20 Feb 2012

Council to review Te Papa funding

11:49 am on 20 February 2012

The Wellington City Council is to review its funding of key investments such as the national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa.

The council puts about $2 million a year into Te Papa.

The council's arts and culture spokesperson, Ray Ahipene-Mercer, says it is looking at all budgets because of financial constraints.

Mr Ahipene-Mercer says there has never been a debate on whether the council is getting the best value for money in relation to the museum and other institutions.

He says Te Papa does a fantastic job, but a review is necessary.

Te Papa chairman Sir Wira Gardiner says 1.3 million visitors go to Te Papa each year and the council's investment is value for money.