Mayor proposes $20M boost for Auckland Art Gallery

Long Lunch 03/02/2018
Auckland Art Gallery. Credit: Getty images

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has proposed a boost in funding for the cash-strapped Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki by about $2 million a year for the next 10 years.

Mr Goff joins Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch to discuss his proposal.

“It sounds like a lot of money,” he said. “It’s probably reasonably modest when you compare it against the $27 billion that both central Government and local Government will be spending on transport.”

The Gallery already took steps to boost its revenue by following in the footsteps of Auckland Museum. In January, the Auckland Art Gallery began charging international visitors an entry fee.

You can’t neglect the things that make our city a great place to live.

Mr Goff explains that while a city is about roads and other important elements, it’s also about “having a soul”.

Tourists now have to pay $20 each, with a concession rate of $17 for international students with ID. Entry for all children aged 12 and under will remain free.

“Our sporting activities - our cultural activities are basically what make our city a world-class city in New Zealand,” he told RadioLIVE. 

The Mayor's funding proposal will be considered as part of the Council's 10-year to be agreed upon in May this year.

Listen to the full interview with Phil Goff above.

Afternoon Talk with Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.