The Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre will be named ‘Tākina’ when it opens in 2023.
The new name comes after Wellington City Council had to scrap the first proposed name of ‘Tūtaki’ after it was found to be the same moniker used by a Lower Hutt café.
“Tākina is a really strong, memorable name, meaning ‘to invoke’,” said the Council’s Māori Partnerships portfolio leader Councillor, Jill Day.
“It is a name that has so many different levels to it and reflects both the building and our city as a place people come together to talk and think.”
While the name is waiting to be approved by Wellington city councillors, Mayor Andy Foster says Tākina “will be an iconic space”.
“Its location and versatility for exhibitions supported by world class hospitality services will strengthen Wellington’s position as the creative and cultural capital,” he said.
“Tākina is part of the ongoing regeneration of the city centre and, along with the work at the St James Theatre, the Town Hall and elsewhere in the central city, we are creating an even more dynamic, vibrant and attractive centre for business and lifestyle. We expect Tākina to be a catalyst for further investment in the area.”
The opening of the convention centre has been delayed slightly by Covid-19, with the building due to be completed in February 2023.
Tākina will be Wellington’s first purpose-built facility able to host conventions of up to 1400 delegates and will offer 18,000sqm of conference and exhibition gallery space over three floors.