Wellington Convention Centre – 4 years ago #
This is a terrible idea. If there is demand for a convention centre, a convention centre will be built by the market. But building the centre won't spur demand; it has to happen the other way around.
This is great for business owners who want to have events in Wellington without making any of the capital investment (but taking all the profit from said events). It's also great for contractors who want to get a piece of that several million dollar deal. It's not great for regular working stiffs like you and me who will pay for this in the form of opportunity cost but will not see one iota of the benefit.
As for uniqueness, it's the most un-unique idea ever. By building a convention centre we could take our place in the long long line of sucker cities who have funded ridiculous ideas for cashed-up rent-seekers. Lucky us.