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Canterbury Opera meets Council

MEDIA RELEASE 13 September 2006

Canterbury Opera meets Council

Canterbury Opera today meet with the Christchurch City Council to brief staff on the financial and governance issues faced by the organisation.

Council Community Services General Manager Stephen McArthur said Canterbury Opera was seeking future financial support from Council.

“Council has asked Canterbury Opera to come back within a month with a long-term sustainable business plan which addresses governance and finance. This information is already being prepared by the organisation for a Creative New Zealand funding meeting in October.”

The Council has already given Canterbury Opera $105,000 this financial year, the last of a three-year commitment to provide the organisation with base funding to the tune of $70,000. The additional $35,000 in 2006-07 was from the Council-financed Orchestra Hirers’ Fund that was disbanded last year.

Mr McArthur said the future viability of Canterbury Opera needed to be determined before any staff recommendations would be made to Council regarding their request for future funding support.


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