Live music performance is part of Wellington’s DNA, and the region has a wide range of venues. But it has no indoor venue capable of seating more than 5000 people.
As a result, the region misses out on international artists who play in other cities such as Auckland and Christchurch.
This comes as an economic cost to the city, because we are missing out on rock concerts and other music events that can attract large numbers of people to the city. It also has social and cultural costs – the city is less lively and vibrant than it otherwise might be, and its reputation as a centre for arts and culture is compromised.
Wellington City Council is progressing work to scope the possibility of developing a 8,000–12,000 seat indoor arena in the central city.
This would be a large investment, with significant payback for the region,. It would allow the region to attract many more live music, comedy and other performances, bringing in visitors and boosting the economy, as well as increasing entertainment options available to residents.
The project would likely be developed in partnership.
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