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The perks of living in Wellington
talks to Wellington
Tourism chief executive
David Perks about
Manchester, U2 and
David Perks: ''I like the weather in Wellington, how it changes every day, how the wind clears everything away.''
You grew up in Manchester.
What was it like?
Manchester in the 70s was
pretty downtrodden. It was the
forgotten part of Margaret
Are you a Manchester City
or Manchester United fan?
Manchester City, like any other
Manchurian. Manchester United
actually come from Salfold, which
is close by. The rest of the world
seems to support United, though.
Are you a Phoenix sup-
Oh yes. I have season tickets.
What a wonderful legacy Terry
[Serepisos] has left us.
Initially you trained to be a
I enjoyed rock-climbing and
mountainbiking and other outdoor
activities, so I did an outdoor
environment education course. At
the time it was the only kind of
course where you got to do those
Why didn't you stick with
I enjoyed doing the outdoor
activities with the kids, but didn't
enjoy being in the classroom.
And then you became
involved with student politics.
Yes, I worked as a student
union president. That was when
Thatcher was bringing in student
loans and rent hikes, so there
were lots of protests, walkouts
and sit-ins. It was a learning
experience, dealing with politics,
students and university govern-
When did you first visit Wel-
I came here in 1994 with my
Kiwi girlfriend, now my wife. The
in-laws took us to the
Backbencher for dinner. It was
OK, but when I look back I realise
how much Wellington has
changed. There are so many good
cafes and restaurants now. I also
remember what seemed like an
incredibly long walk up Tory St to
get to the Dominion museum.
When did you move to Wel-
In 1998, the week Te Papa
opened. I managed the Copthorne
Plimmer Towers Hotel for a
couple of years and then went
Northland to manage the Cop-
thorne in Waitangi.
Did you attend Waitangi
Oh yes. Our hotel hosted Wai-
tangi Day guests. The Prime Min-
ister, Opposition party members,
the media all stayed. It was a fan-
tastic day. Helen Clark hosted a
breakfast, there were Maori and
Pakeha cultural performances,
activities for the children and the
official celebrations. I saw the
waka come into the bay.
Attending Waitangi celebrations
is something every New Zealander
Do you miss Northland's
Not really. I like the weather in
Wellington, how it changes every
day, how the wind clears every-
thing away. The humidity up
north was debilitating. It was nice
to live on the beach, though.
What are your favourite
things about Wellington?
The waterfront, from where
Foxglove is around to Te Papa, is
a cool place, especially with all the
festivities at the moment. My top
experience would have to be going
to the stadium, particularly with
the Rugby World Cup on. I like
that fans are dressing up, a bit
like they do for the Sevens.
Have you dressed up for the
Before I took this job I had a I
don't do dress-up'' policy, but
that's changed. I've been to the
Sevens dressed an 80s rock star,
though others organised that for
me. I'm always impressed by the
lengths people go to with their
costumes. I was particularly
impressed with a group who
dressed up as 101 dalmatians a
couple of years ago.
What's changed about Wel-
lington in the past decade?
The city's view of itself and the
country's view of it have changed,
and so have overseas views of the
place. We used to only get excited
about Wellington's landscape.
Now there's so much going on and
the city is an urban destination.
I hear you're a huge U2 fan.
I've seen them 22 times. I have
all their albums and a whole lot of
memorabilia, such as T-shirts. I
really like the power of their
music. There's nothing like seeing
them live. I do hope they come to
What was the first U2 con-
cert you went to?
It was in Manchester in 1989,
just as they were finishing their
Rattle and Hum tour. But I first
got into them when our French
teacher brought in a video of U2's
A Blood Red Sky. It was like, Oh,
yeah, this is my band''.
Do you often return to
My folks live there, so we visit
every couple of years. Manchester
has changed. It re-invented itself
when it had the Commonwealth
Games. They even promote them-
selves as the Coolest City in Brit-
ain. It's also a much richer city
Do you still participate in
outdoor events, such as moun-
I live in Karori, so go biking on
Makara Peak, and I love going
over the Rimutakas to the
Wairarapa. In the past I've taken
part in half-marathons, but these
days I chase the kids round and
coach my son's soccer team.
What does Wellington need
to stay vibrant?
We need better air travel con-
nections to the rest of the world
and if we want bigger bands
coming in, we need an events
centre that's the right size. TSB is
not really big enough and the
stadium is too big. Most bands
won't play in a stadium. We also
need a purpose-built convention
centre. Perhaps that could be
combined with an events centre.
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