Wellington's new convention centre, Tākina, is nearing completion. The site across the road from Te Papa has transformed since construction began in late 2019.
Formerly a gravel carpark with some timeworn buildings, in the coming months, the final internal fitout will see Tākina transform into a complete convention centre with a capacity for up to 1,600 delegates.
The end of last year saw the Cable Street laneway streetscape and external works finished, along with the Wakefield Street entrance nearing completion.
Tākina's façade is now largely completed, and the service lane civil works are taking shape with its unique canopy well formed.
The concrete has been poured on the laneway, requiring several layers before completion. Milestones are also being hit inside Tākina as carpet has been laid in the Level 2 plenary.
While details like carpet and concrete pouring will get less attention in the coming months, everyone involved in the project is celebrating its installation.
All these milestones mean we are getting close to the opening this year. Test events inside Tākina will commence in May 2023, leading to the first official event in June 2023. Tākina Events is excited to be operator of this building and welcoming our first guests then.
A new convention centre and increased visitor traffic will enhance Wellington's cultural and entertainment sector. Tākina is the Capital's largest built infrastructure investment since the Wellington Stadium two decades ago.