Con­cert plan update

Wanganui Chronicle - - Front Page -

A con­tentious plan to host a char­ity con­cert at Eden Park next Wai­tangi Day will go to the En­vi­ron­ment Court — at the re­quest of the trust that runs the sta­dium. In a me­dia state­ment late yes­ter­day, the Eden Park Trust said a for­mal re­quest had been made that Auck­land Coun­cil di­rectly re­fer the re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion to host the the LifePod Ap­peal con­cert to the En­vi­ron­ment Court. “The Trust did so on the grounds that the ap­pli­ca­tion is con­tentious and an ap­peal to the En­vi­ron­ment Court is likely. The di­rect re­fer­ral process will likely save time and money for Eden Park, Auck­land Coun­cil and sub­mit­ters.” The planned con­cert has sparked con­cern from some in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing for­mer Prime Min­is­ter He­len Clark, who lives near the sta­dium and said in her sub­mis­sion the con­cert was sim­ply a “Tro­jan horse” to al­low the coun­cil to plan fur­ther con­certs at the venue.

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