This is the nation’s new meeting place. A place of welcoming, thinking, creating, learning, sharing… A place that speaks to Wellington’s history and its character
From the world class exhibits that draw people from afar to the conferences that change how the whole world thinks, our Convention and Exhibition Centre sits at the very heart of one of the most walkable capitals anywhere.
The Convention Centre sits across two levels and will be ideal for international and local conferences, for up to 1,600 delegates.
The Exhibition Centre, located on the ground floor of Tākina, has been specifically designed to enable New Zealand to secure and host leading international touring exhibitions and to showcase home-grown exhibitions.
The design has a unique sculptural form that draws inspiration from a wide range of sources including its maritime location, Wellington’s dramatic and sometimes wild weather patterns and landforms. It also draws on Maori mythology.
Daryl Calder, Studio Pacific Architecture
The meaning of Tākina
Tākina means to invoke, to summon, to connect, to bring forth. And in Wellington, the most powerful force that is summoned here is the wind. It shapes and defines so much of our identity as a city, Tākina draws amazing and very personal encounters our way.
Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington harbour) is renowned for its unique and diverse winds. Some days they rage across the harbour, blowing everything before them. At other times, they are soft, welcoming, calm. We treasure and invoke all of them, and each of them, because together they make Wellington a unique place.
Those winds are a metaphor for magic, exuberance, sharing and ideas. The winds express the shift of knowledge from one generation to another. They move things forward. They carry truths and viewpoints here from the universe and move them on, like dust, to others thousands of miles away.