26 Jan 2014

Loo visits skew museum figures

5:32 am on 26 January 2014

Napier City Council has discovered that huge visitor projections for its revamped musuem and art gallery have in fact been based in a large part on people visiting the building just to use the toilet.

The new museum opened in October and the council had planned on 690,000 people visiting the new complex each year.

That number was a huge advance on the almost 62,000 who went into the old museum.

The council's new chief executive, Wayne Jack, said he has no idea how the figure was arrived at, but it won't have a financial impact because funding for the museum is based on revenue, not visitor projections.