NZ wants to host the Rugby World Cup in a few years & we need a new stadium to do it, but everyone is being a big cock about where to put it.
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Kiwi News[/url]]Straight out of left field, children's book author Jonathan Gunson has a new solution to the Auckland stadium row – a "waka stadium" of Eiffel Tower proportions.
Sydney had the Opera House, the United States its Statue of Liberty and France its Eiffel Tower – and New Zealand should take the opportunity to create its own internationally recognised icon, Gunson said yesterday.
"Here's a chance to do something unique and put us on the map . . . we'd get non-stop coverage."
Gunson, whose grandfather Sir James Gunson was Auckland mayor for a decade till 1925, is the author of the Buzzy Bee children's book series.
He came up with the "waka" concept and posted it on his Alchemy Publishing website in the hope of stimulating debate and attracting Sports Minister Trevor Mallard's attention.
"He looked at it and liked it but said, 'Imagine the cost,' " Gunson said.
He is unconcerned whether his design or another of similarly epic proportions is built, saying he cares only that the waterfront site is not wasted on "a box to house 60,000 people".
"If they're just going to ram something in there, I'd rather they did it at Eden Park."
When New Zealand won the America's Cup, Gunson said, he realised the country could do anything.
His concept, which would need to be redesigned by an architect to make it "do-able", includes underwater-lit oars stretching from the stadium top to the seabed, parks at both ends of the oval and a 290-metre-high prow with copper inlay Maori artwork.
Auckland's Sky Tower, the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere, is 328 metres high.
I've read a dozen articles about this stupid topic recently, it's the last line that makes this one special.
Jon Gunson says the new stadium should be a world landmark rather than just another shitty box, and with a landmark people might give a damn about Auckland.
What the last line says to me is "Dude, we have a landmark!" Where? "The Sky Tower
!" But that's shit. "Dude! ;'("