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Walk down the laneway and enjoy delicious food, do a bit of shopping, or soak up the sun in the new sheltered greenspace in downtown Wellington.
The project aimed to:
Manners and Victoria Streets are heavily used by pedestrians and form some of Wellington’s busiest retail streets. The area contained by Manners, Victoria, Cuba, and Wakefield Streets are home to a range of apartment buildings, hotels/hostels, and small businesses. The Council is working with property owners to encourage the opening out of blank building facades to increase activity and vitality in this area and provide opportunities for independent or emerging businesses.
The area between Cuba and Victoria Street once formed the original shoreline of the Wellington waterfront. It use to be the site of wharves, timber yards, and maritime administration buildings such as the Customhouse and a Bond Store. Important to the nearby Te Aro Pa, it was once notable for the location of earthwork defences capable of protecting settlers in the event of armed conflict between Māori and Europeans, however, no conflict took place at these defences. The project acknowledged this varied history through its design features.
During excavation we found artefacts including a pipe, ceramics, ring, and a wall. The work was carried out under an archaeological authority issued by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. Images in gallery below.
101 Wakefield Street
PO Box 2199
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