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  # 1958308 14-Feb-2018 20:25
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Well, it won't be Fletchers' job to get rid of the swamp turkeys (pukekos) from the Metro site.  lol.

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  # 1960953 20-Feb-2018 13:31
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As Leighs and now Fletchers most unlikely to build the Metro Sports Facility the Minister may have to search far and wide to find a contractor.    How about one of Donald Trump's construction companies?   After all he says he's an expert at draining swamps.


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  # 1963017 23-Feb-2018 15:01
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This is what the Minister said on RNZ today:


'The Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister, Megan Woods, said there hadn't been nearly enough movement on some projects in Christchurch where the crown was in charge.


Dr Woods said she would be working to get some anchor projects, which had stalled under the previous government, back on track.


"What I'm looking forward to in the next 12 months is us really being able to get some momentum behind some of the anchor projects in the city," she said.'


The word 'some' looks ominous to me.    Softening up step 1 to say that some projects will be put on back burner or canned altogether?

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  # 1995341 13-Apr-2018 11:08
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'Regeneration Minister Megan Woods suggests metro sports, south frame sites could be temporary Chch Hospital parking fix'


This was a headline in today's Press.     She also mentions decisions about the Metro Sports by end of April.   So it sounds like that deadline may be met.

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  # 1995519 13-Apr-2018 14:26
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Re. the Christchurch Hospital parking....this is what Megan Woods said.




"What I'm looking at is what other options for medium-term solutions exist within the work Christchurch Central City Recovery Plan.


"For example, the work we are doing around the metro sports facility and the decisions that are coming around that at the end of April and whether there are opportunities that come out of that land. I'm also looking at if there are opportunities around the south frame which is in close proximity," she said. 


To me that looks like a big hint from Megan Woods that at the very least Metro Sports won't be going ahead quickly.     Someone else in the comments section says the rumour in the construction biz is that the Metro Sport Centre is probably dead in the water.      Guess we might know by 1 May!

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  # 2003377 27-Apr-2018 10:40
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'$50m cheaper Chch sport centre to open by 2021 - Minister'


Love to see the timetable for this.  Here is mine:


Six months to put it out to tender and finalise a price.


All of 2019 to put in the 4500 to 9000 stone columns.(These are actually gravel)


2020 to 2023 to build the facility - the Justice Precinct took four years to build.


Opening Jan 2024.




Stage two of this announcement in three months time could be something like this:


'Minister says no credible tenders received for Metro Sports Facility.


50 metre pool & dive pool to be built at QEII.'


That way the Govt. will have covered itself perfectly. No-one will be able to blame them for not building the Metro Sports Facility.

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  # 2003429 27-Apr-2018 11:57
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I'm actually seriously thinking of running for public office at the next CCC local body elections. I have no experience in any sort of public office, no political experience, no policies and no clue, but I still feel that I could do a better job of spending (or more specifically not wasting) ratepayers' money, and could probably more accurately articulate the vision of the masses than the clowns doing the job now.You only have to read the Stuff or Facebook comments on every media article about CCC to know that they are clearly not doing what the majority of the public want.


I manage to live within my means in my domestic setting year on year so I don't see why Christchurch City Council can't be made to as well, rather than endless rate hikes, cathedral rebuild levies, expensive public art follies, ridiculous roading decisions, stadium levies and regional fuel taxes. Ooh and then they give our water away to overseas interests for nothing. The sooner Dalziel and her ilk are gone, the better.


It costs $200 to tender a nomination. Obviously I can't nominate myself. Who's in? cool


[EDIT: Obviously I'll choose to use my GZ avatar in the campaign, subject to licensing by the Henson Company tongue-out]


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  # 2004301 28-Apr-2018 21:37
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Scrap my comment about three months. According to this statement the Metro Sports won't even go out to tender until November or December.


'A final cost will not be known until construction is tendered out, which should be done by the end of the year. Earthworks on the site could resume in 10 to 12 weeks, Woods said.


Why don't they know the cost of the project now? What have they been doing for the last six months? How is it that the new QEII project has gone so smoothly & Metro has been a train wreck for five years?


Amazing! There is no sense of urgency about getting on this project. Imagine if it were a hotel and a company wanted it to open & start earning money for them. Even the delayed Novotel Hotel project at the airport looks as if it will be nearly complete by say July. That will be two years from the start of the first ground works.

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  # 2013447 10-May-2018 14:50
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'Extra 200 plus temporary car parks on sports centre site for Christchurch Hospital staff'


Megan Woods says the parks will be ready in two or three months. Assuming they are to be gravel parks what could be done in two or three days at the most, becomes two to three months. Absolutely normal time frame for the Govt, CCC, DHB, and Citycare.

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  # 2027522 2-Jun-2018 16:12
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The new QEII was opened a couple of days ago. The Mayor said something about a benefactor - I think this referred to the extra water play features.


If you want to see a Youtube showing the interior of the building & pools some of which was taken by a drone search for:


Taiora: QEII completion teaser





For those wondering the new building seems to be about 50 metres north east of where the old one was!


As opposed to the Metro Sports cluster****  & shambles, the new QEII was built with minimal drama in around two years.

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  # 2039808 18-Jun-2018 15:02
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Tenders closed on 14 June for the ground improvement work at the Metro Sports Facility. In simple terms putting in thousands of stone/gravel columns. Will be interesting to see who gets the contract - that's if anyone in NZ wants the job. Even more interesting will Otakaro be successful in getting a main contractor for the building itself.


It seems that the temporary car park at the site is on the way. I saw a tractor with back blade plus a roller machine there yesterday.

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