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Britomart opening celebrations – costs clarified

Britomart opening celebrations – costs clarified

Councillor Douglas Armstrong, chairperson of Auckland City's Finance and Corporate Business Committee today clarified the costs of the celebrations being planned for the opening of Britomart next month.

The original budget for the opening celebrations was $20,000 but the committee decided unanimously at its April meeting to increase the budget for the opening celebrations to $96,000.

The increased budget enables the opening celebrations to include a full public open day on 26 July at a cost of $35,000. The budget also covers production of a $20,000 commemorative booklet on Britomart, which is the largest construction project ever undertaken by a local authority in New Zealand.

The exact details, costs and arrangements for the opening celebrations are still being finalised. However, the breakdown will be approximately as follows: 20 June – Ngati Whatua site blessing (approximately $2,000) 7 July – first train into the completed station (approximately $7,000 with some of these costs being shared by the Auckland Regional Council) 25 July – official opening (approximately $25,000) 26 July – full public open day (approximately $35,000)

Councillor Armstrong says it is important that the public has a chance to share in the celebrations.

“Britomart is arguably the most significant project since the completion of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. This is the public’s chance to join in the celebrations and experience Britomart first hand,” he says.

“Britomart represents a huge enhancement to Auckland’s passenger transport infrastructure. This is the public’s chance to become familiar with and see what Britomart is all about.”

Councillor Armstrong said the cost of the opening functions was a small investment if it helped to increase public awareness and ensure the future success of Britomart.

Final plans for the opening celebrations will be announced during July.

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