Mar/ April 2014 - page 1

INSIDE: A chieflyexperience for
agroupof localWaikatomeeting
plannersona familiarisation tour
of theHamilton/Waikato region:
Maria Julian, Fonterra;Daniel
ConventionBureau; Sharon
Christian, PricewaterhouseCoopers;
AnnSaunders, LIC; Lee-AnnMuntz,
ALGIM. FullWaikato famil storyon
Confirmation thatWellingtonCityCouncil isnegotiating towards
thedevelopment of apurposebuilt convention centreandfive
star hotel for theCBDhasbeenwelcomedby industry leaders.
There is concern, however, that thenew facilitywill comewitha
cost; thedemiseof theheritage-listedWellingtonTownHall.
Councillor Jo Coughlan, chair of the
Economic Growth and Arts Committee, has
told Meeting Newz that convention centre
discussions are well underway.
‘Council is quite a way down the track in
termsofnegotiationwithadeveloper, forboth
a purpose-built convention centre and hotel.
It’s all very exciting.We can’t discuss the site
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as yet but it will be in the CBD. The council
is really positive about the potential for the
development; it’s about future-proofing our
ability to host conventions. We need to be
thinking about howwewillmanage, with the
TownHall still under consideration,’ she adds.
aCapital idea
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