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Call on Eden Park will take courage

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Eden Park, which brands itself New Zealand's national stadium, is is very poor shape. The famous surburban ground urgently needs care and attention — but the trust which runs it doesn't have the money to do the job.

Moreover, it is shackled by rules it must observe from making enough to keep the place running, let alone undertake the investments needed to secure its future. To all intents and purposes, the park is on life support.

Under its trust deed, Eden Park is meant to be run for the benefit of rugby and cricket, as well as other codes and events, for the whole of the region. What's more the park is meant to stand on its own financial feet.

Projections in the report by EY prepared for Auckland Council and which surfaced this week revealed just how far this objective is beyond the ability of the trust to achieve.........

© New Zealand Herald