Parks & Open Spaces

Wai-Titi Landing

New Zealand / The Pacific

Wai-Titi Landing is the site of the laying of the first ceremonial Commonwealth Walkway roundel and now occupying a prominent position in front of the Parliament buildings in central Wellington. Wai-Titi Landing was originally a beach and tauranga (a resting place for waka) used by Te Atiawa/Taranaki whanau before 1840. It was also a main entry point to the Pipitea Kumutoto area. The land takes its name from a stream which ran between the two pa of Kumutoto and Pipitea. At the centre of the park are two pou whenua (traditional tribal boundary markers), symbolising upturned waka. Designed by Te Atiawa sculptor Ra Vincent (b. 1976), one of a group of set directors, nominated for an Academy Award for their work on the film, The Hobbit, in 2013. The pou whenua were gifted to the City of Wellington by Wellington Tenths Trust on behalf of the Te Atiawa/Taranaki whanau and represent an expression of the enduring Treaty partnership between Te Atiawa/Taranaki whanau and the City of Wellington. A kowhai design on the inner surfaces of the pou whenua represents the wairua, the spirit of the land, while carved figures represent the people of the land. The Landing was opened by the Prime Minister, Helen Clark on 31 December 2004, accompanied by the former Mayor of Wellington, Kerry Prendergast.

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