Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


What will matter most in 2011?

Media Release - 19 December 2007
Te Kaiawhina Ahumahi – Social Services ITO

What will matter most in 2011? Stadia or social services?

The news this week that a new stadium at Auckland's Eden Park will be built for $240 million should set an interesting benchmark for comparing to the level of social investment in New Zealand over the next 3-4 years, says the industry training organisation for social services, Te Kaiawhina Ahumahi.

"As a new stadium is re-built at Eden Park there will be much written about the likely return to New Zealand's international reputation and many other calculations. For every seat in the new stadium for instance there will be an investment of about $4000 apiece," says Dr Rory Truell, Executive Director of Te Kaiawhina Ahumahi.

"During this time it would be refreshing if we could concentrate as much attention on the economics and investment needed for development of social services in this country. It would be a shame if the fixation on this one stadium, this one venue for a sports tournament held every four years, overshadows the focus needed on other types of asset building and service delivery required every day of every year in this country," says Rory Truell.

"The government will be putting up $190 million for the stadium, a figure that is equivalent to more than half the cost of the new Wellington Hospital which we also hope will be regarded as a world class venue when it is finished".

(Note: $240 million is the same amount of money committed in this year's government Budget for new capital spending under its Families Young and Old agenda in 2007-2008. It is also the same figure that is projected to be spent on capital spending under this on development such as new schools, classrooms, gyms and similar work through to 2011).


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election