About the Town Hall redevelopment project

Wellington Town Hall is being strengthened and upgraded.

Digital render of the completed Wellington Town Hall.


Te Whare Whakarauika, the Wellington Town Hall is a grade one listed heritage building and is nearly 120 years old. It has been closed to the public since 2013, when it was deemed earthquake prone.

The Town Hall, one of the city’s most important heritage buildings, was resting on its original unreinforced concrete piles on reclaimed land. The Council has been reconstructing and redeveloping the building since 2019, to make it resilient and meet current earthquake standards.  The redevelopment works mean that on completion, the building will look similar, but will have modern, improved services beneath the surface.

When it re-opens, Te Whare Whakarauika will be a world-class musical and recording venue with improved rehearsal and performance space. It will be a base for civic and community events and part of a centre of musical excellence for New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī. The redeveloped, much-loved Wellington Town Hall, with its wonderful auditorium and world-class acoustics, will be at the heart of the national music centre. The NZSO, NZSM and many of the Council’s civic activities will co-locate across the building. Refitted with the refurbished Town Hall Organ, the space will bring students, professional musicians and other industry creatives back into the heart of Wellington to provide some of the best performance and education experiences in the world.



Current status

The seismic strengthening and redevelopment of the Wellington Town Hall has now reached an important part in the construction programme with the majority of seismic strengthening works coming to an end. So far, a base isolation system to reduce seismic loads and improve resilience has been retrofitted, alongside a new foundation system to accommodate the base isolation and further improve the inadequate foundation system that originally supported the building.

In 2024, works are primarily focused on completing the basement structure along with the reinstatement works, including the reconstruction of key heritage elements. As the team move out of the basement and onto the heritage items that deem the building its category 1 status, the project team are hoping that noisy works on site will reduce.

Contact us

Te Toka is the team responsible for carrying out this work.

If you have any questions please contact the Te Toka Project Team at townhallproject@wcc.govt.nz