The Dominion Post

Gardens charge for non residents

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Non-Hamiltonia­ns will soon have to pay $10 to enter the Hamilton Gardens – but they will remain free for citydwelle­rs. The entry fee plan is part of Hamilton City Council’s long term plan deliberati­ons. The entry charge will be introduced from January 1, 2023, and is expected to generate about $10 million in revenue for the city over 10 years. Hamilton residents will, eventually, be issued ‘‘Hamilton Cards’’ – to gain ongoing free access. There could also be concession arrangemen­ts for people living near the city, in the Waipa and Waikato districts. The entry fee proposal was moved by councillor Maxine van Oosten. ‘‘Our gardens hold celebrity status. They are known nationally and internatio­nally. They are priceless, and we must emphasise their five-star value.’’ The council will go to the public for their feedback later this year on the proposal, and the results of that consultati­on will be included in the draft 2022/23 annual plan.

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