The Con Begins

15 Mar

They are starting to get feedback and so begins the long con.  I have no doubt they are trying to set up the take over.  The PR machine is at work, trying to win over the ratepayers.   Nice to see they would promote its use but wouldn’t that draw the 21st birthday parties and the like away from other venues?  As Cracker has always claimed advertising could provide extra income but…..Rugby Southland do offer advertising space around the grounds on their website ‘from $1500’ but I have not seen any income from it in the Southland Outdoor Stadium Trust finances.  The SOST do get corporate box income so one would assume they would also get advertising income.  Rugby Southland probably just keep it for themselves.  If they do, that would show the biggest problem in this equation is Rugby Southland.

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7 Responses to “The Con Begins”

  1. Philip.T March 15, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Interesting how the councils money man Dean is getting excited about it all. Good for the ego I suppose but again its not going to create additional spending into the city based on what they have said to date. So it puts council in competition with existing venues in the city who are paying rates so the council can compete at a loss against them.
    The focus should be on the monument in Isabella street anyway as thats the big black hole thats is going to swallow huge amounts of public money in the near future.( on top of what it has to date)

    • Kylie March 15, 2014 at 11:48 am #

      “paying rates so the council can compete at a loss against them.”
      Welcome to retail in Bluff Phillip. Bluff T Shirts, pens, stickers…jewelery, trinkets, cards, all stock funded by the ratepayer. If I wanted to open a souvenir shop I would have to compete against the council buying and advertising power. And of course the Bluff Service Centre/Lotto/NZ Post/Kiwibank is under Dean Johnston’s directorate. If it was a CCO, at least it would have some required measures to achieve through a Statement of Intent. What was it Tim claims was his objectives were for the triennium? Transparency!

      • Realist March 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

        Ah, but what you don’t realise is Tim’s objectives of openess and transparency were a leaaf from the Bob Parker book, he now leaves doors open (more openess) and has his sandwiches in gladwrap or on an open plate giving more transparency.

  2. Realist March 15, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    Exactly Philip,

    I just googled the Conference, Events, Function and Halls in Invercargill.

    I would lay odds that if they did their homework they would find many if not all of these were nowhere near fully utilised meaning IVC had an over supply of venues and enough competition already.
    If it is such a good idea then Rugby Southland should run with it, not Ratepayers. Afterall if I owned a venue, paid staff, paid rates and had the local council decide they wanted to bail out another organisation and go into competition with me I would be less than happy in the knowledge that I was involuntarily funding my opposition.
    And I would love to see the money man’s numbers, if they are anything like some of the figures I have seen in recent council reports then god save us.
    Also of interest is once again ICC are moving in on Venture’s area, Conferences? seems again to be crossover and reading Ventures outcomes in Council Papers for them I’d be interested to know where all the additional are going to come from to reap any benefit.

  3. Philip.T March 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    If you look at Bill Piercy’s comments in the Southland Express on the Scottish hall you would see why we should be very worried about any figures produced by the council. As chair of the works committee he was advised that the hall was going to cost 1 million dollars to get up to standard six years ago. Now the council are talking less than 100K. What has changed. Certainly not the people who give such widely incorrect advice. So for the mayor to think he can get any robust advice to encourage thinking about taking over the stadium from the people who cant tell the difference between a million of 100K its downright scary

    • Realist March 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

      just have a look at this years budgets, you’ll find some totally out of kilter figures in some.

      • Kylie March 15, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

        Yes, those staff costs are way out of whack aren’t they?

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