There are some exciting changes underway in and around the Aotea Centre in the Aotea Arts Quarter. This is a special part of the city centre for many Aucklanders, with festivals, performing arts, movies, graduations, protests and citizenship ceremonies among the reasons to visit, not to mention the roti at PappaRich.
The 30-year-old Aotea Centre is being made over, with the inside now complete, including the addition of a dramatic new permanent digital artwork, Ihi, by Lisa Reihana.
The external refurbishment is on track to be finished by the end of 2020, paving the way for a new space for creative collaboration, Aotea Studios. This facility, still in the planning stages, could include specialist studios for performance development and rehearsal as well as public performance spaces, convention spaces, offices for arts companies and retail and food and beverage outlets.
Between the Aotea Centre, Mayoral Drive and Greys Ave, the heritage Civic Administration Building is being transformed into a boutique apartment building, ‘The CAB’, and there are plans for a hotel and a "whare tapere" performance space fronting Aotea Square.
There are so many exciting projects happening right now to create our future city centre - and many of them will be completed or hit big milestones by the end of 2020. See more about the projects transforming the city’s streets, public spaces and transport - or find out what the changes mean for businesses and a successful city centre economy.