25 Nov 2008

Opposition to Dunedin stadium - survey

12:08 pm on 25 November 2008

More than 70% of those who have so far responded to the latest survey gauging public support for a new stadium in Dunedin, are opposed to it.

The Otago University Marketing Department survey has been funded largely by stadium opponents, and sent to 5,000 Dunedin homes last week.

Researcher John Williams says 1,400 have been returned so far, and preliminary analysis shows about 73% of respondents do not support a new stadium.

Responses are still coming in, and Mr Williams says final results should be known next week.

Eden Park

In Auckland, the Eden Park Board says the majority of local residents now support the redevelopment of the stadium for the Rugby World Cup.

The board made the claim following granting of resource consent for the new 8,600 seat East Stand.

Board chairman John Waller said a poll of residents late last week showed more than 80% of neighbours support the redevelopment, and say it has not caused them any inconvenience.

The board said the resource consent was granted without public notification because the authorities deemed it was in-line with the district plan.