Perhaps John Key should rip up Len Brown’s unitary plan?

Perhaps John Key should rip up Len Brown’s unitary plan?

It seemed to work for the Japanese government who ripped up the plans for an expensive Tokyo Olympic stadium.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered plans for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic stadium to be ditched amid public anger over its $US2 billion ($A2.7 billion) price tag.

The decision on Friday means the organisers of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will have to find a new venue for the final.

“I have decided we must go back to the drawing board,” Abe told reporters after meeting top Japanese sports officials.   Read more »

Jon Stewart on the Qatar 2022 FIFA stadium

Drugs don’t always have to be a bad thing


H/T: Travis



I saw this link online and it got me thinking.

You’re looking at a recent photo of Eagle Stadium, in Allen, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas. The stadium, three years in the works, will seat 18,000 when it opens later this month. It’s got two luxury suites, a pro-quality press box, a 3,400-square-foot HD video scoreboard—and tickets will be just $10 a game for the all-bleacher seating. This is Texas football.

An 18000 seat stadium for $60M USD = $75M NZD?

Cost per seat = $4,000 NZD (ballpark)

The new Christchurch stadium is going to cost $500M.

Covered 35000 seat stadium = $500M (from Stuff/NBR)

Cost per seat = $14,000

It just goes to show how poor stadia are economically.  $14k per seat means you want to be recovering $1200 – $1400/seat in profit each year to pay for capital costs, planned replacement, maintenance.  After running costs and payments to sports bodies, you haven’t got a show of getting that money.  Just ask Dunedin how they are going with their forecasted revenue.

Sports venues are important for communities, but a half billion dollar stadium is a big ask.  It could also kill the Dunedin stadium, interestingly, by offering a covered alternative closer to a major airport.

I don’t know what the payout from AMI was, but the cost really worries me, particularly when the Cantabs are not renowned for their attendance.

Final note – this can only be used for rugby.  No cricket possible.  So the days used per year drops again… 8 S15 games, 1 AB test match, 7-8 ITM cup games… it doesn’t add up on the back of my envelope.  Not saying they shouldn’t build a stadium, but holy crap that’s expensive for what they are getting.

Trevor Mallard Re-Ducks

The Labour Party is predictably keen to jump on any passing bandwagon at present.

Nearly a week after the fact, they’ve decided they’ve found a good attack issue in terms of the Rugby World Cup opening night issues in Auckland, and they’re doing what they do – which is talking down New Zealand.

But on Monday afternoon, after spending the whole interview with Paul Henry talking tough and promising to sack people, Phil Goff said we should all refrain from passing judgment ’til after the Auckland Council reported back.  He also condemned the choice of the waterfront as a venue.

This argument got me thinking what Labour might have done.

Well, a quick review of history tells us Labour’s plan was to plonk a national stadium on the waterfront (which was supposedly going to be built at night and save us money???).

This was not uniformly welcomed by the range of Auckland councils at the time.  So in response, Labour threatened to move the tournament to Christchurch.

And then when the councils refused to pay for Trevor’s monument on the waterfront he said Aucklanders had ‘no vision‘.

I just shudder at the thought of what may have happened last Friday, if Mallard had got his way and literally everyone was on the waterfront.  His alternative was of course – Christchurch.

This whole tournament would have been at risk had Mallard followed through on his threats and moved the main events to Christchurch.

Labour have very short memories and they’re desperately hoping the public do too.  The Whale has a longer memory than most.

So here’s Trevor in November 2006 trying to explain why Labour botched its numbers in the RWC bid.  According to Trevor it was someone else’s fault.

More Nanny Statism

It’s in the stars – fuel costs at a glance – 22 Mar 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news

When did these regulation get passed?

Car dealers and private individuals selling vehicles through websites will risk being fined up to $5000 if they do not display available fuel consumption information.

Regulations coming into force on April 7 will require sellers to display fuel-economy labels if the information for them is available from the Government website

What a complete load of bollocks!

Who really gives a flying root about fuel consumption, I sure as hell don’t, I look at engine cc’s (the bigger the better) and horse power (again the bigger the better) and finally torque (yep bigger the better, all the better to put that horsepower on the road).

Our current plaything is a Holden HSV that has been through the Eastern Automotive Performance Centre. It has a new engine, new drive shaft, new supercharger, new brakes, new radiator, new race tyres and puts 500Nm of torque onto the road at the rear wheels.

We are talking a serious tarmac ripping beast that wheel spins in the dry without even trying. Fuel Consumption doesn’t even get a second thought.

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Nanny State picking on small business

Today I went shopping.

I bowled down to the local Palmers garden centre today for a couple of reasons, one they have a great cafe in pleasant surroundings and two I was looking for some stuff for the garden and courtyard.

Palmers were open as they are every year on Good Friday. Never before have the State Nazi’s visited but today they did. They visited because another garden centre that was closed for the first time in 15 years dobbed them.

I spoke to Chris the owner who now has to turn up to court to be convicted of nothing more than wanting to make some money. He is right hacked off with the nanny state right now, especially since he told his staff if they wanted the day off they could, just to let him know so he could arrange temps. You see there is no shortage of staff WANTING to work on Good Friday, there was also no shortage of customers wanting to buy from him on Good Friday either.

At the cafe there were heaps of families enjoying the day and the great fare. Those people appreciated the fact that Chris opened his store.

The State Nazi’s didn’t, they in fact accused him of all sorts of heinous crimes, like forcing the staff to work, dis-respecting Christianity blah, blah, blah.

I think it is time to get the state out of our lives and businesses.

Secret Gov't ad plan leaked by Ralston

Bill Ralston: Pssst! Sell me a bag of lollies? – 16 Mar 2008 – Opinion, Editorial and reader comments from New Zealand and around the World – nzherald

Eventually, I suppose, like the new cigarette packets, unhealthy foods will be forced to carry ugly pictures of the medical effects of their ingredients. Packets of Mallowpuffs will feature a stern health warning and a nasty photo of a huge fat bum.

Someone has also leaked the proposed ad format to WOBH.


Government becomes lender of last resort

PM announces shared equity scheme for home buyersEXCLUSIVE: The Government will launch a shared equity scheme in July as one of its measures to assist home buyers into their first home, Prime Minister Helen Clark will say in her statement to Parliament this afternoon.
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Labour are batshit crazy, with finance companies dropping like a whores drawers they announce that their policy for helping drop kicks who can't afford a house is that they will become the lender of last resort!!!!!!

Cactus Kate sums it up best for me. 

Me? I have only one question, I can afford every house I look at so where is the affordability crisis?

There is always these for those who can't manage with the simple effort of saving a deposit. 

If they want to make houses more "affordable" there are easier and quicker ways. I wouldn't do them because, well just because but if you were so inclined then there is only two things to do.

  1. Make 20% deposits mandatory.
  2. Remove the stupid ARC and other Regional Council artifical boundaries limiting development.

That'd do it in about 4 weeks. Less buyers, heaps of stock, more land, even more stock, excess supply over demand voila instant cheap houses. Of course it is electoral suicide but hey everything else the government has touched this year has turned to shit, they might just try that one.

They're coming for your choooldrin

Antisocial test for children backed – 25 Jan 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news

Cindy Kiro, remember her, she is the one that wants a file on every child has backed provisions for testing for antisocial behaviour and then having the “chosen” choooldrin re-educated.

Except she and the inventors of this intervention in parenting call it by different names. They use things like “measures to vet young children for targeted help” and “going to tackle the problem early to stop it escalating into something that will definitely have a serious intervention later on.” and “identify children who were at risk of developing severe behaviour problems”

All that means is that schools and the government are going to tag children for intervention which really means taking your kids away and re-educating them.

They say they will only concentrate on abnormal behaviour, not typical tantrums or selfish behaviour, would be targeted. So, just to extend the thinking on that does that include homosexual behaviour, most people would class that as abnormal behaviour, what about Sikh children who wear little bobbles on their head, surely that is abnormal, Exclusive Brethren girls wear scarves covering their head, more abnormal behaviour. In South Auckland not carrying a knife to school, whilst also stupid, is also considered abnormal behaviour…….what about telling the school that Daddy gave you a kiss goodnight…..that surely is abhorrent behaviour, I mean what on earth is a father ( a potential rapist) doing alone in the bedroom of his children!!! Abnormal behaviour…..good god, that child is being corrupted, he/she should be in a single parent family at the very least…mark them down for intervention.

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