North Kumutoto public space officially opened
The North Kumutoto public space on Wellington’s waterfront was officially opened yesterday (Tuesday) by Mayor Justin Lester following a blessing from Taranaki Whanui.
The ceremony was as much to celebrate the completion of the $7 million project as it was to acknowledge the many contractors and consultants who collaborated with Wellington City Council to create such a fantastic public space.
Also present were representatives from Willis Bond – the company who built the new PwC building that overlooks the northern end of Kumutoto, Maritime police and other waterfront users.
North Kumutoto is the area between the Meridian building and the Bluebridge ferry terminal, centred on the Waterloo Quay-Whitmore Street intersection. It takes its name from the Kumutoto Stream that enters the harbour at this point.
The revamp of the 6000 square-metre area features a new timber boardwalk, improved access for visitors to the harbour’s edge, planting to attract wildlife, a pavilion and seating areas, covered walkways and restoration of many heritage features including fences, gates, lights and the 100+ year old Falcon Shoal buoy installation.
Mayor Justin Lester is delighted the space is officially open and believes it is a credit to everyone involved.
“I urge Wellingtonians to get down on the waterfront to take a look at North Kumutoto – the space is truly outstanding and something we should all be proud of.”