Te Ngākau Civic Square

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Panorama of Te Ngākau Civic Square from the City-to-Sea bridge.

Te Ngākau Civic Square is a public square in Wellington, New Zealand.


The square is used for public events and is a popular place for office workers to eat their lunch on warm summer days.

Te Ngākau Civic Square in February 2010.


Te Ngākau Civic Square is located at 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington, 6011.


The first real plans for the Civic Square date back to 1944.

In 1987, the Wellington City Council appointed Fletcher Development and Construction Ltd as the project developers. The project involved building a new library, conversion of the existing library into the City Gallery, extension and refurbishment of City Council buildings, earthquake strengthening and refurbishment of the Old Town Hall, car parking space, design of the new public space and a link to the waterfront. The project was completed in 1992.

On 14 June 2018, as part of the City Council's new te reo Māori policy, Te Taiahu, the Square was renamed to "Te Ngākau Civic Square". The new name, meaning 'the heart', was gifted to the city by local iwi Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika a Māui.[1]

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  1. ^ "New name – Te Ngākau – for Wellington's Civic Square to celebrate te reo policy". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 15 September 2018.

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Coordinates: 41°17′20″S 174°46′38″E / 41.288840°S 174.777138°E / -41.288840; 174.777138