Mon, 13 Aug 2012 7:17a.m.
New Zealand's Olympic success in London has come at a price - $180 million to be precise.
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26/08/2012 9:38:49 p.m.
I must agree with you Carlos - it would be great to see alot more people benefit from $180m especially if was injected into health ie The cancer society which recieves no direct funding from the government and this affects so many New Zealanders
14/08/2012 8:42:16 p.m.
Receive a state Welfare payment or become an athlete? what's the diff? they are all need the opportunity to stand up and be counted. I think the Brits won on the National Pride and Identity stakes anyway. Save the Health expenses..become an athelete!
14/08/2012 8:46:10 a.m.
That money should be spent on health, not this crap !
13/08/2012 11:24:40 p.m.
Olympic fever wrote:
Despite limited athletic glory and no swimming medals - those sports (as well as football) are in a different category to the likes of rowing. Rowing is does not have the same participation numbers world wide. So cut the other sports some slack and take a fair approach.
13/08/2012 11:09:27 p.m.
It is nice to see Kiwis achieving at Olympics but do we need to spend that much? I mean there are some other important issues domestically and I'm not too sure if sporting achievement at International stage should get the priority. Don't get me wrong. Good to see Kiwis. I just wondered about the order of importance. I also would like to question about selection of sports. How many people think Men's softball should get funding? They are 2nd in the world and they were in the final in the last 7 World Champs (4 of them won). Way better record than those sports listed above
13/08/2012 10:23:41 p.m.
Umm, assume someone has already done the math but that's about $11 each per year over 4 years...nothing...I think we've got a lot to show for it...& with any luck a whole lot of healthy inspired kids. Live on the good side of life. Information can be cut however you want...
13/08/2012 6:54:56 p.m.
May I be excused for asking just what percentage (or cents in the dollar) of funding actually reached the athletes as opposed to expenditure in the form of funding commission, and application and administration cost overheads. Is there any room in the next four years to amalgamate Olympic disciplines under one NZ Olympic administrative body so as to minimize such operational overhead. For example if the overhead was as high as 30% and can be reduced to 15% then that is a saving of $27 million or an extra $27 million for the athletes. In addition why can NZ Government funding not be represented by placement of export logo advertising on uniforms like Export NZ, Beef + Lamb NZ Lamb or Tourism NZ, as a means of gaining the taxpayer some value for money?
13/08/2012 4:34:48 p.m.
Great, so now we know, big deal, I think it was a spectacular success. If you want to extrapolate at all, look at the money spent on re-constructing a patch of sand in the middle east, and there won't be any guarantees as to the long term success of that little venture. All for the sake of oil and it's bastard consorts.
13/08/2012 4:27:24 p.m.
Best value for money to advertise our country and people on a international scale. To inspire our kids and people positively and to be able to show unity of pride as one - best value for money.I will write one thing though - I was over for the games and it was only our press and T.V channels that gave the best "equal" balance in regards to interviewing a varitry of athletes and even spectators - well done but I think it would be wise to possibly negoiate with all other press and T.V channels prior to the next games to form a unity of agreeance to broadly cover more athletes and spectators from other countries rather than their own - I have to say the British press and T.V stations were very biased towards only their own athletes and actual coverage with commentry. In writing that though the British were extreamly welcoming and enjoyable to be around, public transport and the volenteers were fantastic. It was a great atmosphere to be within and well done to all our athletes, along with the other international athletes who represented their countries extreamly well - medal or no medal.
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