Kia orāna, kia ora, mālō nī, ni sa bula vinaka, tālofa lava, fakaalofa lahi atu, mālō e lelei!
Warm Pacific greetings to you!
The Board has asked me to let you all know about the proposal to build the Fale Malae at Frank Kitts Park. The Fale Malae will complement Wellington’s waterfront as a landmark building of cultural significance to the nation.
The Fale Malae Trust proposes that the building will support a wide range of community and educational activities. The Fale (building) is proposed to be a pavilion within the park and include a café and storage area to support recreational activity on the waterfront, including dragon boat racing. The Malae (greenspace) would form part of the public open space within the park.
The project is being led by the Fale Malae Trust, a non-profit entity. The Trust has received funding from the Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington and is working with a range of stakeholder groups including Mana Whenua and the Pasifika community.
The Fale Trust says: “The proposed Fale Malae will be a national, cultural institution that will substantially enhance the amenity value and public enjoyment of Wellington’s waterfront. It will be a stunning, contemporary building that celebrates both New Zealand’s place in the Pacific and the role of Pacific people in Aotearoa’s national identity.”
The Fale Trust has requested the Wellington City Council, as landowner, to decide by June 2023 whether to proceed with the development. To inform that decision, the Council needs to understand the community’s views on the waterfront proposal.
It is very important for our Pasifika voices to be heard.
We ask that you please share your thoughts of about this proposal by completing the survey in the link below. The Council plan to make a decision based on your feedback by June 2023.
Please share your thoughts on the proposal by 5pm Monday 10 April 2023.