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

 


Hundertwasser Art Centre has funding to proceed

Hundertwasser Art Centre has funding to proceed

The Whangarei Art Museum is excited to announce that a group of Whangarei and New Zealand citizens have underwritten the final $495,000 required for the refurbishment of the Whangarei Hundertwasser Art Centre.

The underwriting means that the minimum $5 million of external funding required is now available and the project can proceed at any time.

The underwriters, who have chosen to remain anonymous, have released the following statement:

“We are supporting the Whangarei Art Museum, the city of Whangarei, and the people of New Zealand in providing this underwrite for the remaining $495,000 in funding for the Hundertwasser Art Centre, so that work on this iconic project can begin as soon as the Whangarei District Council confirms the project can proceed.

The Whangarei Hundertwasser Art Centre will provide significant economic benefits, which are very much needed in Northland and Whangarei, as well as a quality, curated art museum of national and international significance.

Unfortunately the project has become bogged down in politics that have little to do with its merit. The HAC is too important an opportunity to be lost, so we have stepped forward to ensure all the external funding is available.

We see the HAC as a project for the future; for our children and their children and for generations to come. It will be an important catalyst for boosting economic growth, employment and opportunities in Northland and the key to making Whangarei the vibrant gateway to Northland it should be.”

Whangarei Art Museum Trust trustee Andy Britton said “The WAM Trust has been responsible for raising the $5,000,000 external fundraising needed before the refurbishment could start. We can’t express how delighted we are to have achieved this.


“We are immensely grateful to this group for stepping up to underwrite the final amount, as we also are to the many other financial supporters who have contributed to the project to-date.

“The building plans are fully completed and ready to be lodged for final resource consent. All the structural engineering, design, costing and planning work has been done and the final architectural plans have been approved by the Hundertwasser Non Profit Foundation in Vienna.

“All that remains is for our Council to confirm their commitment to the project. The sooner the refurbishment is started, the better for Whangarei” said Mr Britton.

$1,350,000 of the total $13,000,000 required for the Whangarei Hundertwasser Art Centre has already been spent on the project.

Fundraising for the Whangarei Hundertwasser Art Museum will be ongoing for the three years the refurbishment takes to complete. If the project is dropped by the Whangarei District Council the $5,000,000 of pledged funds must be returned to donors.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river.

“Despite an explicit assurance from Minister Smith that the new water standards would provide for human and ecosystem health, he has failed to deliver on either of these things,” says Forest & Bird CEO Kevin Hague. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Immigration: Clampdown On Rogue Employers Good First Step

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is pleased at the new clampdown on rouge employers who exploit migrants announced by Minister Woodhouse this morning, and believes this is a step in the right direction. More>>

ALSO:

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington (Over A Decade)

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:


Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news