Te Papa funding looks safe

June 11th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

Funding for and for shifting Wellington’s SPCA headquarters could be revived after a review of the city council’s assets.

In a series of recommendations to Wellington City Council’s strategy and policy committee, officers have approved funding for the SPCA’s move to the Chest Hospital on Mt Victoria, rejuvenation of Miramar town centre, expansions to Johnsonville shopping centre and a restoration of Te Papa’s funding.

The proposed funding will be debated by councillors at tomorrow’s committee meeting, before the final approval of Wellington’s long-term plan for 2012-22.

In March, councillors agreed to cut $1.25 million funding for Te Papa.

Council officers had found the necessary savings by stretching out the life of infrastructure around the city, mayor Celia Wade-Brown said yesterday.

This is a good outcome. I blogged a few weeks ago how 70% of the Te Papa funding came from CBD tourism businesses who were aghast at the funding cut – they view Te Papa as a major source of income for them. Maintaining the funding is a sensible economic decision.

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11 Responses to “Te Papa funding looks safe”

  1. Mike Readman (353 comments) says:

    Why don’t they fund it themselves then? It wouldn’t cost them much more.

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  2. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    If it was as good as some knobs think it is, it would fund itself.

    But sadly its just not as good as some Wellingtonians think,- theres actually bugger all to see, lots of empty space explained as architecture but it lacks substance.

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  3. dog_eat_dog (787 comments) says:

    Doesn’t the Auckland Museum get way more visitors? Also, fuck the ridiculous obsession with National everythings having to be in Wellington. It’d be nice of the population centre paying the majority of the taxes that go towards these things actually got one once in a while.

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  4. Tautaioleua (324 comments) says:

    Te Papa was underwhelming for me, it could do with some flavouring. It always seems empty to me, I guess I should turn up on a Saturday just to be sure?

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  5. mikenmild (12,390 comments) says:

    A good result. I hope the Te Papa-haters above enjoyed the poke in the eye.

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  6. wiseowl (978 comments) says:

    Museum of New Zealand mmmmmmmmm?

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  7. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Council officers had found the necessary savings by stretching out the life of infrastructure around the city, mayor Celia Wade-Brown said yesterday.

    It’s happening up and down the country when it comes to Art and Culture Council officers find the necessary savings at the expence of core infrastucture.

    Why can’t they just put a permanent entry charge at the Te Papa door and put the $2.25 million saving into paying of debt.

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  8. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    It’s not a poke in the eye for anyone you sad sack.

    It’s just a very ordinary effort as far as museums go, let alone the pretension that its New Zealands museum.

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  9. mikenmild (12,390 comments) says:

    It’s a brilliant museum; most people who say otherwise probably never even go there.

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  10. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    No, MM, we have all be there and to others, its called a comparison situation, ergo, against other museums Wellington is poor

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  11. dog_eat_dog (787 comments) says:

    Against the Auckand War Memorial, it’s absolutely dire. Think what they could do with an equivalent amount of funds and fawning. Too bad everything arts and culture must either be in Wellington or apparently part of the Tank Farm development.

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