Our proposal and projects
We are proposing to embark on a “Decade of Culture” that will emphasise and enhance the city’s unique creative strengths. We're putting forward a proposal for consultation, and we also want your feedback on a range of projects that are at different stages of development.
There are two options. Supporting our proposal means an increase in our levels of service. Not supporting it means keeping our current levels of service.
Strengthening cultural facilitiesExpand
- The St James Theatre ($11.5 million of capital expenditure in years 1 and 2)
- The Town Hall ($88.7 million of capital expenditure). This is an increase from the $57 million consulted on in the Long-term Plan 2015-25. The increase is mainly due to increased project contingency and cost escalation
- Wellington Museum (strengthening and upgrade in years 3 and 4, at an estimated cost of $10 million of capital expenditure)
- Other venues ($7.5 million of capital expenditure for minor strengthening works for Wellington Zoo, pools and libraries)
Additional support for the artsExpand
We're proposing to invest $16 million over 10 years to support a coordinated programme of events, activities, theatre and public art to position the city as a global cultural destination.
It also involves growing key festivals like Matariki into large-scale national festivals.
Investment in the artsExpand
- Te Whare Hēra: This is an international artist residency programme that brings artists to live, work and exhibit in Wellington for 3 to 6 months at a time. It has been carried out in collaboration with Te Whiti o Rehua (Massey University School of Art) since 2014. It is proposed that this programme continue to be delivered at a cost of $45,000 per year.
- Arts and Culture Fund: As previously agreed, we would add $195,000 to the Arts and Culture Fund over the next 10 years. This would maintain our support for important arts organisations with 3-year funding contracts. This fund currently supports Orchestra Wellington, Circa Theatre, Kia Mau Festival and others.
Investment in cultural and visitor attractionsExpand
In the Long-term Plan 2015-25, we agreed – after receiving positive feedback from the community – to invest in a Movie Museum and Convention Centre and a new indoor arena to host major events and musical acts.
Funding was allocated to progress these initiatives.
The Movie Museum and Convention Centre are expected to draw visitors and boost economic growth, and also raise Wellington’s profile as an arts and culture capital.
We will continue to work on this project in the coming year.
This financial information relates specifically to the initiatives listed as part of our proposal. It does not consider the costs of the other projects because these are at different stages of development.
For earthquake strengthening cultural facilities, by year 10 this would add:
- 20.4 percent or $103.6 million to total borrowings (after $14.1 million of debt repayment)
- $79 (3.3 percent) to the average annual rates bill (equivalent to an average increase of $7.87 per year over the 10 years).
Funding for expanding the reach of major festivals and events would come from existing sources (Wellington’s Regional Amenities Fund and the City Growth Fund) and there would be no additional impact on rates or borrowings.