Whangarei MP, Dr Shane Reti, has welcomed the Government’s decision to contribute $4 million to the construction of the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Māori Art Gallery in Whangarei.
“This is one of the biggest commitments by central Government to tourism facilities in Northland and is a clear indication it is listening to people up North.
“The Arts Centre will be of great economic benefit, driving visitors to museums and other tourist spots across the region,” says Dr Reti.
“I would like to congratulate the local leaders who have worked hard in collaboration with central government to get this project to where it is today.
“Along with the opening of the new Museum of NZ at Waitangi, this project shows Northland tourist infrastructure continues to gain momentum and is a sign of the Government’s ongoing commitment to helping Northland achieve economic prosperity and grow jobs, investment and visitor numbers,” says Dr Reti.
The funding for the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Māori Art Gallery was announced as part of the launch of the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan. The plan identifies 58 actions that will support and enable the growth of the Northland economy.