Chin called Stedman over meeting

NHNZ chief executive Michael Stedman's name can be added to the list of those contacted by stadium proponents in the lead up to Stop the Stadium's March 29 meeting.

Mr Stedman confirmed yesterday he had received a telephone call from Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin to "offer any help he could" with the speech.

Environment Southland chairman Stuart Collie confirmed earlier this week he had received calls from Mr Chin and Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Cairns last week, after the organisation's chief executive Ciaran Keogh wrote an anti-stadium opinion piece in the Otago Daily Times.

Mr Keogh pulled out of Stop the Stadium's meeting, prompting that organisation to claim speakers were coming under political pressure not to appear, an allegation denied by Mr Chin and Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry.

Mr Stedman said he felt no pressure from Mr Chin, who he said was "a good guy".

"I just don't agree with his views on the stadium."

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