Injunction decision expected Friday

A High Court decision on an injunction barring the Dunedin City Council from proceeding with the planned Awatea St stadium is expected on Friday.

Justice Lester Chisholm has told the Dunedin City Council's lawyers he has allocated tomorrow afternoon to hear the case in the High Court at Christchurch.

He indicated he would make an oral decision in court the next day at 10am.

If the council is successful, a contract is expected to be signed and construction of the stadium begin, following a council vote on Monday to approve the contract. No more council decisions are required.

If it is unsuccessful, the project will be thrown into confusion.

Council chief executive Jim Harland said yesterday Hawkins Construction had extended the contract date to Monday, April 20, to fit in with the council's meeting on that day, and was comfortable with another extension.

If the case was unsuccessful, Mr Harland said the council would have to go back to Hawkins and renegotiate on any new timeframe.

"I don't want to think about that," Mr Harland said.

Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin last night said he expected the council to seek costs from Stop the Stadium if the court ruled in the council's favour.

Stop the Stadium's injunction has asked the High Court to declare it unlawful for the council to proceed with the project before further consultation, and restrain the council from signing the construction contract with Hawkins Construction.


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