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Eden Park gets nod
Resource consent has been granted to Eden Park allowing it to undergo significant change in order to be ready for the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

More than 500 submissions were made to independent commissioners over 11 days last year and the commissioners said that while the application was heard in the midst of political intervention and widespread public debate they had not been influenced by those factors.

The consent allows for the building of new stands to replace the concrete terraces, and the South Stand.

However, the full covering of all seating in the ground is not part of this consent, and that has been the subject of a separate application.



But just what shape the stadium will take is still dependent on the opinions of international experts who are studying the Eden Park plans on the Government's behalf.

This will also assess the possibility of a cheaper combination of temporary and permanent seating arrangements.

Rugby World Cup Minister Trevor Mallard is expecting completion of the assessment in the next few weeks and has said he will not comment until that time.

New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Jock Hobbs, who is also the chairman of Rugby New Zealand 2011 welcomed the consent approval and said the company was working with the Government on the final design and funding issues.