9 May 2011
We've scooped all three categories in this year's Wellington Civic Trust Awards, which recognise outstanding new urban projects.
The Wharewaka is one of three Council-funded projects recognised in the awards
The Wharewaka - Wellington's latest waterfront addition - was recognised for its contribution to the built environment. Designed by Architecture + with Wharewaka o Pōneke Charitable Trust and Wellington Waterfront Ltd, it opened its doors on Waitangi Day.
Another winner in the Civic Trust Awards is the new viewing deck and lookout on Te Ahumairangi Hill (formerly Tinakori Hill).
The lookout took out the Public Open Spaces award.
But it's a sculpture of a shark, called Frenzy, which has created the biggest stir. The four-metre-long stylised shark, in front of the interpretation centre at Te Kopahou Reserve in Owhiro Bay, was voted the city's favourite artwork.
The late sculptor Colin Webster-Watson created the work when he was living in Rome in the 1970s. For many years it was on public display at his Palm Springs home in California. He brought it home in 2007 and donated it to the Council. It was installed at Owhiro Bay in mid-2007.