A recent study reported in the Dominion Post and later replicated on informative website stuff.co.nz alluded to the fact that $28m will be injected into the Wellington economy when the British and Irish Lions take on the All Blacks next year.
This windfall for the capital has now been eclipsed by a further study stating that up to $7.6b will be injected into the region for next month's clash against Wales at Westpac Stadium. Westpac media liaison Jennifer McCurdy was unable to confirm the rumours that the bank was planning on temporarily changing its name back to the Bank of New South Wales to celebrate the momentous occasion.
Self-proclaimed banking expert Martin Sanderson whose knowledge extends to naming the 'big four' banks in alphabetical order in less than 2 seconds backs up that statement. In a recent tweet the currently unemployed road marker claimed that $7.6b could be on the conservative side as he knows a group of guys going down from Auckland for the game were planning on going somewhere flash for dinner the night before.
Joshua Templeton a resident of Belmont a lesser known suburb of Lower Hutt but originally heralding from Palmerston North, therefore any expenditure he incurs in the greater Wellington region is classified as an injection said excluding rent and transport he can on any given day inject $10 - $20 into the economy. This figure fluctuates drastically if he has brought his lunch into work or not. Come All Black test day Joshua said this number could quadruple, especially if he is forced to get a round in.
Craft beer enthusiast Brian Green who is looking forward to visiting some of these craft beer bars he has been told the capital is famous for. I've been told some of these bars stock beers from more than one brewery, he went onto say, obviously showing his disdain for the duopoly stronghold the two big brewers had on the bars north of the Bombay Hills. Friends close to Brian claim that Brian plans to tie one on when he visits the nation's capital next month.
Auckland property magnate Lance Hooper who recently sold a wheelie bin storage vestibule in the Grey Lynn fringe area for $1.51m said when he was coming down for the game he was also planning on buying the whole of Strathmore. This would inject between $3 - $4m into the economy depending if Lance wanted to extend his domination of Strathmore to include the less sort after Strathmore Heights.
Wellington Café owner Mark Richardson, no relation to the Mark Richardson who represented New Zealand in Test cricket in 38 appearances from 2000 to 2004 said he expected turnover to pick up over the weekend of the Wales test. Mark who had recently taken a hit with an investment in Red Peak design inspired memorabilia has changed the name of his café back from Red Peak Café to what it was originally called before September 2015 to Mark's Café is currently in a legal disputed with the NZRFU about the naming of his café to All Black Café. Mark went on to add you can still get Red Peak inspired cupcakes as they proved to be popular with the younger crowd the café attracts on Monday afternoons.
At time of press, Wellington councillor Mary Swanson who commissioned the study into the $ value of injection onto the Wellington economy over the Wales All Black test weekend was not available for comment to validate the $7.6b figure.