The latest newsletter from Wellington Waterfront Ltd includes an update on landscaping work at Taranaki St Wharf West. The first stage starts in a few weeks time and should take about six weeks, and will involve converting the 8 metre high mound into a 1.5 metre high sloping lawn, with a wide pedestrian thoroughfare between Jervois Quay and the wharf. The second stage will link the Ambulance building with Taranaki St Wharf while temporarily asphalting the site of the proposed wharewaka, and should be ready by the start of November.
Hold on, I thought, wasn't the plan supposed to have the wharenui there, while the wharewaka goes over the water next to the City-to-Sea bridge? Must be a typo.
But now the agenda for next Monday's Waterfront Development Subcommittee meeting makes it clear: as some rumours had hinted, the Tenths Trust had decided not to proceed with the wharenui, and to revise the location of the wharewaka. This, combined with the requirement to supply the rowing clubs with 22 carparks, has resulted in a revised design brief (55kB PDF) and associated report (58kB BDF) that could conceivably see some significant changes to the plans for this area.
They won't be massively different, since they have to stay within the existing resource consent and the changes to the mound are definitely going ahead, but the connections to the City-to-Sea bridge are also up for review. The wharewaka will probably go approximately where the wharenui would have been, and may also include a live craft studio, a gallery of Māori art and a café, so it looks like it's just the ceremonial and functions facilities of the wharenui that will be dropped. It's all still pretty vague, since it's only a design brief not a finished design, so: watch this space.