11.6.11 ODT Online: Video: Stadium Open Day
Over 10,000 people took the chance to look around Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday.
### ODT Online Mon, 13 Jun 2011
Stadium: Positive vibes, but still work to be done
By Debbie Porteous
Thousands of people had a peek inside Dunedin’s newest sporting arena on Saturday. Forsyth Barr Stadium is due to be completed by August 1, and people were allowed to the edge of the grass to make their own assessment of progress so far. A gold-coin stadium entry donation raised a little more than $21,000 for the Otago Medical Research Foundation.
Remember when Vbase was floated to the good citizens of Dunedin as the sort of model DCC might want to adopt for the managment of the stadium and other council-owned venues?
Joint Statement from Christchurch City Council and Vbase Ltd
10 June 2011
Christchurch City Council and Vbase Ltd today confirmed the Vbase business will now be governed and managed by Council. The decision is a result of Vbase’s deteriorating financial position due to factors outside of the company’s control. Vbase has been impacted by changes to the tax law around the eligibility of depreciation on buildings and also by the February earthquake with three of its four venues closed. Today’s decision by Council was based on achieving the most cost effective outcome. Vbase Ltd owns and commercially manages the Christchurch Convention Centre, Christchurch Town Hall for Performing Arts, AMI Stadium and CBS Canterbury Arena for community benefit – economically, socially and culturally.
### tvnz.co.nz 6:06AM Monday June 13, 2011
Christchurch’s Vbase downsizing, jobs to go
Source: ONE News/Newstalk ZB
Vbase staff will be given more details on the considerable downsizing of the business today. The company, which runs four key Christchurch venues, is being disestablished with the city council taking over its functions. Vbase chief executive Bryan Pearson has said there will be a large number of job losses.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr