John Key is pushing for what he calls a decent stadium for Christchurch.
$30 million was spent on transforming Rugby League Park in Addington into the new AMI Stadium, after the one in the city was damaged in the earthquakes.
The Prime Minister says while the city can limp along with a temporary stadium, Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and where all the growth is set to take place.
"Link it in with high performance sport and all those other things. Whether they have the roof or not well I guess they have to go through those numbers, but I reckon Christchurch can support that."
John Key says it's also important Christchurch has a decent stadium because the culture of the city is all about sport.
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