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Avenues And Oases in the Capital

Avenues And Oases in the Capital


Wellington Civic Trust Seminar

On Saturday morning, 18 October, there will be a free public seminar about improving the accessibility and enjoyment of our public spaces, and reinforcing Wellington’s role as New Zealand’s capital city.

The seminar, entitled “Avenues and Oases”, will explore ways to improve the appearance and enjoyment of prominent – and currently under appreciated – spaces within the inner city. The focus will be on Taranaki Street and Kent and Cambridge Terraces, Wellington’s main north-south corridors.

The “Avenues and Oases” dialogue will be the most recent in a long line of seminars promoted by Wellington’s Civic Trust during its 30-year history.

“Imaginative design defining public spaces reflects a prosperous, confident capital city,” said Alan Smith, Chair of the Civic Trust. “Well designed public space is crucial in establishing a future character and quality that people can be proud of. We hope this seminar will be the stimulus for ongoing discussion and debate, leading to creative initiatives to make the central city a more people friendly place.”

The Trust believes such initiatives would be welcomed by residents, planners and property owners. Representatives from a variety of interest groups will participate in the seminar, which will commence with an address by Wellington’s Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown.

The keynote speaker will be the well known film director Gaylene Preston, long time resident of Mount Victoria. Already full of ideas to transform inner city spaces we can expect Gaylene to bring great energy and inspiration when she returns from the Vancouver Film Festival in early October.”

The seminar will be held in Rutherford House, the home of Victoria University’s Business School. The University has kindly provided the venue as a way of fostering the airing of creative ideas.

Further details on speakers can be found on the Wellington Civic Trust website nearer to the date: www.wellingtoncivictrust.org.

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