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Wellington to go big on movie museum

Wellington City Council has voted to support a $150 million plan for Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor’s Movie Museum and Convention Centre.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the Council was committed to driving economic growth and global recognition.

The Movie Museum, previously costed at c$135 million, has increased in cost following design changes. Wade-Brown said the operational costs weren’t significantly changed by the changes to the design.

When Te Papa was commissioned the building design drew strong criticism for its lack of imagination. While no doubt some people will not like the design supported for the Movie Museum, it’s not going to repeat the anodyne and anonymous architecture of the national museum. “Wellington deserves an outstanding Convention Centre and Movie Museum facility,” said Wade-Brown. “Now we’ve confirmed it will be truly spectacular and globally recognisable.”

Council claims the Movie Museum will create 540 jobs and $44 million of new spend in Wellington during construction, then 568 ongoing jobs plus $38 million annually in GDP once it’s up and running.

Late last year Wellington Council agreed to purchase land on Cable Street (opposite Te Papa) and Wakefield Street to house the project. The project is currently undated. The Movie Museum Limited Project Director, George Hickton, welcomed the council’s decision and said the company would be working on detailed plans, designs and costings for the content and fit-out “for some time to come”.

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Top image: The proposed Movie Museum, image by Studio Pacific Architecture