Wellington’s Tākina celebrates major milestone ahead of May opening


A major milestone in the lead up to the opening of Tākina was celebrated this week with Wellington City Council receiving the keys to its new convention centre.

The venue will officially open at the end of May, after a series of test events taking place earlier in the month.

Taranaki Whānui representatives attended the ceremony to officially bless the building prior to occupation.

Tākina, meaning ‘to invoke or encounter’, was gifted by Taranaki Whānui to reflect the building as a place people come together to connect and collaborate in the capital.


Wellington City Council’s focus is now on the internal technical fit-out to prepare the venue for its first conference and exhibition.

This week’s activities also opened the door for venue operator Tākina Events to move in to start a rigorous schedule of testing and training ahead of a very busy few months ahead.

“With more than 100 events on the calendar for the first year, the majority of which are multi-day conferences between 300 and 1,000 delegates, our team is excited to be on site to get to know every square centimetre, bit of equipment and technology,” said Jake Downing, Te Papa’s director of commercial services.

The ground-floor public Exhibition Gallery will open on June 3 with the LEGO interactive exhibition, Jurassic World by Brickman on display.

Almost 500,000 people are expected to visit Tākina in its first year based on the line-up of conferences and events already in place.