News and information – Tākina partnership with Te Papa proposed


Bringing Te Papa’s expertise in exhibitions and events to Tākina and working with the Council and WellingtonNZ will support the promotion of the capital as a destination city to host local and international events.

“The proposed operating model for Tākina is one of partnership and collaboration between the Council, Te Papa and WellingtonNZ. We intend to provide an authentic Wellington experience, showcasing local products, providing training and employment for young Wellingtonians, thus adding new vitality to our city. The partnership will draw on Te Papa’s unique skills and experience in organizing high-quality local and international exhibitions and events. It also supports WellingtonNZ’s event attraction work, ”said Mayor Andy Foster.

“Tākina’s 10,000 square meters of versatile and flexible conference and exhibition space, spread over three floors, is within walking distance of Te Papa and other venues in the city, creating opportunities for organizing unique events on a scale that the capital does not have. Already seen.

“We believe that Takina will have many important competitive advantages over other centers. Our arts, business and events sectors have rapidly evolved to offer online or smaller events under Covid-19 restrictions over the past two years. However, it is widely believed in these industries that people want to return to live events as restrictions decrease over time, which we believe will be in place by the time Tākina opens in July 2023. ”

Deputy Mayor Sarah Free said: “We expect Tākina to make a significant contribution to Wellington’s economy and create new jobs, which will be good news in our arts, events, accommodation and hospitality, which have been affected by the COVID-19 closures and current visitor restrictions.

We are delighted to be a part of this incredible new asset to the city and to see Tākina bringing new experiences to the locals and complementing what we have to offer Te Papa, ”said Courtney Johnston, General Manager Tumu Whakarae of Te Papa. “The proximity to Tākina, Te Papa and the waterfront provides an opportunity to celebrate the unique qualities of Te-Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.”

WellingtonNZ chief executive John Allen said Tākina would be a huge asset to the city. “This will attract thousands of visitors and add to the vibrancy of our CBD. It is great to work closely with Te Papa and the Council to bring the Convention and Exhibition Center to life and ensure its future success.

The Joint Operating Model was originally proposed as part of the Tākina Business Case adopted by the Board in December 2018. The Board has worked extensively with Te Papa and WellingtonNZ to finalize the details of the implementation of the model.

The proposal will be presented to Council on Thursday 28 October. If the proposal is adopted, Te Papa would market and operate both its facilities and Tākina to attract and deliver a wider range of conventions, exhibitions and events under the name “Tākina Events”.

As part of Tākina Events, the city will provide a world-class convention and exhibition center experience in Wellington through the integrated management and operation of the Te Papa and Tākina spaces. Partnering with local service providers and suppliers Tākina Events will provide a unique Wellington experience. Read more about the proposal in the Council document on our website.

Mana Whenua played a key role in the design and unique spaces of the building in several ways. Taranaki Whānui offered the name of “Tākina” to reflect its role as the country’s new meeting place to think, create, learn and share ideas, alongside a karakia depicting the different winds that flow through Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington harbor). The radical architecture also evokes Wellington’s well-known winds and how they shape our harbor and our city.

About Tākina

Tākina has been designed with a flexible floor plan and modern light spaces that can be customized to suit all types of events. It also provides internal audio-video and lighting, supported by experienced Wellington-based staff.

The ground floor exhibition gallery will be New Zealand’s largest at approximately 1600 m². Larger-scale international traveling exhibitions can be hosted there to attract visitors to the capital, as well as locals.

Nationally designed and curated exhibits can be previewed here ahead of an overseas tour – exhibits that showcase the cutting edge and creative talents of Wellington and New Zealand. A café will be open to the public seven days a week.

The top two floors will provide the capital’s first upscale space for hosting meetings and conventions with over 10,000m² of flexible meeting and exhibition space that can be tailored to the size of events.

Wellington has been a successful convention destination for many years, but at the same time it has been hampered by the lack of high quality venues. While the world of mega-conferences may look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the small to medium-sized events that Tākina is designed for will remain relevant and meet the needs of the domestic and Asia-Pacific market.


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