Govt may fund ailing Stadium Southland

Budget blows out to $43m

Last updated 12:44 09/05/2014
Fairfax NZ

Prime Minister John Key has had a shot of basketball during the announcement of Southland Stadium.

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Prime Minister John Key has suggested the Government will help fund the $5 million shortfall facing the trust behind Staduim Southland.

At the opening ceremony of the $43 million stadium Key acknowledged the shortfall that the Southland Indoor Leisure Centre faced and said he would speak to finance minister and former Southland lad Bill English about finding some funding for the facility.

"Maybe you can rattle the tin a bit more and we can finish the job for you."

His comments gained a round of a applause from the 150 people seated for lunch at the stadium.

Key had been approached by the trust in 2012 about $1.5 million of the funding and were turned away, but after seeing the stadium, Key seemed to have changed his stance.

"We might be able to find a bit of cash for you."

Trust chairman Acton Smith spoke about the struggles the trust had faced during the three year rebuild, including a 30 per cent increase in the cost of material during the rebuild.

The rebuild had grown from a $10 million project to a $43 million project and the trust had worked tirelessly during the rebuild to ensure Southland had a world class facility, he said.

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- The Dominion Post

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