Potential new Home for Fale Malae in Wellington

The project for the Fale Malae in Wellington may have a new home after plans to house the Fale at Bunny Street near Parliament was scrapped due to various issues and cost.

Wellington Mayor Andy Foster says the Fale Malae proposed for Frank Kitts Park will focus on Wellington’s status as a South Pacific Capital City and host of regional dialogue and decision making.

Today’s Wellington City Council Strategy and Policy Committee meeting was briefed by the Fale Malae Trust on its plans for Frank Kitts Park on the waterfront, a location it believes is ideally suited because of its proximity to the harbour and the waters of the South Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea.

“The Fale Malae proposal would be a stunning addition to the city’s vision for a multicultural precinct on our beautiful waterfront. Already the Trust has completed a significant amount of work towards funding and design which has already generated wide community support,” says Mayor Foster.

He says the next steps will include completion of a Council report that will look at planning and seismic issues before reporting back to the Council on the proposal.

Budget 2020 committed a $10 million dollar boost for the project aimed at providing a Pasifika focused space to be shared and enjoyed by all New Zealanders.

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