Yesterday’s front-page lead story in the Otago Daily Times, “Further $1.8m for stadium”, is no longer available on the ODT web-site, with “Access Denied” displayed instead:
If this block is due to lawyers trying to stop criticism of the Carisbrook Stadium Trust, then that will become a story in itself.
I emailed the ODT and asked for an explanation for the “Access Denied”, but I have not had a reply.
The story is back on-line with “a clarification” that the actual extra amount is $1.639. This small error does seem to be enough to explain the “Access Denied”.
In a related story, it is claimed that the oversight was not the responsibility of the Carisbrook Stadium Trust, but of the Dunedin City Council.
“It was never the responsibility of the trust,” [CST chairman, Malcom Farry] said. The trust had been asked to plan and build the stadium, but not to run it once that was done.
This is nonsense: the CST was responsible for projections of income and expenditure for the Stadium, which were produced at considerable expense to Dunedin rate-payers. Opponents of the Stadium claimed that costing were being kept unrealistically low to boost the case to go ahead. It is now clear that they were correct.