Te Ngākau Civic Square Precinct

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Photo of a public event in the centre of Te Ngākau Civic Precinct looking towards the waterfront

Te Ngākau Civic Square Precinct is Wellington’s unique civic place: an anchor point connecting the central city and the waterfront. It's also where people can connect, learn, relax, join events, and be inspired.

Between Wednesday 19 May until 5pm, Wednesday 16 June 2021 we invited people to share their views on a proposed vision and objectives that will guide how the Precinct can develop into a welcoming, resilient, vibrant space which Wellingtonians identify with and love. They includes guiding the future developments in Te Ngākau, such as the upcoming strengthening of Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui (the Central Library); the landscaping around the strengthened Town Hall; and the consenting process for removing the Municipal Office and Civic Administration Buildings.

The results of the public consultation process was presented to the Council on 30 September 2021. We received 76 submissions from 61 individuals and 15 on behalf of an organisation who represented inner city residents and businesses. There was strong overall support for the vision - with 64.5% of submissions strongly or somewhat supporting the vision and 7.9% opposing it. All of the seven supporting objectives received strong support ranging from a low of 56.8% to a high of 86.3%, with the highest opposition at 10.9%.

Following the public consultation process and hearings we made a number of amendments to the Framework to increase the focus on increasing both greenery and green spaces in or near the area, and highlighting it’s role as a living space for people to use.

The Council adopted the Framework with one amendment to reflect the residential/office development planned (via a long-term lease to Willis Bond) for Michael Fowler Centre carpark, as the development agreement was approved at the same Council meeting.

How the framework was developed
The vision and objectives were created in discussion with Mana Whenua and stakeholders to identify key improvements needed and the principles to shape it into a thriving, connected public space, where everyone is welcome to experience art, culture, events and democracy.

Tō mātou wawata – tā mātou e kite ai / Our Vision – what we will see
Te Ngākau is the beating heart of our capital city: A thriving neighbourhood where creativity, culture, democracy discovery and arts experiences collide on the edge of Te Whānganui-a-Tara.

Our objectives - Te Ngākau is...

  • a place that welcomes and expresses our diverse culture and integrates Mana Whenua values into design and delivery processes
  • a place that respects and incorporates experiences of architecture, design and heritage balanced with ensuring its functional role for the city
  • a place that is vibrant, welcoming and supports a range of uses to locate alongside its core civic role
  • a place that integrates with the city and the waterfront
  • safe, inclusive, comfortable and green
  • a place that is resilient, sustainable, and enduring
  • easily and safely accessible and integrated with the wider transport network.

How to share your views
You can read the full Framework using the links on the right hand side of the web page.

If you have any questions, pop it into the "Ask a question" section below and we'll reply to you within two working days.

Then share your views by either completing:

  • an online submission below, or
  • download a submission form from the right hand hand of this webpage and:
    • email it to communications@wcc.govt.nz
    • post it to us as the submission form is Freepost to Freepost 2199 Te Ngākau Civic Precinct, PO Box 2199, Wellington 6140.

You are also welcome to make an oral submission which is planned to be held in July 2021.

This consultation is open from Wednesday 19 May until 5pm, Wednesday 16 June 2021.


Te Ngākau Civic Square Precinct is Wellington’s unique civic place: an anchor point connecting the central city and the waterfront. It's also where people can connect, learn, relax, join events, and be inspired.

Between Wednesday 19 May until 5pm, Wednesday 16 June 2021 we invited people to share their views on a proposed vision and objectives that will guide how the Precinct can develop into a welcoming, resilient, vibrant space which Wellingtonians identify with and love. They includes guiding the future developments in Te Ngākau, such as the upcoming strengthening of Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui (the Central Library); the landscaping around the strengthened Town Hall; and the consenting process for removing the Municipal Office and Civic Administration Buildings.

The results of the public consultation process was presented to the Council on 30 September 2021. We received 76 submissions from 61 individuals and 15 on behalf of an organisation who represented inner city residents and businesses. There was strong overall support for the vision - with 64.5% of submissions strongly or somewhat supporting the vision and 7.9% opposing it. All of the seven supporting objectives received strong support ranging from a low of 56.8% to a high of 86.3%, with the highest opposition at 10.9%.

Following the public consultation process and hearings we made a number of amendments to the Framework to increase the focus on increasing both greenery and green spaces in or near the area, and highlighting it’s role as a living space for people to use.

The Council adopted the Framework with one amendment to reflect the residential/office development planned (via a long-term lease to Willis Bond) for Michael Fowler Centre carpark, as the development agreement was approved at the same Council meeting.

How the framework was developed
The vision and objectives were created in discussion with Mana Whenua and stakeholders to identify key improvements needed and the principles to shape it into a thriving, connected public space, where everyone is welcome to experience art, culture, events and democracy.

Tō mātou wawata – tā mātou e kite ai / Our Vision – what we will see
Te Ngākau is the beating heart of our capital city: A thriving neighbourhood where creativity, culture, democracy discovery and arts experiences collide on the edge of Te Whānganui-a-Tara.

Our objectives - Te Ngākau is...

  • a place that welcomes and expresses our diverse culture and integrates Mana Whenua values into design and delivery processes
  • a place that respects and incorporates experiences of architecture, design and heritage balanced with ensuring its functional role for the city
  • a place that is vibrant, welcoming and supports a range of uses to locate alongside its core civic role
  • a place that integrates with the city and the waterfront
  • safe, inclusive, comfortable and green
  • a place that is resilient, sustainable, and enduring
  • easily and safely accessible and integrated with the wider transport network.

How to share your views
You can read the full Framework using the links on the right hand side of the web page.

If you have any questions, pop it into the "Ask a question" section below and we'll reply to you within two working days.

Then share your views by either completing:

  • an online submission below, or
  • download a submission form from the right hand hand of this webpage and:
    • email it to communications@wcc.govt.nz
    • post it to us as the submission form is Freepost to Freepost 2199 Te Ngākau Civic Precinct, PO Box 2199, Wellington 6140.

You are also welcome to make an oral submission which is planned to be held in July 2021.

This consultation is open from Wednesday 19 May until 5pm, Wednesday 16 June 2021.


Ask a question

Your questions

Please enter your question about the draft Te Ngākau Civic Precinct framework using the box below. We monitor the site from 8:30am - 5pm Monday to Friday and aim to respond within 48 hours.

You may also want to check the list of FAQs on the right hand side of this web page.

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