Wellington Convention Centre – 4 years ago #
I do not believe the business case and demand is robust enough to build another convention centre to compete in a "race to the bottom" with Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown. We may be better to go for high-value niche conferences and fully exploit the superb existing venues we have such as Te Papa, MFC, Town Hall etc. With an additional convention centre in Wellington, we may well find that all these venues become unprofitable and require overall more support to maintain. I am also unsure there is sufficient trickle-down benefit to Ratepayers to justify the likely ongoing commitment of rates to prop up another Convention venue.