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More on South Dunedin meeting

### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2009
Meeting calls for referendum
By Elspeth McLean

A call for the Dunedin City Council to hold a referendum on the Otago stadium issue before the signing of the construction contract was made at a lively public meeting in Caversham last night attended by about 140 people.
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Stadium: South Dunedin Public Meeting

The meeting in the Caversham Presbyterian Hall was well attended, and admirably coordinated and facilitated by Tracey Crampton Smith.

Councillors Neil Collins and Dave Cull participated in a lengthy question and answer session, both taking some tough questions and providing replies according to their understanding of the stadium project and council processes.

Two resolutions were passed unanimously (wording to be confirmed in tomorrow’s newspaper):

1. Council to hold a referendum before signing the contract; and

2. Council to defer signing the contract until after the adoption of the Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) having reopened the call for submissions on the stadium.

The tone of the meeting and the resolutions would be carried by Councillors Collins and Cull to the Dunedin City Council’s extraordinary meeting tomorrow.

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Paraphrased here, questions from the floor included: what is Council doing for the future of our youth, if not a stadium?…what about the skateboard park, it gives way to the proposed harbour arterial – what is Council doing to replace the park and will a new facility be roofed for all weather use?…will local firms find work at the stadium? (relevant to specific construction services mentioned rumour is they won’t)…how have views of South Dunedin constituents been canvassed?…did the $66 per week cited by council include GST? (the figure was described as farcical given the likely cost of the stadium to build and operate, in particular the debt servicing required)…what options for major capital works were contemplated by council other than the stadium? (Wanganui gives its citizens a list of options to consider and select)…why not upgrade Carisbrook instead?…what is council going to do to attract new investment to the city for job creation? (investing across a spectrum, not in one major project like the stadium, was surely preferable and wise? for example, fibre optic networks, heritage, eco-tourism…)…how did council value the stadium site prior to purchase? (given the $10M overspend)…who would use the stadium?…was the anticipated $200,000 annual return, after costs, worth the outlay and risk? (this figure seemed ludicrous anyway)…was it too late for a referendum? (NO!!! said the crowd, with which Cr Cull agreed)…

A lively, intelligent meeting where people expressed concern at the lack of public consultation and or ‘listening’ by council representatives to what now appeared to be a ground swell of opposition city wide; and at council’s apparent lack of viable alternatives to take the city forward.

ODT will put it more accurately tomorrow, I’m sure.

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ODT editorial air…

UPDATED

### ODT Online Sat, 18 Apr 2009
Editorial: Sharing the risk

A fully roofed large public stadium, able to cater for a range of entertainment and sporting events, has been so long a desirable entity for Dunedin that the case for one is unarguable.
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REBUTTAL SUPPLIED:

There’s a flaw in today’s editorial namely that opponents of the stadium point out that candidates opposed to the stadium WERE elected to the council at the last election: Stevenson and Butcher overtly, Cull, Wilson and Staynes questioning, while nearly all of the others elected – including Peter Chin – recorded no decided opinion.

The election gave a mandate only to those against, not for.

Also, the university will NOT use the stadium, only its own adjacent buildings.

The editorial does show that some of these facts we’ve had to push to re-assert HAVE been taken on board. It’s worth persevering with the good
work of reminding people of such things.

One could also take issue with the editorial’s claims about multi-functionality.

Ohhh yes…

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Like a hole in the head, mate

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### ODT Online Sat, 18 Apr 2009
Opinion: Stadium is vital for Dunedin, in every way
By Cliff Skeggs
With a decision to build the Awatea St stadium, Dunedin has an opportunity to take the city forward. We only fail ourselves if we do not seize the opportunity, argues Sir Clifford Skeggs.
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ODT credits Sir Clifford Skeggs as a former Dunedin mayor.
Cough. How could so many good folk of Dunedin be so wrong, Cliffie. Your hopes for Monday’s meeting at Council seem dashed. Our sympathy and condolences, don’t stress.

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Rebuttal supplied:

“Dear old Clifford Skeggs’ article…
His whopper is talking about the public library as though he supported it. When first elected Mayor he opposed it. Every other councillor had committed themselves, so of course he had to fall into line. He got its costs marginally reduced. But he was part of the “minority group” which opposed it.”

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Xmas, for a little while

### ODT Online Sat, 18 Apr 2009
Injunction threat hits stadium
By Allison Rudd and Elspeth McLean

In an 11th-hour bid to derail Otago stadium construction plans, the Stop the Stadium group late yesterday sought a High Court injunction barring the Dunedin City Council from next week signing a construction contract.
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### ODT Online Sat, 18 Apr 2009
Stadium meeting may be last play in grim contest
By David Loughrey

The scheduled meeting of the Dunedin City Council on Monday – thrown into disarray last night by Stop the Stadium’s application for a High Court injunction – could still yet be the final play of five years of angry debate, allegation, claim and counter-claim over the city’s proposed stadium.
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Copies of the papers seeking the injunction including the sworn affidavits were forwarded to What if? late last night.

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Once at Auckland…

Remember this…thanks to the person who reminded us

### NZ Herald 5:00AM Tuesday Nov 21, 2006
Stadium decision: Choice open to legal challenge
By Paula Oliver

The rushed way in which Auckland’s councils are deciding whether to back a waterfront stadium could be legally challenged, experts say. A view is now emerging that the public consultation the councils are undertaking may not meet the requirements of the Local Government Act and, therefore, the councils’ right to make a decision could be challenged.
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Stop The Stadium to Court

UPDATED
According to Channel 9 news tonight Stop the Stadium has lodged a claim for a High Court injunction…to ‘stop the stadium’.

### ODT Online Fri, 17 Apr 2009
Stadium fight going to High Court

Opponents of the proposed $200 million Dunedin stadium have taken the fight to the High Court.
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See post Whatever next? Available processes…
See comment on StS committee line up changes: MORE

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The Star: Social Housing + Caversham Public Meeting

### The Star April 16, 2009 (page 5)
Housing not cut to pay for stadium: Chin
By Bruce Munro

Mayor Peter Chin has vigorously rebutted claims the Dunedin City Council’s social housing budget is being stripped to pay for the planned Otago Stadium.
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### The Star April 16, 2009 (page 5)
Meeting to proceed: organiser
By Brenda Harwood

The organiser of a public meeting on the Awatea St Stadium, set for this Sunday night, plans to go ahead despite three Dunedin city councillors declining the invitation to attend.
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Not sure Rob Hamlin is the best choice since he uses humour that some confuse as truth or fact. If you don’t get irony don’t say anything.

Cr Dave Cull is the best choice.

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Public Notice

Things heating up…

### ODT Apr 16, 2009 Public Notices (page 32)

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Dave Cull points to Council fudging and massive debt burden

### ODT Online Thu, 16 Apr 2009
Opinion: Council has broken assurances and evaded truth: councillor

By Dave Cull

Before Monday’s council vote on signing a binding contract for construction of the proposed Awatea St stadium, persistent critic and councillor Dave Cull argues that in its support for the project, the council has fallen out of step with its community.

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ODT credits Dave Cull as a Dunedin City Councillor.

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Free handout from government

### ODT Online Thu, 16 Apr 2009
‘No strings attached’ to stadium $15m

By David Loughrey and Dene Mackenzie

The Government confirmed yesterday the $15 million it plans to provide for the planned stadium in Dunedin will come with “no strings attached”. The promise came yesterday from Finance Minister Bill English during a visit to Dunedin, at the same time as Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin discussed the funding with Minister for the Rugby World Cup Murray McCully.

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D Scene: 'Silent ones' + 'No done deal'

### D Scene 15-4-09 (page 3)
Silent ones
By Ryan Keen

ONE of the more disquieting features of the debate about the controversial megabucks roofed stadium is that many business people in this town are timid about displaying any public opposition to it – for fear of the consequences.
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### D Scene 15-4-09 (page 8)
‘No done deal’ – Butler
By Michelle Sutton

Last-minute moves are being played out by both sides of the Otago stadium debate as a key decision on construction looms.
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Hide onto DCC and ORC, just to check…

### ODT Online Wed, 15 Apr 2009
Minister wants stadium details

By Chris Morris

Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has requested “all relevant information” to ensure the Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional Council are acting appropriately in backing the planned $198 million Otago stadium.

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Crs Acklin and Collins not keen to meet

### ODT Online Sat, 11 Apr 2009
Councillors reject stadium meeting

By Chris Morris

Two Dunedin city councillors invited to explain the merits of the planned $198 million Awatea St stadium at a public meeting in South Dunedin have rebuffed the offer, saying their views would not be listened to.

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The Caversham Presbyterian Hall is located at 61 Thorn Street.

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Hmmm, squander social housing for new stadium?

### ODT Fri, 10 Apr 2009
Concern at housing cutback plans

By Bruce Munro

A city council plan to get rid of its annual $1 million social housing building budget has concerned social service groups.

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Public submissions on the LTCCP close on Wednesday 15 April at 5pm. Go to Draft Community Plan.

City Council community development team leader Rebecca Parata said the public would have two opportunities to make submissions on the proposal, during the draft LTCCP consultation period and when the draft Social Housing Strategy was released for consultation in July.

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April 19: Councillors invited to South Dunedin public meeting

### ODT Online Fri, 10 Apr 2009
Stadium: last chance to quiz councillors

By Brenda Harwood

A public meeting in South Dunedin will give local residents one last chance to express their opinion on the Awatea St stadium ahead of the final decision day for city councillors, April 20.

South Dunedin city councillors have been invited to attend the public meeting at 7pm next Sunday, April 19, at Caversham Presbyterian Hall, 61 Thorn Street.

All four South Dunedin councillors would have the opportunity to speak at the meeting, while hearing directly from ratepayers. A facilitator would ensure the meeting remained orderly.

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April 20: DCC Extraordinary Meeting

### ODT Apr 9, 2009 (page 4)
What happens next
The Dunedin City Council will hold an extraordinary meeting on April 20, at 9am, to decide whether or not to sign a contract with Hawkins Construction to build the stadium.

The February 9 Resolutions
The Dunedin City Council voted to commit to the stadium project on the following terms and conditions:

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See also http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/50932/chin-responds-stadium-questions

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Opinion: StS vice-president

### ODT Online Thu, 9 Apr 2009
Opinion: ‘Vision’ of Awatea St overcome by dark clouds

By Dave Witherow

Dave Witherow questions the commitment of the Dunedin City Council to consultation over the proposed new stadium.

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ODT credits Dave Witherow as vice-president of Stop The Stadium.

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Mayor: Questions and answers 2

### ODT Online Thu, 9 Apr 2009
Chin responds to stadium questions (part 2)

By David Loughrey

The recent meeting organised by Stop the Stadium at the Dunedin Town Hall, attended by 1800 people, raised as many questions as it answered. So, what is the council’s response?

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D Scene says

### D Scene 8-4-09 page 3
There’s time
By Ryan Keen

Let’s face it – the only reason Dunedin city councillors and Mayor Chin don’t want a referendum on whether the public should fund the planned megabucks stadium is they’re afraid of the result.
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### D Scene 8-4-09 page 9
Scrutiny of stadium contract clauses
By Michelle Sutton

A recommendation on the fixed price construction contract to build planned $200 million Otago Stadium is being thrashed out behind closed doors over the next week or two.
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Acklin on poison

Or how to piss off the public…

So DCC/CST provided a series of meetings to fully explain the stadium project to the Dunedin public? DCC/CST, you’ve had years of opportunity to do so. Why haven’t you. Again, why haven’t you.

### ODT Online Wed, 8 Apr 2009
Opinion: Why the STS bug is poisonous

By Bill Acklin

Opponents of the proposed Awatea St stadium conveniently ignore the origins, history and true purpose of the project, argues Bill Acklin.

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ODT credits Bill Acklin as a Dunedin city councillor and ratepayer.

• Tomorrow: Stop the Stadium vice-president Dave Witherow questions the DCC’s commitment to consultation.

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Mayor: Questions and answers 1

### ODT Online Wed, 8 Apr 2009
Chin responds to stadium questions

By David Loughrey

A meeting organised by Stop the Stadium at the Dunedin Town Hall last week, and attended by 1800 people, raised many questions. The Otago Daily Times put several of these to Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin last week and he answered yesterday. His responses to council reporter David Loughrey, with additional comments from council chief executive Jim Harland, are published today and tomorrow.

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More in ODT tomorrow.

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Mayor: Defiant or flustered

### ODT Online Wed, 8 Apr 2009
Mayor stands by stadium process

By David Loughrey

A defiant Dunedin Mayor, Peter Chin, yesterday labelled as “incorrect” some information heard at last week’s Stop the Stadium organised meeting and stood by the process his council had followed in its support of the project.

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Local businessman opposes stadium

### ODT Online Tue, 7 Apr 2009
Opinion: Stadium decision will haunt city

By Mark Laughton

Previously a fence-sitter over the Awatea St stadium issue, Mark Laughton changed his mind after attending the town hall meeting called by opponents of the project.

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April 20 stacked to hell

### ODT Online Tue, 7 Apr 2009
Stadium: councillors get final say
By David Loughrey
Dunedin city councillors have been assured no contract will be signed with main stadium contractor Hawkins Construction until the matter goes to a vote on April 20.
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