Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Push on with the low cost upgrade of Eden Park

Media Release
19 December 2006

Push on with the low cost upgrade of Eden Park

Manukau Mayor Sir Barry Curtis says it is becoming clearer by the day that the best alternative for the upgrade of Eden Park is to use temporary seating to raise the capacity of the park to 60,000.

“The Government is quite rightly examining this option thoroughly. I am certain it would present engineering challenges but such challenges are dealt with and overcome by engineers and architects every day. I note that an international consultancy which has worked on similar projects overseas is providing advice to the Government.

“Providing temporary seating facilities in stadiums is now a standard procedure overseas in order to deal with one-off events that do not justify spending large sums of money. That is the situation we are now facing with Eden Park. There is no justification for spending around $400 million for two 90 minute games of rugby, even if one of them is the final of the World Cup.

“The consent hearings to date have made it clear that the process of building a large, expensive and invasive addition to Eden Park is going to create huge problems which may be insurmountable, including the objections of local residents whose homes, families and environment would be seriously affected.

“Temporary seating is clearly the most sensible option.”

Sir Barry says turning Eden Park as a permanent regional sports stadium would also prevent the building of a national stadium on the Auckland waterfront, which he believes should be achieved in the near future.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news