Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Eden Park should not become a political football

28 November 2006

Eden Park should not become a political football

The Government should stop acting like a sore loser over its waterfront stadium folly, and should agree to meet any financial shortfall involved in readying Eden Park for the 2011 World Cup, Green Party Sports Spokesperson Keith Locke says.

"It would be unacceptable for the Government to push any extra cost burden onto the Auckland Regional Council, which is already sensibly putting millions into the public transport solutions that are just as essential to the Cup being a success for the city, and for its visitors," Mr Locke says.

"Eden Park after all, was the designated site when the World Cup contract was signed. The Prime Minister flew half way around the world to signify that New Zealand's bid had Government backing.

"Moreover, the Government was willing to put far more millions of taxpayer funds at risk with their loopy stadium on the waterfront, via a monopoly contract whose details had not even been tied down before the Government was willing to commit to a timetable.

"Compared to the waterfront stadium, the Eden Park option is less risky, and less expensive. For the Government to now drag its feet and attempt to push the costs involved onto the ARC smacks of sour grapes and an attempt to punish the ARC for sinking Trevor Mallard's pet project.

"Furthermore, any lasting hassles over who is to pay for the Eden Park upgrade could easily entangle the World Cup preparations with the Government's wider plans for restructuring local government in Auckland.

"Eden Park should not be allowed to become a political football. Instead, the Government should seize the great opportunity that the 2011 Rugby World Cup offers to Auckland and the nation, and invest in upgrading Eden Park, and in the public transport system that will help make the Eden Park venue successful."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news