Wai-titi Landing

  • arts + culture
  • urban design

Wellington Tenths Trust and Wellington City Council

Wellington

2004


Now occupying a prominent position in front of the Parliament buildings in central Wellington, this site was originally a beach and tauranga (a resting place for waka) used by Te Atiawa/Taranaki whanau before 1840.

It was also a main entry point to the Pipitea Kumutoto area. The land takes its name from a stream which ran between the two pa of Kumutoto and Pipitea. Studio Pacific was commissioned to develop an overall plan for a park to commemorate the historical significance of this area.

At the centre of the park are two pou whenua (traditional tribal boundary markers), symbolising upturned waka. Designed by Te Atiawa sculptor Ra Vincent, the pou whenua were gifted to the City of Wellington by Wellington Tenths Trust on behalf of the Te Atiawa/Taranaki whanau and represent an expression of the enduring Treaty partnership between Te Atiawa/Taranaki whanau and the City of Wellington. A kowhai design on the inner surfaces of the pou whenua represents the wairua, the spirit of the land, while carved figures represent the people of the land.

A timber landing bridge leads from the original beachfront through landscaped ‘dunes’ of native libertia irises. Phased lighting creates an effect suggestive of waves, referencing the historic stream and the original sea shore.