10 Jan 2015

Regional Panel - New Plymouth

From The Weekend, 11:27 am on 10 January 2015

Festival of Lights New Plymouth New Zealand CC BY SA JiaEnzed

Festival of Lights, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Photo CC BY SA JiaEnzed.

The Weekend's tour of the regions today takes us to New Plymouth. It is home to offshore drilling, the WOMAD music festival, and this year sees the opening of a new multi-million dollar Len Lye Centre and the earthquake strengthened Govett Brewster Art Gallery.

There is also likely to be a referendum on the New Plymouth District Council's decision to establish a Maori ward seat for the 2016 local government elections.

Craig McFarlane and Amokura Panaho
Left: Craig McFarlane Right: Amokura Panaho.

Lynn Freeman and Radio New Zealand New Plymouth reporter Robin Martin talk to former newspaper editor and former councillor Lance Girling-Butcher, New Plymouth hospitality entrepreneur and businessman Craig McFarlane, and the deputy editor for PKW Incorporation's quarterly Whenua magazine Amokura Panoho.

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