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    New Zealand seems to have won at least the most important part of its struggle to have everything ready for next month's Commonwealth Games in Christchurch.

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    GV EXTERIOR Stadium

    GV PAN INTERIOR Stadium being constructed

    GV Christchurch Cathedral

    CU Flowers in shape of flag TILT UP ZOOM IN Cowles Stadium and Skellerup Hall (2 shots)

    GV and MVs The Games Village (5 shots)

    GV Avon River PAN TO GV and SCU Town Hall fountain and people on steps (2 shots)

    SCU ZOOM INTO CU Commonwealth Games poster

    CU and MV ZOOM IN "Commonwealth Games booking here" sign and woman with tickets (2 shots)

    GV Ramada Inn Hotel under construction PAN across Victoria Square

    MV PAN James Hay theatre to Town Hall venue for weightlifting and wrestling

    CU ZOOM OUT TO MV Stuart fountain

    CU ZOOM OUT Policeman

    GV Denton Park venue for cycling

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    Background: New Zealand seems to have won at least the most important part of its struggle to have everything ready for next month's Commonwealth Games in Christchurch.

    Christchurch City Council workmen and contractors ended the organisers' worst nightmare in late November when they finished the 'GBP' 2.75 million Queen Elizabeth II Park Stadium, which many foreigners thought could never be finished in time. Less than two years ago the stadium area - five miles form the centre of Christchurch-was pastureland. Now it has been described as the finest sporting complex in the southern hemisphere.

    The stadium is the first outside the United States to have the new Chevron synthetic-mixture running track costing 'GBP' 92,000. The swimming events will be held in a pool next to the main grandstand. There is seating for 5,000 at the swimming and 34,000 at the athletics.

    Fund raising means even people not involved in the Games' hundreds of projects have played a part. Towns and cities throughout the country were set cash targets.

    The hotel promoters have not been so lucky. When it was discovered Christchurch did not have enough hotels to cope with the vast influx of visitors for the games, they decided to have several built - but none will be ready in time. All accommodation is full and people are booking as far away as Ashburton - 50 miles south.

    Many countries are sending teams of record size. The organisers admit they have had difficulty housing the 2,000 athletes and officials. Most will live in the Canterbury University Halls of Residence. The others will be hosed in units on the site. The Head of Army Security Lt. Col. Eric Braggins with a team of 200 is in charge of security in the games village.

    Denton Park, ten miles outside the city, will take the cycling events; the Town Hall, the wrestlers and weightlifters; Central Canterbury Court, the boxing; Cowles Stadium the Badminton; three suburban ranges, the shooting; and Woolston Working Mens's club, the bowls.

    SYNOPSIS: The new Queen Elizabeth the Second Park Stadium near Christchurch, New Zealand, will hold the main events in next month's Commonwealth games. Many thought the stadium could not be finished in time, but it has just opened and has already been called the southern hemisphere's finest sporting complex.

    Christchurch has been mae to look its summer best, and the badminton players need to leave the city to compete in the Cowles Stadium or train in Skellerup Hall.

    The organisers have had more trouble housing the two thousand athletes and officials - four hundred more than expected. Most will live in canterbury University Halls of Residence guarded by two hundred security men. Fund raising for the games has been nation-wide, so even hose not involved in the hundreds of different projects have played a part. Most towns and cities were set each targets.

    Over five hundred thousand pounds worth tickets have sold to people hoping to see records fall on the stadium's ninety-thousand pound synthetic American Chevron running track. The hotel promoters have not been as lucky as the games organisers. They decided to have several new hotels built to cope with the vast influx of visitors -but none will be finished in time. All accommodation is full and visitors are booking as far away as Aahburn - fifty miles south.

    The new Town Hall is usually used for concert. Next month the grunts and groans of the wrestlers and weightlifters will fill the auditorium, but there will still be a Royal Variety concert for the visitors during the games month.

    Cathedral Square is becoming a pedestrian precinct, and the local cycling track at Denton Park has become an international cycling circuit with five-thousand seats. Games chairman Rong Scott is now only anxious about the moment when four year's planing comes into operation.

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