Decision on contractor for new Christchurch stadium delayed

An artist’s impression of the inside of the new Christchurch stadium.

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An artist’s impression of the inside of the new Christchurch stadium.

Choosing a preferred contractor to design and build Christchurch’s new stadium has been delayed until March after companies asked for more time to submit proposals.

The Christchurch City Council had intended to announce a preferred contractor in December, after making a request for proposals in July.

Alistair Pearson, the council’s manager of capital delivery of major facilities, said it was considered “in the best interest of the project” to give contractors more time.

Pearson said the contractor would be announced as soon as they were selected.

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America’s Cup row: Challenger contractor sparked contentious race course decision

A contractor for the America’s Cup challenger organisation was behind the decision to limit access to some of the best viewed race courses, which sparked an angry spat between the challengers and Team New Zealand.

The Italian Challenger of Record said it found out only in September about the February decision to make the prime inner harbour courses unavailable for some races, meaning spectators on the shore would miss out on the action.

However, in tracing the timeline of decisions, Stuff has been told it was Grant Calder, of event management firm Mayo and Calder – then a contractor to both Team NZ’s event arm ACE, and the Italian challenger organisation, (COR) which first raised the idea in late 2019.

The restriction on courses for certain race days has now been lifted, but not before the first angry public exchanges between defender Team New Zealand and the Italians, who said

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State board defers decision on reviewing troubled Kurn Hattin Homes

Kurn Hattin orignal building
The original building of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger

Vermont Education Secretary Dan French has asked the State Board of Education to launch a review of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, a residential private school in Westminster facing sexual abuse allegations that span several decades.

The State Board has the power to grant approval for private schools to operate in the state, and can review and rescind that approval if certain red flags appear. 

In September, Kurn Hattin relinquished its license from the Department for Children and Families to operate a residential treatment program, following a state investigation of sexual misconduct and abuse allegations at the school.

But the school still has general approval from the State Board to enroll students ages 5-15 in grades K-8, according to Agency of Education spokesperson Ted Fisher. 

There are about 60 enrolled, he said, and one is

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