24 Aug 2009

Dunedin stadium opponents lose appeal

3:02 pm on 24 August 2009

A Court of Appeal bid to prevent construction of a new stadium in Dunedin has failed.

In April, the group Stop the Stadium unsuccessfully sought a High Court injunction, claiming that changes to the project's financial structure would increase costs for Dunedin ratepayers.

Earlier this month the group's lawyers told the Court of Appeal that the cost of the stadium's construction was significantly more than the figure earlier included in the plan sent out for public consultation.

However, lawyers for the Dunedin City Council said if further consultation was ordered, it would kill the project.

The Court ruled on Monday that the cost increase is not significant and the Dunedin City Council has not breached legal requirements in entering a contract to build the stadium.