Despite vociferous opposition the New Plymouth District Council has signed off on a $50 million repair and upgrade of Yarrow Stadium.
The council operates Yarrow and is a signatory to the Taranaki Stadium Trust, and an extraordinary meeting today faced a 'yes' or 'no' vote to approve the transaction.
The Taranaki Regional Council owns the stadium via the trust and has approved the repair.
Five councillors voted no and a series of public deputations urged council to find a different way.
The vote was won nine to five.
South Taranaki District mayor Ross Dunlop told the meeting he wanted a basic $33m repair only.
He told the council to delay the vote and seek further discussions with the regional council.