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Too high? Too big? One day for public consultation on Kumutoto plan

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Wellingtonians have until 5pm on Friday to tell the city council what they think of plans for a new building on the Kumutoto area of the waterfront.

The height of the building is one of the controversial issues associated with the plan.

The council believes that the proposed six-storey building, designed by Athfield Architects, will provides a good mix of commercial, retail and public areas, with five levels of office space. On the ground floor there would be space for cafés, restaurants and shops, with a landscaped, sheltered public area outside, and covered pedestrian walkways around the building and through the ground floor. On the Waterloo Quay side, a sheltered public walkway from the Whitmore Street gates to opposite the Railway Station would help to complete the waterfront promenade.

Critics of the plan are concerned that the building is higher than was suggested by the Environment Court, in an appeal brought by Waterfront Watch. They are also pushing for more open space, and protection of harbour views.

Councillors will consider the proposed designs in early April following the public consultation. To make a submission, email: north.kumutoto.consultation@wcc.govt.nz


  1. CC, 27. February 2014, 7:21

    And so, the privatisation of the waterfront progresses. It has only taken 20 years for a blank canvass donated to the city by the Harbour Board to become monuments to commerce, apartments for the wealthy and daytime spaces for ego stroking boards and executives, while leaving a chain of minimum width walkways punctuated by cafes and bars. The latest Willis Bond deal is being foisted on the pubic on the basis of deceptive illustrations, ‘insinuations’ of public use and a ‘push poll’ consultation process which will be no more than a feel good exercise for the Mayor and Council. The greatest insult to intelligence in the faux survey is the question, “Do you have any specific ideas about the use of Site 8 and how it should be developed as public space?” One has to wonder what future generations of Wellingtonians will think when they discover that a small band of profiteers and their fellow travellers have, in short order, closed down the waterfront for $1 a year leases for up to 999 years.

  2. James, 27. February 2014, 19:59

    In the consultation cabin, in a different place on the waterfront (outside the Star Boating Club), there were no images of what this would look like from Lambton Quay.

  3. Peter, 27. February 2014, 22:22

    James, if the Site 10 building conforms with the District Plan rules (doubtful) there is supposed to be a viewshaft along Whitmore Street. That means, if you happen to be on Lambton Quay and crossing at Bowen Street, you should get a fleeting glance across to Roseneath which should not be obstructed by the modified copy of China’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange designed by OMA (Rem Koolhaus). That aside, the images don’t mean much. You may recall the OPT illustrations which showed Willis Bond’s Athfield designed structure being no higher than the original terminal building designed by Michael Fowler. Funny how once it was being constructed the original images were changed to show it from Mt Victoria on the board by the Chaffers Park bridge. By then, the height of the new building couldn’t be disguised any more but anyway, the big con had done its intended job of sucking in the public and, more importantly, the Judge who heard the appeal case.

  4. Alana, 27. February 2014, 23:56

    Submissions can be made until 5pm on Friday, 28 February through the Council website -even a short response is important.


  5. Nora, 28. February 2014, 7:46

    James: i suggest you try to visualise the 6-storey BNZ Building (that’s on the Port land) or 6 storeys of the NZ Post building across from Kumutoto and imagine the canyon effect. It will also be higher than the Meridian Building and the Shed 21 apartments.