Rugby World Cup 2011
1 April 2010
The draft Annual Plan includes some new projects to help ensure the city is well prepared for next year's Rugby World Cup (RWC). This tournament will attract tens of thousands of visitors to the city and be seen by millions of people around the world.
Richard Taylor unveils the Rugby World Cup statue's design
Proposals include spending $150,000 over the next two years on leasing the new Wharewaka on the waterfront and setting it up as the base for the RWC village, and $350,000 commissioning Weta Workshop to produce a large sculpture as the centrepiece of the village.
With entertainment and big screens showing live match footage, the village will be the hub of RWC action off the field and the place to soak up the atmosphere.
The proposed sculpture would add to that atmosphere and draw global attention to Wellington's creative industries and the work Weta does. It would be moved to a permanent location after RWC.
Other plans include:
making improvements to Waterloo Quay earlier than planned so we can improve the look of the area and pedestrian access to cruise ships and the stadium
keeping central city streets cleaner - a $225,000 increase is being proposed this coming year, an additional $450,000 every year after that and a one-off top-up of $350,000 next year
replacing the existing public toilets in Courtenay Place ($500,000)
improving the Māori Heritage Trail - Te Ara o Nga Tupuna - by putting up interpretation panels ($37,000).
To have your say on the draft Annual Plan, visit the Public Input section of this site. The consultation is open from 9 April 2010 until 10 May 2010.