Economic Growth & Arts Committee (disestablished October 2016)

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Areas of focus

The Committee will focus on delivering sustainable long-term economic growth, increased employment, promote the city’s visitor attractions, deliver high-quality events and support the development of smart businesses in the city. The Committee will also work to build Wellington’s unique identity, bolster business confidence, raise the city’s international profile, and ensure Wellington continues to be New Zealand’s arts and culture capital by supporting a range of opportunities for entertainment and expression.  There will be a continuing focus on the ICT and Digital sector.



Cr Jo Coughlan

Deputy chairperson

Cr Simon Marsh


  • All Councillors
  • Quorum: 8 members

Terms of reference (delegations)

The Economic Growth and Arts Committee will have responsibility for:

  • arts partnership (Toi Pōneke)
  • community arts and cultural support
  • city promotion, major events, and attractions
  • business support
  • galleries and museums.

Full Terms of Reference and Delegations 2013/16 (1.8 MB)Text version (123KB RTF)

Relevant portfolios

Small Medium Enterprise and Tertiary Liaison (Portfolio Leader: Cr Marsh) with responsibility for:

  • business improvement districts
  • liaison with suburban business associations
  • liaison with public and private tertiary institutions
  • co-promotion
  • student attraction
  • advocacy for centres of excellence.

Arts (Portfolio Leader: Cr Ahipene-Mercer), with responsibility for:

  • galleries and museums
  • city archives
  • arts and cultural festivals
  • cultural grants
  • access and support for community arts
  • professional art partnerships
  • community festivals.


    • Basin Reserve Trust (BRT)
    • Positively Wellington Tourism (PWT)
    • Positively Wellington Venues Limited (PWV)
    • Wellington Museums Trust (WMT)
    • Wellington Regional Stadium Trust
    • Wellington International Airport Ltd (WIAL)

    Relevant grants

    • Business Improvement District Development Fund
    • Arts and Culture Fund

    Asset Management Plans

    CCO Assets

    Frequency of meetings

    6 weekly