Sustainable world cup a goal for Mallard

Trevor Mallard’s Eden Park stadium plan has received a tentative Mexican wave from the Green Party.

“This is an infinitely better idea than his previous hair-brained scheme to dump a giant round tub on the waterfront,” says Keith Locke, the party’s sports spokesperson.

I’m glad Mr Mallard has at last got the World Cup requirements in perspective. The $200 million Eden Park upgrade is much more palatable than billion dollars the government would have been spending.

The lesson for the Cabinet is to listen more to Aucklanders, who always wanted a cheap option, not an expensive palace on the harbour edge.

“What we must aim for now is to make the event as sustainable as possible. For a start the government needs to invest more in the passenger rail infrastructure to get as many spectators as possible to Eden Park by train,” he says.