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

 

Survey shows Wellingtonians want art in their lives

Wednesday 23 May

A recent survey shows Wellingtonians are proud of their city’s creativity, and are backing investment in art and culture to make the Culture Capital a vibrant and interesting place to live, says Mayor Justin Lester.

Creative NZ has released the results of a nationwide survey on how New Zealanders engage with the arts, and showing Wellington as the top “hot spot” for access to the arts, followed by Otago, Nelson city, and Taranaki.

Wellingtonians (50 percent) are more likely than other New Zealanders (national average 30 percent) to agree that access to the arts is a reason why they live in the city.

A high proportion of Wellingtonians also think it’s important the Council supports arts-based initiatives, and four out of five believe creativity is important to the city’s identity.

“It confirms the anecdotal feedback I receive on a daily basis, where Wellingtonians hold the arts, culture and creativity sector dear to their hearts, and want it to be a consistent thread in everything we do in Wellington,” says Mayor Lester, portfolio lead for Arts and Culture.

“We don’t want to replicate other cities around the world, we want to be distinct, and we want to be different. We want to make sure we accentuate what makes Wellington Wellington.”

As part of the Council’s Long-term Plan, it wants to spend almost $111m on strengthening and improvements to the Town Hall, St James Theatre, and the Bond Store – home of the Wellington Museum.

Up to $16m is budgeted for supporting local arts events such as WOW, Visa Wellington On a Plate and the New Zealand Festival.

Councillor Nicola Young, Associate Arts portfolio, says the survey proves what is already known.

“Wellingtonians love the arts – from the big events like the ballet, opera and the Symphony Orchestra, to the independent art galleries in the Cuba Street area,” she says. “Access to the arts is very easy in Wellington because it is compact and there’s a big variety in a small area.”

Wellington arts organiser Sue Paterson says it is very difficult to run a successful arts and culture sector without supporting infrastructure.

“It’s a big issue for a city just how important it really is to have these buildings, whether it’s the Town Hall, the St James Theatre and the Opera House.”

World of Wearable Art chief executive Gisella Carr says Wellington has historically had an excellent track record of understanding the importance of art.

“Councils can create art-driven spaces – they have a number of avenues through which they can influence the importance of the arts.”

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency chief executive Lance Walker says art helps strengthen the capital’s economy.

“Being the creative capital is not just about what’s in a gallery or on stage, but how our creative community helps fuel innovative thinking within the business community.

“Whilst these results are positive for Wellington, we still believe more people should be able to access the arts, and are working with Wellington City Council to open up culture to people from right across our community via the Celebrate Wellington grants initiative.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday].

Housing Minister Phil Twyford's office said he would not be commenting on Mr Barclay's resignation as it was an employment matter. Last month, Mr Twyford confirmed that Mr Barclay had not been at work for a number of weeks. More>>

 

Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>

ALSO:

DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Again

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>

ALSO:

JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>

Earlier:

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels