Permanently fixing problems with Forsyth Barr Stadium's
public address system would cost between $500,000 and $800,000.
Dunedin Venues Management Ltd has been testing the system
since February, and has discovered it is only working at 20%
of what is needed.
DVML chief executive Darren Burden said the cost did not
include permanently fixing sound issues with the wider
auditorium, such as those experienced at concerts. They would
continue to be addressed by temporary measures installed by
He said DVML had been working with acoustic engineers and
sound system experts, including the company that installed
There were problems with the transmission of sound from
microphones on the pitch to the sound box that delivered
sound to speakers around the stadium.
The solutions, which ranged in price depending on what
standard of sound delivery was wanted, involved improving the
sound transmission from the field and installing more
speakers around the stadium.
The cost of fixing it had to be dealt with internally by
''We are not coming cap in hand to the council for this
money. We recognise we have an issue here and we are trying
to find a solution.''
DVML was working out what standard of system it wanted, and
how and when it could fund that, and hoped to have a better
idea of that by early next year.
In the meantime, supplementary speakers would be installed
temporarily for events such as the Bledisloe Cup match next
The news led one councillor to ask whether the council was
duped when it was told the original $300,000 system would do.
Bill Acklin said assurances given before the stadium was
built that its sound system would be adequate were clearly
''We were told it was going to do the job properly, but in
fact it was a cost-cutting measure to keep the whole thing on
Mr Burden said he did not know about that, but DVML would
have to fix the problem.
Queries about the sound system were only some of a barrage of
questions from Dunedin city councillors before they adopted
the annual reports of DVML and Dunedin Venues Ltd this week.
Richard Thomson was concerned that when DVML began reporting
on its Town Hall and Railway Station venues, the financial
results would be reported on separate lines. He also wanted
to know when council would know more details of the capital
replacement programme for the stadium, to which Mr Burden
said the information would be available at the end of the
Andrew Noone asked how sustainable a $500,000 drop in costs
in the past year was, and Mr Burden said he believed costs
were at their lowest possible level, and would probably
increase over time with CPI adjustments etc.
Asked by Syd Brown what DVML was doing to increase the
stadium's revenue, Mr Burden said it was working on
attracting the right sort of events, returning successful
events, and getting the most out of the concrete slab at the
east end of the stadium, which was proving a useful event
The company was talking about installing a tourism
attraction, and there were also plans to scale the venue to
particular events, so tickets were sold more effectively in
terms of seating and sight-lines. Colin Weatherall asked why
details of how a $750,000 per annum service level agreement
(SLA) with the council were not included in the annual
report, and sought assurance the money was being used for a
wide variety of events.
Mr Burden said DVML reported on the SLA to council staff
every six months. He noted it was difficult to provide more
events without increasing expenditure, but DVML was trying to
work out how it could do that.
Council chief executive Paul Orders said the information
received from DVML on the SLA was fine, although a better
overview of operating costs was required. The SLA spend would
be reported more clearly in the future. Staff had told DVML
they wanted to see more diversity in the use of the fund, he
Cr Thomson said he appreciated Mr Burden might wonder why he
bothered when faced with such a barrage of questions.
''But it is really important for the city that this delivers
as much revenue as possible.''