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Metro Sports Centre, Christchurch

Metro Sports Centre, Christchurch

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The revised capital costs and subsequent delay of the Metro Sports Centre in Christchurch is disappointing for Christchurch residents but provides an opportunity for the city.

ChristchurchNZ chief executive Joanna Norris said any re-evaluation of priorities through the urgent review requested by the minister should be completed at pace with the aim of delivering greater certainty and suitable facilities for the people of this city and region.

“If we get this right we can maintain confidence, momentum and economic certainty.”

“To slow progress through uncertainty carries significant economic risk and we will support all parties to deliver exciting and future focused recreation facilities, which remain a clear priority for our city, with a transparent timeline and pathway. The children and athletes of the city have been without high-quality facilities for far too long.”

“The blueprint was created within 100 days more than five years ago, and we can move with the same momentum, speed and energy now with a great deal more information and hindsight. We must aim for good facilities for the people of Christchurch now and in the future.”

“The anchor projects, which were captured in the blueprint and the associated cost-share agreement with the Christchurch City Council, were designed to deliver specific functions to the community and the people we want to attract.”

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