Wellington City Council’s decision to build a world class facility has been part of a continued long term vision to enhance Wellington’s position as a leading visitor and conference destination in Australasia.
A vibrant, attractive visitor destination not only helps to fuel our economy, it improves the liveability of our city. It will enable the city to not only retain and grow the number of business events held in our city, it provides a much needed centre for New Zealand's capital city for future conversations and connections to happen.
Explore these sections to learn more about the project, and the benefits it will bring to Wellington.
For more information regarding the decision process and the full business case, please visit Wellington City Council WCEC project page
Costs and Funding
- The project is expected to cost $157.8m and will be built on land acquired by Council at a cost of $21.5m.
- The build cost will be funded by an increase in Council borrowings, with the net operational costs of interest, depreciation and operational surpluses/(deficits) being met by ratepayers through the Downtown Levy (40%) and General Rate (60%).
- Based on this funding policy, overall, 67% of the on-going costs fall to the commercial ratepayer and 33% to the residential ratepayer.