Porirua should biff the “Lyle Lanley” Adventure Park and not repeat Christchurch’s mistake
16 JULY 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Porirua City Council to cancel its underwriting of a proposed Canadian-led privately owned adventure
park slated for public land after a similar project created a huge liability for Christchurch ratepayers.
It comes after the Council agreed to stump up $4 million of ratepayers’ money to underwrite the operations of the park,
expected to include a gondola, a surf simulator, and zip-line.
Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson Jordan Williams says “Councils have no business underwriting private investments in surf
simulators and zip-lines, and should instead be focused on providing cost-effective core services. Porirua rates are
already unjustifiably high and this would only add onto bills of those who can least afford it.”
The Canadian outfit behind the Porirua project also developed the struggling Christchurch Adventure Park, which required a $4.9m bailout
from Christchurch City Council to keep it afloat amid lower-than-expected visitor numbers and revenue figures. The
Council initially coughed up $2 million for a share in the project and underwrote it with a bank guarantee of $4 million
– the same figure for the Porirua park.
“This whole adventure park idea is like The Simpsons’ Lyle Lanley ‘monorail’ sales job. Other cities have tried it and
paid the price.”
“Porirua City Council should heed the lessons learnt from Christchurch and cancel this boondoggle before it costs
ratepayers a dollar more,” says Mr Williams.