Alastair Sowman

Why does Marlborough’s theatre cost so much?

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The Marlborough Express may be covering up the threatening late-night emails from the Mayor to Corey Hebberd, but they are not covering up the massively expensive theatre running costs.

Invercargill’s theatre is nearly one-and-a-half times the size?of Blenheim’s new theatre, but its yearly operating costs are about a third of the theatre’s estimated annual expenditure.

A report prepared by the Marlborough District Council last month?said the?expenditure for the ASB Theatre this financial year was forecast to be almost $1.4 million.? Read more »

Comment on “Marlborough Express still ignores threats of legal action”

One of the pro-theatre commenters has made some assumptions about Corey Hebberd that are untrue.

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Marborough theatre costs three times more to run than one in Invercargill

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While the Marlborough Express is continuing to ignore mayor Sowman’s late-night emails with loaded legal threats, it does manage to uncover other inconvenient information:

Invercargill’s theatre is nearly one-and-a-half times the size?of Blenheim’s new theatre, but its yearly operating costs are about a third of the theatre’s estimated annual expenditure.?

A report prepared by the Marlborough District Council last month?said the?expenditure for the ASB Theatre this financial year was forecast to be almost $1.4 million.

Figures released from Invercargill Events and Venue Management, an organisation run by the Invercargill City Council, revealed the?Invercargill Civic Theatre’s operating costs came to $494,297 last financial year.? Read more »

Marlborough Express still ignores threats of legal action

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As mentioned in a previous post, the Marlborough Express has absolutely failed to cover the threatening late-night emails from the mayor to Corey Hebberd, spokesman of the residents’ and ratepayers’ association for his legitimate questioning about the massive financial failings of the ?world-class? theatre.

Tensions were raised?after an?email sent by Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman?to a community group?spokesman surfaced?the day before last week’s?critical council meeting on the?theatre’s finances. Read more »

What the hell is going on in Marlborough?

Brian ?Where?s my Theatre?? Rudman would do well to look at the massive cost overrun of the ?world-class theatre” in Marlborough. The luvvies got their cherished theatre but, being luvvies, couldn?t fund it so had to stitch up the council to get it to go ahead.

A review of the new theatre’s finances?has revealed the theatre trust cannot pay off its loans, as it turns to council once more to keep the project afloat.

The Marlborough District Council is faced with paying off more than $5?million after it guaranteed the loans from the ASB Bank and the Rata Foundation.

The council will decide on Thursday whether it starts loan repayments?now or waits three years, incurring?interest.

The council carried out an operating cost?review after it guaranteed a second?ASB Bank?loan in March.

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