Porirua joins regional events fund

20:22, Jun 04 2014

Porirua City Council has agreed to make its first contribution to the Regional Amenities Fund, but not before slashing its payment.

In 2012 the council opted not to join the fund, which supports arts, cultural and recreation facilities such as Te Papa, Wellington Zoo, Circa Theatre and Orchestra Wellington.

Wellington, Hutt City, Upper Hutt, Kapiti and Masterton all backed the creation of the $910,000 fund, with plans to build it up each year.

This year's draft Annual Plan proposed that Porirua ratepayers contribute $144,000 to the fund.

At a meeting last night, a split vote saw councillors agree to join the fund with a smaller payment of $50,000.

Six councillors voted to get on board and four wanted to stay out.

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Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said he had seen the benefits of regional co-operation, especially in arts and culture.

"I think Porirua should be a part of that. $50,000 gets us in the room and we can look at it again next year."

Last year Wellington, Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Kapiti councils all made scaled-back contributions.

Porirua City Council's draft Annual Plan proposed an average 4.3 per cent rates rise for Porirua residents, with a final figure to be struck on June 25.

The Dominion Post