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Should business fund World Cup vanity projects?

Thursday 07 Apr 2011 11:57a.m.

Should business fund World Cup vanity projects?

There is continuing controversy about the plastic waka, a Maori cultural centrepiece for the World Cup that will cost $2 million.

The waka will end up being owned by Auckland hapu Ngati Whatua, an organisation with considerable assets across the region.

Should Ngati Whatua be funding the cost of the plastic waka?

It doesn't end there though - turns out the much-trumpeted cloud will be not so much party central as a luxury businessman's showroom. Rugby fans will be out in the cold watching on the big screen, while the 'cloud' ends up a centre for "fashion shows, a food and beverage expo and wine tastings" as well as hosting displays for the country's agriculture, fishing and forestry industries.

Should the taxpayer be funding all this? Is it much needed promotion for our industries in a time of recession?

Or should businesses be footing the bill.

Take part in the poll on the right of the page - we will be using the results in our story tonight. Or leave a comment below.

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