Has Brian donated?

I see that the liberal elite arts aficionados aren’t dipping into their pockets to fund their pastime, preferring instead to let “other people” fund a theatre:

The curtain is set to fall on a $41 million theatre project on the waterfront unless the Auckland Theatre Company can raise $23 million in three months.

Auckland councillors yesterday gave the theatre company a lifeline to raise the money by May after officers reported it had managed to raise only $460,000 and failed to meet a December deadline to meet a series of conditions.

The city’s longest-running professional theatre company is planning a 600-seat theatre alongside the new ASB Bank headquarters at the Wynyard Quarter.

It wants to build the theatre in conjunction with the development of the bank’s headquarters and use the same contractors, in order to save money.

The ASB Bank is contributing a 200-seat studio theatre within its own building, a plaza area and a carpark towards the theatre project, worth about $6 million.

That has left the theatre company to raise $35 million for a new building on the site of Moana Fisheries in Halsey St, for which the council has included $10 million in its draft long-term plan conditional on the rest of the money being raised.

But enthusiasm for the project is waning around the council table after an officers’ report showing just $460,000 has been raised from theatre patrons and “no substantial progress has been made in other areas”, such as how to fund a $350,000 annual ground rent.

I’ll bet dollars to a knob of goat poo that not a single cent raised has come from Brian “Where’s my Theatre” Rudman.

Now that they have proven that arts aptrons won’t pay how about deploying that spare $10million into reducing rates. Fat chance of that though as the city politicians will find some other pet project now to squirrel away the rate payers cash.

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