Te Wānanga is the name that Mana Whenua kaitiaki working within the Downtown project provided for the new public space north of Quay Street between the Ferry Building and Princes Wharf.
Seemingly floating above the Downtown Ferry Basin, the new public space is an impressive feat of engineering. A design partnership with Mana Whenua elevated design thinking to deliver a project that expresses local identity, culture history and aspirations for the future.
The primary usage of this beautiful new open space is to meet, discuss, deliberate, consider. This area is a multi-learning space that focuses on events, hui which could include but not limited to Para Kore, raranga, whakairo and the like. It will also be a learning place for sea ecology - mussel ropes, Ichthyology and the like.
The name Te Wānanga references the functionality of this key public open space area as a generous and flexible space that provides for a wide range of purposes.