$4m for Hundertwasser Centre
The government will contribute $4 million to the construction of the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Maori Art Gallery in Whangarei.
The decision was announced on 4 February 2016 as part of the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan, which identifies 48 actions that will support and enable the growth of the Northland economy.
The Hundertwasser Centre will add another quality visitor attraction to the Northland tourism industry, creating jobs and economic benefits.
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says around 70 people will work on the Centre’s construction and 30 people will be needed to operate it. The Centre is estimated to bring an additional $3.7 million into the Northland economy each year.
The original design for the centre was drawn in 1993 by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who resided in Northland. It will be dedicated to contemporary Maori art, with a section displaying Hundertwasser’s own work.
The centre is identified in the Northland Economic Action Plan as a key potential tourism project. The government’s contribution is contingent on the Whangarei Museum Trust obtaining the $8.2 million of additional funding required to build the centre.