Encouraging Reaction To Arena Proposal

We were encouraged by the reactions of the mayors of Hutt City and Upper Hutt to the proposal for a concert arena to be built somewhere (preferably near the stadium) in the Wellington Region.  Here are the comments from these two Mayors as reported in the Dominion Post

Mayor Ogden (Hutt City)

Lower Hutt Mayor David Ogden said his council did not fund big Wellington-based events and projects such as the International Festival of the Arts and the Karori Sanctuary.

“But if it could be proven that it [a rock arena] is a truly regional facility like the Westpac Stadium, then I think a case could be made for it to be funded through the region.”

Mr Ogden said the arena could be funded through Greater Wellington regional council by a special rate.

The regional council already collects rates from all ratepayers in the region to pay for the Westpac Stadium.

Mayor Guppy (Upper Hutt)

Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy said there was a clear need for a rock arena in the region.

“Anyone who lives in Wellington can clearly see that we are losing out very, very badly to Auckland now that they have the large [12,000-seat] Vector Arena. There is no question about that.”

The Vector Arena has attracted some of the biggest international rock acts, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kings of Leon, since it opened in March last year. Kylie Minogue will perform there next month.

Mr Guppy said a cooperative approach was needed to find the most suitable place for an arena.

“If it is to be a regional approach, then where is the best place to site it? It might be the city, but it also might be Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt or Porirua.”


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