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Te Manawataki o Te Papa Charitable Trust

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The Commission approved the establishment of a new Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) Charitable Trust that will own the land referred to as ‘Site A’ of the civic precinct on Monday 3 October 2022.

Approval granted to establish a new Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) Charitable Trust that will own the land referred to as ‘Site A’ of the civic precinct.

Thank you for your valued feedback. We are pleased to have found a unique pathway forward in partnership with the Otamataha Trust, to help reconcile past events and restore mana to hapū and iwi. 

A total of 73 submissions on the proposal to establish a new ownership structure for the civic precinct land were received during the consultation process that took place in September 2022. 68% of the submissions were positively weighted in favour of the proposal, resulting in the Commission approving the establishment of a new Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) Charitable Trust at the council meeting on 3 October 2022. 

Read below our report from the council meeting held on 3 October 2022

Council Report (331kb pdf)

The new CCO, to be called Te Manawataki o Te Papa Charitable Trust, will own the land referred to as ‘Site A’ of the civic precinct and will be jointly governed by Council and Otamataha Trust.

Joint ownership structure for civic precinct land approved

Next steps:

Council is now finalising arrangements to establish the new Charitable Trust. This includes finalising the Trust Deed, appointing Trustees and gaining approval of the Trust Deed from Charities Services.

Redevelopment plans for Te Manawataki o Te Papa will continue as planned. This will see a $303.4 million investment over the next eight years to develop facilities such as a civic whare (public meeting house), library, and a museum and exhibition centre (subject to achieving 50% of the required funding from non-ratepayer sources).

Below you will find more information about the proposal and the history of the land.

Read more about our exciting plans to transform the civic precinct site below.

Civic redevelopment projects

What we proposed and why

The land in the heart of our city centre has a long and complex history dating back more than 150 years.

Past events involved mana whenua experiencing alienation from the land where our council buildings have occupied for many years. This alienation has been recognised by the Waitangi Tribunal as being undertaken in a way that breached Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles.

We will soon be embarking on a major transformation on this land, one that will see a vibrant community space created there in the near future. To be called Te Manawataki o Te Papa – The Heartbeat of Te Papa - this will be a place where people can come together to connect, discover, share stories about our past, shape our future, be entertained and have fun.

As these plans progress, we believe it is important to formally recognise the long-standing grievances associated with the ownership of the land, and provide certainty around its future use. That’s why we proposed establishing a new ownership structure for the land at the Civic Precinct site, referred to as ‘Site A’. The solution adopted by Council on 3 October 2022, will see a new Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) Charitable Trust established that will own the land and be jointly governed by Council and Otamataha Trust. The Trust represents mana whenua from Ngai Tamarāwaho, Ngāti Tapu and Te Materāwaho – the descendants of those who released the site to the CMS (see history below).

This pathway means that all of us – council, mana whenua and the community - can progress with the exciting plans to restore our city’s heart with certainty, confidence and mana.

For more information about the history of the area and what we proposed, read our full Consultation Document below.

Establishing a CCO - Consultation Document (3.2kb pdf)

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Timeline

  • Consultation opens

    24 August 2022
  • Consultation closes

    6 September 2022
  • Commission decides to approve proposal

    3 October 2022
  • Te Manawataki o Te Papa Charitable Trust established

    October - December 2022
  • Te Manawataki o Te Papa Charitable Trust trustees to be announced

    End of 2022

Dr Alistair Reese

Historian Dr Alistair Reese gives an overview of events relating to the land at a council meeting held on 25 July 2022.

Recent acknowledgements of past events

To learn more about the history of Te Papa, visit our kiosk on Wharf Street.

TCC – Kiosk Story – Number 9

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