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Comment by freitasm, on 16-Nov-2006 11:03
It seems Labour wants to give people Bread and Circus, instead of focusing on actual issues.
What about a better traffic management and motorways for Auckland? Or the Transmission Gully for Wellington? No, their priority is on a stadium...
It seems to me Labour wants to leave something big that people can later rename "Helen Clark Stadium".
Comment by juha, on 16-Nov-2006 11:27
To be fair to everyone, New Zealand should not host any RWC games in the country. Not build a waterfront stadium, not upgrade Eden Park, not play games in ChCh either. That way there'd be no begrudging anywhere.
Well, might annoy some people when the Aussies get all the games, but...
Nice to see Burqa Bob has something else on his mind than muslims and pooves.
Comment by steveo, on 16-Nov-2006 23:23
How people can hoesntly believe the crap that is coming out of the den park camp is beyond me. 1 billion dollars for a stadium that size? Stadium australia didnt even cost $700m NZD, its insiane. Auckland will never be a world class city be no one has any vision, it will always be the poor cousin to sydney! Whenever we have a chance to do something great, auckland blows it. well done! We can all look foward to anouther 100 years with eden park along with the lack of events and congestion problems that come it it.
Comment by Ropati, on 18-Nov-2006 17:08
Stadium Cost: Locality: Transport:
The best way to settle the cost debate is for the Govt. to offer only to provide fast access e.g. wider footpaths, bus parking, rail to the door, and throw stadium costruction & management over to private enterprise. If no one takes it up you know it was a dead duck from the start.
Anything any government, local or central builds always costs 3 times as much as others could do it.
Much as I dislike Eden Park in its present form it is the best option given the time constraints.
And it is the parochial heartland of Auckland rugby.
The savings made by revamping Eden Park (over other options) would build a rail link from the airport to Newmarket.
Buy more land nearby, e.g. a school & a few old houses & construct multi-story car park with coach parking underneath. Park & rides dotted around the city ring route would reduce car numbers.
Then of course there's the Sir Barry Curtis option at Wiri. Why is this not on the list?
I'll answer that.
We are being cleverly manipulated, first with the tempting offer of the money to build.
That got us talking...but, true to Aucklands form, not agreeing.
So then came the threat of losing it...agree or it goes to Jade Stadium.
So those against the waterfront option began to weaken...well we don't want to lose it, we'd never live it down.
Stand firm against the waterfront on cost alone but push your local government to see the wider opportunities for improved infrastructure as part of any other option.
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