16 Mar 2016

WCC reveals development fund details

7:23 pm on 16 March 2016

A water-skiing competition, two English premier league clubs and cancer treatment are all on the list of initiatives partly funded by Wellington ratepayers.

The Wellington City Council has for the first time revealed details from its Economic Initiatives Development Fund, after criticism it was slush fund with little transparency.

The fund was set up in 2013, receiving about $3 million a year from the council to provide funding for events and initiatives to help grow the local economy.

More than 30 applications have been accepted since then but the amount of funding each recipient has received, except for one initiative, has not been released.

Three initiatives were not listed, with the council citing commercial sensitivity.