The planned shakeup of Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium has
failed to discourage candidates lining up to run the troubled
venue, stadium company board chairman Sir John Hansen says.
The review of the stadium operation - with all options on the
table - was announced by Dunedin City Council chief executive
Dr Sue Bidrose last week, in response to the venue's
deteriorating financial outlook.
The news came as Dunedin Venues Management Ltd, which ran the
venue, continued its hunt for a new chief executive to
replace Darren Burden, who quit late last year.
Sir John told the Otago Daily Times yesterday several
candidates had raised questions about the review since it was
announced, which would be addressed during interviews next
Nobody had opted to withdraw from the recruitment process as
a result of the review, he said.
''Whatever is the outcome of the review, there is still going
to be a need for a good CEO to lead the organisation in
whatever form it may end up in,'' he said.
The company's recruitment drive had been limited to
Australasia this time, but had still attracted ''30 or 40''
applications from throughout Australia and New Zealand, he
Of those, a shortlist of the most promising candidates would
be interviewed - in person or by video link - in
mid-February, with an announcement expected days later, he
Dr Bidrose said the timing of her announcement had been
discussed, given the DVML recruitment process under way, but
the review could not wait.
''My view is, if it were me that was applying, I would want
to know that I was going to get achievable revenue targets
and budgets in place and a model that works.
''I think it is a better proposition to get a good person
when they know that they'll be working as part of a process
to make the stadium work, rather than continuing to be
criticised for one that is failing.''
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said the review was ''clearly a
risk'' to the recruitment process, ''but the bigger risk
would have been to delay the review''.
''It's a risk that the people running the stadium, and those
in governance positions, are aware of and support despite
DVML is being run by a ''mini-committee'' of board members
and senior managers until Mr Burden's replacement starts.