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Weak boys, Cull and Burden on rugby stadium

One year on from the All Blacks winning the World Cup at Eden Park, what is the state of rugby at the so-called “Stadium of Four Million”? APNZ reporters Patrick McKendry, Daniel Richardson and Matthew Backhouse investigate.

### nzherald.co.nz 4:16 PM Friday Oct 19, 2012
Rugby: What is the state of our game?
By Matthew Backhouse, Patrick McKendry, Daniel Richardson
Andrew Maddock will be at EcoLight Stadium in Pukekohe early today for Counties-Manukau’s biggest game of the season, an ITM Cup semifinal against Southland. The Counties Rugby Union chief executive will be at work about 8am for a game which kicks off at 2.05pm and which he expects will attract only 4000-5000 spectators. “It’s a little bit hard to know as it’s Labour Weekend,” he says. “That for us is a reasonable crowd because we’re a pretty small community.” When that match kicks off the All Blacks will be preparing for tonight’s Bledisloe Cup match against the Wallabies in Brisbane which will attract a full house of more than 50,000 to Suncorp Stadium and a worldwide audience of millions. Such is the divide in New Zealand rugby, a ravine growing by the year despite, or perhaps because of, the All Blacks’ success in the World Cup, which on Tuesday will be exactly 12 months ago.

Mr Cull says there was a great atmosphere during the tournament, but whether that justified the expenditure was another matter.

One year on from the Rugby World Cup, the tournament’s costly and sometimes controversial stadium projects have left a legacy of ongoing debt and questions over their future.[…]For NZRU chief executive Steve Tew, the World Cup’s legacy is a positive one, despite doubts remaining over Eden Park which had a massive overhaul before the tournament and now mostly sits empty apart from when the All Blacks play there.

“We’ve got a sound platform to build on going forward. Of course there are significant challenges ahead financially, but when I look to the future events that we’ve got coming up, the events calender is looking pretty robust.” -Darren Burden, DVML

Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium is struggling to attract the big events it needs to remain financially viable, while Auckland’s revamped Eden Park has been dragged into a review of the city’s stadiums as it looks to shake off $55 million in debt. Critics say the tournament failed to deliver on its promised financial returns and are questioning the long-terms gains of the $555m spent nationally on upgrading stadiums. – APNZ
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Sports comment: ORFU

Submitted on 2012/08/13 at 7:50 pm

A good bit of journalism in the odty on Saturday. Page 43. Sports comment by Brent Edwards.


Submitted on 2012/08/13 at 10:38 pm | In reply to Tomo.

Thanks Tomo – it’s pointed!


“So, dotted around Otago and elsewhere are men whose errors and egos brought the game in the province to its knees, their sins of commission or omission still tightly under wraps.”

“…Bates acted with honour and integrity. It’s a pity we couldn’t say the same about the men who presided over the biggest financial disaster in New Zealand provincial rugby.”

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‘The Public’s Right to Know’ – OIA Review

Official Information Act (OIA)
“At present, the Ombudsman was in charge of investigating complaints under the Act, but did not have any wider responsibilities. […] An information commissioner could be created, who would perform a similar role to the Privacy Commissioner or Human Rights Commissioner.”

### ODT Online Thu, 26 Jul 2012
Review recommends broader scope for OIA
Source: NZ Herald
The Law Commission has recommended that all publicly funded agencies should be subject to official information requests, including courts, universities and boards of trustees. The commission has made more than 100 recommendations in “The Public’s Right to Know”, a review of the Official Information Act (OIA) which was tabled at Parliament yesterday. Lead commissioner for the report Prof John Burrows said main principles of the 30-year-old Act were sound, but it needed to be upgraded for the digital age.

“We think there’s a case now for saying if a body is receiving public funding and is performing a public function it should be accountable under the OIA.”

The review also recommended re-drafting some of the grounds for withholding information – such as “good government” and “commercial sensitivity” – which were unclear.

The Justice Ministry and Department of Internal Affairs would consider the recommendations, and were expected to act on them within six months.
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‘Civis’, the columnist . . .

. . . provides some hard facts in today’s print and digital editions of the newspaper.

### ODT Sat, 8 Jan 2011 (page 31)
Passing Notes
On grunting, haircuts and big roofs
By Civis
[Excerpt] The stadium, despite the moaners, is beginning to look as though it may earn its keep – not necessarily in hard cash, but in its tremendous amenity value… Whenever private individuals such as Eion Edgar have had the money, the nous and the freedom from the nay-saying pessimists to put big roofs over our various sports and recreations, those activities have thriven beyond belief.

Civis was outed long ago.


I always admire Dan Belton for his vision, intelligence, aesthetics, prowess and project management skills. In a word – “energy”, to make things happen.

### ODT Online Sat, 8 Jan 2011
Raising the roof – a personal choice
“I would like to see a large-scale opera play at the new stadium, because the Dunedin Stadium is ideally suited to stage such works and can become an arts stadium just as much as a sports stadium. A brand new opera on the grand scale would be a great way to kick off the stadium’s multi-use platform. The arts and sport align in many places.”
-Daniel Belton is a Dunedin film-maker and choreographer
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Stadium: private sector funding

### ODT Online Thu, 2 Dec 2010
$2.7m donated to stadium
By Stu Oldham
Four anonymous benefactors have donated $2.7 million to Dunedin’s new stadium, pitching total fundraising close to $38 million. Two of the donations are in the very high hundreds of thousands of dollars, and two more are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Carisbrook Stadium Trust, and by extension DVML, was tasked to raise $45.5 million toward the stadium project.

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On changes to the stadium layout, options for the Academy of Sport moving to the back of the North Stand, and relocatable seating…

### ODT Online Thu, 2 Dec 2010
New plans for media box
By Stu Oldham
Sports journalists may get a different home in the Forsyth Barr Stadium, as its developers look for new ways to maximise its income. The Carisbrook Stadium Trust is considering moving the media box from the south to the north stand in a move it hopes will ultimately be cost-neutral.

[It] would mean the venue had more seats and corporate packages to sell, and more chance to develop a solid stream of new operational income.

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What DCC said to "Stadium – Opposed" submitters last year

Looked up my files and found these on DCC Draft Annual Plan 2008/09 submissions.

A snippet from council’s letter (dated 10 July 2008) addressed to Elizabeth Kerr – presumably, the same was received by other submitters opposing the stadium.

Stadium – Opposed

That no change occur to the draft plan.

Following consideration of the submissions the Council determined that it would continue with the approach previously resolved at its meeting on 17 March 2008.

The effect of this resolution taken as a whole is to permit the project to continue and, by placing milestones along the way, still provide the possibility that if some or all of the risks that have been identified come to pass in a substantial manner, the Council can still exit the project.

In terms of the component of the funding for the stadium that will come from rates, some submitters requested an investigation into the use of a fixed targeted rate, in part or in whole, instead of a capital value based general rate. The Council agreed to ask the Rates and Funding Working Party to investigate this funding option.

Also, ‘The Stadium Stance’ (pages 3-5) from the 5-page document ‘Changes made to the 2008/2009 Draft Annual Plan following consultation’ sent to all submitters.

DCC – The Stadium Stance July 2008

How things change in the space of one year.


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