at 6pm with a plaque unveiling by Otago Natural History Trust chairman Dr Ralph Allen and a keynote speech by acclaimed botanist Professor Alan Mark.
    {continues}

    Landfill considered (page 6)
    By Wilma McCorkindale
    Dunedin City Council is investigating a regional landfill to replace Green Island tip. The council has consent for its landfill until 2023. Otago councils are looking at a future regional facility in the Otago area.
    {continues}

    Recycling submissions hearings on (page 6)
    By Wilma McCorkindale
    Hearing of oral submissions to the Dunedin City Council kerbside recycling collection system begins today. DCC solid waste manager Ian Featherston recommends council’s preferred option known as Option C. It advocates the retention of black rubbish bags and the blue recycling container, which will be used for glass recycling only. It also adds a lidded wheelie bin for other recyclables.
    {continues}

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    Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 9)
    Your say
    Council’s financial bind by Lyndon Weggery, Kew
    With all the talk about council finances going into the red, an increasing Dunedin City Holdings Limited debt and proposed cutting of water and wastewater budgets it is surely a case of “I told you so”. The main objection to funding the new stadium by the majority of ratepayers and citizens is that it has effectively taken away valuable funds for the things that really matter in running a city like Dunedin.
    {continues}

    City councillors by Dave Brownlie, Dunedin
    I am sick of reading about Dave Witherow moaning about our councillors. Just remember who went to court and lost and didn’t even have the money to cover the court costs, so who misled the people?
    {continues}

    Rubbish plan by Jeff Dickie, Woodhaugh
    I have been informed by a Dunedin City Council official that the new rubbish plan, Option C, is to cost about $2.4 million.
    {continues}

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    Hydro schemes likely (page 17)
    By Wilma McCorkindale
    As Contact Energy investigates future hydro schemes on the Clutha, Otago Chamber of Commerce chief John Christie believes Dunedin can step up and be New Zealand’s next hydro city.
    {continues}

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    Bad news: school mural at stadium defaced

    UPDATED

    Anti stadium sentiments have been sprayed on a school mural recently added to the stadium wall, upsetting the pupils.

    Ravensbourne School pupils were the first group to paint a mural on the wall after an invitation by Keep Dunedin Beautiful.

    ### ODT Online Wed, 28 Oct 2009
    Pupils devastated by mural defacing
    By John Lewis
    Anti-stadium sentiments spray-painted over a school mural on the Forsyth Barr Stadium construction site fence have left many at Ravensbourne School and the Dunedin City Council “horrified”.
    Read more

    Related posts:
    7.11.09 STS website apology
    24.10.09 Stadium: white wall goes ‘community’
    31.7.09 ‘Minimalist canvas’

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    D Scene – a CBD community board?

    ### D Scene 21-10-09
    Business owners want board (page 5)
    By Wilma McCorkindale
    Disgruntled inner city business leaders want to form a Central Business District (CBD) community board to represent their views.
    {continues}

    STS to decide election role (page 6)
    By Michelle Sutton
    Stop The Stadium will next month decide its role in next year’s city council elections, while potential candidates remain undecided about standing.
    {continues}

    Register to read D Scene online at http://fairfaxmedia.newspaperdirect.com/

    Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 10)
    Your say
    Funny if it wasn’t so serious by Jeff Dickie, Woodhaugh
    If the issues weren’t so serious the actions of our two rogue local councils would be funny. {continues}
    Cairns conflict by Graham Stewart, AREINZ

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    Mayors to discuss branding (page 17)
    By Wilma McCorkindale
    Mainland mayors are to meet again next month to discuss a South Island branding scheme.
    {continues}

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    STS postpones general meeting due to own constitution!

    As received:

    From: sts-bounces@taniwha.com [mailto:sts-bounces@taniwha.com] On Behalf Of Stop the Stadium Announcement list
    Sent: Wednesday, 14 October 2009 2:17 p.m.
    To: sts mailout
    Subject: [sts] POSTPONEMENT OF GENERAL MEETING.

    Important notice to all STS members.

    POSTPONEMENT OF GENERAL MEETING.

    The general meeting to have been held this Sunday has been postponed until Sunday, 15th November.

    The venue and time remain the same: Pioneer Women’s Hall, 362, Moray Place (near Dick Smith’s), at 3:00pm.

    It has been decided to adopt this later date because some of our members were not given adequate notice for this Sunday. (Our constitution stipulates seven days notice, and, despite the inconvenience, we must abide by this requirement).
    The proposed changes in direction and objectives for STS are included below. These will be moved and debated on 15th November. Please put this date in your calendar, and come along to have your say on the future of your city.

    Proposed Changes to the Constitution

    CURRENT CONSTITUTION

    • Objects
    The objects of the Society are:
    – To ensure through effective action that the construction of a publicly funded stadium at Awatea Street is prevented from happening
    – To ensure that the views of the members of the Society are communicated effectively through all means at the Society’s disposal to the wider community
    – To provide an asset base for associated research and communication in line with the Society’s aims

    Proposed change (i)
    To ensure through effective action that the adverse impacts of the construction of the publically funded stadium at Awatea St are contained as far as possible.
    To promote due democratic process in Dunedin City and Otago.

    Proposed change (ii)
    The management team may at any time and shall within fourteen days after the requisition in writing of at least 10 (CHANGE TO 20) convene an extraordinary General Meeting for any specific purpose or purposes.

    Proposed change (iii)
    That the name “Stop The Stadium” be changed to “SORT THE SYSTEM”

    President and Committee, STS.

    Latest notice at Stop The Stadium! website…

    Join Us

    Most councillors in the DCC appear to have lost the plot.

    They ignore the desires of the majority of their rate payers and push forward with their plans irrespective of the opinions of experts. One bit of democracy they can’t ignore are their local-body elections.

    Help us send them on their way… Join us!

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    Since STS have every intention of footing candidates at the 2010 local body elections, the good people of Dunedin should seriously consider the kind of peril the election of these individuals would bring to the council, the local economy, business development, community relations and the position this region occupies in the national and international contexts. We can’t afford to take their risk.

    Other links:
    11.10.09 STS meanders to justify calling special meeting
    13.10.09 STS. What’s the point.
    14.10.09 The dreadful laughing stock

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