Dunedin's historic Carisbrook ground is on the market.
Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
The historic Carisbrook ground was read its last rites
yesterday, after its demise came quickly.
The Dunedin City Council discussed the issue yesterday as
part of its annual plan deliberations.
There was just a brief debate before the final decision was
made to sell it. The ground's end became clear when the new,
roofed stadium was finally approved in 2009.
Public consultation was held last year, and while there were
plenty of people who wanted to keep the facility as a sports
ground, the discussion was held in the context of a council
warning it would cost almost half a million dollars a year to
In January, the council voted to proceed with the sale of the
property, including the car park next door, as industrial
land, subject to final consultation during the annual plan.
City property manager Robert Clark told the council at the
time there were willing buyers for the site, with a
reasonable possibility the city would break even on the $7
million it paid for the ground.
While a number of people who wrote on the subject for the
plan wanted to keep Carisbrook as a sports ground, no
councillor called for that to happen yesterday.
Cr Syd Brown moved it be sold "forthwith", a motion seconded
by Cr John Bezett.
Cr Lee Vandervis raised concerns it might be needed as
back-up during the Rugby World Cup, but he was assured it was
to be used as a training ground at that time, and would not
be handed over to new owners until after the event.
Mayor Dave Cull said the council's January decision
stipulated what could not be done at the site, including big
box retailing, but that still left the way open for something
other than industrial use if that was wanted.
The motion was carried unanimously.
Former sports broadcaster Iain Galloway said the decision was
"sad but not surprising" news.
The historic ground had been his "second home" for more than
"[I] just hope there is still a possibility it may end up in
sporting or recreation hands," he said.
Former All Black Tuppy Diack said it would be "very, very sad
to see it go", despite being a supporter of the new stadium.
"Dunedin had to do something in the stadium line and that's
given us a real point of difference," he said.
He hoped a fitting tribute would be made to Carisbrook within
Forsyth Barr Stadium and that the historic ground would
continue life as a sporting facility.
Carisbrook's playing field and turnstile building in Neville
St are registered as category 1 historic buildings which
would have to be protected in any developments. New Zealand
Historic Places Trust Otago-Southland area manager Owen
Graham had no comment about yesterday's move.