Dunedin City Council CEO, Sue Bidrose, admitted what most of Dunedin has known for years : that the Stadium budget is “fundamentally optimistic”. This is a euphemism equivalent to a colloquial expression for bull excrement.
”The situation was affecting the morale of stadium staff, who knew they could not meet revenue targets, and council staff who had spent years trying to make the stadium work, as well as having to make big savings in other areas”
The situation would not have occurred if Council staff had given objective and honest advice in the first place.
Councillor Chris Staines said:
”I’m a pragmatist and don’t believe that the end result is ratepayers are not going to have to fund the stadium …”