Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Backers confident downtown Auckland stadium plan will fly

Downtown Auckland stadium: 'I am confident this proposal will fly'

Rowan Quinn, Reporter

A downtown Auckland stadium could become the city's Sydney Opera House or Statue of Liberty - with a Kelly Tarlton's in its basement, say its backers.

Richard Goldie (left) and Mike Sage from Auckland Waterfront Consortium. Photo: RNZ / Rowan Quinn

More details of the vision for the stadium have emerged as the group behind it asks Auckland Council for urgent help to make it happen.

A group of businesses, the Auckland Waterfront Consortium, want the stadium built as part of a major development at Bledisloe Wharf.

Auckland Waterfront Consortium chair Dave Wigmore said the underwater aquarium attraction Kelly Tarlton's could move into the basement, which would be built into the seabed.

The stadium could contain a Māori cultural centre, a conference centre and stadium tours, he said.

The group has said the stadium would come at no cost to the rate and taxpayers.

But at Auckland Council meeting today said they would need help from the council and government.

They want them to test whether the stadium is feasible and said work should begin on that before the end of the year to keep momentum going.

The group's deputy chair, Mike Sage, said though the consortium had created the vision, there was much more work that was needed to decide whether it could happen.

"But I am confident this proposal will fly," he said.

Councillor Alf Filipaina asked how the group could say there was no cost to ratepayers when it wanted the council to carry out the feasibility study.

But Mr Sage said the eventual developer, selected through a contestable process, would repay any costs.

"These costs are a short term loan to the project," he said.

Mr Wigmore said the group had met with Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and planned to meet with Sports Minister Grant Robertson.

The government had indicated the council should take the lead on the stadium but recognised it would be a project of national significance, he said.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Commercial Scoop User? Help Scoop Survive (and Thrive!)

The ScoopPro licensing terms require that commercial users of pay a reasonable fee in order to access the Scoop site so that this same information remains free and accessible to the wider public regardless of their disposable income. More>>


Joseph Cederwall: Building a Community Newsroom

A combination of new technology, ideas, institutions and business models and a renewed energy and commitment by the Scoop team, means Scoop aims to be at the forefront of the development of this renaissance that we term ‘News 3.0’. More>>


Scoop 3.0: Saving The News

Scoop Co-Founder Alastair Thompson - One of the saddest aspects of the decline of the news industry, not just here in NZ - but everywhere, is that it often seems invisible, in large part because news is a confidence business... More>>


UK Cabinet Backs Deal: Gordon Campbell On The Latest Roll Of The Brexit Dice

Brexit has left the British public looking like a nation of Wellington bus commuters. In both cases, the unholy mess bears no resemblance to what people were promised or the spin being used to justify it. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Democratic Leadership And Trump

On the big picture, the poll predictions were dead right. In the end, the Democratic Party won a clear victory in the House, and lost as expected in the Senate, where it had been defending at least 10 seats in regions that had voted heavily for Trump in 2016. More>>


  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog