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Lotteries Commission grant for HAC project brings finish line in sight

Posted on June 15, 2017

Northland Inc Chief Executive Officer David Wilson says a huge hurdle has been crossed after the New Zealand Lotteries Commission committed $3.5million to the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery project.

“This is fantastic news and I am sure everyone involved in the project will be breathing a little easier with the finish line in sight.” said Mr Wilson.

Photo: Minette Hanekom.
Photo: Minette Hanekom.

The grant from the Lotteries Significant Projects Fund takes the tally to $18.6million – well over the Whangārei District Council referendum target of $16.25million which Prosper Northland Trust needed to have raised by June 30.

“Congratulations really have to go to Barry Trass and Andrew Garratt from Prosper Northland Trust and their team of passionate and committed volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make Hundertwasser’s vision a reality.

The economic impact of the HAC will reach well beyond the tourism and visitor dollar to direct economic impact from construction and ongoing jobs creation.

David Wilson — Chief Executive Officer - Northland Inc

“There is still a way to go to finalise funding with almost $3million needed for build costs, but we’re confident that if anyone can find that money it’s the impressive Prosper Northland Trust team.”

Mr Wilson said Northlanders and many other New Zealanders and supporters around the globe have taken the concept of community fundraising to a whole new level with the HAC project.

“The economic impact of the HAC will reach well beyond the tourism and visitor dollar to direct economic impact from construction and ongoing jobs creation.”