Wellington City unveils revamp plan for Courtenay Place

Ben Lowe exhibition in Courtenay Place lightboxes (Source: Wellington City Council)

Wellington City Council has been briefed on a plan to revitalise the Courtenay Place precinct.

The Courtenay Place Precinct Plan lays forth a vision and a clear path ahead to revive the area as Wellington’s ‘premier place to play’.

“There is a lot of agreement on what people want for the area – to be busy and vibrant day and night, offering a great experience for families, students, professionals and business owners as well as people enjoying an evening out,” said Mayor Tory Whanau. 

“We want a colourful, creative destination that attracts residents, tourists and investment into the area.”

Whanau added the plan details some major initiatives that will transform the neighbourhood, including the redevelopment of Reading Cinemas. Shorter-term efforts include extra cleaning, the installation of festoon lighting in side streets, and nighttime safety assistance. 

Courtenay Place has a long history as a gathering spot, first as the home of Te Aro Pā and later as Pōneke’s premier hospitality and entertainment sector. However, according to Wellington City Council, attitudes toward the area have shifted in recent years, with an acknowledged lack of experience, security, and investment.

The Courtenay Place Precinct Plan, a collaboration between local businesses, Pōneke Promise partners, and the Council, will make enhancements to the area, including lighting, pop-ups, and a second Take 10 site.

In the long term, the Council will collaborate with local developers, iwi, and the private sector to promote investment that will enhance Courtenay Place’s appeal as a destination and neighbourhood.

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