Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Sports Centre Hold-up a Setback for Wellington

Media Release
9 February 2009

Sports Centre Hold-up a Setback for Wellington

The delay to construction of the $46 million Indoor Community Sports Centre due to councillor politicking is a great shame according to Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Charles Finny.

“We agree that the stadium would have been better located close to the Westpac Trust Stadium but that debate had already been had and the decision to build it at Cobham Park had been made,” said Mr Finny.

“The council has made it clear that Cobham Park is the cheapest option for the facility. It is also the best in terms of size (the inner city site would only be eight courts) and parking.

“It is deeply disappointing that this project will be delayed for two years as a result of this appeal.

“Construction was due to start in April this year. It would have been a timely boost to the Wellington economy (as well as the construction workers) but this is now not to be.

“It is unsatisfactory that a councillor has broken ranks from a collective decision and misused the Resource Management Act in this way. We hope the government’s recently announced reforms will reduce the chances of this sort of thing happening again.

“Wellington needs a modern indoor sport facility of the scale and type proposed. It is an important feature for the diverse go-ahead, sports-loving city that Wellington is,” Mr Finny concluded.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Bell Gully: Uncertainty Ahead With New Unconscionable Conduct Legislation

new prohibition against ‘unconscionable conduct’ in trade is one of a number of changes to the Fair Trading Act 1986 that come into force from 16 August 2022. The new prohibition may have wide-ranging implications for many businesses... More>>

Statistics: Food Prices Increase 7.4 Percent Annually
Food prices were 7.4 percent higher in July 2022 compared with July 2021, Stats NZ said today... More>>

REINZ: Market Activity And Prices Continue To Ease, First Home Buyers Start To Return To The Market

New Zealand’s winter property market continues its recent trend, slowing from the pace of sales and price rises of last year — properties stay on the market longer and median prices dip... More>>

Kiwi Group Holdings: Fisher Funds Acquires Kiwi Wealth Business

Kiwi Group Holdings Limited (KGHL) today announced the sale of Kiwi Wealth to Fisher Funds for NZ$310 million... More>>

Retail NZ: Welcomes Return Of Cruise Ships

“Cruise visitors were big spenders in retail prior to COVID-19, and retailers in Auckland will be celebrating the arrival of P&O’s Pacific Explorer this morning... More>>

ASB: Full Year Results: Building Resilience Today And For Our Future

In its 175th year, ASB has reported a cash net profit after tax of $1,418 million for the 12 months to 30 June 2022, an increase of $122 million or 9% on the prior year... More>>