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

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news