Christchurch issues hurry up for new stadium and sports complex as Government decision imminent

The Government is expected to make a decision on the future of Christchurch's Stadium and Metro sport facility by the end of the month.

A budget blowout of $75 million halted work on part of the project last year while the Government considered its options, including merging the two projects together to cut costs.

But those waiting on the buildings say they're desperate to move things forward.

Crusaders chief executive Hamish Riach says Saturday's hail storm which hit their game with the Sunwolves was a timely reminder that the city is in need of a permanent solution.  

"Seven years and still no timeline and no obvious end to the uncertainty. We think that's now got to the point where the decision makers need to make some announcements and get on with it and let people know when it's coming," he said.

Both the multi-use stadium and metro sport facilities were flagged as key anchor projects for the city's rebuild, but both are now years past their original due date. 

"We are a very large city without the infrastructure to host either large music events or sporting events," said Caroline Blanchfield of ChristchurchNZ, the city's promotion agency.

Since work on the $243 million Metro leisure centre was put on hold, Christchurch has been dropped from hosting future All Blacks Tests and missed out on major crowd pullers like the Ed Sheeran concerts.

"There's a whole host of events that aren't coming here. Yes it's rugby events, but it's also exhibitions and trade shows and a whole host of things that the city could provide for," Mr Riach said.

Saturday's hailstorm during the Crusaders match was a reminder the temporary stadium is no longer up to the job.

"I couldn't help but think when the hail was pelting down and the fans were exposed to those horrendous condition, imagine if that had been the Springsteen concert or the Foos. This city deserves better," Mr Riach said. 

The Government will announce its decision before the end of the month. It's not clear if it'll also announce a time-frame.

A multi-use stadium and metro sports facility were flagged as key anchor projects for the city's rebuild. Source: 1 NEWS



Cars, campervans and a house bus - Paul's sick of people being directed across his farm by Google Maps

Paul O'Malley is sick and tired of people driving across his remote Central Otago farm.

"It's very annoying, dangerous and I've done my best to try and get it to change," Paul says as he steers his farm ute down his driveway.

There've been cars and campervans. 

"A house bus has come in also," says Paul, laughing. 

Most of the time Paul does not find this funny. He's worried someone may have an accident on his farm and he may be liable.

Ironically, the people driving across Paul's property aren't at fault. They are simply following Google Maps which says Old Dunstan Road, or Dunstan trail as it's known, goes right through his farm before linking back up with the actual road.

"It's weird and annoying," Paul says.

At the kitchen table, Paul shows us the numerous emails he's sent to Google. 

"They did change one road title but it was the wrong road and they gave it the wrong name," he says.

Last year Fair Go received a similar problem after the Coromandel town of Hikuai was incorrectly called Duck Creek by Google. This resulted in an ambulance going to the wrong place when a boy got run over by a tractor.

After Fair Go got in touch, Google did fix Paul's problem. He's happy he can go back to work. 

If you have a similar problem, Google says use this link to report an error.


Thankfully Google has come to his aid, after cars, campervans and even a house bus travelled on his land, thanks to the internet giant's maps programme. Source: Fair Go

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Car buyers warned to do background check on their dealer after woman finds 14 decisions against trader

Car buyers are being warned to do a background check on their car dealer before buying their next vehicle, after one woman later discovered 14 decisions against the trader she bought from.

Rebecca Mildren purchased a Mazda Axela from Spot One in Penrose, Auckland, last year. 

However just a month later she rejected the vehicle, after discovering a dangerous fault that forced her off the road.

"It's scary. It did cause panic attacks. To the point where you need to pull over because you don't feel like you're in control," she said.

The cause of concern was a bright, reflective glare off her dashboard.

Ms Mildren says she was told when buying the car that the shine on the worn dashboard was a "pre-purchase wax coating". 

It was only after she started driving the car, that she realised the dashboard was suffering a well-known fault that causes a reflective glare that can distract the driver and impair visibility of the road.

"It causes an obstruction of my vision basically right where I'm trying to see," she said.

The fault has affected around 300,000 Mazda cars in the United States, but the dealer Ms Mildren purchased the car from, Paul Tweedie, wouldn't refund her - so she took a case to the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal.

Ms Mildren won her case against Spot One and Mr Tweedie, but a month after the decision she was still waiting for her money.

"I'm exhausted. Nobody should have to fight this hard for their rights."

Mr Tweedie had told Ms Mildren she was unlikely to see her money as the company was going into liquidation. But it didn't and Ms Mildren instead approached Fair Go.

The company wouldn't comment to Fair Go, but did refund Ms Mildren.

Mr Tweedie also wouldn't communicate with Fair Go about collecting the vehicle - so Fair Go had it delivered back to the Spot One car yard.

Ms Mildren says she was in "disbelief" to discover Mr Tweedie had appeared in front of the Motor Vehicle Tribunal on 19 different occasions, and ordered to refund or repair in 14 of those cases.

"I had no idea that you can search the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal's Decisions page. Should I have searched that I would have found multiple decisions," she said.

Decisions from the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal are publicly available and can be searched here.

Any dealer who sells more than six vehicles a year should be registered to the Motor Vehicle Trader Register.

Mr Tweedie is registered, and the Register's Team Leader of Compliance and Inspection, Phil Sorrell, says consumers should use the website to make sure they know the dealer they're talking to is who they say they are.

"It's so the consumer can actually identify who they're contracting with, and then they can check whatever information they have at the time of negotiating the sale against the information held on the register.

"That will allow them to go back to that person with confidence," he said.

Becky spent $10,500 plus on a car, that has since been revealed to have a dangerous fault. Source: Fair Go