Part G: Policies and Strategies

Wellington Waterfront Development Plan


Wellington’s waterfront is one of the most popular, easily recognised and frequently photographed parts of our city.

The Waterfront Development Plan (WDP) is a programme for ongoing development of this space. The plan ties in with our resilience and sustainable growth priorities for Wellington.

Implementation of the plan is primarily the responsibility of Build Wellington (previously Wellington Waterfront Limited). Waterfront Operations, a Council division, is responsible for the waterfront’s management and maintenance.

This plan covers the 3-year period from 1 July 2018 and will be reviewed annually as part of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 Annual Plans.

What is planned for the next 3 yearsTop

The WDP implements the vision and objectives laid out in the Wellington Waterfront Framework (2001)53. A number of waterfront-related projects have been completed, or are in the process of being completed. Key projects are also planned for the next 3 years. They are:

North Kumutoto. Developer Willis Bond & Co is progressing plans for a five-level building on site 9 at North Kumutoto. The developer is proposing to lodge its resource consent application by mid-2018 and it is likely to be granted direct referral to the Environment Court later in 2018. In the event consent is granted, construction will begin by mid-2019. Completion of the building in 2020 will complement both the new PWC building and north Kumutoto public space (programmed for completion by late 2018) and draw hundreds of workers to the area.

Queens Wharf. An exploration of opportunities to breathe new life into Shed 1 on the outer-T of Queens Wharf was delayed as a result of the 2016 earthquake. Remedial work is currently planned to allow displaced tenant Wellington Helicopters Limited back into the building by mid-2018. Plans to investigate a purpose-built helicopter facility on the southern end of the outer-T will be advanced once Wellington Helicopters is ready to do so.

Frank Kitts Park precinct. As Wellington’s population grows, so too does the need for well designed, fit-for-purpose, high quality public space and parks. Frank Kitts Park is more than 25 years old and a comprehensive makeover has been planned for the past decade. Redevelopment of the playground, with $2.5 million in capital expenditure, is planned for year 1 of Our 10-Year Plan 2018-28. The garden redevelopment stage is currently with the High Court, after the initial ruling in favour of progressing this project was appealed. The Council’s contribution is currently estimated at $6.3 million in year 7 of the 10-year plan. This contribution is for work on the surrounding Frank Kitts precinct, not the proposed Chinese garden itself.

Construction can commence at the beginning of 2018 provided:

Capex Budget ($000):2018/192019/202020/21
Option ‘A’ (1st stage - playground only)$2,500$0$0
Option ‘B’ (All FKP) – subject to Chinese garden fundraising.---

Waitangi precinct.  The site situated between Waitangi Park to the east and Te Papa to the west (home to the Sunday Harbourside Market) is the last remaining undeveloped site on the waterfront. The Council continues to scope opportunities for its development.

Maintaining our waterfront. While the waterfront did not experience as much damage or disruption as CentrePort in the November 2016 earthquake, that event necessitated a programme of wharf repair work that will continue over the 3 years of this plan. This is in addition to regular maintenance to address general wear and tear of wharves and seawalls.

Maintenance and renewal funding is budgeted to ensure we maintain the waterfront as a major destination for local events, tourism and recreation. Capital expenditure of $13 million over 10 years is budgeted to cover renewals and strengthening of seawalls and wharves, renewals for Waitangi Park, restoration and preservation of the heritage crane, earthquake strengthening and replacement of the shade sails at TSB Bank Arena.

How we’ll measure our performanceTop

The overall success of the waterfront will be measured by the achievement of the principles and objectives outlined in the Waterfront Framework.

The framework has set seven objectives for the waterfront:

Periodic independent surveys of public opinion have consistently shown satisfaction and approval ratings in excess of 90 percent. We will strive to maintain and improve these ratings.

Design outcomes will continue to be monitored by the Council’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) – an independent provider of design advice.

53The Council reviewed the principles and objectives of the Wellington Waterfront Framework in 2011 and endorsed these as still forming a relevant and appropriate blueprint for the waterfront’s future.