Wellington is a city full of ideas. A number of these are being developed into projects. They are in various stages of development but are unlikely to require funding from the Council in the coming year.
Wellington’s rugged south coast and Cook Strait is home to an array of marine and amphibious life. Investment in the Moa Point treatment plant and the establishment of the Taputeranga Marine Reserve in recent years has led to an improvement in the habitat for marine life in the area. The proposed Te Moana Centre aims to bring that life to the surface. It would offer a hands-on visitor attraction drawing people from across the region and add to Wellington’s tourism attractions.
The project is being developed by the Wellington Marine Conservation Trust. It is seeking funding support from the Council, the Government and social investors.
The Council’s contribution would likely be in the form of land and preparation of the site for construction. There may also be the need for ongoing operational funding. Any decision to support the project or not will be conditional on matters such as the trust securing funds from the other parties, the testing of visitor projections, any long term liabilities, and assessment against other visitor attractions.
The Council has funded the development of a business case and supported a grant from the Regional Amenities Fund.
As the capital, Wellington is the right place to host a museum that reflects on military conflicts and peace-keeping efforts. A location close to Memorial Park is possible. The Council could look to support other parties in securing such an attraction in the city.
Wellington offers an outstanding quality of life but we cannot take this for granted. Like all cities the economic and financial require us to set clear priorities. The Council is considering establishing a priority growth agenda that sets out some bold plans to lift the city’s performance.
The following eight ideas aim to build on the city’s strengths and ensure we remain competitive as a smart capital:
Investing in these ideas aims to grow the value of the local economy and transform the way the Council provides services. The uplift in value and growth in the ratepayer base will in turn provide the means to invest more in our social, cultural, and environmental aspirations in time.