The outgoing chief executive of Dunedin Venues Management
Ltd, which runs Forsyth Barr Stadium, has been stripped of most
of his media duties ahead of his premature departure from the
DVML chief executive Darren Burden, responding to requests
for an interview yesterday, told the Otago Daily Times all
media queries now had to go to DVML board chairman Sir John
That included any request for an interview about Mr Burden's
departure, which would need to be approved by Sir John, Mr
Sir John, when contacted, confirmed the change, but said Mr
Burden would still be permitted to discuss his decision to
quit in an interview before his departure.
However, the board felt it was best to transfer other media
duties away from Mr Burden, even though the board was ''not
at all'' concerned Mr Burden might say something
inappropriate, Sir John said.
Asked if the change amounted to a gag, Sir John said: ''Of
''You can see the reasons as well as I can ... he's leaving
and it's more appropriate that someone with continuity in the
place makes media statements.''
The change comes after it was confirmed last month Mr Burden
would leave DVML on December 24, after just over a year in
the chief executive's role, for a new job with Christchurch
City Council venue management company Vbase.
Mr Burden has been involved in the stadium project almost
since its inception, but in his new role could eventually
find himself responsible for a new roofed stadium in
Christchurch that competed with Dunedin's.