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Kumutoto public space blessed at opening

The North Kumutoto public space on Wellington’s waterfront was officially opened this week by Mayor Justin Lester, following a blessing from Taranaki Whanui.

Kumutoto North opening with Mayor Justin Lester and dignitaries

The ceremony acknowledged the many contractors and consultants who collaborated with the Wellington City Council to create the $7 million public space project. The ceremony was also attended by representatives from Maritime police, Willis Bond (the company who built the new PwC building that overlooks the northern end of Kumutoto), and other waterfront users.

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North Kumutoto is the area between the Meridian building and the Bluebridge ferry terminal, centred on the intersection of Waterloo Quay and Whitmore Street.

It takes its name from the Kumutoto Stream that enters the harbour at this point.

The revamp of the 6000 square-metre area features a new timber boardwalk, improved access for visitors to the harbour’s edge, planting to attract wildlife, a pavilion and seating areas, covered walkways and restoration of many heritage features including fences, gates, lights and the 100+ year old Falcon Shoal buoy installation.