Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Keep convention centre alive, says Chamber

23 December 2014

Keep convention centre alive, says Chamber

The City Council should put every effort into keeping alive the convention centre for Wellington, says Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce President John Milford.

“The dropping by the developers of plans to use the site opposite Te Papa is very disappointing.

“But we should be encouraged that they are already proceeding with talks on securing an alternative site on the waterfront, and architects and engineers are redesigning the plans to suit.

“That’s reassuring. If the old Interisland Wharf can be made to work, there is potential for it to be a better-placed location.

“The key point is that the council’s chief executive has assured ratepayers that the agreed costs to the council will not change. Neither will the package of hotel rooms and conference capacity – no compromises on the offering.

“No doubt there is much work to be done by the parties involved, and if it happens there will be delays. The Chamber urges those involved to push on with the project as soon as possible. The city and the region need this project to be delivered by 2017 so we can maintain and attract our share of the lucrative convention market.

“The business case stacked up previously and if the agreed costs and package remain the same it should continue to stack up. The council has assured us that the numbers and details around the profit-share were crunched properly by independent consultants.

“The Chamber still believes this project is compelling as part of the bigger package Wellington offers. It’s a promising development which has the potential to deliver real opportunities for the city and the region.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 



Climate Leaders Coalition: Launches New Statement Of Ambition, Appoints New CEO Convenor

The Climate Leaders Coalition is tonight officially launching a new Statement of Ambition to accelerate business action on climate change... More>>


Retail: New Law Paves Way For Greater Supermarket Competition

Legislation that bans major supermarkets from blocking their competitors’ access to land to set up new stores paves the way for greater competition in the sector, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>



International Business Forum: NZ EU FTA Coming Down To The Wire – Hold The Line

As negotiations accelerate to conclude an ambitious free trade agreement between New Zealand and the European Union, the NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF), representing a cross section of major exporters... More>>


MYOB: New Data Shows Increase In SMEs Experiencing Stress And Anxiety

The lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a surge in the number of local SME owners and operators experiencing stress and anxiety, according to new research from business management platform, MYOB... More>>



Carbonz: Cashing In On Carbon: The New Marketplace Helping Native Forest To Thrive

The country’s first voluntary carbon credit marketplace, Carbonz, is here to restore native biodiversity and help Aotearoa reach its carbon zero goals by selling the first carbon credits exclusively from native forest... More>>
Entrust District: Dividend Will Be Welcomed After Another Tough Year
We’ve all heard of the saying; “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” but for Aucklanders within the Entrust District, getting their share of Entrust’s 2022 annual dividend payment really is as good as it sounds... More>>