Mayoral stand is on target
Aucklanders are backing mayor John Banks’ refusal to put ratepayer cash into Eden Park.
Most who spoke to the Central Leader yesterday agreed the government should pay for the upgrade.
“I think the whole country is going to benefit from the Rugby World Cup so the government should pay,” says Kingsland resident Joe Reid.
Business owner Peter Lamont says ratepayers shouldn’t have to fork out.
“The government should definitely pay.”
Donna Dold says as a “rugby nut” she just wants to see the stadium redeveloped. “We’d all prefer it that government paid but I don’t see a problem with council putting some money in.”
Simon Smythe thought officials should just “build the thing.”
“No matter who funds it, it all comes from the same place in the end.”
A $240 million plan for the stadium was announced on Monday.
The government is to put up $190m, with $12m from the Eden Park Trust Board and $10m from the New Zealand Rugby Union, leaving a shortfall of $28m.
Mr Banks did not answer calls yesterday, but has said he won’t fund more than $20m for infrastructure around the park.
A request for funding will be considered by the Auckland Regional Council next year.
Chairman Mike Lee says it will be carefully considered.
The upgrade includes a new south stand and a two-tier east stand to replace the terraces, increasing capacity from 47,000 to 60,000 people.