Lower Tory Street Project

Wellington City Council is partnering with Victoria University School of Landscape Architecture on building an exciting temporary installation in lower Tory Street.

Tory street.

Tory street


A number of buildings in lower Tory Street were damaged in the 2016 earthquake. Some will be rebuilt, some strengthened, and some may be demolished. Wellington City Council was approached by local residents, businesses and people using Tory Street to see if there was anything we could do to make the street better for people.

We partnered with the Victoria University School of Landscape Architecture and the locals to co-design 12 ideas for temporarily changing lower Tory Street (running from Courtenay Place through to Wakefield Street). These designs were exhibited and the public voted on them – the winner was It’s Tory Time.

The design was inspired by lower Tory Street’s history as part of Te Aro Pa, and features a structural pavilion, platform seating, and planting.

The idea of a temporary change is to test the ideas in the design and make sure they work. It has also given the Landscape Architecture students a chance to work on a real-life project.

The planting was done by students and university staff using council facilities and over seen by council staff. The plants used came from local nurseries, including the Council’s Otari-Wilton’s bush and Berhampore nurseries.

Putting it in place

The work to make the changes will happen between Monday 19 March and Thursday 29 March. It is weather dependant so there may be changes to the schedule, but we still expect they will be done by the Easter break.

While the work is being done we need to close the road to traffic at both ends. It will still be open for pedestrians but we ask that you take care going through the street while we are working. We will still be letting vehicles through to properties and businesses but you will need to talk to the contractors so they can get you in and out safely. We may also need you to park away from where we are painting, to let the paint dry properly before you drive on it

While we are working, and once the changes are in place, the street will be one way from Courtenay Place to Wakefield Street. This will make it safer for pedestrians and easier for them to see what has been done.

The work includes information on the project on a container at the Courtenay Place end and “topic” boards along the street giving more details and information about the changes.

There will also be an opportunity to have your say about the changes via freepost postcards which will be available from near the container.

The changes will be in place for approximately three months.


There will be a launch with the Mayor at 12pm on Wednesday 4 April.

More information

To find out more about more about the Tory Street project, email tory@wcc.govt.nz or phone our Contact Centre on 04 499 4444.