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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”.
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Idealog: Paul Callaghan’s business plan for New Zealand

### idealog.co.nz 22 Sept 2011 @ 4:13 pm
‘Never fear knowledge’ – Paul Callaghan talks sci-tech and entrepreneurial genius
By Esther Goh
Professor Sir Paul Callaghan has written a business plan for New Zealand – and it doesn’t include winning the World Cup.

“Never fear knowledge,” he told an audience of 1500 at the Wellington Town Hall last Wednesday. “If you have a business plan like the one I’m talking about you are not interested in digging up our national parks and resources at the expense of all we hold dear.”

The Victoria University Professor and New Zealander of the Year spoke at the Inaugural Chancellor’s Lecture about creating a more prosperous country through science and technology. Callaghan said New Zealand currently has one of the lowest rates of investment in research and development in the OECD, crippling our ability to achieve prosperity.
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Stadium project tangles

### ODT Online Tue, 23 Aug 2011
Injunction snuffs out stadium traffic lights
By Matthew Haggart
A High Court injunction obtained by an Anzac Ave landowner will not allow the Dunedin City Council to operate traffic lights at the Frederick St intersection with State Highway 88 near Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The directors of two companies, which are listed as ratepayers on Anzac Ave, sharing an access opposite the Frederick St intersection, Hall Bros Transport and A.J. Allen Ltd, declined to comment about the traffic lights. Council transportation operations programme engineer Mike Harrison said the lights were unlikely to be operational until after the four Rugby World Cup games at the stadium.

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Wakey wakey #RWC2011

### ODT Online Tue, 2 Aug 2011
Rugby World Cup support slumps
Less than 40 percent of New Zealanders are looking forward to the Rugby World Cup (RWC), a poll suggests. An online poll conducted by UMR Research has found 35 percent of 850 New Zealanders surveyed were not looking forward to the RWC, compared with 37 percent who said they were looking forward to it, and 29 percent who were neutral. Forty one percent believed the RWC would be disruptive for many New Zealanders. NZPA
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RWC Merchandise

### tvnz.co.nz 9:34AM Monday June 27, 2011
Investigation reveals RWC merchandise made in China
Source: ONE News
A Close Up investigation to screen on TV ONE tonight has revealed that tourists buying official Rugby World Cup merchandise could be in for a shock. Close Up reporter Kate Lynch told TV ONE’s Breakfast today that most of the All Blacks’ World Cup memorabilia isn’t made in New Zealand – it’s made in China.
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Watching Dunedin spend for RWC 2011…

### ODT Online Sat, 9 Apr 2011
Cup planning gains pace
By David Loughrey
With five months to go before the Rugby World Cup, and final decisions made on who will be playing where, the Dunedin City Council is picking up the pace of its planning for the event. Deputy mayor Chris Staynes, chairman of the council group that oversees planning for the world cup, said council staff had been working with a wide variety of organisations responsible for cup activities.
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David Kirk, big supporter of stadium

### ODT Online Fri, 22 Oct 2010
Cup offers long-term benefits: Kirk
By Hamish McNeilly
New Zealand could be a winner on and off the pitch at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, former All Black captain David Kirk says.
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File note: stadium infomercial in ODT today

Joy! A two-page spread.

The companies associated with the stadium build, nine months into construction, are telling us it’s “On track for 2011”.

Take their word over Malcolm Farry’s. Malcolm and the Mayor are still tightening nuts. FuBarr is also raising its head in the mentions.

The companies:

Acoustic Engineering Services
Anderson Lloyd
Arrow International
Beca
Brazier Scaffolding
Concretec
Delta Utility Services
Fletcher Reinforcing
Hawkins Construction
Paterson Pitts Partners
Populous
Sports Surface Design & Management
Stahlton Engineered Concrete
Stresscrete Southland
The Model Workshop
Tonkin & Taylor

You might’ve also tripped over the Rugby World Cup 2011 icing appearing either side of the stadium spread.

Luckily, a newspaper can’t blast you with the Jesus Jones ‘Right Here, Right Now’ (1991) single, newly announced as the cup’s ticketing campaign song. Such a lacklustre Feelers version; it’s beginning to saturate free-to-air television ad slots. When will the cup ‘anthem’ be announced?

Our very own rugby stadium. Er, times two.
Carisbrook RIP

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What’s wrong with this picture: Party for rugby like there’s no tomorrow

### ODT Online Sat, 27 Mar 2010
Cost of hosting World Cup ‘prohibitive’
AP
New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully fears that hosting next year’s World Cup is proving so expensive that the country may never be able to stage the tournament again.

“I think New Zealand is approaching this event on the basis that this may be the last time our small country of four million people can afford to host a rugby World Cup, so we’re giving it everything we can.”
-Murray McCully to The Associated Press yesterday

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@nzpassiton (Kea NZ)

NZPassItOn is Kea’s innovative campaign to leverage the Rugby World Cup and turn New Zealander’s everywhere in roaming ambassadors for New Zealand.

“New Zealand has some of the coolest stuff in the world that nobody has ever heard of. But with the Rugby World Cup heading our way in 2011, it’s a good time to share some of our best kept secrets.”

Kea New Zealand is working on an innovative digital and ‘bricks and mortar’ global campaign – called ‘PassItOn’ – to involve the worldwide network of Kiwi expats in the Rugby World Cup. We are leveraging the international attention that the event will attract to tell a bigger story about our country. We want to promote everything that is cool, exciting and desirable about New Zealand.

For a brief overview of the project see the ‘PassItOn Introduction’ (pdf).

“PassItOn will profile organisations, ideas and individuals, however we don’t just want to share their stories, we also want to ask the global community of New Zealanders to help achieve some specific outcomes.”
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PassItOn is scheduled to launch in late March 2010 but with nearly $300,000 in prizes on offer and some amazing stories to tell, well, you best register your interest now!

Pre-register for PassItOn at www.passiton.co.nz

You can monitor pre-launch progress on Twitter, follow @nzpassiton

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RWC 2011: Travel packages

### TVNZ News 6:28PM Wednesday December 30, 2009
Roll out of Rugby World Cup tickets begins
Source: ONE News
Rugby fans worldwide are gearing up for the first release of tickets for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The initial offering, to be launched on January 1, will be in the form of official travel packages, which mean accommodation, travel and rugby tickets.

Two agencies in New Zealand have the franchise – House of Travel and Seasonz Travel.

Check out which centres are hosting which teams during the Rugby World Cup.
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