It’s a new home for world-class exhibitions that draw people from afar and conferences that change how the whole world thinks. The Convention Centre sits across two levels and is purpose-built for international and local conferences, with capacity for up to 1,600 delegates.
The Exhibition Centre, located on the ground floor of Tākina, has been specifically designed to enable New Zealand to secure and host leading international touring exhibitions and to showcase home-grown exhibitions.
Tākina’s unique sculptural form draws inspiration from a wide range of sources including the venue’s maritime location, Māori mythology, and Wellington’s dramatic and sometimes wild weather patterns and landforms.
The meaning of Tākina
Tākina means to invoke, to summon, to connect, to bring forth, in te reo Māori. In Wellington, the most powerful force that is summoned here is the wind.
Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Harbour) is renowned for its unique and diverse winds. Some days they rage across the harbour, blowing everything before them. At other times, they are soft, welcoming, calm. We treasure and invoke each of them, because together they make Wellington a unique place.
Those winds are a metaphor for magic, exuberance, sharing, and ideas. The winds express the shift of knowledge from one generation to another. They move things forward. They carry truths and viewpoints here from the universe and move them on to others, thousands of miles away.