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WREDA scoring big wins for Wellington

30 Aug 2016

Chief Executive Chris Whelan signalled that in the last financial year, WREDA has achieved a number of significant wins for Wellington's economy, at the same time as conducting a major amalgamation process.

Mr Whelan said the organisation was already cutting a new economic path for the region, working closely with stakeholders from Masterton to Kapiti - and everywhere in between.

"Tourism numbers are at record highs, high–end retailer David Jones and international service centre Minacs have both embraced Wellington, and the number of students pursuing their dreams here goes from strength to strength."

"Growing the economy is key to a successful city and region and this belief underpins WREDA’s work. The five entities we brought together over the last year to form WREDA have delivered great results whilst simultaneously preparing for the challenges ahead. We’ll continue to enhance our programmes, as well as launching new initiatives to help ‘shift the dial’ on Wellington’s key economic indicators."

Mr Whelan pledged that WREDA will continue to work with government shareholders, commercial partners, industry bodies and individual businesses to drive the Wellington region towards becoming the most prosperous, vibrant and liveable region in Australasia. 

"There is no longer any doubt – Wellington is ‘catching fire’ economically, with Prime Minster John Key remarking on exactly that at the recent Wellington Gold Awards."


Selected WREDA ‘big wins’ for Wellington in the last year

1. Tourism promotion

  • Marketing campaigns and tourism trade activity supported $2 billion+ in estimated visitor spending. Commercial guest nights +5.3%. Direct international visitor arrivals +13.2%. Domestic Commercial Guest Nights +7.5%.

2. Business attraction

  • Negotiated and secured MINACS' first Southern Hemisphere tech service centre. 250-300 jobs to be established in CBD location, with direct, tangible benefit to CBD landlords and business owners

3. Talent attraction

  • Highest migration levels in 25 years, up 86% since 2012 ito Australians moving to Wellington

4. International Education

  • Enrolments +9% in most recent measurement period, translating to new economic benefit of around $18 million for the region

5. Business events

  • Involved in 76 successful conference & event bids, total value in excess of $12.8 million

6. Media program

  • 547 Australasian media stories, Advertising Space Rate Value of more than $7.5 million

7. Business growth

  • Enabled 165 Wellington companies to access $9.9 million in capacity building and R&D funding
  • Facilitated export deals between Seashore Group (Xiamen, China) and local producers for entry into $163 billion Chinese supermarket retail sector (deal value is confidential, but likely exceeded $10m, with 4 more deals being considered currently)

8. Screen Wellington

  • 381 filming permits issued. Feature productions Ghost in the Shell (DreamWorks), Pete's Dragon (Disney), Pork Pie (NZ feature)

9. Venues

  • 322 performances + 286 conventions and business events in 365 days. More than 600,000 patrons/attendees

10. Events marketing

  • Marketing & media activity in support of events calendar including WOW, Visa Wellington On a Plate, NZ Festival, Sevens, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Blackcaps

11. Digital marketing

  • Visits to over 3 million. 14% growth overall, +56.4% Australian, +12.3% International
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