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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Councils to pick up bigger
transport tab (August 4) reveals
the $2.7 million of cuts that the
New Zealand Transport Agency
plans to make to its funding of
public transport in the region.
Wellington Regional Council
chairwoman Fran Wilde rightly
described the proposals as very
In Basin peace offering? New
stand mooted (July 21) you
reported that the agency might
build a new grandstand at the
Basin to . . . mitigate against
visual and noise effects of a bridge
to the north of the Basin .
The cost of this sight-and-sound
screen has since been put at $11
Is the agency planning to cut its
funding of public transport so that
it can put the $2.7 million saved
towards the cost of the
Why should public transport
commuters, and ratepayers face
bigger bills so that the agency can
strong-arm the Basin Reserve
Trust and New Zealand Cricket to
support its plan to build a flyover
at the Basin? J CHRIS HORNE
How safe is
Liya Liyanage claims (August 11)
Sri Lanka has become a safe
country. Safe for whom?
The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) of
August 1 reported 1770
abductions from July 2009.
Some lucky abductees were
ransomed. Most disappeared
and were from Tamil community.
A civil war was won by the Sri
Lankan Government in May 2009.
In the last week about 500,000
Tamils were corralled into a small
sliver of land designated no-fire-
zone and were mercilessly
Human rights organisations
estimated the casualties to be
more than 40,000.
A United Nations panel found
credible evidence of war crimes.
A British Channel 4
documentary Sri Lanka: Killing
Fields, screened in several
countries, had scenes of summary
executions of Tamils by the army
demanded an independent
Kevin Rudd expressed his
Tamils are denied equal
opportunities and are subjected to
an open-prison type life.
Let humanitarian agencies
decide the refugee status of the
Tamil boat people. Mr Liyanage
should keep his prejudices to
In Sports Talk (August 11),
Joseph Romanos comes up with a
very strong New Zealand rugby
XV, based on performances at
But convincing cases can be
made for the three other players
to be included in such a team.
Andrew Mehrtens (1995) had a
much more complete game than
Grant Fox. David Kirk (1987) was
captain and halfback, being the
only captain to have lead the All
Blacks to World Cup glory. And
Josh Kronfeld (1995) was a superb
link player and effective at the
Mr Romanos is right that there
are several All Black World Cup
players likely to be named in the
2011 team, such as Dan Carter,
Kieran Read and Richie McCaw,
who will be pushing for inclusion
in the XV if the 2011 All Blacks
play to their potential.
a jewel for Wgtn
It will be interesting to see
how enthusiastic Welling-
ton mayor Celia Wade-
Brown is next week when she
opens the $47.5 million indoor
sports centre at Kilbirnie.
Ms Wade-Brown, her fellow
Green councillor Iona Pannett
and one or two others sitting
around the table in the last
triennium strongly opposed the
idea of building the centre in
Kilbirnie, primarily because of
concerns about traffic.
Perhaps those fears have
eased. No doubt Ms Wade-
Brown will be suitably whole-
hearted in welcoming this jewel
to the Wellington sports scene.
Her position is similar to that
of Dunedin mayor Dave Cull,
who fought against the building
of the football stadium in Dune-
din and now gets all the
reflected glory of his city having
a magnificent new complex in
time for the Rugby World Cup.
Another Wellington council-
lor whose reaction will be worth
monitoring is Andy Foster.
So determined was Mr Foster
to stymie plans to build the cen-
tre in Kilbirnie, he appealed to
the Environment Court against
its resource consent.
The move angered many of
his fellow councillors, and some
called for his resignation.
Eventually Foster agreed to
abide by the verdict of an inde-
pendent review, which was car-
ried out by Sir John Anderson
at a cost of more than $230,000.
Sir John strongly supported
the sports centre in Kilbirnie
and was unenthusiastic about
Foster s idea of siting the centre
above the Westpac Stadium
So, after 18 months of con-
struction, the centre is to be
opened. It s visually appealing
and is a centre Wellington can
be proud of.
What should be noted is that
it s a centre for schools and
clubs, not for international
fixtures. It s a genuine com-
With 12 netball courts, and
able to host indoor sports such
as volleyball, basketball, hand-
ball and such like, it is
guaranteed to get plenty of use.
The temperature will be kept
at about 17 degrees Celsius, the
walls are painted with marine-
grade paint to mitigate climatic
effects and the huge aluminium
roof is designed to withstand
winds of 200kmh.
There is seating for 1000
spectators, plus retractable
seating for another 2400.
On the second level there is a
high performance centre incor-
porating medicine, physio-
therapy, podiatry, radiology
About 45,000 people a year
are expected to use the centre.
Although there is parking for
about 320 cars, it is unlikely
there will be the torrent of cars
the anti-car brigade fear. Mass
spectator sports events will not
be played there.
All that s left for the opening,
on August 27, is for the centre
to be named.
This is important.
The Westpac Stadium is
blighted by the absurd Cake
Tin moniker. Already some
have suggested the Kilbirnie
centre could be called the
Kilbirnie Crate, Starship Ent-
erprise or The Limpet.
The opportunity to give the
stadium an appropriate name
must not be lost.
Initially the thought was that
it might be named after a Wel-
lington sports great -- but from
which sport? The centre will
host an array of sportsmen and
women from many sports.
On reflection the most appro-
priate name for the complex
would be the Kerry Prendergast
This would be a fitting trib-
ute to a mayor who did much
for Wellington over nine years
and who fought so hard for the
centre, in the face of several
naysayers around her council
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