Early construction works have begun at the site of Dunedin's new stadium, a month after demolition works started.
Demolition will continue at the Awatea Street site for the next few months for the controversial $198 million enclosed stadium.
Many opponents claimed the ground at the new site would be boggy and unsuitable for construction on such a scale, but Carisbrook Stadium Trust development director Darren Burden says eight piles have been successfully drilled in.
Mr Burden says that gives the trust some confidence, though there are still more than 500 piles to go in.
It is hoped the stadium will be built in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.