Victoria Street blessing and opening

3 August 2015

The new parks and public spaces created as part of the Victoria Street transformation project will be blessed and officially opened on Friday 7 August.

The blessing by June and Peter Jackson of the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust will begin at 12.15pm in Te Niho Park at the corner of Victoria and Vivian streets and move to Volunteer Corner near Dixon Street. It will be followed by opening speeches celebrating the improvements to the area which is set to become one of Wellington's busiest inner city neighbourhoods.

The Council's investment in the area is an excellent example of how we can make the city a better place and also enable economic growth.

Exciting developments are planned in the area including new apartment and commercial developments and the new WelTec/Whitireia creative arts campus, which will bring more than 1000 students into the area.

We're expecting some 2500 new apartments to be built in this area in the next five to 10 years.

The Victoria Street transformation project will pave the way for this growth. It includes two new paved parks - Te Niho and Volunteer Corner - a new southbound cycle lane, wider, new tree-lined footpaths, and improved underground services.

Some 9km of new underground pipes and ducting have been installed over the past seven months to provide the existing and future services that businesses and people living in this growing neighbourhood will need.