24 Jul 2014

Ideas to replace Hundertwasser project

4:48 pm on 24 July 2014

The Whangarei District Council is calling for proposals for the building it intended to be the Hundertwasser Art Centre.

The council voted last month not to go ahead with the $13 million project because the community was divided over its merits - and the cost.

A model of the proposed arts centre.

A model of the proposed arts centre. Photo: RNZ / Lois Williams

At a meeting on Thursday morning it moved to invite other proposals from the public.

The proposals must include management structures, a business case, ongoing costs and any expected council contributions.

Mayor Sheryl Mai said the council wanted something great that met its long-held plan for an iconic attraction at Whangarei's Town Basin.

Business people and art lovers working to resurrect the Hundertwasser project have said they'll be ready with a proposal to build it that won't involve ratepayers' money.