Concert plan update
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.