The University of Otago is negotiating with the Otago
University Students' Association about using ''taxpayer
dollars'' to buy a pub, the association's president says.
Francisco Hernandez made the revelation during a heated
debate on Facebook over a disputed report in Critic
that the university had used its funding arrangement with
OUSA to stop it from buying a bar without the university's
''Just because we are still in negotiations over purchasing a
student bar does not constitute an attempt to bully us.
Even if these negotiations fail and the university don't want
to fund buying a student pub with taxpayer dollars - that's
fine too and doesn't constitute an attempt to bully us,'' Mr
After making the post, Mr Hernandez told the Otago Daily
Times the association was waiting to see what happened
with the Captain Cook Tavern before taking discussions with
the university further.
Mr Hernandez also said on Facebook that OUSA had previously
been in ''heavy discussions'' with the university about
buying the Cook, but the asking price was too steep.
When asked if the $6 million asking price reported by
Critic was correct, Mr Hernandez said he did not know
the ''exact'' price, but it was a ''very high figure''.
In response to questions about the negotiations, the
university's chief operating officer, John Patrick, said in a
''The university will not consider any options it might have
until it knows what the owners' plans are for the Captain
Any comments prior to this would be premature, and