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DCC on stadium

UPDATED

“A comprehensive response to all those who submitted on the Stadium, whether for or against, during the 2009/10 Community Plan process”

Response to LTCCP Stadium submitters 2009/10 (PDF, 88.3 kb)

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### ODT Online Sat, 27 Jun 2009
Council posts letter to submitters on stadium
By David Loughrey

The much debated letter to residents who presented submissions to the Dunedin City Council on the Forsyth Barr Stadium was sent yesterday.
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More coverage in Monday’s ODT.

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Wait for the splash, and further insult to ratepayers…

• The Carisbrook Stadium Trust is launching its new brand for the stadium at a function on Thursday 2 July.

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Stadium: $261,000,000 and counting

Private sector funding now stands at close to $26 million.

### ODT Online Tue, 23 Jun 2009
Stadium to cost ratepayers $261m
By David Loughrey

Construction of the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin will cost ratepayers at least $261 million, updated figures confirm. The figure is the combined cost to be paid by the Dunedin City and Otago Regional councils, and comes after it was confirmed last week the city council had begun borrowing the $109 million it needs to fund the project.
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### ODT Online Tue, 23/06/2009 – 5:44am.
Comment by MikeStk on I beg to differ

I think one of the problems with figuring out what the stadium will end up costing us depends a lot on what you choose to include – a lot of what we’ve had quoted to us hasn’t been included in the numbers we’ve been fed by the city…
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Stadium Lotto: $109 million to venues company

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### ODT Online Sat, 20 Jun 2009
Stadium: council borrows $109m
By David Loughrey

The Dunedin City Council has begun borrowing $109 million to fund the Forsyth Barr Stadium, with $90 million of that figure locked in at an interest rate of 6.4%.
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### ODT Online Sat, 20/06/2009 – 11:24am.
Comment by Calvin Oaten on Stadium borrowing

Interesting that Athol Stephens says that investing $6.4 million at 6% for 20 years would realise $17.8 million. Correct, except that he forgets to mention that first he had to borrow the $6.4 million. Now, if that was borrowed from the same source as the $109 million at 6.4% then the end result would be negative $4.33 million. Not a good result, but on par with the likely outcome of the whole stadium package. It is seriously flawed, yet we repeatedly get told just how simple it all is. Just $66 per year per average ratepayer, “yeah right”.

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### ODT Online Sat, 20/06/2009 – 1:19pm.
Comment by Calvin Oaten on Dunedin City Council borrowing

“The Dunedin City Council has begun borrowing $109m to fund the Forsyth Barr Stadium, with $90m of that figure locked in at an interest rate of 6.4%.” This has already been done by DCHL before 31.12.08 as shown in their six monthly progress report.
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Question: Which set of figures is closer to the true cost of the stadium project… Are the city council figures easy to understand???

### ODT Online Sat, 20/06/2009 – 4:29pm.
Comment by farsighted on Add another $128 million

We’re now at $342 million all up. Land purchases “Guaranteed Maximum Price”. Purchase of Carisbrook. Interest on DCC debt More to come – demolition costs of Carisbrook, interest on the ORC debt, SH realignment. That $400 million projection is now well within reach.
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Rodney Hide: "Never too late" for a referendum

Butler: Stadium issues caused Mr Hide to “raise his eyebrows a few times”…

### ODT Online Thu, 18 Jun 2009
No Hide inquiry into stadium
By Elspeth McLean

Local Government minister Rodney Hide says he will be “keeping an eye” on issues around Forsyth Barr Stadium, but he will not be calling for a government inquiry.
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What's next?

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On the stadium, tomorrow’s ODT features a Columba College students’ sock initiative: “Get over it”.
Original ideas are hard to come by, at least the socks aren’t red…

The High Court decision – Basil Walker v Otago Regional Council – is due for release this week.

DCC/STS build up for Rodney Hide’s visit to Dunedin on June 17 – will he survive.

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Sucking up: students will donate 50c from the sale of each pair of socks to the Carisbrook Stadium Trust…

### ODT Online Wed, 10 Jun 2009
Stadium cold feet? If the sock fits ‘get over it’
By Ellie Constantine

An enterprising group of Columba College pupils has decided to help Dunedin “get over” Forsyth Barr Stadium by providing warm socks for any cold feet.
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Stadium lotto: get unlucky

Comments on Stadium Semantics by Calvin Oaten at ODT Online (Sun, 7 Jun 2009). Mr Oaten posted this item at What if? the same day.

### ODT Online Mon, 08/06/2009 – 3:55pm.
Comment by PaulontheBay on Stadium Semantics

But of course the nay-sayers have forgotten the biggest “What If”:
What if it is an outrageous success. Wouldn’t that be a shame.

### ODT Online Mon, 08/06/2009 – 4:48pm.
Comment by gplusa on What if

So one author would use his last 5 dollars to buy a Lotto ticket. Because, “what if” it wins? Sure, it’s great if that gamble is a howling success. But if it’s not, then you’ve lost everything. It’s about using limited resources in the best way possible with the least amount of risk possible. This is a high risk gamble with no safety net if it doesn’t succeed. Sure, a few millionaires have been made with such gambles, but many more have had their dreams destroyed instead. Few sensible people are going to play that game on a “what if”.

### ODT Online Mon, 08/06/2009 – 7:47pm.
Comment by photonz on Stadium – success or failure?

For the Stadium to be an outrageous success, or even a mild success, first it would need to cover its costs. Costs are at least $13m per year just for DCC loan repayments and depreciation, but forecast profit is just $0.28m.
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DCC's funding line continues…

### ODT Online Thu, 14 May 2009
Council will carry on with stadium
By David Loughrey

The Dunedin City Council plans to carry on with its funding of the stadium, despite the two court cases being taken against the project.
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Stop the Stadium’s notice of appeal has been received by the Court of Appeal in Wellington. The case has a six-month time-frame in which to be heard.

Basil Walker’s High Court challenge against the Otago Regional Council’s funding of the project, has a hearing set down for June 4.

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Mayor Chin: ‘Aspects of letter may seem patronising’

More of the circus in your town…

### ODT Online Wed, 13 May 2009
Dunedin | Annual Plan 2009-10 | Stadium
Letter explains city council’s actions
By David Loughrey
A nine-page letter explaining the Dunedin City Council’s actions on the stadium got a thorough page-by-page, line-by-line grilling from councillors yesterday, before its expected release after June 2.
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The article reveals the Otago Rugby Football Union has a 35-year venue-hire agreement with a licence to use the stadium…

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Cr Walls: Some "extra-ordinary" calculations of costs in stadium blogs

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### ODT Online Tue, 12 May 2009
DCC promises answers on stadium submissions
By David Loughrey

A reply to residents who presented submissions to the council opposing the Awatea St stadium has become “half the size of The Forsyte Saga”, as the council tries to clear up what Mayor Peter Chin says are factual errors and wrong assumptions.
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The budget will not be finalised until approved at a full Dunedin City Council meeting next month…

### ODT Online Tue, 12 May 2009
DCC trims probable rates rise
By Chris Morris

Ratepayers could be spared a proposed 7.8% rates increase, after Dunedin City Council staff yesterday announced they had shaved nearly $1.3 million off roading budgets.
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Linked story…
Council delegation to meet opponents

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### ODT Online Tue, 12/05/2009 – 11:49am.
Comment by Baxter on The DCC’s time…

The DCC’s time would be better spent actually listening to what we want; not writing “detailed reports” telling us what they want us to want.

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### ODT Online Tue, 12/05/2009 – 3:03pm.
Submitted by ro1 on de-confusing

By “de-confusing” Mr Harland clearly means “reasserting the spin”. People who oppose the stadium aren’t confused; they are simply not comforted by the spin.
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### Channel 9 News May 12, 2009 – 8:04pm
Annual Plan Still Under Deliberation

Today’s main topic was the Stadium, and given the number of responses it prompted, everyone who put forward a submission will receive the same rebuttal from Council.
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DCC LTCCP: Submitters distrustful…

### ODT Online Fri, 8 May 2009
DCC reminded of social duty
By David Loughrey
After 36 hours at the table listening to 184 submitters, the Dunedin City Council will now turn its attention to who gets what, and how much ratepayers will pay when its annual plan process is complete.
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### ODT Online Fri, 8 May 2009
Claim stadium debate cost trust
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council needed to take a good look at its consultation process following an acrimonious debate on the stadium, and loss of public trust, Dunedin educationalist Pat Harrison said in her submission.
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Woodlouse bloat + Farry foam

### D Scene 6-5-09 (page 3)
Michael’s boast
By Ryan Keen

If the new stadium gets built and is the rampant success for the city that all its supporters hope it will be, we’ll all know who to thank – Michael Woodhouse, National MP. Let’s just be clear – that’s according to him. In one of the most shamelessly self-serving press releases (and that’s saying something) to be press released in recent memory, Woodhouse heaps plenty of credit on himself for the stadium getting as far as it has.
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### Media release (Apr 30, 2009) Stadium Great Opportunity for Dunedin

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### D Scene 6-5-09 (page 8)
Stadium in court again
By Michelle Sutton

Former Queenstown property developer – and stadium opponent – Basil Walker is ready to argue Otago ratepayers have been “conned”. He takes his argument to the High Court in Dunedin today.
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### D Scene 6-5-09 (page 9)
The Insider: Interview by Michelle Sutton
Farry’s full steam ahead

Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry has often likened the pursuit of the project to climbing Everest. Despite signing a construction contract last week, he still feels like he’s only halfway to the top.
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DCC LTCCP: Stadium opposition, environmental concerns and harbourside

### ODT Online Tue, 5 May 2009
Debate continues on disputed stadium project
By David Loughrey

The contract might be signed, but debate over the $198 million Otago stadium showed no sign of going away during yesterday’s Dunedin City Council annual plan hearings.
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### ODT Online Tue, 5 May 2009
Environmental issues dominate hearings
By David Loughrey and Chris Morris

Dunedin residents’ chance to tell the city council what they want for the future has come again, with annual plan hearings beginning yesterday. Decisions on major issues like the town hall extension – successfully quashed by opponents – and the stadium – a contract to build it was signed last week – have changed the political landscape. But as Dunedin City Council reporters David Loughrey and Chris Morris report, other issues are emerging.
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### ODT Online Tue, 5 May 2009
DCC urged to consult on harbourside
By Simon Hartley

Dunedin’s harbourside rezoning proposals should be stopped and go back to the drawing board for more consultation, the Dunedin City Council draft annual plan hearing was told yesterday.
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### ODT Online Tue, 5 May 2009
Editorial: Submission fatigue

Achieving an effective balance between an involved community and an overburdened, paper-heavy, and sometimes off-point, or merely cantankerous, submissions culture is a growing challenge to modern and efficient government.
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Stadium submissions on DCC LTCCP

### ODT Online Sat, 2 May 2009
Council facing flood of stadium submissions
By David Loughrey

The Awatea St stadium may be the subject of 500 of the more than 800 annual plan submissions to the Dunedin City Council next week, but with the contract to build the project already signed, their relevance appears to have waned.
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Stadium fight to High Court

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### Channel 9 News May 1, 2009
Saturday’s ODT covers the stadium fight’s move to the Dunedin High Court this Wednesday, May 6. Basil Walker’s application to be heard.

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### ODT Online Sat, 2 May 2009
Stadium hearing Wednesday
By David Loughrey

The latest legal challenge to the Otago stadium will go before the High Court at Dunedin on Wednesday, when former Queenstown property developer Basil Walker attempts to get an interim injunction to stop the Otago Regional Council from funding the project.
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StS: bloody bonkers

Just two people have access to the StS website for uploading posts: the Webmaster and the Assistant Webmaster – both roles ruled by Bev Butler. Do StS members ever get consulted on anything. No. StS has no idea about democracy, it’s a regime all of its own.

### ODT Online Fri, 1 May 2009
Stadium target of ‘Nazi’ cartoon
By Chris Morris

A Dunedin city councillor is considering legal options after a cartoon depicting Mayor Peter Chin and pro-stadium councillors as goose-stepping Nazis was published, and sent to Prime Minister John Key.
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StS Gallery: BAD art STOPS fundraising

http://www.stopthestadium.org.nz
Image: Democracy is for the weak!

UPDATED. ODT takes up the story in Friday’s newspaper.

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Latest on contract + Second injunction

How are you measuring support Mr Chin…

### ODT Online Tue, 28 Apr 2009
Council signs stadium contract
By David Loughrey
Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin, deputy mayor Syd Brown and Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry yesterday signed a contract with Hawkins Construction to begin building Dunedin’s stadium.
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### ODT Online Tue, 28 Apr 2009
City people urged to ‘Love Dunedin’
By Dene Mackenzie
Dunedin residents will be urged later this year to start supporting the city and its many attractions as part of a campaign being driven by Tourism Dunedin and local tourism operators.
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Contract signed

### Radio New Zealand News Updated at 4:08pm on 27 April 2009
Dunedin mayor signs contract to build stadium
Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin has signed a contract for the construction of the city’s stadium. The $165 million contract with Hawkins Construction means work can start at the Awatea Street site in May.
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### Channel 9 News April 27, 2009 – 7:24pm
Legal Contract of the Forsyth Barr Stadium signed
The legal contract between the Dunedin City Council and Hawkins Construction for the construction of Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza was signed this afternoon. Mayor Peter Chin put pen to paper during a DCC Extraordinary Meeting today.
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Construction Contract for the Proposed Forsyth Barr Stadium at the University Plaza – Chief Executive Jim Harland’s report to Dunedin City Council (dated 20 April 2009).

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TVNZ News: Feelings still run high

### TVNZ News Published: 10:48AM Friday April 24, 2009
Dunedin stadium clears last big hurdle
Source: NZPA
Justice Lester Chisholm dismissed the application for a judicial review brought by the Stop the Stadium group, with just seven words.
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Channel 9: Winners and losers

### Channel 9 Online April 24, 2009 – 8:08pm
Controversial Stadium Looks Set To Go Ahead
Dunedin’s controversial stadium looks set to go ahead after a judge dismissed an application for a judicial review made by Stop the Stadium. Justice Lester Chisholm made his ruling at about 10 this morning, leaving some people bitterly disappointed and others feeling vindicated.
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In the video, StS’s instructing solicitor Hilary Calvert says she understands there is “somebody else currently intending to file some sort of proceedings…not StS, but a completely separate person…it’s more to do with the ORC and the money that they’re intending to provide for the stadium”.

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Farry’s PR number…

### scoop.co.nz Friday, 24 April 2009, 3:41 pm
We Are On Our Way: Stadium Can Now Be Built
Press Release: Forsyth Barr Stadium
Forsyth Barr Stadium At University Plaza
For Immediate Release 24 April 2009

Today’s High Court decision, denied an application for an injunction and clears the way for construction to begin on the Forsyth Barr Stadium at the University Plaza, says Stadium Trust Chairman Malcolm Farry.

“We are now, at last, on our way. Today’s decision clears the final hurdle for construction to start next month. Thanks to the positive vote by Dunedin City Councillor’s on Monday, the construction contract with Hawkins can now be confirmed”.

“This is fantastic news for the region, as more than 600 jobs can be created over the next two years in building the Forsyth Barr Stadium at the University Plaza,” said Mr Farry.

We have reached this point after years of careful planning and focus effort, the Stadium Trust acknowledges the commitment of Dunedin City Council, Otago Regional Council, Government, Forsyth Barr, Community Trust of Otago, University of Otago and the people of Dunedin and of Otago in making the vision of a new, multipurpose, fully roofed campus stadium a reality.

As chairman, I would like to particularly acknowledge the support and dedication of my fellow Trustees and the Trust Executives in what has been a long and challenging process.

We expect Hawkins to be on site next month to start demolition.

The Stadium remains on track to be completed by end of July 2011, creating an iconic expression of Otago beliefs in itself for a bright and growing future.

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Mayor Chin: "I think the decision is the right decision."

That’s a YES and a big red fatuous tick from your local newspaper…

### ODT Online Tue, 21 Apr 2009
DCC votes ‘Yes’ on stadium
By Chris Morris and David Loughrey
A judge will decide the immediate fate of the $198 million Otago stadium within days, after Dunedin councillors yesterday voted to sign a construction contract despite the threat of a High Court injunction.
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### ODT Online Tue, 21 Apr 2009
Government grant for stadium confirmed
By David Loughrey
A government contribution of $15 million for Dunedin’s planned stadium firmed from an “underwrite” to a “grant” yesterday. Once the Government was informed of the council’s decision on the stadium, officials from the Ministry of Economic Development would work with the mayor on arrangements for the grant.
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What the Councillors said… ODT Link

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UPDATED Contract approval, pending…

…outcome of interim injunction.

According to ONE News.
STS application for injunction to go to High Court at Christchurch this Thursday.
Farry saying bulldozers poised…well, he would.
Full coverage of today’s meetings in ODT tomorrow.

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### Radio New Zealand News Updated at 5:48pm on 20 April 2009
Council approves stadium contract pending hearing
The Dunedin City Council has approved a construction contract for a new enclosed stadium, pending the outcome of a court hearing on Thursday.
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### ONE News Published: 2:24PM Monday April 20, 2009
Source: Newstalk ZB
Dunedin council to fight for stadium
The Dunedin City Council will fight a group seeking a High Court injunction against the planned stadium.
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### TVNZ News Updated 18:48 Monday April 20, 2009
Source: ONE News/Newstalk ZB
Council votes to sign stadium contract
The Dunedin City Council has voted to sign a contract to build the controversial stadium, but there is still a hurdle to jump.
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### Channel 9 News Apr 20, 2009 – 7:16pm
Eleventh Hour Attempt To Stall The New Stadium
The debate over the proposed Otago Stadium has reached a new level.
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$15M government ‘grant’ (offer)

The brass hurrah….

### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2009
Govt confirms $15m stadium grant
By David Loughrey and Chris Morris
The planned Otago Stadium has received a boost at today’s extraordinary Dunedin City Council meeting, with confirmation the Government’s $15 million contribution will come as a grant.
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Injunction: Dunedin City Council response

### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2009
Council responds to STS injunction
By David Loughrey

The Dunedin City Council has surfaced from its closed door meeting to announce its response to Stop the Stadium’s court injunction, designed to stop the council from agreeing to sign a contract to build the project.

View resolutions and read more ODT Link

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