The Dunedin City Council yesterday
effectively ignored one of two resolutions carried at
Sunday's Stop the Stadium-organised meeting, meaning the
Dunedin public will not get a further chance to put their
views to the council before a contract to build the stadium
has been signed.
The other resolution passed at the public meeting had a
slightly better response yesterday.
It called for Local Government Minister Rodney Hide to come
to Dunedin to examine the processes behind the stadium and Mr
Hide said he was happy to come - but warned it would take a
major transgression for any investigation to be launched.
The fact people might not like a council decision would not
spark an investigation, he said.
At a council meeting yesterday, Greater Dunedin councillors
Chris Staynes and Dave Cull moved the council delay signing a
contract to build the stadium until after public
Their intent was signalled late last week and was echoed by
the resolution that received resounding support from the 1800
people who attended Sunday night's meeting in the Town Hall.
In the notice of motion section of yesterday's meeting, Cr
Staynes moved "that no binding contract to construct the new
Awatea St stadium be signed prior to the recommendations of
the community plan hearings committee on this project being
considered and adopted by the council".
Submissions on this year's plan close on April 15, and
hearings begin on May 4.
The stadium is likely to attract the majority of submissions.
The council is expected to decide on April 20 whether to sign
a contract with Hawkins Construction to build the stadium
(see report page 4).
Yesterday's council meeting voted to make public a legal
opinion on whether consultation was necessary, and a
confidential memorandum on the matter from legal firm
Anderson Lloyd was released.