Give Tourists More Reasons to Come
Tourism is worth $24 billion to New Zealand & I don’t feel the Hutt City (or the Wellington region) is doing enough to get it’s fair share of this pie. We need to look at ways we can get tourists to stop in the Wellington region on their way south, as just being the gateway to the South Island isn’t a good enough reason.
I will have consultation with groups & individuals with ideas on what exactly it could be – from an outdoor water park, aquarium, luge track, or even a ropes course. We’ve got to be doing more not only for the people visiting our region, but for the locals alike.
Bring Big Events to Our City
While the new events centre is undoubtably going to bring large conferences and events to our city, I want to see our council using public spaces for large events such as music festivals and concerts. The 2014/15 summer outdoor concerts at McEwan Park were highly successful for everyone involved, and I would love to see these (along with others) become permanent fixtures on the entertainment calendar.
I want to establish a Business Incubator in the Hutt City for start-up businesses looking for a place to call home. A big hurdle for new businesses is the financial burden of finding a suitable lease & committing for 3+ years. Combine this with the expensive costs to fit the place out, and it’s no wonder why this puts a lot of business minded people off.
I want to evaluate what level of council involvement is possible within the current budget. Anything from facilitating a shared office space where user pays, through to fully funded environment.