Rugby: Otago future still being decided behind closed doors

The Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Photo / Supplied
The Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Photo / Supplied

Dunedin city councillors remained behind closed doors this evening discussing a debt write-off deal to help save the Otago Rugby Football Union.

Councillors have been going over the deal with council lawyer Warwick Deuchress, of Anderson Lloyd, and they have been discussing it with Otago Rugby Football Union change manager Jeremy Curragh.

They have yet to hear from Dunedin Venues Management Limited chief executive David Davies and chairman Sir John Hansen.

The deal would see the ORFU's $399,464 unpaid bill to the council being scrapped, in return for a three-year programme of top-tier All Blacks test matches at the stadium, including a Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia.

The council - not the ORFU - would receive the proceeds of the North-South charity rugby match to be played at the stadium in June, and the council wants a long-term venue hire agreement tying the Highlanders to the stadium.

Talks started about 3pm.

- Otago Daily Times

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