381 days ago

Throwback Thursday

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

Countdown supermarket's decision to open on New Year's Eve 1990 caused traffic to back up over the Sydenham overbridge as far as Brougham St.

Photo: Don Scott/The Press

More messages from your neighbours
2 days ago

Sign up for our Tokyo Olympics newsletter

Angela Quigan Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

The Tokyo Olympics are about to kick off, and some of our country's best sports stars are set to represent New Zealand on the world stage.

The opening ceremony takes place on Friday (about 11pm NZ time), and the Games will run through until August 8.

Over the next two-and-a-half weeks, some of the world’s best athletes competing in a range of sports will battle it out in Tokyo in the hopes of walking away with a medal.

So get your New Zealand flags and popcorn ready and sign up for our Tokyo Olympics newsletter to have all the highlights, talking points, medal tally and analysis delivered to your inbox every day. Click here.

We'll also be live blogging our Kiwi athletes' events every day of the Games. Just bookmark this page to stay up to date.

2 days ago

Poll: Do you think Christchurch's new stadium seats should be reduced?

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

A majority of city leaders have decided to reduce the capacity of Christchurch’s new stadium, from 30,000 seats to a minimum of 25,000, to bring the project in on budget.

Councillors and senior staff attended the extraordinary meeting on Thursday morning to decide on a design change to the stadium after it was publicly revealed the original preferred concept, which could have up to 30,000 seats, would have been over budget by up to $131.4 million.

A majority of councillors endorsed the staff recommendation to lower the number of seats to 25,000 – but designers have been directed to try and find efficiencies moving forward to get the capacity to about 27,500.

Let us know your thoughts below.

Full story here: www.stuff.co.nz...

Do you think Christchurch's new stadium seats should be reduced?
  • 15.5% Yes
    15.5% Complete
  • 80.9% No
    80.9% Complete
  • 3.6% I'm undecided
    3.6% Complete
303 votes
3 days ago

Hosting All Blacks at smaller stadium could cost Christchurch $1.2 million

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

The city council is holding an extraordinary meeting on Thursday to discuss changing the preliminary design after it emerged the original concept – with a seating capacity of up to 30,000 – would blow the budget by $131.4m. A venue with 5000 fewer seats is now being mooted.

By adopting the new stadium design concept, securing a major test match – against the likes of Australia, South Africa and the Lions – would require the city to pay an incentive fee, up to about $1.2 million.

With 30,000 seats, it is understood the fee could be closer $800,000.

Read more here.