Dunedin city councillors yesterday baulked at the idea of doubling the period of stadium loans to 40 years, as the council scrambled to deal with the fall-out from a $3 million annual stadium debt repayment shortfall.
The start of the Rugby World Cup today was a chance to display Dunedin's IT talent to the world, Animation Research Ltd director Ian Taylor said yesterday.
A grateful Dunedin Management Venues Ltd chief executive David Davies (left) checks two donated external defibrillators (AED) as Dunedin cardiologist Associate Prof Gerard Wilkins explains how they work.
World Cup boss Martin Snedden says this Saturday night in Dunedin will be a special moment for the whole tournament, and the city will benefit from the new stadium for years to come.
Strict Rugby World Cup protocols cut short a skateboarding session for two students yesterday.
Dunedin's $3 million annual Forsyth Barr Stadium debt repayment shortfall could cost the city an extra $115 million in interest, if the period taken to pay off loans is doubled from 20 to 40 years.
Three of Dunedin's four Rugby World Cup matches are likely to sell out, with 74,000 tickets already snapped up by fans.
A man was tackled by security personnel and detained at Forsyth Barr Stadium last night after he was found wandering around the premises.
An outdated Otago Stadium map has been printed inside the official Rugby World Cup ticket-holders' booklets, but World Cup organisers say it will not be a problem.
White-coated Rotarians, a familiar sight at Carisbrook rugby matches, will make way for surf life-saving volunteers in security uniforms for events at Forsyth Barr Stadium, leaving Rotary facing a $15,000 loss of revenue annually.
Football fever could return to Dunedin as soon as December, with the city in line to host a full A-League match.
Every possibility was considered - including chartering a plane - before it was decided to postpone the scheduled match between Otago and Manawatu at Forsyth Barr Stadium tonight.
The seats were comfortable, the hot chips were tasty, the toilets were plentiful, and it was warmer than expected - Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium got the big tick from rugby fans at yesterday's first official match.
A major Australasian concert promoter has seen red after another top act in his roster of rock 'n' roll stars has been passed over by the managers of the Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Dunedin Venues Management LTD (DVML) chief executive, David Davies, yesterday said he was "disappointed" he had not heard from concert promoters before this week about the collapse of negotiations to bring Rod Stewart to Dunedin.
Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium was officially opened, blessed and made ready for business early yesterday, just two years after piles for the building were driven into the ground beside the Otago harbour.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull was full of praise last night for the finished Forsyth Barr Stadium but he also issued a warning - the work had only just begun if the venture was not to fail.
A heated political storm has started after an announcement Dunedin City Council companies will not be able to come up with $8 million of dividends to help pay for multimillion-dollar spending.
The Dunedin public has its first view of the Forsyth Barr Stadium plaza just weeks before it is due to be finished.