Forsyth Barr Stadium may be a white elephant to some Dunedin
ratepayers, but it is turning into a windfall for community
Nearly $43,000 has been donated to community groups since the
stadium opened, through an initiative to use volunteer staff
who offer their time in return for a donation to their
Armourguard has recruited about 500 volunteers from local
community groups to work as stadium ushers and ticket
scanners at events.
The company then pays the volunteers' wages to their
"This is a great fundraiser for local groups and helps to
increase the casual workforce for events," Dunedin Venues
Management Ltd chief executive Darren Burden said yesterday.
More than 20 groups, including schools and kindergartens, had
so far benefited from the initiative.
"Community volunteers are essential for running events and
make a huge contribution to the stadium," Mr Burden said.
"Armourguard uses volunteers for all events, with up to 100
required for large events like Elton John or a test match.
There is no limit on how much a group can do. The more work
groups want, the better. All staff receive customer service
training, so we maintain the quality of experience for our