Christchurch stadium: Green light to use government funds

Published: Thu 13 Sep 2018 04:38 PM
Most of the Christchurch Regeneration Acceleration Fund will be used to pay for a new multi-use stadium, with $220 million in government funds earmarked for the project.
Christchurch stadium options revealed, but nobody wants to pay: RNZ Checkpoint Photo: RNZ / YouTube
The council voted at a meeting today to use the funds, despite opposition from protesters, who want funding to be used for community housing.
Councillor Jamie Gough said the city needed to fund the stadium if it wanted to be taken seriously.
Councillor Yani Johanson unsuccessfully sought for public consultation to be included in the decision.
He voted against the proposal.
The Council has already committed $254m towards a new stadium.
After today's decision, the city is now on track to build a half-billion-dollar covered stadium - only the second of its kind in the country.
Councillors also approved to invest $40m in both transport and to revitalise city's residential red zone.
The council plans to start building the stadium in 2020, with a likely opening date of 2024.
New Zealand's public broadcaster, providing comprehensive NZ news and current affairs, specialist audio features and documentaries.
Radio New Zealand is a Crown entity established under the Radio New Zealand Act 1995. Radio New Zealand News are vital elements in our programming, providing impartial news and information to New Zealanders every day. Radio New Zealand (RNZ) provides listeners with exciting and independent radio programmes in accordance with the Radio New Zealand Charter.

Next in Comment

Gordon Campbell the barriers facing female politicians
By: Gordon Campbell
Britain's Trump is now its Prime Minister
Gordon Campbell on Trump’s open white nationalism
By: Gordon Campbell
20 Years of the Scoop Information Ecosystem
By: Joseph Cederwall
The Dig: Scoop’s Engaged Journalism Platform Launches
By: The Dig
Scoop Hivemind: Restoring and Protecting Biodiversity
By: HiveMind
Scoop Coverage: Biodiversity Information and Journalism
By: Scoop Full Coverage
The NZ Biodiversity Strategy Discussion Document Explained
By: Ian Llewellyn
Statement on Biodiversity is where interests could collide
By: Ian Llewellyn
Government takes action for nature
By: New Zealand Government
Better border security
By: New Zealand Government
Government seeks feedback on biodiversity strategy
New biodiversity strategy a roadmap to reversing the trend
Leadership 'lacking' in new conservation strategy
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media