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Govt fronts up with cash for arts centre

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/06/2017

Whangarei's Hundertwasser Arts Centre is set to go now the government has pledged another $3 million to get it across the line.

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Arts and Culture Minister Maggie Barry made the announcement in the city on Friday.

The money is on top of the $4m the government put into the project through the Northland Economic Action Plan.

The estimated cost of the project is about $21m and with a trust raising most of the money that target has now been reached.

Earlier this week, the Lotteries Commission announced it was committing $3.5m.

Building will start later this year.

""We are beyond thrilled to conquer this hurdle," said project director Andrew Garratt.

"Of course, we now have the full build to manage and complete, but right now is a time of celebration."

Mr Bridges said the Northland community has worked hard to get the project off the ground and he was delighted the government could get it across the line.

"It's estimated the the Hundertwasser Arts Centre will pump $3.5m to $3.7m into Northland's economy.

The centre will be a contemporary building in the heart of Whangarei housing a rotating collection from the Hundertwasser Foundation in Vienna.

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