Umbrella organisation to manage Wellington venues


NEW ZEALAND – Wellington council is considering creating a new council-controlled trading organisation to manage six of the city’s major arts and conference venues.

The new organisation would manage the St James Theatre, Opera House, Town Hall, Michael Fowler Centre, TSB Bank Arena and Shed 6.

The venues are currently managed by two council organisations, the St James Theatre Charitable Trust and the Wellington Convention Centre.

“A one-stop shop would make things simpler for hirers, which is likely to mean the city gets more shows and conferences,” says city services director for the Council, Neville Brown.

“The proposed new trading organisation would benefit from more coordinated and targeted marketing, shared support services and have greater buying power for negotiating contracts for things like food, beverages and cleaning, which would reduce costs,” he adds.

Consultation began on 6 July, with a deadline for submissions of 9 August, and a final decision to be announced in September.

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