| Lower South Island News | Friday May 11 2012 14:47
Stadium Southland's 2010 collapse was caused by construction and design defects - and not the heavy snowfall.
That's the finding of an independent investigation commissioned by the Department of Building and Housing.
The investigators say the snow of the roof did not exceed the snow loading standard in place at the time - and, when sagging was observed during construction, remedial works were not sufficient to ensure the integrity of the building.
Malcom Gayfer says the Department is not apportioning blame.
"They say this is a technical report and technical report only, and any issues of culpability, blame, that sort of that they are steering well clear from."
The report recommends snow alarms be installed in public buildings to warn occupants to get out when snow loads exceed design limits.