14 Jun 2012

Council back-tracks on Te Papa funding

6:58 pm on 14 June 2012

The Wellington City Council has back-tracked on a proposed cut to Te Papa's annual grant after strong opposition by the national museum's supporters.

The council had suggested cutting funding from $2.25 million to $1 million.

After sustained protest at the weekend by museum supporters, it signalled a budget of $2 million.

However, at a council meeting on Thursday afternoon, the majority of councillors voted to keep the funding at $2.25 million.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says there were several reasons to keep the funding the same, including the strong public submissions.