Is it time for a new indoor arena?
Mayors around the Wellington region have expressed a strong interest in building a 10,000-seat indoor arena. Mayor Wayne Guppy believed the region has suffered for not having a decent sized indoor venue. This week on Neighbourly we asked you for your thoughts. Do we need a venue of that size? Or is it a waste of money?
KEITH MORRIS, TIMBERLEA
I would be keen to see a regional facility built outside of the Wellington CBD. Building it in Upper Hutt would be a fantastic idea. How about in the centre of the Trentham racecourse or in Maymorn with the train line electrified out to the new venue?
I know that means there will not be lots of pubs for patrons to walk to after the event, but I ama teetotaller so do not care about that aspect.
Even if you think of how stadiums in the US have been used recently in the event of a natural disaster, does Wellington have enough big stadiums for sheltering flood victims, etc? We are told to go to our nearest shelter, a school nearby with a small sign that does say ‘‘Civil Defence shelter or meeting point’’, etc. Would that be enough?
BRETT WEAVER, RIVERSTONE TERRACES
If there was a real need then private money would fund it. I am really nervous that the Mayor of Wellington wants to spend $120 million on a new/old Town Hall and even more on an indoor stadium. He will expect the Hutt and Porirua to fund it, even though we will get no benefit.
The reason that people sensibly avoided merging the councils like Auckland did is that we don’t want to be $4 billion in the red like them. Let’s not let them even start with one project or our children will still be paying in 30 years.
LEONIE WILSON, CLOUSTON PARK-KINGSLEY HEIGHTS
I thought one of the main reasons for the Westpac Stadium was for concerts, but apparently we’re only allowed three a year due to the noise. [A] roof would be a good idea, might cut down some of the noise. We miss out on so many good performers.
NATALIA JOHNSON, TIMBERLEA
We do need covered stadiums – and why not re-utilise the empty commercial buildings at the back in Upper Hutt! Make it useful for families in the rainy season by building courts. If you like to exercise and don’t like rain - that’s where you go...
DAFFODIL DAY THANKS
Thank you to the Upper Hutt community for once again supporting the Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day on August 25.
A range of activities which included a yellow dress-up day, coin trails, the pop-up shop, hair shaving, a hot soup day, cake making, the sale of hundreds of fresh daffodils and the bucket collections all contributed to the Upper Hutt community raising over $30,000 – an amazing return per capita for our city. Well done Upper Hutt. Yet again many people were involved in many different ways – thank you all for making the day such a success.
WHAT YOU SAID
Jan Osborn and Kathryn Hicks
Coordinators, Upper Hutt Daffodil Day
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Wellington’s indoor arena proposal has drawn support from some regional mayors.