Our performance in detail

4
Oranga ahurea
Cultural wellbeing

We aim to strengthen and promote Wellington’s unique cultural identity

The challenges we face

  • Enhancing Wellington’s ‘edge’ as New Zealand’s arts and culture capital in the face of increasing competition
  • Securing additional large-scale cultural events to refresh the city’s cultural offering
  • Providing accessible venues for the arts in the city that are safe and fit for purpose

Our strategic approach

  • Contributing to a vibrant central city and providing opportunities for cultural expression
  • Building a sense of place and identity
  • Providing a welcoming environment for the city’s increasingly diverse population
  • Growing visitation and exposure to creativity and innovation

In this section
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4.1 Arts and cultural activities

Snapshot

4.1 Arts and cultural activities

What we did:

How we performed

Attendees who are satisfied with Council-supported arts and cultural festivals (%)

Source: Wellington City Council Residents' Monitoring Survey 2017

Bar graph showing attendees who are satisfied with Council-supported arts and cultural festivals .

Target not met (-10%)

New Zealanders and residents who agree that Wellington has a culturally rich and diverse arts scene (%)

Source: National Wellington Reputation Survey Results 2017

Bar graph showing New Zealanders and residents who agree that Wellington has a culturally rich and diverse arts scene.

Residents who agree that Wellington's local identity (sense of place) is appropriately valued and protected (%)

Source: Wellington City Council Residents' Monitoring Survey 2017

Bar graph showing residents who agree that Wellington's local identity (sense of place) is appropriately valued and protected.

 

How we performed

New Zealanders who agree that Wellington is the arts capital of New Zealand (%)

Source: Wellington City Council Residents' Monitoring Survey 2017

Bar graph showing New Zealanders and residents who agree that Wellington is the arts capital of New Zealand (New Zealanders).

Residents who agree that Wellington is the arts capital of New Zealand (%)

Source: Wellington City Council Residents' Monitoring Survey 2017

Bar graph showing New Zealanders and residents who agree that Wellington is the arts capital of New Zealand (residents).

Total visits to museums and galleries (including Carter Observatory)

Source: Wellington Museums Trust

Bar graph showing total visits to museums and galleries (including Carter Observatory).

13% increase on last year.

Finances

How it was funded

Services in this activity area are funded through a mixture of general and targeted rates and external grants and subsidies from non-Council sources.

What it cost
Operating Expenditure ($000) Actual
2014/15
Actual
2015/16
Actual
2016/17
Budget
2016/17
Variance
2016/17
4.1.1 City galleries and museums          
Expenditure 8,379 9,094 9,288 9,585 220
Revenue - - - (77) -
Net Expenditure 8,379 9,094 9,288 9,508 220
4.1.2 Visitor attractions (Te Papa/Carter Observatory)         -
Expenditure 3,033 3,121 3,084 2,917 (167)
Revenue - - - - -
Net Expenditure 3,033 3,121 3,084 2,917 (167)
4.1.3 Arts and cultural festivals          
Expenditure 3,569 2,601 3,146 3,233 87
Revenue (441) (263) (191) (417) (226)
Net Expenditure 3,128 2,338 2,955 2,815 (140)
4.1.4 Cultural grants          
Expenditure 1,037 856 1,169 1,161 (8)
Revenue - - - - -
Net Expenditure 1,037 856 1,169 1,161 (8)
4.1.5 Access and support for community arts         -
Expenditure 569 659 768 767 (1)
Revenue (63) (74) (61) (63) (3)
Net Expenditure 506 585 708 704 (4)
4.1.6 Arts partnerships          
Expenditure 1,834 2,271 2,540 2,481 (59)
Revenue (482) (507) (480) (525) (45)
Net Expenditure 1,352 1,764 2,060 1,956 (104)
4.1.7 Regional Amenities Fund          
Expenditure 656 641 630 609 (21)
Revenue (34) (32) (17) - 17
Net Expenditure 622 609 613 609 (4)
4.1 Total Arts and cultural activities          
Expenditure 19,077 19,243 20,625 20,753 50
Revenue (1,020) (876) (749) (1,082) (257)
Net Expenditure 18,057 18,367 19,877 19,670 (207)
Capital Expenditure ($000) Actual
2014/15
Actual
2015/16
Actual
2016/17
Budget
2016/17
Variance*
2016/17
4.1.1 City galleries and museums          
Expenditure 1,807 1,644 - - -
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward to future years          
4.1.2 Visitor attractions (Te Papa/Carter Observatory)          
Expenditure 554 268 1,231 9,248 12,0551
Unspent portion of budget brought forward from prior years       43  
Budget reallocated from 3.1.2       (3,995)  
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward to future years       43  
4.1.4 Cultural grants          
Expenditure   40 40 - 20
Unspent portion of budget brought forward from prior years       60  
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward to future years       20  
4.1.5 Access and support for community arts          
Expenditure 10 16 15 27 12
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward to future years       12  
4.1 Total Arts and cultural activities          
Expenditure 2,371 1,968 1,286 9,275 4,096
Unspent portion of budget brought forward from prior years       103  
Budget reallocation 2016/17       (3,995)  
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward to future years       75  
*Variance explanations to finances – why our actual spend differs from what was budgeted.
1. Under budget due to the Movie Museum project delays – we continue to work with The Movie Museum Ltd to finalise the design of the museum and the building. Construction is expected to commence in 2018 following the completion of the legal agreements and detail designs.

Total costs
Net Operating Expenditure ($000) Actual
2014/15
Actual
2015/16
Actual
2016/17
Budget
2016/17
Variance
2016/17
CULTURAL WELLBEING 18,057 18,367 19,877 19,670 (207)
Capital Expenditure ($000) Actual
2014/15
Actual
2015/16
Actual
2016/17
Budget
2016/17
Variance
2016/17
Unspent portion of budget brought forward from prior years       103  
Annual Plan budget amount 2016/17       9,275  
Budget reallocation 2016/17       (3,995)  
CULTURAL WELLBEING 2,371 1,968 1,286 5,382 4,096

 


Performance data

The following section outlines our performance data: outcome indicators, performance measures and supplementary tables.

We use outcome indicators to monitor our city over time, which provides information on trends that may influence our performance including those outside our control. We use performance measures to track how well we are delivering services against targets as set out in the Long-term Plan and Annual Plans.

Performance data – outcome indicators

The following section outlines outcome indicators for the Cultural wellbeing area of activity. Outcome indicators do not have targets – only trend data.

Council outcome indicator Source   2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
Residents' frequency of engagement in cultural and arts activities WCC RMS 2017   See supplementary tables    
New Zealanders and residents who agree that Wellington has a rich and culturally diverse arts scene National Wellington Reputation Survey Results 2017 New Zealanders 84% 81% 79%
    Residents 90% 92% 90%
Residents who agree that Wellington's local identity (sense of place) is appropriately valued and protected WCC RMS 2017   76% 78% 73%
Events held at key city venues Positively Wellington Venues   1,647 958 951
New Zealanders and residents who agree that Wellington is the arts capital of New Zealand National Wellington Reputation Survey Results 2017 New Zealanders 57% 58% 58%
    Residents 63% 66% 64%
Residents who agree that Wellington is an easy place to get involved in the arts WCC RMS 2017   85% 86% 85%
Te Papa visitors - total visitors, overseas visitors and New Zealand visitors from outside the region Te Papa Total 1,556,164 1,784,939 1,578,292
    Overseas 766,725 708,371 718,081
    NZ outside region 316,377 581,986 483,995
Customer (%) satisfaction with the New Zealand Festival Nielsen - 2016 New Zealand International Arts Festival Review   2014 87% 2016 91% No festival
Total tickets sold (#) to the New Zealand Festival and the proportion sold to customers outside the region New Zealand International Arts Festival     2016 179,455 40% (71,651) No festival
Total visits to museums and galleries (including Carter Observatory/Space Place) Wellington Museums Trust   689,414 688,169 780,414

Performance data – Council performance measures

The following section outlines Council performance measures for our Cultural wellbeing services. It includes data for the last 3 years to show trends and includes variances explanations for relevant areas.

PERFORMANCE MEASURES 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 Actual 2016/17 Target %
Variance
4.1 Arts and cultural activities          
To measure the quality and usage of our arts and culture support activities          
Attendee satisfaction with Council-supported arts and cultural festivals 84% 85% 81% 90% -10%
Users (%) who are satisfied with Toi Pōneke facilities and services 91% 89% 90% 90% 0%
The proportion of grants funds successfully allocated (through milestones being met) 96% 98% 73% 95% -23%
Grant funds are allocated for various community and arts projects, applicants set out the outcomes they hope to achieve, these milestones are moderated based on the funding allocated and Council’s own priorities and outcomes. Our role is to advise and support applicants through the process and closely monitor successful applicants performance against the agreed outcomes.
The result of the performance measure this year more closely reflects the efforts to improve monitoring and reporting of progress against outcomes.
     
Proportion of outcomes delivered (previous projects – weighted by $ value) 95% 98% 75% 90% -17%
Venues Subsidy – total number of performers and attendees at supported events 12,564 113,390 163,202 Increase on previous year Met, increase of 43.9%
It should be noted that the numbers relating to both performers and attendance include a number of large-scale community events, which include vast crowds. This includes (for 16/17) Diwali and Chinese New Year as well as mass performance events like The Big Sing and Artsplash with large groups of performers. The numbers may vary greatly from year to year.      
Economic contribution ($) the New Zealand Festival makes to the city’s economy (direct new spend) not measured $32.093m not measured $40m every 2nd year -
Cultural grants – % first-time applicants who are successful 43% 38% 38% 50% -24%
Funding is highly contested, the success of applications coming through, is affected by many factors including availability of funding from other trusts, foundations and philanthropists.
There was an increase in the numbers of previous applicants also applying, which would add pressure to the funding rounds generally.
     
Performance data – supplementary tables 
Residents’ frequency of engagement in cultural and arts activities 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
At least once a week 9% 6% 8%
At least once a month 34% 32% 35%
At least every 6 months 33% 35% 32%
At least once a year 11% 15% 13%
Less often 9% 9% 9%

Source: Wellington City Council Residents’ Monitoring Survey 2017

Case study
Creating a world-class music centre by Civic SquareTop

The Council, Victoria University and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) are working together to establish a vibrant, world-class music centre, with the Wellington Town Hall as its focal point.

This year, the NZSO confirmed its support for the venture and Victoria University approved initial funding of $10 million for its contribution to the first stage of the project. This involves the redevelopment and fit-out of the Town Hall’s main auditorium and performance areas to provide central city rehearsal and performance spaces for the NZSO and Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music (NZSM).

The Council has sought public feedback on the project, which includes $89 million of ratepayer funding to earthquake strengthen the Town Hall ahead of the internal redevelopment. Work on the strengthening project is expected to start in August 2018, and the aim is to complete it in 2021.

The second stage of the project will create a nationally significant centre of musical excellence taking in adjoining buildings to provide central city teaching and administrative spaces for the NZSM and NZSO.