Gov­ern­ment shores up Hun­dert­wasser build

Northern News - - OUT & ABOUT - AN­NETTE LAMBLY

It’s of­fi­cial, North­land has made it hap­pen! The Hun­dert­wasser Art Cen­tre with Wairau Maori Art Gallery will be­come a re­al­ity with the Gov­ern­ment pledg­ing a time lim­ited con­di­tional of­fer to grant up to $3 mil­lion in sup­port of the project.

Min­is­ter for Arts, Cul­ture and Her­itage Mag­gie Barry made the an­nounce­ment on June 16. This brings the to­tal Gov­ern­ment con­tri­bu­tion up to $7m for a project ex­pected to con­trib­ute $26m into the re­gional econ­omy ev­ery year.

The news comes just days af­ter the NZ Lottery Grants Board an­nounced a grant of $3.5m which helped meet the project ref­er­en­dum goal.

The fund­ing is the cul­mi­na­tion of many years’ hard work by vol­un­teers.

HAC project di­rec­tor An­drew Gar­rett says he team is ec­static with the news, and can’t wait to cel­e­brate with the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We are be­yond thrilled to con­quer this hur­dle. Of course, we now have the full build to man­age and com­plete, but right now is a time of cel­e­bra­tion.

‘‘We want to fo­cus on the in­cred­i­ble com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tion which is why we in­vite all of North­land to join us in Hun­dert­wasser Day on June 24 at the Town Basin Canopy Bridge [1pm-3pm].’’

DENISE PIPER

A model of the pro­posed Hun­dert­wasser Art Cen­tre.

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