The Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre, the city’s first purpose-built facility, is on track for completion by 2023.
It will be able to host conventions of up to 1,400 delegates, and features 18,000m2 of conference and exhibition space spread across three floors. There will also be a new 1,280m2 exhibition gallery space to accommodate large, internationally significant exhibitions.
Recently, the centre was recently honoured with a Māori name, Tākina. Tākina means ‘to invoke’ which reflects the city as a place people come together to talk and think.
Tākina is being built on a Wellington City Council-owned site on Cable Street, opposite Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum. It’s also within easy walking distance of the city’s entertainment districts and its harbour waterfront.
The city selected the name after working in close collaboration with local iwi (indigenous) partners based in or near Wellington – New Zealand’s capital city.
Wellington mayor Andy Foster said Tākina is the perfect name for Wellingtons’ new iconic space.
“Our new convention and exhibition centre is part of the ongoing regeneration of the city centre and given the breadth of exhibitions, conferences and events it will host. Tākina is set to be a major asset for Wellington as New Zealand’s Arts and Creative Capital.”
WellingtonNZ indicated they have already fielded a string of enquiries from organisations keen to book the venue.