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Is Wellington 'dying'?

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John Key has backtracked over his claim Wellington is a "dying" city that the Government has no idea how to resuscitate, saying instead the issue is pressure on Auckland.

The Prime Minister made the comments about Wellington to Takapuna business leaders last week after a gloomy report on the region's economy, TV3's Firstline reported.

"The reality is even Wellington is dying and we don't know how to turn it around. All you have there is government, Victoria University and Weta Workshop," he reportedly said.

Today, he said calling it a dying city was extreme, and he should have chosen his words more carefully.

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