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Stadium: Jeff Dickie on costs

Received from Jeff Dickie
Wednesday, 7 May 2014 11:15 a.m.

Subject: my rejected odt response

DCC’s CEO Sue Bidrose’s response to my stadium costs queries (ODT 15.3.14) are very disturbing. However, I have some sympathy for her as I know from personal experience, former CEO Paul Orders had huge difficulty finding such figures, due to a DCC culture of obfuscation. He did however identify $42M that the audit missed. How much did the audit cost? Why was such a huge amount missed?

Even if we accept Bidrose’s figures of $146M stadium debt, and $9.15M annual cost, which I don’t, the figures don’t add up. Just the interest on $146M, at say 6%, is $8.76M pa. For capital repayment over the 18.5 years the annual figure will be about the same again. Say together $17M pa. Add to this the stadium rates rebate now subsidised by general ratepayers to over $1M pa. That’s $18M. Add to this several more million dollars pa for propping up DVML and you are well over $20M pa!

Remember there was no $45M Private Funding or $10M from Otago University as promised. Apart from the three contributors below, everything is debt funded.

The DCC’s own stadium cost figure is $266M. Deduct $37.5M from ORC, less $7M Otago Community Trust, less $15M from the Government. I make that $206.5M, not Bidrose’s $146M. Funding $206.5M at 6% costs $12.39M pa just for interest, without any capital repayment. Say $25M pa for interest and capital. Add to this the huge annual DVML cost and the scale of the deception becomes apparent.

In summary, my figures point to well over double the official annual cost and around $60M more in stadium debt. In my opinion, neither the mayor, the CEO, or anyone else in the DCC has a clue what the real figures are. Now that’s worrying!

Jeff Dickie
Woodhaugh

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ODT 15.3.14 Letter to the editor (page 34)ODT 15.3.14 (page 34) from previous post [click to enlarge]

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Jeff Dickie: Stadium rates burden

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ODT 15.3.14 Letter to the editor (page 34)ODT 15.3.14 Letter to the editor (page 34)

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Russell Garbutt: DCC, stadium failings

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Russell Garbutt
Submitted on November 26, 2013 at 9:31 am

I submitted this to the ODT as an Opinion Piece following their editorial, but I have been told that it has not been selected for publication. Up to you to judge why.

“The ODT Editorial of Friday, 22nd November, 2013 headed “Stadium’s hard act to follow” is another stage in what has turned out to be a sorry chapter in Dunedin’s history.

Many residents of Dunedin were dismayed and astonished that the decision to build the new rugby stadium proceeded despite wide-spread protests and well-researched submissions detailing the experiences of other city’s decisions to build stadia which invariably had led to construction cost blow-outs, below budgeted incomes and over budgeted expenditures. As it turns out, these submitters have been proved right time and time again. What is patently obvious to all of those that have read the various reports into this project including the Larsen Report and the PWC report, the project was predicated upon counting future income as private construction costs, and assuming income levels and costs that would have resulted in an actual profit from Year one of operation.

The reality is a great deal different.

The DCC, and the ratepayers of the City, have been forced, through a complex set of financial arrangements, to provide substantial financial support by way of a payment of $7.25m per year to enable the debt to be paid off faster, a payment of $750,000 per year for “promotion of the stadium for community events”, a payment of $725,000 for other stadium debt round seats and pitch machinery, another annual $400,000 to subsidise or attract large events, and ongoing additional costs for financial advice and the like. All this on top of the huge costs for construction and the associated debt which is a very large component of the $12,000 debt owed by each and every ratepayer to the DCC.
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“On the eastern coast of New Zealand lies a world-first architectural icon – where 30,000 excited fans are drawn together to watch the action, be entertained, and celebrate. Welcome to Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza: New Zealand’s newest, largest and most versatile indoor events arena.”
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Facebook 22 July 2011 at 17:06

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Stadium debt goes to 40-year term

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said he was “vehemently opposed” to repaying the debt over 40 years, because of the interest it would add to the bill, but would support it in the meantime to keep rates down. “But I see it as a short-term fix.”

### ODT Online Thu, 26 Jan 2012
Councillors spar over stadium debt
By Chris Morris
There were emotive arguments as Dunedin city councillors split into camps over the restructuring of Forsyth Barr Stadium debt repayments to a 40-year term yesterday. The move was approved by Dunedin city councillors for inclusion in the 2012-13 pre-draft annual and long-term plan yesterday, alongside a push to restructure repayments in later years to more quickly reduce the debt.
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It meant the council would be receiving the same rates as it would have from properties previously occupying the stadium site.

### ODT Online Thu, 26 Jan 2012
Backing for lowering stadium rates
By Chris Morris
Dunedin city councillors have given initial backing to a proposal to slash the Forsyth Barr Stadium’s $2 million annual rates bill. Councillors at yesterday’s pre-draft budget meetings voted in favour of resolutions that would cut the rates bill for Dunedin Venues Management Ltd – the company running the stadium – from $2 million a year to a more manageable $134,000 a year. That amounted to a 93% discount on the venue’s city council rates.
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### ODT Online Thu, 26 Jan 2012
Artificial turf stays in plan by one vote
By David Loughrey
An artificial turf, seen by Dunedin City Council staff as the future of sports fields in Dunedin, stayed in the city’s annual plan by a single vote yesterday.
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