Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Lotteries Grants Great news for Northland


06 March, 2014. (No of pages: 1)

Lotteries Grants Great news for Northland

The announcement today by the Minister of internal affairs of two lotteries grants for Northland Projects is wonderful news for Northland. Both will have significant benefits to their local communities and to Northland as a whole. A new Museum for Waitangi showcasing Aotearoa’s most significant historic site and The Hundertwasser Art Centre project in Whangarei showcasing contemporary Hundertwasser and Maori art will significantly add to Northlands visitor product offering and enhance the ‘sense of place’ that residents can be proud of.

In an article called ‘Temples of delight’ the Economist (Dec 2013) explained that museums are no longer simply be repositories of history but they have moved to interact with their community and visitors so people can learn about themselves, the world around them and their place in it. ‘The statistics suggest that these new-look museums are doing something right. Globally numbers have burgeoned from around 23,000 two decades ago to at least 55,000 now. In 2012 American Museums received 850 million visitors…which is more than all the big-league sporting events and theme parks combined.’

The Economist also re-visited the “Bilbao effect”. The Bilbao effect has been used to describe the immense success the building of a Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, had for the local economy. The construction costs alone were in the order of US$100million. It was a very large investment for a City of approximately 350,000 people in 1997.

In its first three years the museum returned over Eruo$100 million in taxes to the regional government. 15 years later it was estimated to have added over Euro 2.4Billion to the regional economy and one million people visited the museum in 2012. At least half of those visitors were from abroad.

“These kinds of developments are no longer considered frivolous; they can be significant draw-cards and significant contributors to their local economies.” David Wilson says

Congratulations to the Waitangi National Trust and the Whangarei Art Museum Trust on their success today and the visionary leadership they have demonstrated for their communities, the region and New Zealand.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news