The year 2013 saw a big push for the ‘anchor projects’, a convention centre, a rugby stadium and sports facility and…. The convention centre is heralded as the catalyst for hotel projects in the city. By Feb 2014 questions have begun to be asked about why the City requires a 2000 seat venue. Then the AMI stadium becomes a deal clincher for the new council as it will have a major effect on the council’s financial position. There is an insurance impasse on the stadium, the insurers arguing that it can be fixed. Then there are revelations that the insurance money the council thought was available for a new aquatic centre has been spent. Mayor Lianne Dalziel has said that tough calls have to be made on what community facilities are to be rebuilt. A NZD 53 million Bus Interchange is still on the cards. While people are still living out of their homes many feel this is an extravagance too early on in the recovery. The public urges restraint on big projects!
A great, if disturbing, image via felloffasofa:
White Elephant via felloffasofa
Last week, some of the anchor projects – including the stadium – were delayed. The stadium has been pushed out to 2019. That takes it beyond not just the 2014 election, but the 2017. As a political football, it has been kicked for touch. I seriously doubt it will be back in play any time soon.