At the ceremony the centre was gifted a new name from mana whenua, Tāne Whakapiripiri. In this case the building is named after Tāne, god of the forest, who had many names. This particular name means ‘Tāne who draws people together’ - fitting for a place where people come together to learn about the nature and stories of the land and forest.
Ōtari-Wilton's Bush is the only public botanic garden in Aotearoa entirely dedicated to native plants, so naturally quite a different approach has been taken to welcoming visitors to this special place.
The newly refreshed interior has been thoughtfully designed to tell the stories of Ōtari from both tangata whenua and tangata tiriti perspectives. Stories of the forest and gardens are told in new and old ways, across different mediums from ancient whakataukī to interactive digital displays.